At 14:00 on April 20th, 2018, a lecture on Drama and Determinant, delivered by Professor Julian Mark Lamb from the Faculty of Arts of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, was successfully held in the Wenke Building on the campus of Shenzhen University. For this lecture, the leaders from the School of Foreign Languages attached great importance to it. On the day of the lecture, both teachers and students were present, and there was positive interaction among them, making the atmosphere very lively.
At the beginning, Professor Lamb started the lecture with the hypothesis—“survival is a determinant”. After that, he expounded the viewpoints of Aristotle and explained determinants and the relation among determinants. During the lecture, Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot and Happy Days were both taken as examples by him to describe the significance of survival determinants. Through the combination of speech and videos, the whole process of the lecture was vivid and intriguing, and the analyses specific and digestible. Then, Professor Lamb gave an in-depth description of survival determinants by analyzing the characters in the two dramas produced by Harold Pinter, The Birthday Party and The Caretaker. To sum up, the lecture was not only fascinating but also thought-provoking; therefore, during the interactive session multiple teachers and students raised questions or expressed their personal opinions, with the lecture room full of activity.
In the end, Dean our school summarized the lecture and extended sincere thanks to Professor Lamb on behalf of the teachers and students of the school.
(2018/4/20 Hu Yueqing)