The Provost’s Lecture Series continues on Tuesday, February 6, with two talks by Mary Jo Bona, distinguished professor in the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, and Judith Crowell, MD, distinguished service professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University.
The Provost’s Lecture Series features SUNY Distinguished Academy faculty members at Stony Brook University showcasing the outstanding research and scholarship taking place at SBU. Each semester, three Lecture Series events take place, each featuring two talks from Stony Brook faculty. Lectures are held in the Wang Center Theatre at 3:30 pm, with light refreshments following the talks.
Mothers, Mobility, Narrative: Othermothering and Maso’s The Art Lover in the AIDS Era
In this presentation, Bona argues that Maso’s novel functions as a queer maternal (meta)fiction in which the author reappraises maternality by portraying reparenting and queer kin relations during a health emergency. In addition, maternal plots are refigured during the AIDS crisis by displaying multiple forms of visual art in support of the artistic ambitions of a young man dying of AIDS. By including extra-literary materials, including art reproductions, Maso challenges the limits of narrative itself, by specifically questioning whether the genre of the novel can represent the unspeakable.
Parenting and Child Development in Autism
Crowell said that during her training in child and adolescent psychiatry, she was drawn to the study of normative development to inform her understanding of the development of psychopathology in children. In this talk, Crowell will merge her longstanding research interests in parent-child and attachment relationships with current clinical interests in autism. The literature on parenting and child development in neurotypical children is vast, but that on parents and their autistic offspring is relatively small. Crowell will review some of that literature and discuss reasons why the investigation of how parents shape outcome in children with autism has been challenging to pursue.