The Stephen B. Luce Library and the Humanities Department
welcome Dr. Julie Wosk
November 12, 2015 @1500 in the library.
Dr. Julie Wosk is Professor of English, Art History, and Studio Painting in the Department of Humanities at SUNY Maritime College. She has published four books on art, design, and technology, including her most recent book My Fair Ladies: Female Robots, Androids, and Other Artificial Eves (Rutgers University Press, July 2015).
Dr. Wosk has lectured all over the world. One of her lectures, “Alluring Androids and Robots”, was taped by PBS television Channel Thirteen in New York as part of their “Best Lectures in NY”. She has also been interviewed on NPR radio, and her recent book was featured in London’s newspaper, The Guardian.
A chance encounter in a 26th Street flea market in NYC has been the inspiration for Dr. Wosk’s work. She had noticed a mannequin’s head peering out of a paper bag. It was coy and a little eerie--and it reminded her of Freud's essay on "The Uncanny" where it is sometimes difficult to tell if something is inanimate or alive. That began her path of photographing mannequins, masks and puppets. Her fascination with this subject was the inspiration for new book My Fair Ladies.
Please join us on November 12, 2015 @ 1500 where Dr. Wosk will share her new book featuring female robots, mannequins, and dolls in movies, television, literature, art, photography and real-life robots that being made in engineering labs today.