The Institute regularly hosts the Germaine Brée Lecture and the Nellie Y. McKay Lecture to honor two distinguished and pioneering former members of the Institute. With the Center for the Humanities, the Institute sponsors 2-5 Focus on the Humanities Distinguished Lectures given by UW-Madison faculty members each year. Senior Fellows at the Institute deliver a Focus lecture near the end or after their terms. The Institute also organizes or co-sponsors lectures series and individual lectures on selected topics. All lectures are open to the public.





Burdick-Vary Lecture Series

September 17, 2014
4:00 P.M., Banquet Room, University Club

Atina Grossmann
Humanities & Social Sciences, Cooper Union


'Distance and Intimacy: Close Encounters between Jews and Germans in the Aftermath of Catastrophe'

Part of the War and Intimacy Series. Convened by Lou Roberts.

Burdick-Vary Symposium

October 3, 2014
9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M., DeLuca Forum, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, 330 N. Orchard St.

Lynda Barry, UW-Madison
Peter Bovenmyer, UW-Madison
Sonya Clark, Virginia Commonwealth University
Kathryn Linn Geurts, Hamline University
Darryl Harper, Virginia Commonwealth University
Ray Hernández-Durán, University of New Mexico in Albuquerque
Marguerite E. Heckscher, UW-Madison
David Howes, Concordia University
Chris Walker, UW-Madison
Sheron Wray, University of California, Irvine


'Embodied Knowledge: Sensory Studies in the 21st Century'

Convened by Henry Drewal.

Burdick-Vary Lecture Series

October 23, 2014
4:00 P.M., Banquet Room, University Club

Lucy Noakes
Arts and Humanities, University of Brighton


'Burying the People of "the People's War": Death, the State and Intimacy in Second World War Britain.'

Part of the War and Intimacy Series. Convened by Lou Roberts.

Burdick-Vary Lecture Series

November 13, 2014
4:00 P.M., Room 212, University Club

Terry Peterson
History, UW-Madison


'Fighting For Intimacy: Counterinsurgency, Gender Politics, and Colonial Utopianism in the Algerian War'

Part of the War and Intimacy Series. Convened by Lou Roberts.

Burdick-Vary Lecture Series

December 11, 2014
4:00 P.M., Room 212, University Club

David Harrisville
History, UW-Madison


'Holding the Hands of Dying Men: Wehrmacht Chaplains on the Eastern Front, 1941-45'

Part of the War and Intimacy Series. Convened by Lou Roberts.

Focus on the Humanities Distinguished Faculty Lecture

December 3, 2014
5:30 P.M., Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, L140, 800 University Avenue

Craig Werner
Department of Afro-American Studies, UW-Madison


'For What It's Worth: Towards a New History of the Sixties'

Focus on the Humanities Distinguished Faculty Lecture

February 18, 2015 - February 18, 2015
5:30 P.M., Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, L140, 800 University Avenue

Tejumola Olaniyan
English, UW-Madison


'Enchantings: Modernity, Culture, and the State in Postcolonial Africa'
Nellie Y. McKay Lecture in the Humanities

October 9, 2014
7:30 P.M., Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, L160, 800 University Avenue

Saidiya Hartman
Department of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University


'A Serial Biography of the Wayward'

This lecture explores themes from Hartman's current book project, entitled Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments, which examines the social upheaval and radical transformation of everyday life that took place in the slums in the years between 1890-1920.

Saidiya Hartman is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and has served as the director of the Institute for Research on Women, Gender & Sexuality. She is the author of Lose Your Mother (Farrar, Straus & Giroux 2007) and Scenes of Subjection (Oxford University Press 2007.) She has published several articles on slavery, including "Venus in Two Acts" and "The Time of Slavery."

The Nellie Y. McKay Lectures are co-sponsored by the Center for the Humanities.

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