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Deborah NelsonThe Franke Forum presents: Bruce Cumings on “The Orientalist Roots of American Perceptions of North Korea"

Wednesday, March 7, 2017
5:15 – 6:00 p.m.
450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive,
Room 621
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Professor Cumings will discuss Marx’s "Asiatic Mode of Production," Karl Wittfogel’s Oriental Despotism, some Hollywood films and characters (Mr. Moto, Charlie Chan, Fu Manchu, The Manchurian Candidate, Chinatown), and argue that such works have created a deeply-rooted image in the American mind of the "evil Oriental," which Kim Jong-un appears to personify. Chinatown is a (very) rare exception, reversing stereotypes by placing the "Asiatic mode" in Los Angeles in the 1930s, with WASP despots at the helm.

Sponsored by the University of Chicago's Franke Institute for the Humanities, the Franke Forum is a series of free public lectures by renowned University scholars.

Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this event should contact 773-702-8274 in advance.

November 8, 2017 
Deborah Nelson, "An Unsentimental Education: Arbus, Arendt, Didion, McCarthy, Sontag, Weil"

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March 1, 2017
Geoffrey R. Stone, “Sex and the Constitution: The Road to Roe"
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Coming Up
Regenstein window Courses for the 2017-2018 course roster:

Fall 2017
The Mediterranean Sea in Antiquity: Imperial Connections 
offered by James Osborne (Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations) and Catherine Kearns (Classics)

From Baroque to Neo-Baroque 
offered by Rachel Galvin (English Language & Literature) and Miguel Martinez (Romance Languages & Literatures)

Winter 2018
Exploratory Translation 
offered by Haun Saussy (Comparative Literature) and Jennifer Scappettone (English Language & Literature)

Phaedras Compared: Adaptation, Gender, Tragic Form  
offered by Larry Norman (Romance Languages & Literatures) and David Wray (Classics)

Spring 2018
Guillotine/Barricade: Figures of History Across Media 
offered by Jennifer Wild (Cinema & Media Studies) and TBA

Destruction of Images, Books, and Artifacts in Europe and South Asia 
offered by Olga Solovieva (Comparative Literature) and Tyler Williams (South Asian Languages & Civilizations)

The Art of Healing: Medical Aesthetics in Russia & the U.S.
offered by William Nickell (Slavic Languages & Literatures) and Michael David (Medical School) 

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Also see: Disciplines & Technologies is a Mellon funded project with the Center for Disciplinary Innovation.

Franke Fellows for 2016 and 2017
The Franke Fellows for 2017-2018 have been announced.

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New at the Institute
Learn more about the three new exciting initiatives launching this fall at the Franke Institute.

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Franke 25
Franke 25On November 10, 2015, the Franke Institute celebrated its 25th anniversary with a symposium.

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