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The Work of the Humanities: Critical Thinking in Life and Labor
Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere
Speaker Series 2014-2015

General Description of the Series

Today's workplace is a rapidly shifting environment. Growing applications of digital technologies, telecommunication platforms, and robotics are creating new forms of worker interaction. The rise of a global marketplace is demanding new skill sets of employees and administrators, who seek information from multiple generations, races, and perspectives. And innovation culture comes with an atmosphere of collaboration, excitement, and uncertainty that tomorrow's leaders must manage creatively and thoughtfully. What do all of these changing conditions have in common? They engage the core topics and competencies in the humanities.

The various disciplines in the humanities show us how to listen, how to analyze, how to argue, and how to navigate our social world. What can they teach us about the way that we work? We spend the majority of our days and nights performing various tasks of mental and physical labor; sometimes this is solely for compensation, sometimes it is for enjoyment. Without even thinking, we apply the core work of the humanities—the use of critical thinking to identify, solve, and appreciate problems both small and immense—in our daily labors. How might a higher appreciation the lessons of literature, philosophy, history, or religion to our daily work enhance that experience? Would it improve the quality of that labor? Could it at least add value to it in ways that we never expected?

For its annual speaker series in 2014-2015, UF's Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere (CHPS) at the University of Florida has organized a nine-month speaker series that will explore the changing workplace from the perspective of several humanities disciplines. As these presentations will demonstrate, an active engagement in the disciplines of the humanities not only allows us to understand and adapt to those changes; it offers a way to initiate them. In addition to the labor that we do for compensation, the humanities can inform the way that we "work" at life. Those disciplines enhance our understanding and appreciation for what it means to be human in a world that is becoming more and more digitalized every day. And we should work at that task hardest.

This series is made possible by the Yavitz Fund at the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with co-sponsorship from the UF Informatics Institute, Smathers Libraries, UF Research Computing, Department of Political Science, Department of English, Department of Philosophy, Elizabeth B. and William F. Poe Center for Business Ethics Education and Research, Albert Brick Professor, Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research, and the Bob Graham Center for Public Service.

January 2015

More Human than Human: The Work of Life in the Age of Biotechnical Reproduction
Thursday, January 29th
Smathers Library 100, 5:30pm
Priscilla Wald (Duke University)

A woman pregnant with her grandchild; a hamster in a state of suspended animation; human cells reproducing into eternity. These are some of the biotechnological innovations that seemed to blur the line between science and science fiction in the decades following the Second World War. Public accounts of these innovations emerged against the backdrop of debates in social and political thought surrounding the atrocities of two global conflagrations and, more broadly, colonialism. Legal cases and policy debates, the mainstream media and popular fiction and film all attest to the convergence of scientific innovation and geopolitical transformation in new accounts of the human—and of life itself—in the decades following the war. Questions abounded: if we can create life in a laboratory and patent it in the courts, what will happen to the basic dignity of humankind? What will happen to human relationships to other humans and to the world at large? Such questions circulated through the courts and the media, but it was in the science fictional scenarios that writers could work through the dangers and possibilities, the hopes and fears, associated with the science and register as well the emergence of new histories—scientific creation stories—for humanity in the age of biotechnology. This talk draws on the legal cases and policy debates, news accounts and especially science fiction—with a focus on Ridley Scott's cinematic adaptation of Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?: the 1982 cult classic Bladerunner—to chronicle the scientific creation stories that emerged to explain the radically changing figure of the human, to forecast its destiny, and to create by imagining a biotechnological world.

Priscilla Wald teaches and works on U.S. literature and culture as Professor of English and Women's Studies at Duke University. Her current work focuses on the intersections among the law, literature, science, and medicine. Her recent book, Contagious: Cultures, Carriers, and the Outbreak Narrative, studies the evolution of the contemporary stories we tell about the global health problem of "emerging infections." She is currently at work on a book-length study entitled Human Being After Genocide, which chronicles the challenge to conceptions of human being that emerged from scientific and technological innovation in the wake of the Second World War. She is especially interested in analyzing how the language, narratives and images in mainstream media promote a particular understanding of genomic science that is steeped in (often misleading) cultural biases and assumptions. She is committed to promoting conversations among scholars from science, medicine, law and cultural studies in order to facilitate a richer understanding of these issues. Wald is the author of Constituting Americans: Cultural Anxiety and Narrative Form (Duke, 1995). Dr. Wald has served on the Executive Council of the Modern Language Association (MLA) and is currently the MLA representative to the American Council of Learned Societies; she recently completed a term as President of the American Studies Association. She has a secondary appointment in Women's Studies, is on the steering committee of ISIS (Information Sciences + Information Studies) and is a member of the Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy and an affiliate of the Trent Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities and the Institute for Global Health.

February 2015

Start-up Democracy: Innovating Citizenship with the Ancient Athenians
Thursday, February 12th
Pugh Hall Ocora, 5:30pm
Cynthia Farrar (Yale University)

Entrepreneurship rules: as a way to make a living, and to remake the world. Human striving tends to be interpreted through the prism of disruptive innovation. We call change agents "social entrepreneurs." And yet, we don't innovate our democracy. We take its structure for granted: as a framework fixed by the Founders, or (increasingly) as irrelevant. In a variety of spheres, we are attenuating the significance of the political system. We seek to achieve political as well as economic aims through individual initiative, data gathering and targeting, and technological ingenuity. What will digitally-driven decentralization and fragmentation mean for democratic aspirations? Has the system we take for granted ever made good on the promise of democracy? Will the networked public do better? Perhaps the innovations of the first democracy can help us re-invent our own. The ancient Athenians were civic entrepreneurs. In an unprecedented restructuring that provoked Plato's scorn, they accorded political equality "to equals and unequals alike." We assume that our democracy means equal power; the Athenians knew they had to have a political app for that.

Cynthia Farrar is a scholar and civic entrepreneur who applies her understanding of ancient Athenian democratic theory and practice to the challenge of engaging citizens as full partners in American democracy. From 2001 - 2007, she orchestrated non-partisan conversations among randomly-invited citizens, with local partners and MacNeil-Lehrer Productions. In 2007, Farrar founded Purple States®, a video production company that brings the experiences and perspectives of ordinary people into discussions of the politics, policies, and programs that affect them. Purple States documentary video series have aired on the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and USA TODAY. As a Research Scholar at Yale's Institution for Social and Policy Studies, Farrar teaches and writes about the theory and practice of democracy, ancient and modern, with a special focus on deliberative democracy. She holds a B.A. from Yale and a Ph.D. from Cambridge University.

