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Aliens at ASU

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Article Published: Oct. 20, 2011 | Modified: Oct. 27, 2011
Aliens at ASU

Author David J. Halperin will discuss the cultural significance of the iconic UFO alien Oct. 27 at ASU.

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Dr. David J. Halperin, author of the novel, “Journal of a UFO Investigator,” will speak Oct. 27 at Appalachian State University.

Halprin will present the talk “Halloween’s Strangest Visitor – the UFO Alien” based on his novel. The presentation begins at 7 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Table Rock Room. Admission is free and the public is invited.

The UFO alien, with its light-bulb head and enormous eyes, is the 20th century’s contribution to the Halloween gallery of witches, ghosts and assorted terrors. Halperin will explore the questions: Who is this creature? How did he come to be part of our cultural landscape? What can the creature teach us about ourselves, our yearnings, our fears?

The talk is sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and Religion.

Halperin is professor emeritus of religious studies at UNC Chapel Hill. He has been featured on UNC-TV’s “North Carolina Bookwatch,” and his book has been published in German, Italian and Spanish.

His other publications include “Abraham Miguel Cardozo: Selected Writings” and “Sabbatai Zevi: Testimonies to a Fallen Messiah.”

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