Catapult Opens ‘After Hours’ Lecture Series Sept. 12

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“After Hours: Conversations on Art and Culture” will begin its third series of lectures on Sept. 12 with this semester’s topic, “Keeping it Close to Home: A Global Perspective.”

Regardless of where we live or what we do, we carry with us our culture, traditions, and memories of home. These inspire us and shape who we are, whether we are aware of it or not. This series of lectures/presentations will address how creatives channel their definition of home into their work.

The first speaker is Dr. Jyotsna Kapur, director of the University Honors Program and professor of cinema and media studies at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Her presentation is titled “What is home in a capitalist world?” The lecture is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Catapult Creative House.

According to Kapur, one of the defining features of home used to be childhood.  Home was the domestic/private space where children were raised.  Home was thus a certain time and place in one’s life associated with childhood—and became synonymous with nostalgia.  As a media historian, she has traced how the capitalist expansion since the ’70s has transformed the meaning of youth and childhood, its evidence in media culture all around us.

Visitors are welcome to tour the entire Catapult facilities including the Southeast Missouri State University Department of Art students’ studios upstairs, as well as the Catapult Creative Shoppe, which features student work and local business products.

Catapult Creative House is located at 612 Broadway, Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.  All gallery exhibitions, events and talks are free and open to the public. For more information contact Leah Powers at lepowers@semo.edu or (573) 290-5372.

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