Imagination’s Truths: Richard Kearney to lecture 13 October 2012
In his afternoon lecture at 2:00 p.m. in the Isabel Bader Theatre, “Narrative Imagination and Catharsis,” Kearney will examine his thesis that the philosophical device of deconstruction has performed a valuable, if flawed, service in its critique of the varying Western conceptions of the imagination by stimulating new and more ethically sensitive interpretations of the imagination that are especially pertinent to the work of philosophy and religion today.
Richard Kearney holds the Charles B. Seelig Chair of Philosophy at Boston College. He has written several books on the important but neglected role that imagination plays in encouraging ethical sensitivity to issues of social justice, including The Wake of Imagination.
Kearney’s lecture will be followed by a multidisciplinary panel discussion. Panel members include, in addition to Kearney, Mark Knight (English, U. of T.), Ronald A. Kuipers (Phil. of Rel., ICS) and Canadian writer Anne Michaels. Rebekah Smick (Phil. Of Arts & Culture, ICS) will moderate.
Later that evening at 7:30 p.m., a dramatic reading of plays and poetry will enact one of Kearney’s important suggestions that an ethically centered narrative imagination urges us to continue our involvement with, and reinterpretation of, those larger narratives that have historically called us to refigure ourselves. Three plays drawn from the 66 Books Project, a collective response to the King James Bible, will be performed under the direction of Ins Choi and will feature noted Toronto actor Susan Coyne. Anne Michaels will, for the first time in Canada, give a reading of her poem for that project, “The Crossing”. Choi, author of recent hit Kim’s Convenience, will premiere his new poetry-based solo show, Subway Stations of the Cross.
This is a collaborative cultural event co-sponsored by the Toronto School of Theology, the Institute for Christian Studies’ Centre for Philosophy, Religion, and Social Ethics (CPRSE), and Emmanuel College. Richard Kearney’s lecture is sponsored through the Art Talks program of the Institute for Christian Studies. All events will take place in the Isabel Bader Theatre at Victoria College on 13 October 2012. The lecture begins at 2 pm and the dramatic reading at 7:30 pm.