BMI Presents a Panel Discussion - Spectacle of Violence: Why We Need to Watch


Sep. 29, 2016, 7pm to 8:30pm

Campus Location

Office/Remote Location

Si Redd Room


The Black Mountain Institute presents a panel discussion on the Spectacle of Violence – Why We Need to Watch, with William T. Vollmann, Kerry Howley, Dr. Jonathan “Professor in the Cage” Gottschall, and Dr. Brian Villmoare.

Moderated by Joshua Wolf Shenk

How come violence is the thing we hate most and the thing we can’t take our eyes off of, too? How does the literature of violence illuminate why humans thirst to read of and watch blood and suffering? And what does the representation of violence teach us about how literature functions, and how it relates to primal human needs?

Co-sponsored by the Department of Anthropology, whose scholars developed the program with BMI’s staff. And featuring William T. Vollmann, the beloved and unstoppable author of fiction, non-fiction, and plays, including the legendary Rising Up, Rising Down, a seven-volume literary treatise on violence; Kerry Howley, whose innovative and startling memoir Thrown follows her insinuation with mixed martial arts fighters; Dr. Jonathan Gottschall, a scholar of anthropology who put theory of violence to practice by becoming a professional cage fighter; and UNLV professor, Dr. Brian Villmoare, a paleontologist who has studied the influence of violence on the evolution of the human face.


This event is free and open to the public. 

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Black Mountain Institute

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Black Mountain Institute