The 6th Annual James W. Carey Memorial Lecture

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Date and Time

Monday, September 19, 2016 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM


DeVos Center » 122E - Loosemore Auditorium


“Metaphors We Die By: How Patterns of Communication Can Become Deadly"

Speaker: Dr. John Lyne, Department of Communication, University of Pittsburgh

Monday,September 19, 2016 at 7 P.M.

The language and idioms of information transmission pervade both academic and public discourse about communication. But the power of metaphors, and other configurations of meaning, is not measured by the information they impart. Rather, it lies in the way these enable or restrict engagement with the world. This implies that we should subject them to a critical eye, alert to the dangers as well as the enrichments brought by commonly reiterated metaphors. The lecture will examine cases of “metaphorical strangling”--in science, medicine, and public life--that can become deadening when misconstrued as information.

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This event is sponsored by the Communication Studies Major Program, Institute for General Semantics, School of Communications, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Philosophy, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, The Graduate School, and the Office of the Provost.



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