Kicking off the English Department's 2015-2016 William J. and Yvonne Hyde Colloquium Series, English Department faculty member Dr. Rob Wilkie will present "Animated Monsters: Class and the Nonhuman." Contemporary culture has taken a "nonhuman" turn. In the theoretical arguments of writers like Jane Bennett (Vibrant Matter), Timothy Morton (Hyperobjects), and Graham Harman (The Quadruple Object), as well as in the plots of popular films like Godzilla and Avengers: The Age of Ultron, there is a sense that the only way to address the large-scale social and environmental crises caused by humanity is to eliminate the "human," by which is meant not human extinction, but shifting from a human-centered reality to one that more fully recognizes the agency and being of nonhuman objects. Taking this idea as his starting point, Dr. Wilkie will examine some of the core theoretical and class assumptions of the nonhuman turn and will propose instead a more historical and materialist approach to the relations between the human and the nonhuman. The presentation runs from 2:30-3:30 p.m. on Friday, September 25th in 113 Wimberly Hall. The event is free and open to the public and all are welcome to attend. To arrange for disability accommodations, contact email@example.com or 608-785-8295.