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September 2013

Environmental Studies in the Time of the Anthropocene

September 9, 2013
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Fall 2013 Faculty Development Seminar: Rob Nixon Senior Fellow (2009-2012) English; Center for Culture, History and Environment   This seminar has two goals. First, it will explore the vital role of the environmental humanities in…

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What’s the Place of “Place” in the Humanities?

September 9, 2013 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Banquet Hall (lower level), 803 State Street
Madison, 53703 United States

Panel Discussion: Speakers: Susan D. Bernstein, English, Gender and Women's Studies, Center for Jewish Studies, UW-Madison Thomas Dale, Art History, UW-Madison Tomislav Longinović, Slavic Languages and Literature, UW-Madison Yi-Fu Tuan, Emeritus Professor of Geography, UW-Madison…

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Why Was Spinoza Excommunicated?

September 16, 2013 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Steve Nadler Senior Fellow (2013-2017) William H. Hay II Professor of Philosophy, Philosophy, UW-Madison   In July of 1656, the twenty-three year old Baruch de Spinoza received the harshest writ of herem (excommunication)…

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Standard Deviation: The Calculus of Normativity in Alain Robbe-Grillet’s Le Voyeur

September 23, 2013 @ 3:30 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   What sort of narrative might result from the implausible marriage of mathematics and literature? As an example of such an unlikely union, in…

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Five Ways to Look at a Corpse: The Dead in Normandy, 1944

September 25, 2013 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L140, 800 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

  2013 Focus on the Humanities Distinguished Lecture: Mary Louise Roberts Professor of History and Senior Fellow, Institute for Research in the Humanities, UW-Madison   We prefer to think of war as producing heroes, not…

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Zazous in Zoot Suits: Race, Jazz, and Resistance in Occupied France, 1940-1944

September 30, 2013 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Kelly Jakes Dana-Allen Dissertation Fellow (2013-2014) Communication Arts, UW-Madison   Derived from my dissertation project on popular music and resistance in German-Occupied France, this presentation investigates how upper-middle class Parisian youth, known as…

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October 2013

Thinking about Early Jewish Rewriting of Scripture

October 7, 2013 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Molly Zahn Kingdon Fellow (2013-2014) Religious Studies, University of Kansas   For most of Jewish and Christian history, "interpretation" has been regarded as secondary to "scripture," both chronologically and in terms of authority.…

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The Moth-Eaten Page: Animals and Language in Angela Rawlings’s Wide Slumber for Lepidopterists

October 14, 2013 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Sarah Groeneveld Dana-Allen Dissertation Fellow (2013-2014) English, UW-Madison   Angela Rawlings’s experimental long-poem Wide Slumber for Lepidopterists evokes an insect collector’s dream in which the forms of moths and butterflies become confused with…

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Was There a Reformation in India?

October 17, 2013 @ 9:00 am - 6:30 pm
Concourse Hotel, Senate Room AB, 1 West Dayton Street
Madison, 53703 United States

2013 Burdick-Vary Symposium: Speakers: Muzaffar Alam, University of Chicago Munis Faruqui, University of California, Berkeley Nile Green, University of California, Los Angeles Brendan LaRocque, Carleton College Rajeev Kinra, Northwestern University Azfar Moin, Southern Methodist University…

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A Conversation with G. Willow Wilson

October 21, 2013 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

G. Willow Wilson Author and journalist   G. Willow Wilson is the acclaimed author of graphic novels and comics published by Vertigo, Marvel, and D.C. Comics. She spent her early and mid-twenties living in Egypt…

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The Husband’s Message and Early English Epistolarity

October 21, 2013 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Jordan Zweck Resident Fellow (2013-2014) English, UW-Madison   What makes early medieval English epistolarity unique is that it is not merely about letters but about what I am calling epistolary acts, the moments…

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Aquilombando: Rebellious Landscapes and Colonial Visuality

October 28, 2013 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar Matthew Francis Rarey Dana-Allen Dissertation Fellow (2013-2014) Art History, UW-Madison   Quilombos – communities of self-emancipated or fugitive slaves – were ubiquitous accompaniments to Brazil’s history of plantation slavery. Nearly every quilombo that…

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Poetics of Resistance: Women Between Aesthetics and Politics

October 31, 2013 @ 4:30 pm - November 1, 2013 @ 6:30 pm
Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, DeLuca Forum, 330 North Orchard
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

The 2013 Germaine Brée International Symposium:   Speakers: Sahar Elmougy, Cairo University Shereen Abouelnaga, Cairo University Souad Halila, University of Tunisia May Telmissany, University of Ottawa Aili Tripp, University of Wisconsin-Madison   Increasing confrontations with…

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November 2013

Sovereignty, History, and Papal Monarchy: Political Theory in the Age of Innocent IV

November 4, 2013 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Brett Whalen Kingdon Fellow (2013-2014) History, UNC-Chapel Hill   A former canon lawyer, Pope Innocent IV (1243-1254) declared that all peoples—rulers and the ruled, believers and non-believers—came under the Roman Church’s spiritual and…

