Evil Lurks In This Year's
Sidore Series at UNH
Contact: Erika Mantz
UNH Media Relations
Sept. 8, 2005
DURHAM, N.H. -- The 2005-2006 Saul O Sidore Lecture Series at the
University of New Hampshire will examine ideas about evil and efforts
it in a diversity of places — Nigeria, Ghana, the United
States, Great Britain, Egypt and Sudan — and explore how
these ideas represent both products of, and resistance against
modernity. The series begins Thursday, Sept. 15, 2005, with Jean
LaFontaine, professor emeritus of social anthropology at the London
School of Economics and the author of Speak of the Devil: Tales
of Satanic Abuse in Contemporary England.
LaFontaine will discuss the significance of accusations of Satanism
in contemporary Great Britain and their effect on the intellectual
climate of the 21st century. She is the mother of authoritative
books and essays on African witchcraft beliefs, initiation rites,
the sociology of childhood and social anthropology. In the late
1980s, she began systematic research into the character and dynamics
of satanic ritual abuse panics then arising all over the United
Kingdom. For more information on LaFontaine and a complete schedule
of speakers, visit http://www.unh.edu/humanities-center/sidore/sidore.htm.
All lectures are free and open to the public, and begin at 4 p.m.
in Theatre I of the Memorial Union Building.
The purpose of the Sidore series is to offer the university community
and the state of New Hampshire programs that raise critical and
sometimes controversial issues facing our society. The series is
sponsored by the UNH Center for the Humanities.