Keynote Address for the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters

On Friday, April 7, 2017, I’ll have the honor of speaking at the annual conference of the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters. They are meeting this year on the UVU Campus.

10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

O.C. Tanner Lecture

Enlightenment in Dark Times: Literary Responses to Unsettling Events in Historical Germany

Dr. Scott Abbott, Utah Valley University
Ragan Theatre, Sorenson Center

weaver march
Käthe Kollwitz

Scott Abbott is Professor of Integrated Studies, Humanities, and Philosophy at Utah Valley University. His Ph.D. in German Studies is from Princeton University. Books include Fictions of Freemasonry: Freemasonry and the German Novel, two books with Serbian novelist Žarko Radaković—Repetitions and Vampires & A Reasonable Dictionary, and a book with botanist Sam Rushforth—Wild Rides and Wildflowers: Philosophy and Botany with Bikes. A book of fraternal meditations after the death of his brother John of AIDS, Immortal for Quite Some Time, was published by the University of Utah Press in 2016. A book about the construction of meaning of barbed wire, written with his wife, historian Lyn Bennett, will appear in the fall of 2017 with Texas A&M University Press. He has translated several works by the contemporary Austrian writer Peter Handke, and with geneticist Daniel Fairbanks he recently published a Darwinized translation of Gregor Mendel’s article “Experiments on Plant Hybrids.

2017 Annual Conference Program FINAL[1]

About Scott Abbott

I received my Ph.D. in German Literature from Princeton University in 1979. Then I taught at Vanderbilt University, BYU, and Utah Valley State College. At Utah Valley University, I directed the Program in Integrated Studies for its initial 13 years and was also Chair of the Department of Humanities and Philosophy for three years. My publications include a book on Freemasonry and the German Novel, two co-authored books with Zarko Radakovic (REPETITIONS and VAMPIRES & A REASONABLE DICTIONARY, published in Serbo-Croatian in Belgrade and in English with Punctum Books), a book with Sam Rushforth (WILD RIDES AND WILDFLOWERS, Torrey House Press), a "fraternal meditation" called IMMORTAL FOR QUITE SOME TIME (University of Utah Press), and translations of three books by Austrian author Peter Handke, of an exhibition catalogue called "The German Army and Genocide," and, with Dan Fairbanks, of Gregor Mendel's important paper on hybridity in peas. More famously, my children are in the process of creating good lives for themselves: as a model and dance/yoga studio manager, as a teacher of Chinese language, as an ecologist and science writer, as a jazz musician, as a parole officer, as a contractor, as a seasonal worker (Alaska and Park City, Utah), and as parents. I share my life with UVU historian Lyn Bennett, with whom I have written a cultural history of barbed wire -- THE PERFECT FENCE (Texas A&M University Press). Some publications at
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