March 2015

Unpaid and Unpriced: Toward a Feminist Political Economy
Monday, March 16th
Ustler Hall Atrium, 5:30pm
Nancy Folbre (Emerita, University of Massachusetts Amherst)

In both theory and practice feminism has always reached beyond an emphasis on gender equality to interrogate the causes and consequences of inequality writ large. In recent years, the emergence of feminist social science has generated a distinctive approach to political economy that emphasizes the intersection of many different forms of collective identity and action, with important implications for the trajectory of our economic system. Growing attention to the economic importance of unpaid work within families and communities parallels, in many respects, attention to the other unpriced resources crucial to a sustainable environment. Feminist theory can help construct a new paradigm for progressive political change.

Nancy Folbre is Professor Emerita of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Much of her research focuses on the economic dimensions of care work and its impact on gender inequality. She recently edited For Love and Money: Care Provision in the U.S. (Russell Sage Foundation, 2012), and has authored many articles and books, including Greed, Lust, and Gender: A History of Economic Ideas (Oxford, 2009). Between 2009 and 2014 she was a weekly contributor to the New York Times Economix blog.

April 2015

Queer Cinema and the Spaces of Europe
Thursday, April 9th
5:00-7:00pm, Smathers Library East 100

Karl Schoonover (University of Warwick) and Rosalind Galt (King's College London)

Queer cinema creates worlds. It intervenes in existing debates on the national, transnational and global as well as envisioning new modes of being in the world. This talk will explore how contemporary queer films are imagining Europe, and how dissident gender and sexual identities intersect with persistent questions of European politics, spaces, and identities. It will analyze border-crossing films (e.g. Dvojina, Unveiled, Edge of Heaven), considering how tropes of immigration and mobility articulate sexuality with race, nationality, and marginality within and outside the EU. In interrogating queer European cinema, it will consider both art films (She Male Snails, Wedding Song) and popular genres, such as the lesbian romcom (Stud Life, I Can't Think Straight) and the gay road movie (Parade, Adventures of Felix). By examining a range of cinematic styles and genres, the talk will draw out queer cinema's richly varied responses to debates on homonationalism, multiculturalism, and queer belonging in today's Europe.

Karl Schoonover is an Associate Professor of Film Studies at the University of Warwick. He is the author of Brutal Vision: The Neorealist Body in Postwar Italian Cinema (Minnesota UP, 2012), as well as coeditor of the collection Global Art Cinema: New Theories and Histories (Oxford UP, 2010). He has published essays in numerous anthologies and in journals such as Art Journal, Cinema Journal, Framework, and Screen. His research interests include theories of cinematic time, the politics of film style, and the emergence of 'world cinema' as an institutional category.

Rosalind Galt is Reader in Film Studies at the King's College London. She is the author of The New European Cinema: Redrawing the Map (Columbia UP, 2006) and Pretty: Film and the Decorative Image (Columbia UP, 2011), as well as coeditor of the collection Global Art Cinema: New Theories and Histories (Oxford UP, 2010). She has published in journals such as Camera Obscura, Screen, Cinema Journal and Discourse. Her research interests include the intersections of film theory and aesthetics, postwar world cinemas, and European avant-garde movements.

Funding and contact info:
The lecture is co-sponsored by the Jean Monnet Chair and the European Union funded Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at the University of Florida, the Waldo W. Neikirk Term Professorship, and the Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research. For questions, please contact Barbara Mennel at or Amie Kreppel at


Trouble the Water
Wednesday, January 15th
Ustler Hall 2:30 pm

Panel on Trouble the Water with UF Professors Sharon Austin, Barbara Mennel, and Churchill Roberts, moderated by Professor Judith Page

On January 15, 2014, The Samuel Proctor Oral History Program will welcome Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker Tia Lessin , director and producer, along with Carl Deal of Citizen Koch and Trouble the Water, and co-producer of Capitalism: A Love Story, Fahrenheit 9/11, and Bowling for Columbine.

Wednesday, January 15th
Pugh Hall, 6:00 p.m.

Tia Lessin will host a public screening of Trouble the Water, a redemptive tale of a couple in Louisiana and a community abandoned long before Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf.
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Sponsored by Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research

The Third Gierach Symposium on the Psychology of Politics
Health Disparities and Gender: Sex Differences in Drug Abuse Vulnerability and Treatment
January 16, 5:30 pm, Psychology Building, Room 130

"An Equal Right to Addiction: Unintended Consequences of Feminism in America"
Professor Laura Schmidt, UC, San Francisco

January 17, 9 am, Ustler Hall Atrium

"Sex Differences and Drug Abuse: Animal Models"
Professor Jill Becker, University of Michigan

"Gender, Sex Differences, and Addiction Research"
A Panel Discussion featuring UF faculty members Lisa Merlo Greene, Department of Psychiatry; Sara Jo Nixon, Department of Psychiatry; Stephanie Staras, Department of Health Outcomes & Policy; and Trysh Travis, Center for Women's Studies & Gender Research.

