Faculty Lecture Series

Hartwick’s Cody Presents Fifth Installment in Faculty Lecture Series

February 13, 2014

Hartwick College Babcock Professor of English Dr. David Cody will present a talk titled "'One last and horrible scream': Hawthorne's Science Fictions" during the fifth lecture of the 2013-14 Faculty Lecture Series. The event will take place on Wednesday, February 19 at 12:30 p.m. in Bresee Hall's Eaton Lounge. The lecture is free and the public is invited to attend.

Like his contemporaries Edgar Allan Poe and Herman Melville, Nathaniel Hawthorne was one of the first American authors to create works that we would now call "science fiction." In cautionary fables and parables such as "The Birth-Mark," "Rappaccini's Daughter," "The Artist of the Beautiful," "The New Adam and Eve," "Earth's Holocaust" and "The Celestial Rail-Road," Hawthorne explored the dangerous intersection of technology and power, anticipating in remarkably specific and prescient ways our own world of national security states, giant corporations, genetic manipulation, immersive advertising, anti-intellectual consumer cultures, microfabrication and nanotechnology, global warming, environmental degradation, and the omnipresent internet.

Throughout the lecture series, faculty members discuss recent research in their fields, focusing on physics, politics, religion, art, economics, biology, psychology and more.

Upcoming lectures in the series (subject to change) include:

Thursday, March 13, 2014
Professor of History Dr. Peter Wallace, "The Finninger Affair: The Imperial City of Mulhouse (Alsace) Suspended between the Swiss Confederation and the Holy Roman Empire: 1580-1602"

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dr. Sanjeewa Gamagedara: "Investigation of Biomarkers for Non-Invasive Early Diagnosis of Cancer"

Thursday, May 8, 2014
Assistant Professor of Political Science Dr. Sara Rinfret: "Engaging Students in Environmental Policymaking"

For more information, contact Assistant Professor of Political Science and Faculty Development Acting Chair Dr. Matthew Voorhees at 607-431-4387 or

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes an experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a distinctive January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for not just their first jobs, but for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

Contact: Valerie Capullo
Phone: 607-431-4031