an internationally recognized history and literature scholar
and the Eli
and Edye Broad Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences
at the California Institute of Technology, will deliver the David L. Kubal
Memorial Lecture on January 31, 2008 at 6:30pm in the Golden Eagle Ballroom.
Professor Brewer will speak on "Taste
and Modernity: sentiment, spectacle and the sublime in
The Cambridge educated historian has spent much of his
professional life in the United States, holding
appointments at Yale, Harvard, UCLA, the University of
currently at Caltech. He also served as director of the
William Andrews Clark Library at UCLA, and has received
fellowships from the National Endowment for the
Humanities, the Mellon Foundation, the J. Paul Getty
Foundation, and the Guggenheim Foundation.
Professor Brewer has published several dozen articles
on topics ranging from Eighteenth century British
political figures and politics to the relationship between
art, publishing, and consumer culture. He has also written
and edited many books on Eighteenth century British
culture. The Pleasures of the Imagination: English
Culture in the Eighteenth Century, his study of the
emergence of high culture in the age of consumerism, was
awarded the Wolfson Prize in History and was a National
Book Critics Nominee in Criticism. His most recent book, A
Sentimental Murder: Love and Madness in the Eighteenth
Century, uses a sensational 1779 murder to
"explore the relations between history and fiction,
story telling and fact, past and present."
For more information, call the Cal State L.A. English Department at (323) 343-4140.