Emily Martin, Professor of Anthropology at NYU, is coming to Wes tomorrow to talk about sleep in our modern age. Part of the “Figuring the Human” lecture series sponsored by the Center for the Humanities:
Exploring historical and ethnographic materials from the U.S. since WW II, Professor Martin’s illustrated lecture explores how and why sleep has recently become a complex management project dependent on discipline and attention. Even dreaming (for Freud, a chance to hear the unconscious) has become an activity that can be optimized for increased productivity.
Research from American public health experts and sleep scientists together with incitements from the bedding industry and the pharmaceutical industry have contributed to making American sleep an enterprise that demands continuous labor rather than providing sore labour’s bath.
Date: Monday, October 6
Time: 8-9:30 pm
Place: Russell House – Millett Room