Wednesday, September 1, 2004

September's Tea & Talk Lectures Celebrate Poet Pablo Neruda, Tackle Male-Female Brain Differences

Chestertown, MD, September 1, 2004 — The 2004-2005 season of Washington College's Rose O'Neill Tea & Talk Series begins with two exciting lectures in September. The talks are free and all are welcomed to enjoy tea, conviviality and discussion in the comfortable surroundings of the O'Neill Literary House. Tea served at 4 p.m., talks begin at 4:30.

On Wednesday, September 22, the Literary House, in conjunction with the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures, hosts a Tea & Talk “Celebration in Memory of Pablo Neruda,” the famed Chilean poet, diplomat and political activist, who received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971. Neruda's works reflect the history of political and social struggle in South America during the first half of the 20th century. Spanish professors George Shivers and Thomas Pabon will provide a bilingual poetry reading and comments on Neruda's life and work in honor of this centenary year of his birth.

The Tea & Talk Series takes a foray into modern neuroscience on Wednesday, September 29, when Professor George Spilich of the Department of Psychology addresses the question, “Do Male and Female Brains Differ?,” and explores sex differences in human cognition. The talk is cosponsored by the Washington College's Gender Studies program.

The Rose O'Neill Tea & Talk Series showcases the research, writing and talent of Washington College's faculty and is held in the College's O'Neill Literary House. Established in 1985, the Literary House was acquired and refurbished through a generous gift of alumna Betty Casey, Class of 1947, and her late husband Eugene, and named in memory of his late mother, Rose O'Neill Casey. Now approaching its 20th anniversary year, the O'Neill Literary House reflects the eclectic spirit of Washington College's creative writing culture.

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