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THE CHICAGO HUMANITIES FORUM




The Chicago Humanities Forum
Winter 2015

Steven Rings
'Don't Think Twice, It's All Right': A Genealogy
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Introduction by Martha Fedlman
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The Chicago Humanities Forum
Winter 2014

Haun SaussyHaun Saussy
The Curious History of 'Oral Literature'
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Introduction by Michael Silverstein.

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The Chicago Humanities Forum
Spring 2013

Elaine HadleyElaine Hadley
A Matter of Opinion: Why Victorian Liberalism Lingers
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Introduction by Lauren Berlant.

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The Chicago Humanities Forum
Winter 2013

Augusta Read ThomasAugusta Read Thomas
Earth Echoes
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Introduction byBerthold Hoeckner.

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The Chicago Humanities Forum
Fall 2012

Adrian JohnsAdrian Johns
The Politics of Media Piracy
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Introduction by James Sparrow.

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The Chicago Humanities Forum
Spring 2012

James SparrowJames Sparrow
Warfare State: World War II Americans and the Age of Big Government
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Introduction by John D. Kelly.

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The Chicago Humanities Forum
Winter 2012

FukushimaNorma Field
From Stagg Field to Fukushima
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Introduction by James Chandler.

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The Chicago Humanities Forum
Fall 2011

Gates in Central ParkStanley Tigerman and W.J.T. Mitchell
Architectural Displacement
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Introduction by James Chandler.

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The Chicago Humanities Forum
Spring 2011

Lauren BerlantLauren Berlant
Media, Sensationalism, and Political Desire
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Introduction by Linda Zerilli.

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The Chicago Humanities Forum
Fall 2010

George LewisGeorge Lewis and Arnold Davidson
Improvisation as a Way of Life: Time,
Form, Technology, Ethics

Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Introduction by Richard Neer.
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The Chicago Humanities Forum
Spring 2010

Josef Stern
The Unbinding of Isaac: Maimonides on Genesis 22
(The Aqedah)

Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Introduction by Ted Cohen.
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The Chicago Humanities Forum
Winter 2010

Wendy Doniger
Faking It: Narratives of Circular Jewelry and Resourceful Women
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Introduction by Ulrike Stark.
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The Chicago Humanities Forum
Spring 2009

Jonathan HallJonathan Hall
The Tyranny of the Athenian Democracy
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Introduction by James Redfield.
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The Chicago Humanities Forum
Winter 2009

Candace VoglerCandace Vogler
Ethical Challenges
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
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Thomas ChristensenThomas Christensen
Bach: Musician, Mathematician, Metaphysician
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
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The Chicago Humanities Forum
Fall 2008

Lisa WedeenLisa Wedeen
Peripheral Visions: Publics, Power, and Performance in Yemen
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Introduction by Michael Dawson.
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The Chicago Humanities Forum
Spring 2008

Thomas PavelThomas Pavel
Why Novels Written Long Ago Are About Us
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
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Julie SavilleJulie Saville
American Slaves and Their Properties
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
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The Chicago Humanities Forum
Winter 2008

Robert J. RichardsRobert J. Richards
Darwin's Natural Theology
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
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Lawrence ZbikowskiLawrence Zbikowski
Birds, Spinning Wheels, Horses, and Sex: Painting Images with Music
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Introduction by
Steven Rings.
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The Chicago Humanities Forum
Fall 2007

Wu HungWu Hung
What is 'Contemporary Chinese Art?'
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Introduction by
Martha Ward.
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Jacqueline GoldsbyJacqueline Goldsby
Abstract Is As Abstract Does: African American Poetry and Painting during the 1940's and 1950's
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Introduction by Bill Brown.
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The Chicago Humanities Forum
Spring 2007

James K. ChandlerMichael Sells
'Translation of Desires:': The Love Poetry of Sufi Master Ibn al-'Arabi
(d. 638/1240)

Wednesday, May 2, 2007
Introduction by
Françoise Meltzer.
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James K. ChandlerJames K. Chandler
Sterne's Sentimental Journey: How Humanities Scholarship Matters
Wednesday, April 4, 2007
Introductions by Françoise Meltzer.
and Bill Brown
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EVERY WEDNESDAY LUNCH SERIES FOR FACULTY




Every Wednesday Lunch Series for Faculty
Spring 2014

Jason Bridges
on the mind as a mechanism
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
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Whitney Cox
on high politics in medieval India
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Judith Zeitlin
on the ghosts of things
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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William Nickell
on seeing Sochi

