of clichés in language topic of Livingston Lecture
Kimenyi, professor of linguistics, ethnic studies and African
languages, will discuss the importance of clichés in
language and how the mind works when he delivers the John
C. Livingston Annual Faculty Lecture at 3 p.m. on Tuesday,
Oct. 4 in the University Union Ballroom.
talk, titled “The Cliché Paradox,” will
examine the double-edged sword of clichés. Although
clichés contain preconceived ideas, Kimenyi says, they
also play a crucial role in preserving a collective memory.
will be followed by a reception.
Lecture is among the most prestigious awards at Sacramento
State. The lecture is named in honor of the late Jack Livingston,
a respected Sacramento State government professor and faculty
leader from 1954 to 1981, who is remembered as an inspiration
to both faculty and students.
lecture, organized by the Faculty Senate, recognizes a faculty
member who has played an active role in the life of the University
and has shown a strong commitment to students while remaining
active in creative and scholarly activities.
who joined the Sacramento State faculty in 1976, received
the University’s Outstanding Scholarly Achievement Award
in 1994. Among Kimenyi’s many accomplishments on campus
is the creation of the African Studies emphasis in Pan African
Studies, which awards both a minor and a certificate in African
Studies. On an international level, Kimenyi has been instrumental
in organizing conferences on issues involving genocide, holocausts,
refugees and survivors.