(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.
||University of Pennsylvania
Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall
3417 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
||February 1, 2007
Abrahams, PhD, Hum Rosen Professor in Folklore
and Folklife and Professor of English
Emeritus, University of Pennsylvania
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.
Frattaroli, MD, Faculty, The
Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia
Marvin, PhD, Frances Yates Professor in the Annenberg
School for Communications, University
Blair St. George, PhD, Associate Professor of History,
for Folklore and Ethnography, University
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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