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Thinking Aloud
Human Quest to Experience Something Sublime
The human impulse to seek the sublime lies at the heart of this conversation. Our guest is T. J. Jackson Lears, Board of Governors Professor of History at Rutgers. Lears presented the keynote address for the BYU interdisciplinary symposium, titled "Pageants and Processions: Image and Idiom as Spectacle," held at the BYU Museum of Art. His address, titled "Making a Spectacle of Ourselves: The Changing American Sublime," situated American involvement in and fascination for the sublime in the larger historical context, from Longinus in ancient times to Emund Burke of the 1700s, to the present day.—Original airdate: 3/10/2008

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