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The Worlding Work of the Cigarette: Tracking the Modern Girl Assemblage in the U.S. and China

November 11, 2013 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Banquet Hall (lower level), 803 State Street
Madison, 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Nan Enstad Resident Fellow (2013-2014) History, UW-Madison   In the early 20th century, consumers in China considered the cigarette a foreign import from the west, but consumers in the U.S. saw it as…

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2013 Workshop on Publication Strategies in the Humanities

November 14, 2013 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
University Club, Banquet Hall (lower level), 803 State Street
Madison, 53703 United States

Panel Discussion and Workshop: Helen Tartar, Editorial Director, Fordham University Press Gwen Walker, Editorial Director, University of Wisconsin Press Steve Stern, Alberto Flores Galindo and Hilldale Professor of History, Vice Provost for Faculty and Staff,…

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Atreus and Thyestes in Greek and Roman Tragedy

November 18, 2013 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar Anne Duncan Solmsen Fellow (2013-2014) Classics and Religious Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln   There was a saying in imperial Rome: "The worst actor plays the king." Officially, this aphorism pointed out the tendency…

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Claiming Continuity: Family Planning, Political Dynasties and Narrative Form in the Indian Emergency

November 25, 2013 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Ayelet Ben-Yishai Honorary Fellow (2013-2014) English Department, University of Haifa, Israel   Imposed by India’s “Greatest Prime Minister,” from June 1975 to January 1977, the State of Emergency is usually presented as an…

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December 2013

Tragedy of Reason: Natural Law and Literature in Early Modernity

December 2, 2013 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Ben LaBreche Solmsen Fellow (2013-2014) English, University of Mary Washington   The sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries saw a renewed interest in natural law, which offered a means of rationalizing political relations and…

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Resentment

December 9, 2013 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Benedict Robinson Solmsen Fellow (2013-2014) English, Stony Brook University   The word resentment and its cognates made their first appearance in the English language around 1600; but at that moment the word meant…

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January 2014

Machiavelli at 500

January 21, 2014 @ 12:00 am - May 9, 2014 @ 12:00 am
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Spring 2014 Faculty Development Seminar:   Kristin Phillips-Court French and Italian   Daniel Kapust Political Science   Machiavelli’s Prince was completed 500 years ago, and it – along with its author and his works –…

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Discourses of Debt and Lending in Medieval Iberia

January 27, 2014 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Gregory Milton Solmsen Fellow (2013-2014) History, University of South Florida   The moral language of debt in medieval Iberia delineated a wide range of activity for Christians and Jews. People and communities attempted…

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February 2014

Introducing Absurd Literature: Defining without Reducing

February 3, 2014 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Michael Y. Bennett UW System Fellow (2013-2014) English, UW-Whitewater   There is the common notion that while someone may not be able to define absurd literature, one clearly knows absurd literature when one…

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Asian Fetish: Race and the Politics of Fantasy

February 10, 2014 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar Leslie Bow Senior REI Fellow (2013-2017) English and Asian American Studies, UW-Madison   If, as psychoanalyst Robert Stoller asserted, “a fetish is a story masquerading as an object,” what is the story underlying…

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Half Century Miyamori: Performing Peace in Postwar Okinawa

February 17, 2014 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Valerie Barske UW System Fellow (2013-2014) History, UW-Stevens Point   On June 30, 1959, a U.S. military jet crashed into Miyamori Elementary School killing 12 students, 6 citizens, and injuring 200 others in…

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The American Ways of Wisdom and Wonder: Seeking the Good Life in the 20th-Century United States

February 24, 2014 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen Resident Fellow (2013-2014) History, UW-Madison   What would the writing of American intellectual history look like if it sought to capture the longing for wisdom and wonder shaping so much of…

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March 2014

Patronage and Reception of Medieval Churches in 14th-Century Cyprus

March 3, 2014 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Justine Andrews Solmsen Fellow (2013-2014) Art and Art History, University of New Mexico   The modern image of the country of Cyprus is one that is fraught with banking crises, communities divided, and…

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Re-emerging Superpowers: Turkey, Iran, India, and China in the 21st Century

March 5, 2014 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L140, 800 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

2014 Focus on the Humanities Distinguished Lecture: André Wink Professor of History and Senior Fellow, Institute for Research in the Humanities, UW-Madison   Turkey, Iran, India, and China are historical superpowers. All four were dramatically…

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Piecemeal Emancipation and Black Freedom in Rhode Island, 1770-1842

March 10, 2014 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Christy Clark-Pujara Race, Ethnicity, and Indigeneity Fellow (2013-2014) Afro-American Studies, UW-Madison   During the Revolutionary period, enslaved people throughout British North America used the rhetoric of freedom and the chaos of war to…

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The ‘New’ Sappho: A Symposium

March 13, 2014 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

2014 Symposium: Join us for a discussion facilitated by Patricia Rosenmeyer (Classics, UW-Madison) of two newly discovered Sappho papyri.

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