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September 2010

Language Matters: Multilingualism, Translation, and Disciplinary Discourses in the Humanities

September 13, 2010 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Panel Discussion

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Lunch and Workshop for Institute Dissertation Fellows

September 16, 2010 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Panel Discussion and Workshop

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The Senses in Understandings of Art: A “Sensorium” of Yoruba Peoples

September 20, 2010 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Henry Drewal Senior Fellow (2010-2014) Art History and Afro-American Studies, UW-Madison   This paper will explore how artists and audiences use the senses to create and respond to the arts using an approach…

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Riots in Ancient Rome

September 27, 2010 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Gregory Aldrete Solmsen Fellow (2010-2011) Humanistic Studies (Classics), University of Wisconsin-Green Bay   The inhabitants of ancient Rome appear to have been a riotous lot with at least 154 known episodes of unruly…

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October 2010

Ideology and Its Ethics: Maria Dąbrowska’s Jewish (and Polish) Problem

October 4, 2010 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Rachel Feldhay Brenner Senior Fellow (2008-2013) Hebrew Studies, UW-Madison   The diaries of Maria Dąbrowska (1889-1965), a prominent Polish writer and socialist left a troubling testimony of her perception of the Polish Jews,…

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Toypurina and the Hidden Histories of California

October 11, 2010 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Maria Lepowsky Resident Fellow (2010-2011) Anthropology, Gender and Women's Studies, UW-Madison   In 1785 a young Tongva woman named Toypurina led a revolt against the Spanish mission at San Gabriel, near a newly…

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The Other Operation Dixie: Public Employees and the Postwar Revival of Organized Labor

October 18, 2010 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: William Jones Race, Ethnicity, and Indigeneity Fellow (2010-2011) History, UW-Madison   The defeat of Operation Dixie, a million-dollar campaign to unionize southern manufacturing after the Second World War, has long been recognized as…

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The Invention of Monasticism

October 25, 2010 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Albrecht Diem Solmsen Fellow (2010-2011) History, Syracuse University   Albrecht will present an outline of his research project, which focuses on the process of monastic institution forming in the late antique and early…

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November 2010

Medieval Superstition and European Modernity

November 1, 2010 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Michael D. Bailey Solmsen Fellow (2010-2011) History, Iowa State University   Concern over and condemnation of superstition (always a negative category) surged in the late Middle Ages (fourteenth and fifteenth centuries), embodied finally…

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The Farther Shores of Literacy: Amerindian Graphic invention and the World of Letters

November 4, 2010 @ 6:00 pm - November 6, 2010 @ 5:00 pm
Grainger Hall, Room 4151, 975 University Avenue
Madison, 53703 United States

2010 Burdick-Vary Symposium:   New World peoples had already invented a huge range of graphic systems when Europeans brought the alphabet to America. Colonial letters interacted with Amerindian pictography, glyphs, cord-writing, and other graphic arts…

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Life-on-a-Human-Hyphen: Mapping Interpersonal Migrations in Calixthe Beyala’s Your Name Shall Be Tanga

November 8, 2010 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Olivia Donaldson Dana-Allen Dissertation Fellow (2010-2011) French and Italian, UW-Madison   How may the study of interpersonal encounters enhance existing theories of migration and diaspora? This presentation reinterprets the migratory notion of living…

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Literature as Historiography: W.G. Sebald’s Hybrid Discourse

November 8, 2010 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Lynn Wolff Dana-Allen Dissertation Fellow (2010-2011) German, UW-Madison   The discursive difference between literature and historiography as defined by Aristotle has remained an organizing principle for both discourses across the ages. In my…

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From Rags to Yichus: Scrap, Secondhand, and Surplus Dealers in American Jewish Communities

November 15, 2010 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Jonathan Z. S. Pollack Madison Area Technical College Fellow (2010-2011) History, Madison Area Technical College   The seminar will present an introductory proposal for a work on the history of Jewish entrepreneurs in…

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Photography in Sound: The Transatlantic Radio Feature 1939-1946

November 22, 2010 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Michele Hilmes Resident Fellow (2010-2011) Communication Arts, UW-Madison   Radio as a sound medium rose to a height of aesthetic accomplishment in the WWII era "feature" program, as it simultaneously became a powerful…

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Historical Linguists Take to the Field: scientific encounters with “living language” in Germany, 1915-1918

November 29, 2010 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Judith Kaplan William Coleman Dissertation Fellow (2010-2011) History of Science, UW-Madison   This presentation begins with a sketch of Judith's dissertation research on the history of language sciences in Imperial Germany. It will…

