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English professor examines social protest through film and fiction

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Brad S. Born, interim academic dean and associate professor of English at Bethel College, will present the third Faculty Seminar Series lecture for 2006-07 on Monday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel.

Born’s topic will be “Docked Victims and a Seagoing Heroine: The Women of Orson Welles’ Four Men on a Raft (1941) and Jorge Amado’s Sea of Death (1936).” The lecture is free and open to the public.

“Welles’ film, which will be included in the presentation, and Amado’s novel both depict social protest by African-Brazilian fishermen, yet they differ markedly,” Born said. “The American casts his central female character as a passive, land-locked victim while the Brazilian novel liberates its central character, Livia, to strike out from the shore and sail herself free.”

Born has a B.A. from Tabor College, Hillsboro. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Kansas and has taught at Bethel College since 1995.

Born’s interest in his lecture topic stems from the fact that he grew up in Brazil from age 3 to 13 and his Ph.D. dissertation topic focused on social protest in sea narratives and slave narratives by early African-American writers.

The final Faculty Seminar for 2006-07 will be “Bridging between brass band and British art music,” presented by Richard J.W. Tirk, assistant professor of music, on Monday, April 16.

The Faculty Seminar provides a forum for Bethel College faculty to present their achievements to the larger campus community. Recent dissertations, books, papers and fine arts productions usually form the core of the presented material. Sessions last approximately 90 minutes and include a significant time for questions and answers. Students and interested members of the community are invited to attend all sessions.

The Bethel College Faculty Seminar series is supported in part by the Earl and Meta Leisy Eymann Endowment. For more information, contact Faculty Seminar co-directors Christopher Earles at (316) 284-5258 or Sharon Eicher at (316) 284-5319.

Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Founded in 1887, it is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and has been named a Top Tier college by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1998. For more information, see the Bethel web site at www.bethelks.edu.

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