What is Modernity?

Exploration and Discovery Spring Colloquium Series Presented by: Maureen Healy, History Trains, travel and time zones. Does the advent of “modernity” come in the nineteenth century? Explore the geographic and temporal imaginations of nineteenth-century Europeans. They moved through space and measured time in novel ways; a simple ride on a train or a synchronizing of clocks changed the ways people imagined the world to be. Paul Powers, Religious Studies Sociologist Peter Berger has described the key dynamic of modernity as a “shift from fate to choice.” Among the many aspects of life increasingly subject to choice is one’s religious commitments, including the possibility of rejecting religion altogether. Prof. Powers will discuss how the changing nature of religiosity interacts with modern emphases on individual subjectivity, interiority, and self-care, and new modes of religious and political authority. Rishona Zimring, English How did artistic modernism, especially literature and the visual arts in the early 20th century, respond to the radically altered experience of everyday life brought about by modernity? This event is free and open to the Lewis and Clark Community.