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Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

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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September 2012

Repossessing the Past: Refurbishing the Cultural Patrimony at the Courts of Song-Dynasty China

September 20, 2012 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L140, 800 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

2012 Burdick-Vary Event: Maggie Bickford Art History (Emerita), Brown University   Chinese emperors of the 12th and 13th centuries created a new body of masterworks to stand in for lost famous paintings by the early…

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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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The Birth of ‘Literati’ Painting in the Song and Yuan Dynasties: How to Think About What We Do and Do Not Know

October 11, 2012 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L140, 800 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

2012 Burdick-Vary Event: Jerome Silbergeld P.Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Professor of Chinese Art History, Princeton University   Every study of later Chinese painting history tends to establish two overarching categories into which all paintings…

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November 2012

Martial Arts: Cultural Interactions between the Civil and Military in Ming China

November 1, 2012 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L140, 800 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

2012 Burdick-Vary Symposium: Kathleen Ryor Professor of Art History and Director of Asian Studies, Carleton College   Scholarship on art collecting, art production and the broader world of elite cultural practices during the Ming dynasty…

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Education and Identity Among the Children of Minorities in the French Republic

November 30, 2012 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L140, 800 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

  Germaine Brée Lecture: Azouz Begag Writer, CNRS Researcher, Equal Opportunity Minister (2005-2007)   This talk will be followed by a screening of Le gone du Chaâba.   Azouz Begag, an internationally acclaimed French writer,…

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March 2013

Democracy in Black: Identity Politics in a Post-Soul Era

March 7, 2013 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L140, 800 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

2013 Nellie Y. McKay Lecture: Eddie Glaude, Jr. William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American Studies, Department of Religion, and Chair, Center for African American Studies, Princeton University   In his lecture, Glaude…

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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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April 2014

Grieving Alone, Grieving Together: Psychological and Social Mourning in Film

April 11, 2014 @ 4:00 pm - April 12, 2014 @ 4:00 pm
Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L140, 800 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

2014 Burdick-Vary Symposium Event:   The phenomena of individual mourning and collective mourning have both attracted a good deal of critical attention in literature and film studies, but what are the similarities and differences that…

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October 2014

A Serial Biography of the Wayward

October 9, 2014 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L140, 800 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

            2014 Nellie Y. McKay Lecture in the Humanities: Saidiya Hartman Department of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University   Drawing from her new book project, the lecture examines the…

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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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February 2016

If It Were Only the Blues

February 23, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L140, 800 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

2016 Nellie Y. McKay Lecture in the Humanities: Earl Lewis Historian, President of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation   Earl Lewis is President of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. A well-regarded social historian, he has been…

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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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September 2016

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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October 2016

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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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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March 2017

Mount Athos in Context

March 10, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L140, 800 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Symposium on the occasion of the Art History exhibition: “Holy Mountain: Icons from Mount Athos and Photographs by Frank Horlbeck”: Welcome and Introductory Remarks 9:00-9:15 Dean Karl Scholz Bp. Demetrios of Mokissos 9:15-9:45 Thomas Dale…

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October 2017

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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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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March 2018

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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October 2018

The Insular-Real: Islands, Archipelagoes, and Questions of Scale

October 10, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L140, 800 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

2018 Nellie Y. McKay Lecture in the Humanities: Michelle Stephens Professor of English and Latino and Caribbean Studies and Dean of the Humanities, Rutgers University   The question of scale has always been central to…

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History, Memory, and Identity: A French Debate

October 25, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L140, 800 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

2018 Germaine Brée Lecture: Enzo Traverso Susan and Barton Winokur Professor in the Humanities, Cornell University   How many layers of French history does the highly controversial slogan Je suis Charlie conceal? Over the last…

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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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Race, Memory, and Monuments after Charlottesville

November 15, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L140, 800 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Image credit: Henry Shrady and Leo Lentelli (sculptors), Robert E. Lee Monument, 1924, Charlottesville, Virginia. Photograph by Bill Emory. Lecture: Louis P. Nelson Professor of Architectural History and Vice Provost for Academic Outreach, University of…

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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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October 2019

‘Now Avenge Us’: Jewish Martyrdom and the First Crusade

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

2019 Hilldale Lecture: William Chester Jordan

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The Lost Art of Literary Criticism

October 23, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L140, 800 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

2019 Germaine Brée Lecture: Alice Kaplan

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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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February 2020

Currency: Race and the Circulation of the American Ideal

February 26, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L140, 800 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Nellie Y. McKay Lecture in the Humanities: Jonathan Holloway

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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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September 2022

“One is not born, but becomes, a genius”: Another Simone de Beauvoir

September 29 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L140, 800 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

2022 Germaine Brée Lecture: Kate Kirkpatrick

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November 2022

Focus on the Humanities Lecture: Laura McClure

November 16 @ 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm
Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L140, 800 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States
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Laura McClure (Senior Fellow, 2019-2023) will be giving the Focus on the Humanities lecture titled "Biography of a Greek Courtesan: Re-imagining Phryne." 

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