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
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Jason Merchant
on the use and misuse of linguistics at the Supreme Court
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
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Richard Jean So & Hoyt Long
on literature and/as data
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
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Christine Mehring & Alice Kain
on concrete traffic
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
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Every Wednesday Lunch Series for Faculty
Winter 2014

Srikanth "Chicu" Reddy and Jessica Stockholder
on picturing words and writing images
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
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Ahmed El Shamsy, Ian R.B. Desai and Na'ama Rokem
on memory, place, and evocation in composition
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
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Eivind Røssaak
on philosophy's artful conversation
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
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Daniel R. Morgan
on the Gray Center

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
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Mladen Dolar
on anxiety
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
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Itamar Francez
on Roman death masks
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
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Clifford Ando
Metaphysics of Society
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
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Every Wednesday Lunch Series for Faculty
Fall 2013

Laura Gandolfi
Objects and fiction in Mexico
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
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Ahmed El Shamsy, Ian R.B. Desai and Na'ama Rokem
on libraries
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
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Eivind Røssaak
on memory and social media
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
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Daniel R. Morgan
on cinema and perspective in Terrence Malick's films

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
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Mladen Dolar
on philosophy and theatre
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
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Itamar Francez
on meaning and cross-linguistic variation
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
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Clifford Ando
on Roman social imaginaries
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
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Every Wednesday Lunch Series for Faculty
Spring 2013

Frances FergusonFrances Ferguson
on the rise of writing — around 1800
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Introduction by James Chandler.

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Claudia BrittenhamClaudia Brittenham
on duality and difrasismo
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
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Orit Bashkin and Rochona MajumdarOrit Bashkin and Rochona Majumdar
on civilization and civility
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
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Jason Salavon and Gordon KindlmannJason Salavon and Gordon Kindlmann
on visualization in art and science

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
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Martha FeldmanMartha Feldman
on the castrato phantom in twentieth-century Rome
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
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Christopher FaraoneChristopher Faraone
on embedded genres in Homeric poetry
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
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Berthold HoecknerBerthold Hoeckner
on musical affect and cinematic emotion
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Introduction by James Chandler.
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Every Wednesday Lunch Series for Faculty
Winter 2013

David SchloenDavid Schloen
on going beyond Gutenberg in digital humanities
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Introduction by Matthew Stolper.
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Theaster Gates & Matthew Jesse JacksonTheaster Gates and Matthew Jesse Jackson 
on space and race in the context of contemporary practice
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Introduction by James Chandler.
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Steve WiesenthalSteve Wiesenthal
on quadrangles and crossroads
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Introduction by Christine Mehring.
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Patrick JagodaPatrick Jagoda
on network games
Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Introduction by Lauren Berlant.
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Tom Gunning & Judy HoffmanTom Gunning and Judy Hoffman
on study and practice with the moving image
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Introduction by James Chandler.
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Sonali ThakkarSonali Thakkar
on defective worldliness
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Introduction by Leela Gandhi.
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Dipesh ChakrabartyDipesh Chakrabarty
on humanist reflections on climate change
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
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Every Wednesday Lunch Series for Faculty
Fall 2012

Florian KlingerFlorian Klinger
on aesthetic life
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Introduction by David Wellbery.
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Christopher TaylorChristopher Taylor
on empire and neglect
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Introduction by Kenneth Warren.
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David SimonDavid Simon
on nonchalance
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Introduction by Bradin Cormack.
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Geof OppenheimerGeof Oppenheimer
on people problems
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Introduction by David Schutter.
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Wu HungWu Hung
on representing vacancy
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
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John Mark HansenJohn Mark Hansen
on the upcoming election
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Introduction by Gerald Rosenberg.
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Jane Taylor
on seeing voices
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Introduction by David Levin.
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Every Wednesday Lunch Series for Faculty
Spring 2012

Haun SaussyHaun Saussy
on psychophysics and analog poetics
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
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Robert KendrickRobert Kendrick & Martha Sprigge
on 1948 and music
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
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Marko MalinkMarko Malink
on ancient and modern perspectives on logical consequence
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
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Brian MuhsBrian Muhs
on economic rationality in Antiquity
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
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Adrienne BrownAdrienne Brown
on skyscrapers and novels
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
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Yaroslav GorbachovYaroslav Gorbachov
on historical and Slavic linguistics
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
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Vasudha Paramasivan
on devotional literature
Wednesday, May 16, 2012