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Sponsored by the Gierach Memorial Fund, the Department of Psychology, the Department of Political Science, and the Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research. Free and open to the public

In the Name of Love: Modern Mail Order Brides
A Film by Shannon O'Rourke. Introduction by Professor Laura Sjoberg
Wednesday, January 22nd
7:30 pm, The Wooly, 20 North Main Street, Gainesville

Sponsored by the Center for European Studies and the Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research. Thousands of Russian women sign up with agencies to meet and marry American men. From the gray skies of St. Petersburg to sunny California ranches, we see the financial and emotional pros and cons of exporting one's heart. Five Russian women, four of them single mothers, struggle for dignity as they endure male chauvinism, poverty, and culture shock all while searching for love. The film grapples with the tremendous challenges and difficult decisions facing Russian women today. Free and open to the public

Looking for Laura: Place, Memory, and the Authentic "Little House"
Thursday, January 23rd, 4:30-6:00 pm
Ruth McQuown Room, 219 Dauer Hall

Michelle McClellan, University of Michigan
For generations of readers in the US and around the world, Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Little House" books have epitomized the American pioneer experience. Over time, dedicated readers have sought out the places where Wilder and her family actually lived; today, these locations feature restored buildings, replica structures, and outdoor pageants enacting scenes from the book. Thousands of fans-affectionately known as "bonnetheads" visit them annually. What complex connections among fiction, history, and landscape do fans encounter when they go "looking for Laura"? Sponsored by The Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature, The Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research, CLAS Dean's Office, the Department Of English, and the Department of History
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Free and open to the public

UF Senate-sponsored Distinguished Professor Lecture by Les Thiele, Department of Political Science
Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Innovation and Ethics
"Fostering a Culture of Responsible Creativity"
Monday, January 27, 2014, 4:00 PM
Emerson Alumni Hall

Refreshments will be served
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Sustainable Citizenship
Monday, January 27
5:30-7:30 pm, Grand Ballroom, Reitz Union

Melissa Lane, Professor of Politics, Princeton University

Drawing on Plato and ancient Greek philosophy offers a vision of citizenship that does not divide 'man' from 'citizen'. Instead, the very idea of a politeia or constitution worthy of the name requires that in all their social roles, individuals evince a concern for the health of the whole. Citizenship for a sustainable society has to be psychologically and socially stable in ways that Plato and Greek thinkers can help us to understand.

Full summary here
Free and open to the public

"Civil" Society?
Bridging Indigenous and Scientific Knowledges: Multicultural Solutions for Climate Change Research
Kyle Whyte (Michigan State University)
Wednesday, January 29th, 5:30 pm
Smathers Library (East), 1A

Indigenous peoples living in North America have been affected by climate change in many ways, ranging from the losses of "first foods" to the permanent relocation of entire communities. As they develop ways to respond to the effects of climate change, however, Indigenous communities often face obstacles in creating dialogues with scientists, who do not necessarily understand their immediate and long term needs. Some of the key challenges concern bridging gaps in trust, power and expectations as to how to share and integrate empirical knowledge and information about climate change arising from sources as diverse as elders of Indigenous communities and senior climate scientists. This presentation outlines the recent history of dialogues and policies that attempt to foster collaboration across different cultural traditions of knowledge production, from "traditional ecological knowledge" to "climate science." The presentation then discusses some of the ethical solutions being developed for interdisciplinary and multicultural approaches to climate change that can be used by Indigenous communities for adaptation and mitigation. These solutions represent substantial steps forward toward finding common ground among diverse parties in the U.S. like federally-recognized Indigenous nations, state and federal agencies, universities and research centers, and Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations.
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Free and open to the public


Your Research on the International Space Station
Cancer & Genetics Research Complex Auditorium 101
2033 Mowry Road
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Please join the University of Florida and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 6 for a conversation on how UF researchers can utilize the nation's most unique national laboratory: the International Space Station.

As the manager of the ISS National Laboratory, CASIS will present and answer questions on the types of research that can be sent into orbit, project funding and how to apply for these opportunities. Hosted by the UF Interdisciplinary Center for Biotechnology Research, the event also includes a question-and-answer panel and two interactive sessions for investigators interested in either Life and Biomedical Sciences, or Engineering, Materials Science, Chemistry, and Physical Sciences.

The university community is encouraged to attend this interdisciplinary and collaborative event, and to bring all ideas for space-based exploration.

All faculty, staff and students are welcome.

Registration is required – More detailed information

Using the PacBio: Importance of Long Sequencing Reads in Research
Monday, February 17, 9:45 am-12:30 pm
Cancer & Genetics Research Complex 451 A/B

Jonas Korlach, chief scientific officer of Pacific Biosciences, and UF's Eric Triplett, professor and chair of the Microbiology and Cell Science department, will present current applications of the PacBio platform and the benefits of long sequencing reads, including accuracy, improved quality, and data analysis.

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Monday, February 17, 7:00 pm
Smathers Library, Room 1A

Presenter: Steven Noll, Dept History and David Tegeder, Dept Social & Behavioral Sciences, Santa Fe College & History, UF

Sponsors: George A. Smathers Libraries
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"Civil" Society?
The Slow Murmur of Learning: Honoring Substance and Solitude in Education
Diana Senechal (Columbia Secondary School, NYC)
Wednesday, February 19th, 5:30 pm
Hippodrome Theatre (cinema)

Over the past few decades, our schools' emphasis on quick results and feedback has left students with little room for absorbing complex material or taking risks with their own work. Several trends, not confined to education, have contributed to the problem: an insistence on concrete, measurable goals; a narrow view of student "engagement"; an emphasis on talk over quiet thought; and a push for teacher evaluation systems that focus on test score results and quick classroom observations. These tendencies, although based on good intentions, have contributed to an environment that discourages (and sometimes even penalizes) challenging study and independent thought. To address this problem, schools should honor those aspects of education that require solitude (as well as community) and grow in meaning over time.
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Free and open to the public
Sponsors: Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere

Spring 2014 Conference, Feminist Publics, Current Engagements: Gender/Culture/Society 40 Years Later

This year's conference honors the fortieth anniversary of the publication of the landmark anthology in feminist anthropology, Woman, Culture, and Society, co-edited by Michelle Rosaldo and Louise Lamphere.

This conference will offer not only a retrospective consideration of the early days of feminist anthropology but a forward-looking assessment of new directions taken in the field. We invite you to join us for what will surely be of interest to a broad interdisciplinary audience.

February 20-21
Thursday, February 20
Ustler Hall, 3:30-5:30 PM

Conference Opening
Keynote Speaker Louise Lamphere (U of New Mexico)
Professor Lamphere will be our keynote speaker as the conference opens with her lecture and a reception. The following morning will feature a forum with our four invited speakers. More sessions will follow in the afternoon with speakers Fran Mascia-Lees, Carolyn Martin Shaw, and Martin Manalansan. Discussants from various departments at UF will follow the lectures.

