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September 2017

Relevance

September 11, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Banquet Hall (lower level), 803 State Street
Madison, 53703 United States

Opening Panel Discussion:   Must the humanities be "relevant"? To what, or to whom? How have perspectives on these questions evolved since the heated debates of the 1960s and 1970s? Can research be "irrelevant," and…

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The Benefits of Failure: From the Gnostics to Cioran

September 18, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Costica Bradatan Solmsen Fellow (2017-2018) Humanities, Texas Tech University   Because of our culture’s obsession with success, we miss something important about what it means to be human and deny ourselves access to…

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Reproducing a Bodhisattva: Women’s Artistic Devotion in Late Imperial China

September 25, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Yuhang Li Resident Fellow (2017-2018) Art History, UW-Madison   What did lay Buddhist women actually do in order to forge a connection with the bodhisattva Guanyin after he underwent a sex-change and became…

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October 2017

U.S. Cold War Immigration and the Politics of Sanctuary

October 2, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Cindy I-Fen Cheng Resident Fellow (2017-2018) History; Asian American Studies, UW-Madison   This talk looks at how U.S. Cold War immigration policies structured the marginalization of Central Americans. Unlike Southeast Asians, Central Americans…

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Seeing is Believing: The Rise of Holy Land Tourism and Evangelical Christian Zionism after 1967

October 9, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Daniel Hummel Kingdon Fellow (2017-2018) History, Harvard University   Since the 1960s, American evangelical Christians have flocked to Holy Land sites in Israel and Palestine in ever-increasing numbers. In 2016, more than 380,000…

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The Reproductive Politics of School Lunch

October 16, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Jennifer Gaddis Resident Fellow (2017-2018) School of Human Ecology, UW-Madison   Is caring for children a private or public responsibility? What (or whom) should be cared for collectively? Which activities count as care?…

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Workshop with Christina Sharpe and Cherene Sherrard-Johnson

October 19, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Workshop: Christina Sharpe English, Tufts University 2017 Nellie Y. McKay Lecturer   In our changing climate, severe storms have become both aberrant and quotidian. Please join us for a conversation about “The Weather” and how…

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BLACK. STILL. LIFE.

October 19, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L140, 800 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

2017 Nellie Y. McKay Lecture in the Humanities Christina Sharpe English, Tufts University   In In the Wake, Sharpe interrogates literary, visual, cinematic, and quotidian representations of Black life that comprise what she calls the…

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Building a Neutral Nation: America in the 18th Century Atlantic

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

Monday Seminar Sandra Moats UW System Fellow (2017-2018) History, UW-Parkside   In 1793, the United States issued a Neutrality Proclamation to avoid involvement in a war between Britain and France, its principal allies. Neutrality confronted…

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How to Talk to Strangers: Interpreters in Early Modern Encounters

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

Image: Bantam (Banten)’s Bazaar, 1596.   Monday Seminar: Su Fang Ng Solmsen Fellow (2017-2018) Clifford A. Cutchins III Associate Professor of English, Virginia Tech   Early modern European long-distance voyages had their impetus in the…

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November 2017

Songs to Encourage the Cessation of Litigation: Printing, Orality, and Legal Knowledge in China, 1595-1949

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

Image credit: "Song to Encourage the Cessation of Litigation" accompanied by illustrations of court procedures. This image is a song from the late 1800s published in a collection, Popular Songs to Admonish Society (Quan shi…

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Listening to Contemporary Art: Vocality as a Technology of Relation

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

Monday Seminar: River Encalada Bullock Dana-Allen Dissertation Fellow (2017-2018) Art History, UW-Madison   Extending from my dissertation research this talk attends to works of art that ask us to listen just as much as they…

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Queer Love on Barbary Lane: The Sexual Politics of Serial Gay Fiction in Armistead Maupin’s “Tales of the City”

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

Monday Seminar: Ramzi Fawaz Resident Fellow (2017-2018) English, UW-Madison   In this talk, I analyze the content and reading experience of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City, the most popular serialized gay fiction of the…

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December 2017

Digesting Bodies: Status, Gender, and Mastery in Roman Society and Homes

December 4, 2017 @ 3:30 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Image: Silver cup from Casa del Menandro: Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, inv. no. 145505. Photo by presenter (F. Mira Green).   Monday Seminar: Mira Green Solmsen Fellow (2017-2018) History; Classics, University of Washington  …

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The Development Novel: World Literature and the Political Economy of Growth

December 11, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Peter Ribic Dana-Allen Dissertation Fellow (2017-2018) English, UW-Madison   My dissertation research connects two genres of global writing that emerged in the immediate postwar period: development economics, which undertook to theorize and facilitate…

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January 2018

Following in the Footsteps of African Americans in 20th Century Denmark

January 22, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Image: Jazz musician Dexter Gordon riding his bicycle in Copenhagen by photographer Jørgen Bu. Monday Seminar: Ethelene Whitmire Race, Ethnicity, and Indigeneity Fellow (2017-2018) School of Library & Information Studies, UW-Madison   While walking through…

