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Book Talk with Anthony Funari

11/02/11

Book Talk with Anthony Funari

Dec. 8 book talk by JCCC instructor examines Bacon’s narratives about science

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Are humans the masters of the natural world? Or does nature defy control? Those questions may seem topical today, but they also were relevant in the 17th century when Francis Bacon examined humanity’s relationship to nature.

That tenuous relationship, explored in Bacon’s narratives, is the topic of a new book by Anthony J. Funari, an adjunct professor of English at Johnson County Community College.

Funari will share information from his new book, “Francis Bacon and the 17th-Century Intellectual Discourse,” at a presentation from 7-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, and the public is invited to attend.

The talk will be in Hudson Auditorium in the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art on the JCCC campus. Admission is free.

A reception in Funari’s honor will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the nearby Shull Atrium.

“Particularly in light of the 2010 Gulf oil spill, this debate over ougen-fr environmental future took on even more urgency,” Funari said. “In the book, I unearth the challenge voiced by poets of the 17th century to Bacon’s endeavor to make nature subservient.”

In his presentation, Funari will draw together 17th-century English literature, the history of science and the study of the environment to explore the historical roots of our current environmental conversations.

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