January 30, 2007

CONTACT: Kate Olderman
(215) 349-8369

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“Why Curse? Why Not?”
PENN Psychiatry Presents a Panel Discussion Looking at Cursing from a Linguistic, Sociological, and Psychological Perspective

(PHILADELPHIA) – What makes one four letter word profane and another docile? The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and The Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia will host “Why Curse? Why Not?” – an interdisciplinary forum aimed at understanding the development, diffusion, and taboo of cursing from a linguistic, sociological, and psychological perspective.

WHERE: University of Pennsylvania
Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall
3417 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
WHEN: February 1, 2007
7 p.m.
WHO: Roger Abrahams, PhD, Hum Rosen Professor in Folklore and Folklife and Professor of English Emeritus, University of Pennsylvania

Anjan Chatterjee, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Neurology and Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Dr. Chatterjee will present examples of neurological disease to discuss the biologic bases of speech, language, and systems that might contribute to cursing.

Elio Frattaroli, MD, Faculty, The Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia

Carolyn Marvin, PhD, Frances Yates Professor in the Annenberg School for Communications, University of Pennsylvania

Robert Blair St. George, PhD, Associate Professor of History, Center for Folklore and Ethnography, University of Pennsylvania

For additional information, contact Sarah Lichter at 215-746-7248 or Kate Olderman at 215-349-8369.

This event is open to the public.

Refreshments will be served.


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