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September 2016

Agency: What Does It Mean Across the Humanities?

September 12, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Banquet Hall (lower level), 803 State Street
Madison, 53703 United States

Panel Discussion:   What are the meanings of “agency” in various disciplines and interdisciplines of the humanities? To what extent is it theorized or assumed? Does agency mean the freedom to act? To think? To…

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Kawaii: Fraught Innocence in Asian (American) Commodity Culture

September 14, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L140, 800 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

2016 Nellie Y. McKay Lecture in the Humanities: Christine Yano Professor of Anthropology, University of Hawaii   Pink globalization, the spread of cute goods from Japan to other parts of the world, has been a…

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The Trial Nobody Expected: A Tale of Torture, Music, and Human Rights in the Americas

September 19, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Steve Stern Senior Fellow (2015-2017) History, UW-Madison   This is an extraordinary true-life story.  It's a tale of murder, human rights, and social justice in the Americas.  It's about the power of music…

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History, Time, and Mass Atrocity in Cambodia

September 26, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Anne Hansen Resident Fellow (2016-2017) History, UW-Madison   Buddhist prophesies about the end of our time and the dawning of a new era tied to the enlightenment of the fifth buddha in our…

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October 2016

Plato’s Phaedo: The Initiation of a Philosopher

October 4, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: David Ebrey Solmsen Fellow (2016-2017) Philosophy, Northwestern University   Plato’s Phaedo is one of his literary and philosophical masterpieces, set on the last day of Socrates’ life. How should we understand Socrates’ reference…

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Madison’s Asian American Media Spotlight

October 7, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - October 9, 2016 @ 4:00 pm
Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L140, 800 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

  Burdick-Vary Events, Organized by Dr. Lori Kido Lopez: Join us for a weekend celebrating brand new Asian American documentaries and filmmakers, brought to you by the Asian American Studies Program at UW-Madison. All films are…

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Book Publishing in the Humanities of Today

October 10, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
University Club, Banquet Hall (lower level), 803 State Street
Madison, 53703 United States

Publication Workshop Ken Wissoker Editorial Director, Duke University Press   PLEASE NOTE: this workshop is open to graduate students, faculty, and academic staff. Registration is required: rsvp@humanities.wisc.edu. The reservation deadline is 12:00pm on Wednesday, October 5.…

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Queer Velocities: Untimely Matter in Racine’s Andromaque

October 10, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Jennifer Row Solmsen Fellow (2016-2017) Romance Studies, Boston University   From “one’s ticking biological clock” to “grow up, be a man,” sex and gender norms are often seamlessly intertwined with temporality in our…

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Gendered Dynamics in Hmong American New Media Cultures

October 17, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Lori Lopez Race, Ethnicity, and Indigeneity Fellow (2016-2017) Communication Arts, UW-Madison   For over 260,000 Hmong Americans living in the U.S., mobile media now play a key role in maintaining connections and identities.…

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Fantasy as Microaggression?: Racial Caricature, Kawaii-style, and the Anthropomorphic Asian

October 19, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L140, 800 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

2016 Focus on the Humanities Distinguished Faculty Lecture: Leslie Bow Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor and Mark and Elisabeth Eccles Professor of English and Asian American Studies, UW-Madison   How does the mundane object serve as…

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“Signing in the Seraglio”: Global Disability in European Spatial Representations of the Ottoman Court

October 24, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Elizabeth Bearden English, UW-Madison Resident Fellow (2016-2017)   Drawn from the fourth chapter of her current book project, Monstrous Kinds: Body, Space, and Narrative in Renaissance Representations of Disability, this talk analyzes European…

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How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe: An Evening with Writer Charles Yu

October 27, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Helen C. White Hall, Room 6191, 600 North Park Street
Madison, 53703 United States

2016 Burdick-Vary Event: Charles Yu Author and Screenwriter   What do cowboy robots, hapless yeomen, time machine repairmen, and third class superheroes have in common? They all issue from the imagination of Charles Yu. Charles Yu is…

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Playing with Buttons: Liberal Subjects at the Binary Switch

October 31, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Jason Puskar UW System Fellow (2016-2017) English, UW-Milwaukee   The pushbutton is one of the simplest mechanical interfaces in the modern world, and one of the most prevalent. But what accounts for its…

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November 2016

Risky Bodies: Quantification, Fungibility, and Slave Trade in the Seventeenth Century Atlantic

November 7, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Pablo Gómez Resident Fellow (2016-2017) Department of Medical History and Bioethics; History of Science, UW-Madison   How did early modern governments, and slave traders’ and their financiers’ quantify disease and risk? How did…

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Anglo-Saxon Maternal Bodies

November 14, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar Dana Oswald UW System Fellow (2016-2017) English, UW-Parkside   What can we know about women's bodies when the only people writing about them were men, and those men were generally monks? In a…

