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Dr. Elizabeth Hull’s Last Lecture

April 9 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Please join us at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 9, in Phillips Lounge for the Last Lecture of the redoubtable Dr. Elizabeth Hull, Professor of English and Dr. Robert L. Martin Chair of English Literature. All are welcome to attend the lecture, titled “Love’s Bitch.” The event will be livestreamed via Facebook Live, and a recording will be available online following the lecture.

To view the livestream, please follow the instructions below.

  1. Go to Bethany College’s Facebook page.
  2. Click the “Videos” tab.
  3. When the lecture begins at 11 a.m., it should appear as a live video in the “Videos” tab. Click on it to start watching the livestream. If you’re on mobile, you might receive a notification when the livestream starts.
  4. The video will remain on our Facebook page following the event, so you are welcome to enjoy the lecture at your leisure.

Dr. Elizabeth Hull’s synopsis of “Love’s Bitch”:

Spike, Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s nemesis-with-benefits, once gave an impassioned definition of love:  “it’s blood — blood inside you screaming to work its will.  I may be love’s bitch, but at least I’m man enough to admit it.”  When I look at western history I also see love pounding inside us like blood, screaming, and scheming, to work its will through us.  But the schemer I see, the creator of our emotions and our actions, whether we know it or not, is love lyrics:  love songs, love poetry.  Art doesn’t follow life:  life follows art.  Cultures differ so widely in the actions of love, the actions of desire.  How do we know what love is?  How do we know who to love?  How do we know how to act on our love?  How do we know how to talk about it, to lovers and others?  From the age of 17, I have spent my academic life researching and teaching about love poetry, and I’ll chart its influence on our culture’s love life and in my life with Buffy, Petrarch, and the Earl of Rochester.


April 9
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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