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Cruising for Impermanence

November 29, 2010 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Bretton White Dana-Allen Dissertation Fellow (2010-2011) Spanish and Portuguese, UW-Madison   This talk will explore how the gay and transvestite characters in the play Chamaco (2006), by Abel González Melo, travel through and…

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December 2010

Women’s Anamnesia: Re-Membering the Forgotten Hi/story of Algerian Civil War

December 6, 2010 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Névine El- Nossery Resident Fellow (2010-2011) French and Italian, UW-Madison   Since the outbreak of violence that started in Algeria in the 90s with the rise of Islamic fundamentalism, Algerian women authors have…

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“No, you’re not to do that!”: Fractured Families, Faulty Misunderstandings in Nathalie Sarraute’s ‘Enfance’

December 13, 2010 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

  Monday Seminar: E. Nicole Meyer French, UW-Green Bay UW System Fellow (2010-2011)   As a privileged literary site for the depiction of identity and of awareness of self, the autobiographical novel has born witness,…

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January 2011

Enchantings: A Cultural Biography of the Postcolonial African State

January 24, 2011 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Tejumola Olaniyan Senior Fellow (2007-2011; 2012-2013) African Languages and Literature; English, UW-Madison   The seminar is an inquiry into the relations between the postcolonial African state and selected cultural forms, practices, and institutions…

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Maimonides on Divine Providence and Moral Luck

January 31, 2011 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Steven Nadler Resident Fellow (2010-2011) Philosophy, UW-Madison   A look at the way in which the medieval Jewish philosopher Maimonides explains the workings of divine providence, and especially how the virtuous person might…

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February 2011

Demosthenes and Fourth-Century Athens: Biography, History, and Politics

February 7, 2011 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Susan Lape Solmsen Fellow (2010-2011) Classics, University of Southern California   This paper is an overview of a larger biographical and historical study of the Athenian orator Demosthenes (384-322BCE). It discusses Demosthenes' inheritance…

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If We Must Die: African Americans’ Fight in the Race of War of 1919

February 14, 2011 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: David Krugler UW System Fellow (2010-2011) History, UW-Platteville   If We Must Die is a book in progress about the widespread antiblack collective violence (race riots and lynchings) which engulfed the United States…

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Imagining Alaska: Translocal Processes and the Formation of Place

February 21, 2011 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Sandhya Ganapathy UW System Fellow (2010-2011) Anthropology, UW-Stevens Point   This presentation is drawn from a chapter in my book project, Partial Alliances: Environmentalism, Development, and Indigeneity in Alaska. The book presents an…

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2011 Workshop on Publication Strategies in the Humanities

February 23, 2011 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Workshop and Panel Discussion: Paul Boyer, Merle Curti Professor Emeritus of History, Editor, UW-Press Series, Studies in American Thought and Culture; Editor-in-Chief, The Oxford Companion to United States History. Former director of the Institute, 1993-2001.…

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Composing Music for the Feast of Fools: The Case of the Kyrie Asini

February 28, 2011 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Max Harris Independent Researcher   Over the past thirty years, the Kyrie Asini (Kyrie of the Ass) has become an established part of the repertoire of medieval music supposedly having its origins in…

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March 2011

Beasts and Monsters

March 7, 2011 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar Mario Ortiz-Robles Resident Fellow (2010-2011) English, UW-Madison   This seminar will focus on the animality of the monsters that appear in late-Victorian gothic fiction. It will explore how evolutionary dynamics inform the narrative…

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Notes Toward a Theory of Resistance

March 21, 2011 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Len Kaplan Honorary Fellow (2008-2011) Law, UW-Madison   Weimar's weak liberal state folded into Fascism. In the US since the 1970's critics have warned about "fascism with a friendly face" and more recently…

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A Community-Wide Discussion of Ethics and Race

March 24, 2011 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mosse Humanities Building, Mills Hall, 455 North Park Street
Madison, 53703 United States

2011 Nellie Y. McKay Lecture in the Humanities: Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University   Professor Gates' talk will deepen the community-wide discussion of ethics and race launched this fall…

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Proust’s Calculus of Personality

March 28, 2011 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Richard Goodkin Senior Fellow (2009-2014) French and Italian, UW-Madison   Calculus, invented in the seventeenth century by Leibniz and Newton and perfected over the next two hundred years, is not only the foundation…

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April 2011

The Global Renaissance: Some New Interdisciplinary Perspectives

April 1, 2011 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Memorial Union, 800 Langdon Street
Madison, 53703 United States

2011 Conference:   This conference will explore the “Global Renaissance” from a variety of perspectives and will address the following topics: the exchange of commodities and goods; imperial encounters with distant cultures; European intellectual encounters…

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