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Natural History and Personhood in Early America

November 28, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Julia Dauer Dana-Allen Dissertation Fellow (2016-2017) English, UW-Madison   How did transatlantic writers use “I” in their discourse?  When did “I” become the familiar protagonist of American letters?  What can first-person prose tell…

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December 2016

Passing on Texts in the Ancient World: A Case Study with the Biblical Texts from the Qumran Dead Sea Scrolls

December 5, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Sidnie Crawford Kingdon Fellow (2016-2017) Classics and Religious Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln   When we think of "the Bible" in the 21st century, we usually think of a fixed text, in an ancient…

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Limits of Racebending in the Struggle for Asian American Representation

December 8, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Helen C. White Hall, Room 6191, 600 North Park Street
Madison, 53703 United States

2016 Burdick-Vary Lecture: Lori Kido Lopez Communication Arts, UW-Madison   Studies of fandom and fan culture have always centered on the complex feelings of fascination and frustration that motivate audiences.  When we consider the way…

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Troubling Conjugal Loyalties

December 12, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Sukanya Banerjee UW System Fellow (2016-2017) English, UW-Milwaukee   How is it that monogamy came to serve as one of the markers of “modern” marriage? Which nineteenth-century literary genres did it play on?…

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January 2017

The Altercatio Ganymedis et Helene – It All Comes Together in the End (?)

January 23, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Tina Chronopoulos Solmsen Fellow (2016-2017) Classics and Medieval Studies, University of Binghamton, State University of New York   Have you always wondered what a discussion about the pros and cons of same-sex versus…

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Is Love All You Need? Household Labor and Marriage Vows (1870-1920)

January 30, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Kimberley Reilly UW System Fellow (2016-2017) Democracy and Justice Studies; History Department; Women's and Gender Studies Department, UW-Green Bay How did a wife earn her keep? This was a question a wide range…

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February 2017

Desiring History and Historicizing Desire

February 2, 2017 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

  Graduate Seminar (Part of "Show and Tell: Evidence, Erotics, and Embodiment in the Premodern World" events): Ari Friedlander University of Mississippi, English   Ari Friedlander, assistant professor of English (University of Mississippi) and editor…

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Show and Tell: Evidence, Erotics, and Embodiment in the Premodern World

February 3, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Lunchtime Roundtable Discussion with: Tina Chronopoulos, SUNY-Binghamton, Classics/IRH Ari Friedlander, University of Mississippi, English Dana Oswald, UW-Parkside, English/IRH Jennifer Row, Boston University, French/IRH   When researching the history of sexuality, or thinking about past desires,…

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Recovering the New Thought Novel

February 6, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Anne Stiles Kingdon Fellow (2016-2017) Department of English, Saint Louis University   Did you know that many well-loved children’s classics contain hidden Christian Science and New Thought messages? My book shows how classic children's…

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Machiavelli’s Tragic Geography

February 13, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Kristin Phillips-Court Resident Fellow (2016-2017) Italian and Art History, UW-Madison   Machiavelli’s writings substantiate more than their distillation into a political theory that stripped morality from politics. This seminar focuses on Machiavelli’s frequent…

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Networks of Shared Imagination: Medieval Legends and the Construction of History

February 20, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Samantha Herrick Solmsen Fellow (2016-2017) History, Syracuse University   What can we learn about the past from sources long dismissed as worthless? Medieval legends recount a version of early Christian history starkly at…

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Rethinking Empire in the Twentieth Century: Lessons from Imperial and Post-Imperial Japan

February 22, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L140, 800 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

2017 Focus on the Humanities Distinguished Faculty Lecture: Louise Young Professor of Japanese History, UW-Madison   Japan built a wartime empire in Asia in the 1930s, and after losing that empire in 1945 created trading…

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Anishinaabewaki and the “mixed bloods, belonging to the Chippewas of Lake Superior”

February 27, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar Larry Nesper Race, Ethnicity, and Indigeneity Fellow (2016-2017) Anthropology, UW-Madison   This project began as an effort to problematize the legal permitting process by muddying up the chain of title to the Penokees…

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March 2017

New Illuminations: Art-NATURE-History

March 3, 2017 @ 1:15 pm - March 4, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
Pyle Center, Room 313, 702 Langdon Street
Madison, 53706 United States

2017 Burdick-Vary Symposium  In conjunction with: “Martha Glowacki’s Natural History, Observations and Reflections” (Chazen Museum of Art) “Natural History : Natural Philosophy: An Exhibit in Special Collections” (Memorial Library, Room 984)   This symposium brings…

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Weaponizing Identity: Doxing as Cultural Practice and Political Tool

March 6, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Andrew Zolides Dana-Allen Dissertation Fellow (2016-2017) Communication Arts, UW-Madison   Doxing - the publicizing of private, identifying information about an individual without consent - is a fascinating cultural practice that has emerged in…

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