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BoT Distinguished Professor Lecture: We're All In This Together

Thursday, February 28, 2019
6:00pm – 7:00pm

Hartford Campus
Hartford Public Library Center for Contemporary Culture

Join us for a talk by Gina Barreca, 2018 UCONN BOARD OF TRUSTEES DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH

All great works of fiction, poetry and drama—as well as texts forming mythologies, religions, national epics to heroic sagas—have loneliness at the heart of their narrative. From Persephone to Peter Pan, from “Frankenstein” to “Frozen,” the stories we pass along are saturated with unwilling isolation. “Only around half of Americans say they have meaningful, daily face-to-face social interactions,” according to a 2017 study. A former U.S. Surgeon General argues that “We live in the most technologically connected age in the history of civilization, yet rates of loneliness have doubled since the 1980s.” We need more than social media. We need social contact. We need community. How can we break through the loneliness barrier? Being alone when in need of companionship is more than sad; it’s an epidemic.Chronic loneliness is as bad for your health as smoking 15 cigarettes per day. We need to change our national story and, often, our personal ones as well. Even the concept of the “lone wolf” is a myth. Wolves hunt in packs.

Reception to follow.

For more information about this event, or if you are an individual who requires special accommodation to participate, please contact the CLAS Dean’s Office at (860) 486-2713.

Contact:

kim.schwarz@uconn.edu

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (primary), CLAS Undergraduate Students, Hartford Campus, UConn Master Calendar

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