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Rhinoceros to be focus of annual Humanities Symposium

| By Stephanie Weaver
Humanities Symposium

Loyola University of Maryland will host its annual Humanities Symposium, with support from the University’s Center for the Humanities, throughout February and March with performances, colloquia, and a keynote speaker, all focusing on Eugene Ionesco’s play, Rhinoceros.

Loyola’s Evergreen Players will perform Rhinoceros, directed by Natka Bianchini, Ph.D., assistant professor of theatre. Performances at the McManus Theatre are on Thursday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m., followed by post-opening night reception; Friday, Feb. 20, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 21, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 22, at 2 p.m., followed by a post-play discussion.

To purchase tickets, call the Loyola box office at 410-617-5932.

On Thursday, March 12, Susan Rubin Suleiman, Ph.D., C. Douglas Dillon Professor of the Civilization of France and professor of comparative literature at Harvard University, will deliver the keynote, “Why do we laugh at Rhinoceros?,” at 6 p.m. in McGuire Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Born in Budapest, Suleiman has won several honors, including the Radcliffe Medal for Distinguished Achievement and a decoration by the French Government as Officer of the Order of Academic Palms. She is the author of several books, including Authoritarian Fictions: The Ideological Novel as a Literary Genre, Budapest Diary: In Search of the Motherbook, and Crises of Memory and the Second World War.

During the 2009-10 academic year, Suleiman was the invited Shapiro Senior Scholar-in-Residence at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

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