Friday, February 21
Ustler Hall, 10 am-6:30 pm

Panels discussing contemporary issues within anthropology and related disciplines

Talks by: Carolyn Martin Shaw (UC Santa Cruz), Martin Manalansan (U of Illinois), Frances Mascia-Lees (Rutgers U)

For those planning to attend the Forum, the CWSGR website now has recommended background readings by the four invited speakers. Visit

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Sponsored by the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere and the Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research
All events are free and open to the public

Round Table discussion addressing: "What is scholarship?"
Monday, Feb 24, 4:00 PM
Emerson Alumni Hall

Panelists: Joe Glover, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
David Guzick, Senior Vice President for Health Affairs
Jack Payne, IFAS Senior Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources

Facilitator: Mike Foley, College of Journal and Communications

The session will expose members of the UF community to how different disciplines and colleges contribute to excellence is support of our mission. The panel of the administrative leaders of the three UF academic units will engage in a facilitated discussion on "disciplinary scholarship," and then the discussion will broaden with questions and comments from the audience. Each of those three units of academically-diverse faculty are supporting the tripartite mission of teaching, scholarship and service; however, the nature of those activities reflect the differences in disciplines.


Book Release: from the WARPAINT trilogy – Content Burns
Saturday, March 1

Stephanie A. Smith, Waldo W. Neikirk Term Professor, 2012-2013 and Associate Chair/Undergraduate Coordinator, Department of English is the author of the WARPAINT trilogy: Warpaint, Baby Rocket and Content Burns. The three novels are intertwined by love and friendship, and deal with contemporary women who are struggling to balance art, love, illness and trauma. Her other published novels include Snow-Eyes, The Boy Who Was Thrown Away, Other Nature, and two works of criticism, Conceived By Liberty and Household Words.

BABY ROCKET is in the #1 place for the People's Book Award in the UK

Content Burns chronicles the parallel stories of two women from the same family who bear the same Puritan name, Content Burns, and who are separated by three centuries: One born a Pequot Indian, originally named Ásawanuw (Corn-silk), who converts and marries into the English Burns family in 1637, and one, nicknamed Cabbi, in modern-day New York. They are unknown to each other yet both women must learn how to survive an historical trauma that changed the course of American history, and their lives: the massacre of the Pequot tribe in 1637 and the loss of the Twin Towers on 9/11.

Illumina Road Show: Next is Now
Tuesday, March 4, 9 am-12:30 pm
Cancer & Genetics Research Complex Auditorium 101

Featuring the NextSeq 500, Illumina will showcase the latest technology in next generation DNA sequencing through research talks and instrument demonstrations.

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International Symposium: French Music and Literature and Concert
March 11
Music Building, room 101, 7:30 pm concert

18th International Festival of Women Composers — focus on French music & literature

March 12
Music Building, room 101, 10:40 am

Introductory remarks by conference organizers: Dr. Sylvie Blum-Reid and Dr. Miriam Zach
Dr. Miriam Zach, University of Florida, "Elizabeth Claude Jacquet de la Guerre (1665-1729) Cantatas in La Grande Epoque: Musical performance practice in 18th century France."

Friends of Music Room, 11:45 am

Dr. Carol J. Murphy, University of Florida, "Julien Gracq's nocturnal musings in Le Roi Cophétua."

LUNCH BREAK, 12:35- 1:35 pm
Friends of Music Room, 1:35 pm

Dr. Sylvie Blum-Reid, University of Florida, "Music and Memory in Marguerite Duras's Indian Cycle."

Friends of Music Room, 2:45 pm, Introduction by Dr. Rori Bloom, University of Florida

Keynote speaker: Dr. Cormac Newark, University of Ulster, Londonderry, Ireland. "Opera in Proust."

3:30-4:30 Reception

This event is sponsored by the France-Florida Research Institute and International Studies Center, and the department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
It is free and open to all.

The Florida Civil Rights Struggle: Past & Present
Panel and Multimedia Presentation
Wednesday, March 12
6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Pugh Hall

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Free and open to the public

"Civil" Society?
Studying Racist Activists: What Can Be Learned and What Cannot
Kathleen Blee (University of Pittsburgh)
Thursday, March 27th, 5:30 pm
Ustler Hall Atrium (2nd floor)

Is there anything to be gained by talking to people in racist groups? This talk wrestles with the dilemma of how we can find accurate information about the racist movements in our midst. From the massive Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s to today's small neo-Nazi groups, racist groups have fomented hatred and often violence against racial, ethnic, and religious minorities. Despite the danger that these movements pose to civil society, we know surprisingly little about how they work and how they recruit members. Based on decades of direct observation and interviews with those who populate America's racist underground, this talk explores what we know, what we don't know, and what we may never know about organized racism. It wrestles with moral and political dilemmas that occur when scholars work directly with violent political actors and raises questions about the advantages and perils of scholarship and dialogue with racist extremists.
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Free and open to the public

"Civil" Society? On the Future Prospects of Meaningful Dialogue
Speaker Series 2013-2014

This series is made possible by the Rothman Endowment at the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with co-sponsorship from the UF Libraries, Honors Program, Department of History, Department of English, Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, and the Office of Sustainability.

General Objectives of the Series

Dialogues occur when conversations between two or more people clarify their positions on an issue. The sharing of opinions and ideas is the first step in solving significant problems. Why, then, do individuals, groups, and nations have such difficulty engaging in productive dialogue about life-and-death issues like climate change, racial prejudice, and the politics of wealth and health disparities? Since when has the polarization of opinions become so pronounced, and what is the impact of this state of affairs on civil discourse? And, why, in the digital age, do we rely upon the thirty-second sound bite instead of taking the time to reflect on the universal issues and interests that could unite us across our ideological differences? Moreover, if we want to change this status quo, what will it take to create safe spaces where we can exchange opinions with strangers and engage in genuine deliberation that emerges from individual experiences and not mere talking points?

In 2013-2014, the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere at the University of Florida has organized a nine-month speaker series that seeks to understand the dialogues (or lack thereof) about major issues that have gained political traction in the United States. These issues are as basic as the future of our planet, the price of minority discrimination, and how we construct and remember our collective history. This speaker series has two parts. The first semester will examine the fault lines that divide us, and the conditions that prevent reasoned dialogue. The second semester will generate discussions of how we might foster conditions that will bring us closer together, or at least help us to enter into broader dialogue about the human condition. This semester on “healing” these fractures will explore the future impact of digitization on the written word, the importance of solitude to personal transformation, and how academic scholars can productively frame controversial research topics.

