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November 2008

Catechisms and the Construction of the Reformation

November 5, 2008 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street
Madison, 53703 United States

Focus on the Humanities Distinguished Faculty Lecture: Lee Palmer Wandel Senior Fellow (2004-2009) History, UW-Madison   In the sixteenth century, the world as Europeans knew it spun apart. Christian divided from Christian, sundering families, towns,…

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November 2011

Venerating the Sage: The Rise and Fall of a Shrine to Confucius

November 9, 2011 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L140, 800 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

2011 Focus on the Humanities Distinguished Faculty Lecture: Julia Murray Professor of Art History and Senior Fellow, Institute for Research in the Humanities (2009-2011), UW-Madison   Recognized throughout the world as a symbol of Chinese…

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February 2012

Slow Violence and Environmental Story Telling

February 1, 2012 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, 330 North Orchard Street
Madison, 53703 United States

2012 Focus on the Humanities Distinguished Faculty Lecture: Rob Nixon Rachel Carson Professor of English, UW-Madison   Rob Nixon is the Rachel Carson Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He received his…

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October 2012

The Holocaust and the Ethics of Witnessing: Polish Writers Look at the Ghetto

October 10, 2012 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L140, 800 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

2012 Focus on the Humanities Distinguished Faculty Lecture: Rachel Feldhay Brenner Max and Frieda Weinstein-Bascom Professor of Jewish Studies; Professor of Modern Hebrew Literature; Senior Fellow, Institute for Research in the Humanities (2009-2011), UW-Madison  …

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February 2013

Ecological Imperialism Revisited: Entanglements of Disease, Commerce, and Knowledge in a Global World

February 13, 2013 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, 330 North Orchard Street
Madison, 53703 United States

2013 Focus on the Humanities Distinguished Faculty Lecture: Gregg Mitman Vilas Research and William Coleman Professor of History of Science, Medical History, and Environmental Studies, UW-Madison   Forty years ago, in The Columbian Exchange, and…

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September 2013

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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March 2014

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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December 2014

For What It’s Worth: Toward a New History of the Sixties

December 3, 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 Faculty Lecture: Craig Werner Afro-American Studies, UW-Madison   A scholar of literature, music, and cultural history, Craig Werner lays out a set of guiding principles for a new history…

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February 2015

Enchantings: On Modernity, Culture, and the State in Africa

February 18, 2015 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L140, 800 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

2015 Focus on the Humanities Distinguished Faculty Lecture: Tejumola Olaniyan English and African Languages & Literature, UW-Madison   Tejumola Olaniyan will look at literature, popular culture, and social and political practices to tell a cultural…

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March 2016

STEMming the Tide: Balzac and Statistical Humanity

March 9, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L140, 800 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

2016 Focus on the Humanities Distinguished Faculty Lecture: Richard Goodkin French, UW-Madison   The recent trend toward favoring the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) disciplines over the humanities is a manifestation of a centuries-long…

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April 2016

Come to Your Senses! – Sensiotics and Understandings of Art, Culture, and History

April 6, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L140, 800 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Focus on the Humanities Distinguished Faculty Lecture: Henry Drewal Senior Fellow (2010-2014) Art History and Afro-American Studies, UW-Madison   In this talk, Drewal explores the vital role of the senses with an approach he calls…

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October 2016

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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February 2017

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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February 2018

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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November 2018

Reading for the Future

November 7, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L140, 800 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

2018 Focus on the Humanities Distinguished Faculty Lecture: Theresa M. Kelley Marjorie and Lorin Tiefenthaler Professor of English Emerita, UW-Madison   For many thinkers, including Romantics themselves, their era was an age of prophecy—of revolution,…

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April 2019

The Migrant Crypt: Cultural Translation Across Europe

April 3, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L140, 800 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

2019 Focus on the Humanities Distinguished Faculty Lecture: Tomislav Z. Longinović Professor of German, Nordic, and Slavic, UW-Madison   The influx of hundreds of thousands of refugees from the Middle East into Europe has challenged…

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November 2019

Building Paradise in a Tropical Swamp: Retirement Housing and Communities in South Florida after World War II

November 6, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L140, 800 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Focus on the Humanities Distinguished Faculty Lecture: Anna Andrzejewski

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March 2020

Ultimate Questions, Incomplete Answers: Or, the Hunger for the Unknowable in the 20th-Century

March 4, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L140, 800 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Focus on the Humanities Distinguished Faculty Lecture: Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen

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