Forum explores role of science in a globalized culture

March 29, 2016
Dr. Chris Schulenburg
Dr. Melissa Gormley

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s College of Liberal Arts and Education will present a faculty forum, “Dazzled with Science?: Mexico’s Twenty-First Century Novel and Globalization’s Unsavory Consequences,” on Thursday, April 7, in Room 136 Doudna Hall from 5-6:30 p.m. The forum is free and open to university students, faculty, staff and community members.

At the forum, Dr. Chris Schulenburg, associate professor of Spanish at UW-Platteville, will discuss Mexican author Jorge Volpi’s novel, “No será la Tierra” (2006), and its questioning of the roles played by science in a globalized culture.

“In Jorge Volpi’s novel, the role of science is to investigate, solve and cure,” said Schulenburg. “He simultaneously reveals science’s potential to unite the planet after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and its tendency to tear nations apart, due to profoundly human frailties.”

“The novel is a perfect example of Volpi’s constant search for knowledge and the inability of humans to utilize our discoveries without factoring in human interest,” said Schulenburg. “Even in a moment as crucial as the fall of the Berlin Wall, the potential (political, social and scientific) of working together across national lines ultimately becomes impossible.”

Following Schulenburg’s discussion, Dr. Melissa Gormley, associate professor of history, chair of the department of history and interim chair of the department of geography at UW-Platteville, will respond.

The LAE Faculty Forum Series, a program instituted in the fall of 2004, is sponsored by UW-Platteville’s College of LAE. The purpose of the forum is to allow faculty to present information in their research areas to university faculty, staff, students and community members. Presenters tailor their presentations to a general audience.

As UW-Platteville pursues its vision of being recognized as the leading student-focused university for its success in achieving excellence, creating opportunities, and empowering each individual, it is guided by four strategic planning priorities. The College of LAE Faculty Forum Series aligns with the priorities of providing an outstanding education, fostering a community of achievement and respect, and enriching the tri-states.

Written by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191,


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