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CAHSS Invites You to the Next Intellectual Conversations, Feb, 15.

Vicki Toscano, J.D., Ph.D.

Vicki Toscano, J.D., Ph.D.

NSU’s College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS) is delighted to invite you to the next Intellectual Conversations on Friday, February 15, 2019 at 12:00pm. The series theme this academic year is “Boundaries and Borders: Beyond Open and Closed.”

The upcoming conversation will feature Vicki Toscano, Ph.D., faculty in the Department of History and Political Science, and Aileen Farrar, Ph.D., faculty in the Department of Literature and Modern Languages facilitating the conversation entitled, “Back from the Brink: The Narratives of Pro-life and Pro-choice Politics.”

Aileen Miyuki Farrar, Ph.D

Aileen Miyuki Farrar, Ph.D

This conversation will explore the myth of difference invoked in the literature of prochoice and prolife movements. From highlighting the welfare of the unborn and born to claims about women’s mental health needs and arguments regarding coercion and liberty, narratives on each side fight to tell a definitive story about the abortion experience. The rhetoric of each side presents striking similarities, but more importantly, the stories they at times threaten to obfuscate confess surprisingly similar personal stakes and experiences as well. This observation has significant implications regarding how the rhetorical maneuvers that result in legislation for each side ultimately create, utilize, and distort the narrativized experiences of each side, or in other words, it promises to reveal the shared concerns of actors who would otherwise identify each other as “movement” and “countermovement” advocates. For this talk, specifically, we are examining how narrative elements cross boundaries.

The event will take place from 12:00-1:00pm on Friday, February 15, 2019 in the Mailman Hollywood Auditorium on the second floor. It is free and open to the public.

If you have questions, please contact Stephen Levitt, LL.M., faculty in the Department of History and Political Science and the Intellectual Conversations Committee chair, at