MIND OVER MEMES: PASSIVE LISTENING, TOXIC TALK, AND OTHER MODERN LANGUAGE FOLLIES

OCTOBER 30, 6:30-8:00 PM; Reception 6:00 PM

Presenter: Institute Fellow Dr. Diana Senechal

In a culture of buzzwords and takeaways, it takes study and cunning to keep language alive—and thus to sustain public and private life. In Mind over Memes: Passive Listening, Toxic Talk, and Other Modern Language Follies, Dr. Diana Senechal lifts up words, concepts, and phrases, shakes away their errors, and proposes durable meanings. Drawing on literature, philosophy, music, and technology, Dr. Senechal dissects clichés regarding change; praises the virtues of a “good misfit” (as opposed to a “good fit”); questions the omnipresence of the “team”; upends the adjective “toxic”; argues that “social justice” must take its place among other justices; and more. Combining criticism, lyricism, and play, Mind over Memes argues for judicious and imaginative speech. Dr. Senechal will present her new book, engage the audience in discussion, and end the evening with a book-signing.

$10 Admission, $5 Educators and Students

Dr. Senechal’s book will be available for purchase.

 

PRESENTER

DR. DIANA SENECHAL is a Dallas Institute Fellow, winner of the 2011 Hiett Prize in the Humanities, and a regular faculty member of the Summer Institutes for Teachers.