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DYC's Finnegan To Present at International Conference on Film & Philosophy

Finnegan is one of only six speakers from around the globe invited to speak at this event.

Buffalo, New York – September 18, 2014 – Elizabeth H. Finnegan, PhD, assistant professor of English at D’Youville College, will speak at the International Colloquium on Film and Philosophy in Honor of Stanley Cavell to be held in Lima, Peru, November 3-5, 2014 at Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru.

Cavell is a prominent American philosopher, who serves as Walter M. Cabot Professor Emeritus of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value at Harvard University. He is known for his scholarship on Ludwig Wittgenstein, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and American Romanticism, and for his development of “ordinary language philosophy” which he brings into his analysis of film in his seminal works, "The World Viewed" (Harvard Film Studies, 1971) and "Pursuits of Happiness" (Harvard Film Studies, 1981).

Cavell will attend the Colloquium.

Finnegan is one of only six speakers from around the globe invited to speak at this event. This in recognition of her scholarship in which she applies the philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein to literature, film, and popular culture.

“Apart from Wittgenstein himself, Stanley Cavell is the person who has most influenced my own work,” she said. “It is a tremendous honor to have been invited, and it will be a thrill to meet him, especially under these circumstances.”

She will present a paper titled “To See or Not to See: Locating the Documentary Subject in Abbas Kiarostami’s Close-Up.”

Finnegan is a graduate of Oberlin College, completed graduate work in Art History at the Institute of Fine Arts in New York, earned her master’s degree in Humanities (Media Study/Film Production/English) at the University at Buffalo where she also earned her doctorate in English.


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