"Civil" Society?
Bridging Indigenous and Scientific Knowledges: Multicultural Solutions for Climate Change Research
Monday, April 14th
Weil Hall 0270 5:30 pm

Presenter: Kyle Powys Whyte (Michigan State University)

Indigenous peoples living in North America have been affected by climate change in many ways, ranging from the losses of "first foods" to the permanent relocation of entire communities. As they develop ways to respond to the effects of climate change, however, Indigenous communities often face obstacles in creating dialogues with scientists, who do not necessarily understand their immediate and long term needs. Some of the key challenges concern bridging gaps in trust, power and expectations as to how to share and integrate empirical knowledge and information about climate change arising from sources as diverse as elders of Indigenous communities and senior climate scientists. This presentation outlines the recent history of dialogues and policies that attempt to foster collaboration across different cultural traditions of knowledge production, from "traditional ecological knowledge" to "climate science." The presentation then discusses some of the ethical solutions being developed for interdisciplinary and multicultural approaches to climate change that can be used by Indigenous communities for adaptation and mitigation. These solutions represent substantial steps forward toward finding common ground among diverse parties in the U.S. like federally-recognized Indigenous nations, state and federal agencies, universities and research centers, and Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations.
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Sponsors: Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere
Free and open to the public

THATCamp Gainesville: The Humanities and Technology Camp
April 24th, 8:30am-4:30pm
April 25th, 8:30am-12:30pm
Library West and Smathers Library East 1A

THATCamp stands for "The Humanities and Technology Camp." It is an unconference: an open, inexpensive meeting where humanities scholars and technologists of all skill levels learn and build together in sessions proposed on the spot. An unconference is to a conference what a seminar is to a lecture, what a pick-up game of Ultimate Frisbee is to an NBA game, or what a jam band is to a symphony orchestra: it's more informal and more participatory. Put simply, THATCamp is a place for you to indicate what you would like to learn in this area, and work with others to do so.

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Sponsored by UF CHPS and UF Libraries

Authors@UF: Readings and Conversation with Judith W. Page
Wednesday, April 23rd
Smathers Library (East), Rm 100, 3:00–5:00pm

Judith W. Page, director of the Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research, is a professor of English and Distinguished Teaching Scholar at the University of Florida, where she is also an affiliate of the Center for Jewish Studies. In the fall of 2012, she received the UF Outstanding Faculty Award from the Florida Blue Key. A PhD from the University of Chicago, she has been the recipient of several awards and fellowships from the NEH as well as a Skirball Fellowship at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, and, most recently, a Visiting Fellowship at the Chawton House Library in the UK, a repository of texts and manuscripts pertaining to early British women writers.

Sponsors: George A. Smathers Libraries
Free and open to the public


Women! An Evening of Improv
Friday, July 11th, 7:30 pm
200 Ustler Hall
Tickets: $10*

Gainesville's popular improv company, "Much Ado about Doris," presents an evening of comedy, all centered on the topic Women!

With its blend of short and long improv skits and acting games that often involve volunteers from the house, parodies and satires on topics suggested by the audience, "Much Ado about Doris" is an unusual company in that its members range from college students, citizens from all walks in the community, to a woman over eighty. No less appropriate is the fact that this evening of comedy is a benefit helping needy students majoring in Women's Studies and celebrating one of Gainesville's leading citizens after whom both the Community Cultural Center and the improv company are named. For more information or reservations call Sidney or Norma Homan at 352-378-9166.

*All proceeds benefit The UF Center for Women's Studies and the Doris Bardon Community Cultural Center.

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UF Genetics Institute Seminar Series
Tuesday, September 9th
Cancer and Genetics Research Complex Auditorium 101, 2–3 pm
Stephen G. Clarke, PhD, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, UCLA

Protein and Small Molecule Methyltranferases as Anti-Aging Elements

Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research's Annual Fall Reception
Wednesday, September 10th
Ustler Hall Atrium, 3:30 pm

You are invited to attend the Fall Reception for the Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research on Wednesday, September 10th at 3:30 p.m. in beautiful Ustler Hall. The reception will feature a talk, "Claiming an Education," by former Women's Studies Director Professor Judith W. Page, and presentations of awards, certificates, and scholarships. Refreshments will be served.

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German filmmaker Ula Stöckl, film screening of The Cat has Nine Lives (Neun Leben hat die Katze, 1968)
Monday, September 15th
TUR 2334, 7:20 pm

Filmmaker Ula Stöckl will screen The Cat has Nine Lives (Neun Leben hat die Katze, 1968, with subtitles) with Introduction and Q&A as part of Barbara Mennel's graduate seminar on New German Cinema. The screening is open to interested faculty members and students.

Ula Stöckl 's career as a representative of the New German Cinema began in 1963 at the Film School in Ulm. She has made 23 films. The Cat has Nine Lives is considered the first postwar West German feminist film. She is currently teaching film production at UCF School of Visual Arts and Design. The event is funded by the Waldo W. Neikirk Term Professorship. For questions, please contact Barbara Mennel at

What is the Good Life? And the UF Core Curriculum
Tuesday, September 23rd
Reitz Union Grand Ballroom, 5:30 pm

A University of Florida Panel featuring Joe Glover, Provost; Bernard Mair, Associate Provost; Vasudha Narayanan, Professor of Religion; and Rebecca Nagy, Director of the Harn Museum of Art
Free and open to the public
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Literature to Film Adaptation in Recent Japan 10th Annual Japan Foundation Film Series
September 25th through October 16th
Reitz Union Auditorium

Sponsored by The Japan Foundation, RUB/Reitz Union Board—Entertainment, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, and The Center for Film and Media Studies.

All films free and open to the public. Click here for flyer.

Abacus and Sword (武士の家計簿, Bushi no kakeibo), 2010, 129 min.
Thursday, September 25th
Reitz Union Auditorium, 10:30 pm

In the twilight of samurai rule, low-ranking Naoyuki Isogai lacks finesse as a swordsman, but as an expert accountant he employs strategies to rescue the fortunes of his clan and keep his family afloat in this humorous historical drama that gestures to downturns in the current economy. Best supporting actress (Keiko Masuzaka), Best Art Direction, 20th Japan Film Critic Award. Directed by Yoshimitsu Morita, acclaimed for his 1983 dark comedy, The Family Game, Abacus and Sword is based on the book of the same title by Michifumi Isoda (1970-).