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Anubav VasudevanAnubav Vasudevan
on deliberative bias and the exchange paradox
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Introduction by Malte Willer
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Every Wednesday Lunch Series for Faculty
Winter 2012

Jessica StockholderJessica Stockholder
on space and color
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Introduction by
Christine Mehring
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Seth BrodskySeth Brodsky
on not-Beethoven in 1989
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Introduction by
Martha Feldman
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Diane BrentariDiane Brentari
on the origin and diversity of sign languages
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
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William NickellWilliam Nickell
on mass culture and the masses
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
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Anat SchechtmanAnat Schechtman
on infinity in modern thought
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Introduction by
Jason Bridges
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Richard Jean So Richard Jean So
on global literary networks
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Introduction by
Deborah Nelson
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Xinyu DongXinyu Dong
on film comedies in Republican China
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Introduction by Tom Gunning
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Anastasia GiannakidouAnastasia Giannakidou and David Wellbery
on linguistics and criticism
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Introduction by
James Chandler
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Every Wednesday Lunch Series for Faculty
Fall 2011

15-year anniversary of Every Wednesday!

Miguel MartinezMiguel Martínez
on epic and autobiography
Wednesday, November 30, 2011

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Hillary ChuteHillary Chute
on comics and documentary
Wednesday, November 16, 2011

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Hoyt LongHoyt Long
on place making and minor literature
Introduction by Michael Bourdaghs.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011

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Augusta ThomasAugusta Thomas
on delight in sound
Wednesday, November 2, 2011

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Ben LaurenceBen Laurence
on tragic conceptions of political life
Introduction by Anton Ford.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011

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Norman MacLeodNorman MacLeod
on images and science
Introduction by Robert Richards.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
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Christopher FreyChristopher Frey
on the unity of living organisms in Aristotle
Introduction by Michael Kremer.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
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PanelistsDeborah Nelson, Leela Gandhi, and James Sparrow
on the year 1948: interdisciplinary approaches to global transformation
Introduction by James Chandler.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
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Every Wednesday Lunch Series for Faculty
Spring 2011

Larry ZbikowskiLarry Zbikowski
on music and gesture
Introduction by Thomas Christensen.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
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John WilkinsonJohn Wilkinson
on prosody of anxiety in 1950s America
Introduction by Srikanth (Chicu) Reddy.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
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Ahmed El ShamsyLeo Kadanoff
on complexity in fluid flow
Introduction by James Chandler.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
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Ahmed El ShamsyAhmed El Shamsy
on orality and writing in Islam
Introduction by Fred Donner.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
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Charles NewellCharles Newell
on what is a center for classic theater?
Introduction by James Chandler.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
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Ming XiangMing Xiang
on the abstraction and implementation of language processes
Introduction by Anastasia Giannakidou.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
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Maud EllmannMaud Ellmann
on Joyce and Shakespeare
Introduction by Elizabeth Helsinger.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
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Every Wednesday Lunch Series for Faculty
Winter 2011

Benjamin MorganBenjamin Morgan
on physiology and beauty
Introduction by Elizabeth Helsinger.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
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Malte WillerMalte Willer
on paradoxes and dynamic reasoning
Introduction by Jim Conant.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
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Timothy Knowles Timothy Knowles
on improving early schooling
Introduction by Susan Goldin-Meadow.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
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Gregory KobeleGregory Kobele
on structure in linguistics
Introduction by Christopher Kennedy.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011

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Niall AtkinsonNiall Atkinson
on urban experience in the Italian Renaissance
Introduction by Rebecca Zorach.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011

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Philip BohlmanPhilip Bohlman
on the Eurovision song contest
Introduction by Kaley Mason.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011

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Every Wednesday Lunch Series for Faculty
Fall 2010

pictureLarry Norman, Richard Neer,
and David Levin

on arts in the research university
Introduction by James Chandler.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010

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John MuseJohn Muse
on brevity in modern drama
Introduction by Loren Kruger.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010

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Thibaut d'HubertThibaut d'Hubert
on tradition and translation
Introduction by Rochona Majumdar.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010

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Reginald JacksonReginald Jackson
on calligraphy, ecology, and cultural nationalism
Introduction by Michael Bourdaghs.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010

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Robert MorrisseyRobert Morrissey & Mark Olsen
The ARTFL Project: Digital Tools for Research in the Humanities
Introduction by James Chandler.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010

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Cécile FromontCécile Fromont
on the Kingdom of Kongo
Introduction by Martha Ward.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010

