Townsend Center Berkeley Book Chat: John Ferrari: The Messages We Send: Social Signals and Storytelling
Lecture | April 25 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens
Professor of Classics G. R. F. (John) Ferrari offers a new framework for understanding different ways in which we communicate with each other. He explores the idea of "intimations": social interactions that approach outright communication but do not quite reach it. Using the metaphor of a communicative scale or switch, which goes from "off" to fully "on, Ferrari sees intimations lying at various points in between. The Messages We Send: Social Signals and Storytelling (Oxford, 2017) examines communicative transmissions drawn from both the formal arts (lyric poetry) and daily life (the messages we send with our clothes).
After an introduction by Ellen Oliensis (Classics), Ferrari will speak briefly about his work and then open the floor for discussion.