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American Holidays, American Nature

January 29, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Photo credit: Courtesy of the Forest History Society Monday Seminar Neil Prendergast UW System Fellow (2017-2018) History; International Studies, UW-Stevens Point   For nearly two centuries, millions of Americans have been celebrating Christmas with a…

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February 2018

Hell and Eden at World’s End: Early Twentieth Century Settler Life on the Galápagos Islands

February 5, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Image Caption: The “Baronessa,” a Viennese colonist, poses for a film shot during the 1933 Hancock-Pacific expedition. She later disappeared, presumed murdered along with one of her lovers in what remains an island mystery. Image…

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American Blitzkrieg or Ecological Indian?: A Whodunit Mystery 12,000 Years in the Making

February 12, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar Melissa Charenko William Coleman Dissertation Fellow (2017-2018) History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, UW-Madison   Approximately 12,000 years ago, North America’s megafauna went extinct. Scientists originally ascribed the extinction of species like the…

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Biopower in the Long 20th Century: A Crip/Queer Exegesis of the Persistence of Fascism

February 15, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Helen C. White Hall, Room 7191, 600 North Park Street
Madison, 53703 United States

2018 Gender Studies and the Humanities Lecture Madelyn Detloff English and Global and Intercultural Studies, Miami University   In her study of the formation and spread of totalitarianism, Hannah Arendt analyzed the political structures of…

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Roundtable Discussion: “Metic, Methods, and Modernism”

February 16, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Helen C. White Hall, Room 7191, 600 North Park Street
Madison, 53703 United States

2018 Gender Studies and the Humanities Lecture Event: Madelyn Detloff English and Global and Intercultural Studies, Miami University   Please join us for a roundtable discussion with Madelyn Detloff about her recently published article "Metic, Methods,…

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Constructing Normativity

February 19, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Michael G. Titelbaum Resident Fellow (2017-2018) Philosophy, UW-Madison   What gives norms—moral norms, political norms, norms of reasoning—their peculiar authority?  After considering alternative answers to this question, I will focus on constructivist theories…

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The Great Disruption: Biologists, Revolutions, and the Values of Science ca. 1848

February 21, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L140, 800 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

2018 Focus on the Humanities Distinguished Faculty Lecture: Lynn K. Nyhart Vilas-Bablitch-Kelch Distinguished Achievement Professor History of Science, UW-Madison   In the German-speaking states of the 1840s and 50s, revolution was in the air. While…

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Radical Dancers: The Rise of Pantomime and the End of Drama in Antiquity

February 26, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Mali Skotheim Solmen Fellow (2017-2018) Classics, Princeton University   Pantomime, first attested under Augustus, transformed the traditionally staged and acted drama that audiences were familiar with into an exciting new form, a solo,…

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March 2018

Color: Pixels, Palettes, and Perception

March 2, 2018 @ 10:00 am - March 3, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, DeLuca Forum, 330 North Orchard
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Burdick-Vary Symposium Theresa Kelley IRH Senior Fellow; English, UW-Madison (as well as members of the Symposium Organizing Committee)   This symposium proposes to bring together artists, scientists and scholars across several disciplines for whom color…

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Words that Hide: Rendering the Untranslatable Across the Globe

March 5, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Tomislav Longinović Senior Fellow (2013-2018) German, Nordic, and Slavic, UW-Madison   As global subjectivity becomes increasingly dominated by communication across languages and cultures, as well as between geographical and virtual spaces, the universe…

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Historiopoetics in Early Modern Spain: Representing the Prince of Wales’ Visit to Madrid (1623)

March 12, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Image: Print of engraving depicting the arrival of the Prince of Wales at the Palace of Madrid on 23 March 1623. (Vistas antiguas de Madrid, Museo Municipal.) Monday Seminar: Kelsey Ihinger Dana-Allen Dissertation Fellow (2017-2018)…

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The Future of the Open-Stack Standing Collections of the Memorial and Kohler Art Libraries

March 16, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L140, 800 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

  Join representatives of the Faculty Libraries Working Group (FLWG) for a panel presentation and discussion regarding the planned destruction of a portion of the open-stack collections in the Memorial Library and the Kohler Art…

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The Unruly Tongue: Speech and Violence in Medieval Italy

March 19, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Image Credit: Archivio di Stato di Bologna, Libri Inquisitionum et Testium, Busta 172, Reg. 9, Fol. 18R.   Monday Seminar: Melissa Vise Solmsen Fellow (2017-2018) Italian Studies, New York University   What can words do?…

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April 2018

The Sense of a Beginning: Starting a History of Biology

April 2, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Lynn K. Nyhart Senior Fellow (2014-2018) Vilas-Bablitch-Kelch Distinguished Achievement Professor of History of Science; History, UW-Madison   In 1802, the word “Biologie” appeared for the first time, in French and German, to characterize…

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