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Arnold DavidsonArnold Davidson
on spiritual exercises, improvisation and moral perfectionism -- with special reference to Sonny Rollins
Introduction by James Chandler.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010
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Every Wednesday Lunch Series for Faculty
Spring 2010

Joan CopjecJoan Copjec
on Islam and psychoanalysis
Introduction by W.J.T. Mitchell.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010

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Laura LetinskyLaura Letinsky
on 'after all', an upcoming publication
of still life photographs

Introduction by Beth Helsinger.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010

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Andreas GlaeserAndreas Glaeser
on agency, critical agency, and
meta-agency

Introduction by Michael Silverstein.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010

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Thomas Thomas Christensen
on piano transcriptions
Introduction by Larry Zbikowski.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010

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Malynne SternsteinMalynne Sternstein
on hooliganism as dissent among
Czech artists

Introduction by Angelina Ilieva.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010

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Agnes Gellen CallardAgnes Gellen Callard
on the reason to be angry forever
Introduction by Shadi Bartsch.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010

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Matthew StolperMatthew Stolper
on salvage epigraphy
Introduction by Christopher Woods.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
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Every Wednesday Lunch Series for Faculty
Winter 2010

Bart SchultzBart Schultz
on the civic knowledge project
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
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Patchen MarkellPatchen Markell
on Hannah Arendt
Introduction by
Jennifer Pitts.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
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Daniel DesormeauxDaniel Desormeaux
on Toussaint Louverture and slavery
Introduction by Thomas Pavel.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010

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William SchweikerWilliam Schweiker
on post-humanism and the new humanisms
Introduction by
David Hall.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
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Hakan KaratekeHakan Karateke
on Ottomans and death
Introduction by Cornell Fleischer.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010

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Boris MaslovBoris Maslov
on comparative conceptual history
Introduction by
Josh Scodel.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
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Larry RothfieldLawrence Rothfield
on the analytics of cultural scenes
Introduction by
Betty Farrell.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
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Every Wednesday Lunch Series for Faculty
Fall 2009

Noa SteimatskyNoa Steimatsky
on the face of film
Introduction by
Miriam Hansen.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
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Michéle LowrieMichéle Lowrie
on security
Introduction by
Shadi Bartsch.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
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Melvin ButlerMelvin Butler
on Haitian Pentecostals and popular music
Introduction by Philip Bohlman.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
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Ilsa FlanaganIlsa Flanagan
on sustainability
Introduction by Thomas Christensen.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009

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Rocco RubiniRocco Rubini
on Renaissance Humanism and Italian Existentialism
Introduction by Arnold Davidson.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
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Chelsea FoxwellChelsea Foxwell
on late nineteenth-century Japanese art
Introduction by Michael Bourdaghs.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
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Every Wednesday Lunch Series for Faculty
Spring 2009

Na'ama RokemNa'ama Rokem
on bilingual poetry
Introduction by Tahera Qutbuddin.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
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Chad KainzChad Kainz
on ProjectBamboo

Introduction by James Chandler.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
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James SparrowJames Sparrow
on Legitimacy and the American Leviathan

Introduction by Jane Dailey.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
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Lars-Christian KochLars-Christian Koch
on Carl Stumpf and Erich Moritz von Hornbostel

Introduction by Phil Bohlman.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
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Miriam HansenMiriam Hansen
on cinema studies after cinema?
Introduction by Yuri Tsivian.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
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Every Wednesday Lunch Series for Faculty
Winter 2009

Susanne LüdemannSusanne Lüdemann
on literary case studies
Introduction by Eric Santner.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
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Alfredo Cesar MeloAlfredo Cesar Melo
on hybridities
Introduction by Dain Borges.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
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Karlos ArregiKarlos Arregi
on the structure of words:
Basque and beyond

Introduction by Jason Merchant.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
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Ralph UblRalph Ubl
on Eugène Delacroix

Introduction by Martha Ward.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
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Susan GzeshMichael Geyer, Susan Gzesh
on the human rights program

Introduction by James Chandler.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
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Heather KeenleysideHeather Keenleyside
on animals and other people

Introduction by Robin Valenza.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
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Christopher WildChristopher Wild
on conversion and evidence in philosophy and religion

Introduction by David Wellbery.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
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Glenn MostGlenn Most
on childhood trauma and adult personality

Introduction by Arnold Davidson.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
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Every Wednesday Lunch Series for Faculty
Fall 2008

Catherine Sullivan