International & Minority Science Fiction in a Global World
Wednesday, October 1
Smathers Library Room 100, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

A workshop on global cultures and subcultures of science fiction organized by UF's Science Fiction Working Group. Morning and afternoon sessions will run from 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM in Smathers Library Room 100, and will feature talks by: Luis Álvarez-Castro (UF, Spanish and Portuguese Studies), M. Elizabeth Ginway (UF, Spanish and Portuguese Studies), Andrew Gordon (UF, English, Emeritus), Terry Harpold (UF, English), Tace Hedrick (UF, English & Women's Studies), Kostas Kapparis (UF, Classics), Jennifer Rea (UF, Classics), Stephanie A. Smith (UF, English), and Philip Wegner (UF, English).

The workshop will conclude with an evening keynote address by noted Cuban sf author Anabel Enríquez Piñeiro on "The Image of Women and Female Identity in Cuban Science Fiction and Fantasy" (7:30-9 PM in Ustler Hall).

All workshop events are free and open to the public. For more information and a complete program of events, see

Someday (大鹿村騒動気, Ōshika-mura sōdōki), 2011, 93 min.
Thursday, October 2nd
Reitz Union Auditorium, 10:30 pm

Zen, the owner of a venison restaurant in the Japan Alps in a town with an ancient biannual tradition of staging a kabuki play, is a lead actor in the upcoming performance. Complications derail the rehearsals, including the sudden appearance of Zen's estranged wife whom he hasn't seen for eighteen years. She seems to have forgotten that part, but what remains of her memory proves to be useful in other ways. Best Film, Yokohama Film Festival, Soleil d'or Kinotayo Prize. Directed by Junji Sakamoto, versatile and prolific contemporary director, Someday is based on a story by Hiroshi Nobue (1958-).

Rebirth (八日目の蝉, Yōkame no semi), 2011, 147 min.
Thursday, October 9th
Reitz Union Auditorium, 7:00 pm

Kiwako is the loser in an office affair and takes revenge by abducting her lover's infant daughter. Raising the girl on her own, she is caught after four years and the daughter, Erina, is returned to her father and his wife. As a young woman, Erina begins to recall suppressed memories of her early years in a journey through evocative landscapes and honest confrontation with her conflicting emotions. Winner of 11 awards at the 35th Japan Academy Prize, including Best Picture. Directed by Izuru Narushima, and based on a novel by the prize-winning author Mitsuyo Kakuta (1967-).

The Outsourcing Illusion: Why Tempting Technology Can Lead To Dangerous Delegation
Monday, October 13th
Smathers Library 100, 5:30pm
Evan Selinger (Rochester Institute of Technology)

In The Outsourced Self, sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild argues that Americans are increasingly delegating intimate emotional labor to service providers: child, elder, and pet caretakers, love coaches, wedding planners, rented friends, and even so-called wantologists. While these marketplace transactions hold out the promise of improving our lives, Hochschild takes a deeper look at outsourcing and shows that it can yield problematic, even tragic results: depersonalized bonds, distorted family values, an overly-instrumentalized orientation to relationships, diminished virtue, and atrophied civic life. Hochschild doesn't say much about consumer technology, but the issues she's concerned with directly apply to our relation to it. Silicon Valley expects us to embrace outsourcing creep by relying on cyber-servants: ever-expanding smart, predictive, behavior-modifying, and labor saving tools. This techno-social trajectory points to a form of life where the transformative impacts of outsourcing become more pervasive and intense. To make wise decisions when confronted with outsourcing technologies that can fundamentally impact our sensibilities, we need a clear sense of what technological outsourcing is, why it often promises more than it can deliver, and how to judge when to avoid it. The task before us, therefore, is to grasp the phenomenological contours of what I call the outsourcing illusion.

Evan Selinger is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Rochester Institute of Technology, where he is also Affiliated Faculty with the Golisano Institute for Sustainability and the Center for Media, Arts, Games, Interaction, and Creativity (MAGIC). He's also a Fellow at The Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technology. Evan's research addresses ethical issues concerning technology, science, the law, expertise, and sustainability. A prolific academic author, Evan also cares deeply about public engagement, writing for popular magazines, newspapers, and blogs, including: Wired, Slate, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, The Nation, Three Quarks Daily, Huffington Post, and The Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technology.

The Summit: A Chronicle of Stones (剣岳、点の記, Tsurigidake: Ten no ki), 2009, 139 min.
Thursday, October 16th
Reitz Union Auditorium, 7:00 pm

Mt. Tsurigidake, revered as a deity since ancient times and known as the "mountain of death" for its inaccessibility, is the last uncharted region of Japan at the turn of the last century. An official army team is dispatched to chart its territory, as well as the more western-equipped Japan Alpine Club. The two teams battle each another as well as the mountain and its weather. Filmed onsite, with breathtaking views. Best Director, 33rd Japan Academy Prize. Directed by noted cinematographer Daisaku Kimura, The Summit is based on a novel by Jirō Nitta (1912-1980).

2014-2015 Distinguished Professor Lecture Series
Discovering the ancient biodiversity of the New World tropics: A once-in-a-century opportunity in Panama
Wednesday, October 29th
Emerson Hall classroom/auditorium, 4:00 pm

Bruce J. MacFadden, PhD, Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology at the Florida Museum of Natural History, Distinguished Professor of Biology, Geological Sciences and Latin American Studies.

The University of Florida Faculty Senate is honored to present the 2014-2015 Distinguished Professor Lecture Series featuring University of Florida faculty recently promoted to Distinguished Professor. This year's series will have 4 lectures presented by Drs. Bruce MacFadden, Roger B. Fillingim, Brian A. Iwata and Kirk S. Schanze. These lectures will educate us, inform us and provide opportunities for discussion.

Parking is reserved on the top level of the O’Connell Center garage. Refreshments will be served.

