News Release

REF NO.: 172

SUBJECT: PSA: Words in Edgewise examines the future of nostalgia, the morality of music and homosexuality in rural Newfoundland

DATE: March 2, 2011

Each month Memorial University’s Graduate Program in Humanities, the Eastern Edge Gallery and Magpie magazine team up to present some of St. John’s most exciting and intriguing artists and academics performing, presenting and sharing their work in a variety of disciplines and media.
            This month’s Words in Edgewise takes place at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 10, at the Eastern Edge Gallery and is hosted by Morgan Murray. Admission is by donation.
The following people will be making presentations on March 10:
Janna Rosales – Schmaltz or Sentinel? The Future of Nostalgia. Vintage and retro might be “in,” but what really becomes of nostalgia, that longing for what used to be, in a forward-looking, wired-up society whose very essence is change? Nostalgia is now a prepackaged commodity, a fixture in the pop culture marketplace, from Mad Men to My Little Pony. Dr. Rosales will engage the audience in a conversation about the cultural aesthetic of nostalgia by asking, does the past have any value in a society whose eye seems so firmly set on the future?
            Janna Rosales is a St. John’s researcher who holds a BA and MA from Memorial University and a PhD from the University of Toronto. Her research
interests include: the implications of nanotechnology, transhumanism, food security, cradle-to-cradle design, deliberative democracy models, and contemplative education.
Justin Osmond – Schopenhauer, Iris Murdoch and the Sovereignty of Music. Using examples from his own music Mr. Osmond will apply Iris Murdoch’s theory of how art initiates our awareness of others to examine the morality of Western music, and explain how music becomes a sound image of the structure of being.
            Justin Osmond, of Portugal Cove, holds a B.Mus. degree from Memorial University and is currently completing a MA in philosophy. He shares his songs on the open mic scene in St. John’s.
Walter Mackey – “Well, That’s Because He’s a BayGay:” Homosexuality and Isolation in Rural Newfoundland. Featuring a performance art piece using an analog cassette recorder to provide multiple voices, Mr. Mackey will facilitate a discussion on the topic of growing up as a homosexual in rural Newfoundland and Labrador.
            Hailing from a settlement of 33 people in eastern Newfoundland, Walter Mackey is an artist living in St. John’s and a third year folklore and socio-cultural anthropology student at Memorial University.

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