CSUF News Service
Exploring the French Enlightenment April 24
April 7, 2014
Kevin Lambert, CSUF associate professor of liberal studies, will discuss "A Scientific Object at the Paris Opéra: A Pygmalion Moment in French Enlightenment Public Science" Thursday, April 24, at Cal State Fullerton.
The program, sponsored by the University's Center for the History and Philosophy of Science, Technology and Medicine, is free and open to the public.
Thursday, April 24
Cal State Fullerton, Humanities-Social Sciences Building, Room 226
800 N. State College Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92831
Lambert, a member of the campus faculty since 2007 and whose area of expertise is the history of science, explains that his talk focuses on Jean-Phillip Rameau's act de ballet, "Pigmalion." In the opera, first performed in 1748, Rameau brings a statue to life "with a magical chord, the corps sonore or sounding body.
"My paper follows the resonances Rameau's magical chord set up in the Parisian public to show how leading members of the critical French public registered cultural experiences with their bodies — bodies affected by what they saw, heard and, most importantly, felt. The French enlightenment was a culture of analysis, but it was also a culture of affect."
$2 per hour or $8 for a daily permit Mondays through Fridays. Free on Saturday and Sunday. Details available online.
The Center for the History and Philosophy of Science, Technology and Medicine was created to facilitate collegial exchanges of ideas about the history and philosophy of science, technology and medicine among campus faculty members and students, and promote understanding and appreciation of the history and philosophy of science, technology and medicine on campus and in the external community. Talks this year have ranged from earthquakes to culture, Darwin's Theory of Evolution to biotechnology and genetic science. Craig McConnell, associate professor of liberal studies, is center director.