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
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.