Florida Genetics Symposium
Wednesday, October 29th and Thursday, October 30th
Cancer & Genetics Research Complex, 2033 Mowry Road

Join the discussion on genetics and genomics with researchers, students and industry leaders from around the country at Florida Genetics 2014, a free symposium hosted by the University of Florida Genetics Institute. Now in it's tenth year, the event features speakers from universities and institutes around the country. Speaker discussions are organized into three focused sessions over two days: genetics and food security, microbiomes, and genomes to phenotypes. More than 100 students will present their research and findings during two poster presentations. For poster session winners, an award ceremony will be held at the end of the event to present certificates and monetary awards. Abstract submission is due October 3. General event registration is now open. For more information, to register and download the event app, visit

Good Food for All – A Dream Deferred
Thursday, October 30th
McCarty Hall A, room G186, 3:00 pm

Presenter: Mark Winne, food consultant, author, and lecturer

This lecture will be broadcast live and archived for viewing at a later date. A public link will be available as the event approaches. Please contact Kelly Monaghan at if you would like to participate online and she will provide the link.


Authors @ UF:
A Conversation with Mary Ann Eaverly
Associate Professor, Department of Classics
Thursday, November 6th
Smathers Library (East), Room 100, 4:00pm

Tan Men/Pale WomenOne of the most obvious stylistic features of Athenian black-figure vase painting is the use of color to differentiate women from men. By comparing ancient art in Egypt and Greece, Mary Ann Eaverly's book Tan Men/Pale Women: color and gender in archaic Greece and Egypt, a Comparative Approach (2013), uncovers the complex history behind the use of color to distinguish between genders, without focusing on race. Eaverly considers the significance of this overlooked aspect of ancient art as an indicator of underlying societal ideals about the role and status of women.

Sponsored by the Smathers Libraries Campus Conversations
Light refreshments provided

Promotional Video

Lynne Olson, "Racing Against Time: Roosevelt, Churchill, and America's Fight Over World War II"
Thursday, November 6th
Flint 50, 5:30pm – 7:00pm

The History Department is pleased to announce that bestselling author and journalist Lynne Olson will be the speaker at the in this year's Gary C. and Eleanor G. Simons Lecture in American History. The talk will be followed by a Q&A session.

Olson is the author of four books, including Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America's Fight Over World War II, 1939-1941 (Random House, 2013); Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood With Britain in its Darkest, Finest Hour (Random House, 2010); A Question of Honor: The Kosckiusko Squadron, Forgotten Heroes of World War II (Knopf, 2003); Freedom's Daughters: The Unsung Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement from 1830 to 1970 (Scribner, 2002); and Troublesome Young Men: The Rebels Who Brought Churchill to Power and Helped Save England (Farr, Straus & Giroux, 2007).

Abel Sierra Madero, "Recuperando el Cuerpo Nacional: Intelectuales, Homosexuales y la UMAP en la Revolución Cubana"
Friday, November 7th
Judaica Suite at the Smathers Library Special Collections Grand Reading Room (2nd floor), 3:00pm

Dr. Abel Sierra Madero will give a talk (in Spanish) entitled "Recuperando el Cuerpo Nacional: Intelectuales, Homosexuales y la UMAP en la Revolución Cubana"

Abel Sierra Madero holds a PhD in History from the University of Havana (2009). Over the last ten years, he has worked in the fields of sexuality and gender and their linksto nation-building and nationalism. He has lectured widely in universities in the US, Spain, UK, Italy, Israel and Mexico. He has been awarded the prize Casa de las Américas for his book Del otro lado del espejo. La sexualidad en la construcción dela nación cubana (2006). He has also been awarded an Erasmus Mundus visiting fellowship and a research grant from Ford Foundation. In 2012 he was awarded with the Martin Duberman fellowship, Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, CUNY for his contributions to the Gender and sexualities studies field in Latin America. Sierra Madero is member of the GEXcel International Collegium for Advanced Transdisciplinary Gender Studies and also is a member of the Cuban Union of Writers and Artists (UNEAC).

This talk is sponsored by the George A. Smathers Libraries, the Center for Latin American Studies, the UF Cuba Program, and the UF History Department.

Look Back, Dance Forward

Presented by the Center for World Arts, Look Back, Dance Forward is a weeklong series of talks, informal performances, discussions and workshops happening Nov. 10-16, 2014 designed to examine how individual artistic expression (re)builds self and society, featuring choreographers and theater makers Faustin Linyekula (Democratic Republic of Congo) and Panaibra Gabriel Canda (Mozambique), and composer and guitarist Jorge Domingos (Mozambique). The following events are free and open to the public:

The Art of Development in Post-Conflict Zones: Studios Kabako's 'Acupuncture' of Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo

Thursday, November 13th
Center for African Studies, Grinter Hall, Room 404

Talk by Linyekula, 2014 winner of the CurryStone Design Award

Friday, Nov. 14th
12:30-1:30 p.m. (culminating event)
McGuire Theatre & Dance Pavilion, G-6 Studio

Choreographers and Theater Makers Faustin Linyekula and Panaibra Gabriel Canda with Musician Jorge Domingos: from Falling Down to Standing Up/Congo/Mozambique: Performance demonstration and discussion of the role of the individual artist in rethinking and (re)building society.

To learn more, please visit or contact Dr. Joan Frosch, Director, UF Center for World Arts, at or 352-514-1100.

Professor Randall Halle, workshop and public talk on European cinema
Monday, November 17th

• Workshop "Researching Film Funding: The European Case," 10:40-12:35 am (room tba)
The hands-on workshop is geared toward graduate students in Film and Media Studies, but also open to interested faculty members and advanced undergraduate students. Please bring your laptops (but no tablets)

• Public talk on European cinema, 4:00pm (room and title tba)

Randall Halle is the Klaus W. Jonas Professor of German Film and Cultural Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. He has published The Europeanization of Cinema: Interzones and Imaginative Communities (2014),  German Film after Germany: Toward a Transnational Aesthetic (2008), Queer Social Philosophy: Critical Readings from Kant to Adorno (2004). He has co-edited After the Avant-garde: New Directions in Experimental Film (2008), Light Motives: German Popular Film in Perspective (2003), and Marginality and Alterity in Contemporary European Cinema, two special two volumes of Camera Obscura (2001). The events are funded by the Jean Monnet Chair and the European Union funded Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at the University of Florida and the Waldo W. Neikirk Term Professorship. For questions, please contact Barbara Mennel at or Amie Kreppel at

English Language Institute 60th Year Anniversary Celebration
Thursday, November 20th, 10:30 am — 12:45 pm
Reitz Union Breezeway/Colonnade

As part of the observance of International Education Week on campus, The English Language Institute at the University of Florida will be having a Celebration of the 60th Year of our founding. It will be catered by Classic Fare Catering. There will be a brief program at 11:00 PM honoring our distinguished alumni including J.C. Casagrande, our beloved former director.

