University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota

January 29, 2015, at 4:00pm
Northrop — Crosby Seminar Room

In the context of renewed attention to the image and its ability to participate in the process of its own reception, Keith Moxey considers time. What is the time of the work of art? How does it make time? Making use of materiality studies and actor-network theory, Moxey argues that the temporality of images accounts for their “agency.” An approach to images that acknowledges the anachronic nature of their relation to the viewer has important implications for the study of the history of art.

February 5, 2015, at 4:00pm
Northrop — Crosby Seminar Room

Mina Fisher and the Bakken Trio will hold a discussion and give a performance of Arnold Schoenberg’s Verklaerte Nacht (Transfigured Night) in the string sextet version.

February 12, 2015, at 4:00pm
Barbara Barker Center for Dance

Penelope Freeh, Wynn Fricke, and Joan Smith

The McKnight Artist Fellowships for Choreographers annually awards three fellowships of $25,000 each to Minnesota choreographers. The awards are unrestricted and can help an artist set aside periods of time for study, reflection, experimentation, and exploration; take advantage of an opportunity; or work on a new project.

February 19, 2015, at 4:00pm
Northrop — Best Buy Theater

A discussion about the structural inequalities and prejudices present within the video games culture and industry from a variety of viewpoints. We will explore the ways underrepresented genders and races historically have been treated in technological sectors and how they are specifically manifested in video game culture. We will hear from scholars, students, and members of the broader community in the Twin Cities.

February 26, 2015, at 4:00pm
Northrop — Crosby Seminar Room

This initiative will bring recent science together with the arts and the humanities to address fundamental questions related to consciousness — i.e. what is the self, the mind, the body, the conscious subject, etc.? The spectacular insights revealed in brain science, genetics, and cognitive neuroscience are certainly undeniable, but many would counter that recent work has not replaced non-scientific, non-Western understandings so much as posed ancient questions in new and provocative ways.

March 5, 2015, at 4:00pm
1210 Heller Hall

The IAS Reframing Mass Violence Collaborative explores the particular developments and transnational entanglements of social memories in societies revisiting their legacies of dictatorship, state terror, and grave human rights violations. In the Collaborative’s second year, the focus is on post-Stalinist Europe and the contemporary processes of re-interpretation and re-framing of a) the atrocities themselves and b) the transitional justice models that were adopted in their aftermaths.

March 12, 2015, at 4:00pm
Northrop — Crosby Seminar Room

Considering how non-translation, retranslation, mistranslation, sovereign exceptionalism, and what she calls the “translational interdiction” in law, cultural prohibition, and theology, might be used to re-contour the map of the comparative humanities, Emily Apter develops the theory of untranslatability, focusing on how we define the units of what is not translated.

March 26, 2015, at 4:00pm
Northrop — Crosby Seminar Room

Michael Linick has extensive experience working as Chief of US Army Force Management, leading matrixed teams in analysis, development, and integration of strategic-level policy recommendations for both institutional and operational applications, and developing broad cross-functional collaboration and transparency in analysis across all stakeholders. Linick will speak with Ronald Krebs, Professor of Political Science, U of M.

April 2, 2015, at 4:00pm
Northrop — Crosby Seminar Room

A staged reading of a play based on a community history project on the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters who worked and lived in the Twin Cities. Between the mid-1920s and the 1940s, the BSCP, led by civil rights leader A. Philip Randolph, occupied a central place in African American protest politics and community building. Students taking part in new courses taught by African American Research Collaborative faculty and local playwrights will perform this play.

April 9, 2015, at 4:00pm
Northrop — Best Buy Theater

Part of the Sawyer Seminar Spring Symposium

Wicked problems like water, of which the Mississippi is a proxy, are often seen as problems to be solved by scientific inquiry and policy changes. We are expanding that conversation by looking particularly at elements of culture, humanistic expression, and historical dimensions.

April 16, 2015, at 4:00pm
Northrop — Best Buy Theater

Part of a conference featuring Michael Leja, U Penn, Jennifer Greenhill, UIUC, and Jennifer Roberts, Harvard, whose research concerns industrialization of picture production and mass-market illustration in the 19th and 20th centuries, the manifestations of communication and transportation media in visual representation, and the ways in which “art” can register in diverse sites, such as the pages of a magazine, shaping both public experience and individual subjectivities.

April 23, 2015, at 4:00pm
Northrop — Crosby Seminar Room

Nenette Luarca-Shoaf‘s research considers a wide range of visual imagery to understand how representation and circulation affect constructions of place and identity, specializing in widely circulated antebellum visual representations of the Mississippi River, such as the landscape paintings in George Catlin’s Indian Gallery, prints made after George Caleb Bingham’s iconic river boatmen, popular tours of moving river panoramas, pictures of steamboats, urban views, and river maps.

April 30, 2015, at 4:00pm
Northrop — Best Buy Theater

The Roetzel Family Lecture in Religious Studies

Bron Taylor presents evidence of a new, global, earth religion rapidly spreading around the world. Whether involving conventional beliefs in non-material divine beings, or entirely naturalistic, it considers nature to be sacred, imbued with intrinsic value, and worthy of reverent care. What might such spirituality may portend for the religious and planetary future?

May 7, 2015, at 4:00pm
Northrop — Best Buy Theater

Stephen Elliott, Director and CEO of the Minnesota Historical Society, joined the Society in May 2011. Previously, Elliott was president and CEO of the New York State Historical Association where he led two related organizations with significant cultural collections: the Fenimore Art Museum with its world-class American Indian art and nationally important American folk and fine art collection, and The Farmers’ Museum, an outdoor living history museum of 19th-century rural life.