There will be a video and a slide show featuring 6o years of our history in pictures. Please come join us!

Narratives of Capitalism: Reading and Writing the Future of the Global Economy
Thursday, November 20th
Hough Hall 150, 5:30pm
Christopher Michaelson (University of St. Thomas)

Human beings make narrative sense of life, including economic life, to understand: who works and why, what and when to produce, and how much and where to consume. The novel has become a classic, near-universal form of critical, narrative expression. Through reading and analyzing novels, we can explore how individuals and societies represent the relationship between ethical and economic values, meaning and money, and the good life and prosperity. The novel is a valuable analytical instrument at the same time that it may have intrinsic value as a work of art. However, it is also an economic product, influencing and influenced by commercial markets. The demands of work, competing forms of entertainment and enlightenment, and technological change challenge narrative forms to adapt to evolving lifestyles, preferences, and communication methods. What will be the major narratives in the future of the global economy? And what forms might those narratives take?

After earning a Ph.D. in philosophical aesthetics and ethics, Christopher Michaelson defied philosophical and practical logic to launch a business advisory career in New York. A few years later, he began his academic career while leaving a foot in practice. For most of the past 12 years, he has combined full-time academic positions with part-time business practice and community service. Currently, he is an associate professor of Ethics & Business Law at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis-St. Paul, on the Business & Society faculty at New York University, and a Global Advisory Director with PwC. Christopher's business clients have included major multinational corporations, along with government and non-governmental organizations and multilateral financial institutions. He has addressed business and academic audiences on several continents and currently co-edits PwC's strategy and risk journal, Resilience: Winning with Risk, and serves as the Secretary-General of the International Society for Business, Ethics and Economics. Christopher's primary research specialties include meaningful work, global ethics and emerging risks. His writing—appearing in various academic, trade and blog publications—seeks to shed light on these issues using such media as art, architecture, literature and film. He brings his experience and research to teaching ethics, leadership, governance and sustainability.

Rothman Distinguished Lectures in Classics 2014-2015
Unearthing the City of Agamemnon: the Lower City of Mycenae
Thursday, November 20th
113 Little Hall, 5:30pm

Professor Christofilis Maggidis, Assistant Director, Mycenae Excavations, and Roberts Chair of Archaeology, Dickinson College

The geophysical survey and systematic excavation of the Lower Town at Mycenae (2003-2013) revealed an extensive Mycenaean settlement outside the citadel, which was protected by an outer fortification wall with gates, as well as overlying structures and buildings dating to the Early Iron Age (PG/G houses, workshops, silos, retaining walls, and graves) and the Archaic period, thus establishing for the first time a continuous, well-stratified occupation of Mycenae in all the successive periods from the 13th century BC to the 6th century BC. Such strong confirmation of continued presence following the decline of the palatial center of Mycenae and the subsequent political decentralization, economic collapse, and social dissolution, becomes very important, as it complements and reinforces the post-Mycenaean archaeological picture of transition in the Early Iron Age Argolid (Argos, Tiryns, Mycenae, Asine), and substantiates cultural continuity in the region. The exploration of the lay-out, borders, size, and modified landscape of the town has radically changed the topography of Mycenae, and offered a better understanding of the interaction between town and palace, ancient economy and environment (

Sponsored by the Department of Classics
Free and open to the public

Studying at Mycenae: a New Semester or Year Abroad Program in Greece
Friday, November 21st
Dauer 219, 1:00pm

A Conversation with Professor Christofilis Maggidis, Assistant Director, Mycenae Excavations, and Roberts Chair of Archaeology, Dickinson College

Sponsored by the Department of Classics and the Rothman Distinguished Lectures in Classics 2014-2015
Free and open to the public


Uncertain Actions, Inexperienceable Evidence: Towards New Practices of the Future
Thursday, December 4th
Smathers Library 100, 5:30pm
Wendy Chun (Brown University)

According to philosopher Immanuel Kant, the motto of the Enlightenment is: Sapere aude—have the courage to use your own understanding. The assumption of this motto is that enlightenment is inevitable, once the public is free. This belief that the search for truth will set you free—that true knowledge leads to virtuous, collective actions—has been called into question over and over again, most recently by phenomena such as global climate change (not simply in terms of the continuing debate over its existence, but also by the temporality of climate predictions: by the time these models can be verified, it will be too late to act). Furthermore, our classic theories of causality are being challenged by a growing interest in Big Data, which emphasizes correlation rather than causality in order to make predictions about the future. Rather than bemoan this situation, this talk uses the example of global climate change models to argue for an alliance between scientists and humanities scholars in order to answer the hard questions about the relationship between theory and practice—between truth, reality, and action—that face us all.

Wendy Chun is Professor and Chair of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University. She has studied both Systems Design Engineering and English Literature, which she combines and mutates in her current work on digital media. She is author of Control and Freedom: Power and Paranoia in the Age of Fiber Optics (MIT, 2006), and Programmed Visions: Software and Memory (MIT 2011); she is co-editor (with Tara McPherson and Patrick Jagoda) of a special issue of American Literature entitled "New Media and American Literature", co-editor (with Lynne Joyrich) of a special issue of Camera Obscura entitled "Race and/as Technology", and co-editor (with Thomas Keenan) of New Media, Old Media: A History and Theory Reader (Routledge, 2005). She is currently a Visiting Professor at Leuphana University (Luneburg, Germany). She has been a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton), a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, and a Wriston Fellow at Brown, as well as a visiting associate professor in the History of Science Department at Harvard, of which she is currently an Associate. She is working on a monograph entitled Imagined Networks.

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