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January 21, 2016, at 4:00pm
Northrop — Crosby Seminar Room

In the Thursdays at Four series we feature an eclectic mix of scholars, artists, and practitioners from diverse disciplines who present in a variety of forms, including lecture, discussion, and performance. The fall series will include discussions on The Future of the Meme, Taiko and Cultural Identity, Life and Death in the Bakken Oil Fields, The Analogy Problem in Human Trafficking Reform, and more…

January 28, 2016, at 4:00pm
Northrop — Crosby Seminar Room

A look at the contexts for the first long-trending global hashtag #iranelection reveals the contours of an emerging ecology of social protest in 2009. This talk offers a prehistory, of sorts, to today’s uses of hashtags and trending topics, of selfies and avatar activism, of citizen journalism and memes to evaluate activism in a rapidly shifting arena of online war against #ISIS, police brutality, and corporate greed, and its recoil into #Clicktivism, outrage fatigue and #GriefShaming.

February 4, 2016, at 4:00pm
Northrop — Crosby Seminar Room

“Showing has to be shown”—Through theater-within-theater settings Brecht’s theater seeks to determine itself, its limits, and moments of failure. Theater becomes a medium: “it disturbs the stability of the site” and exposes whatever is going on. This mediality of theater seems at play in some recent documentaries, for therapeutic purposes, and for political action. This panel will discuss this particular Brechtian legacy, its epistemological force and potential to initiate social change.

February 11, 2016, at 4:00pm
Northrop — Crosby Seminar Room

“Taiko” is the Japanese word for “big drum,” and is now also used in North America to describe a style of group performance derived from traditional Japanese drumming and martial arts-inspired movement. This panel will integrate performance, conversation, and workshop, touching on themes such as transnationalism, race, Asian American identities, ethnomusicology, and gender.

February 18, 2016, at 4:00pm
Northrop — Crosby Seminar Room

In a way that appeared to make eminent sense, increased energy consumption propelled economic activity for more than a century. But when the country faced an energy crisis in the 1970s, government, business, and academic policy analysts wondered whether efforts to conserve energy or use energy more efficiently would stall the nation’s economic engine, resulting in declining social welfare.

February 25, 2016 at 4:00pm
Northrop — Crosby Seminar Room

Building on the Past for the Future: New Work and Critical Questions in American Indian and Indigenous Studies. A panel with Profs. David Chang, Brenda Child, and Jean O’Brien.

March 3, 2016, at 4:00pm
Northrop — Crosby Seminar Room

Workers have been dying on the job with unusual frequency in the North Dakota oil boom. This talk explores the geological, technological, and political-economic conditions by which ‘tight oil’ becomes ‘fast oil’, with consequences for workers and communities locally, nationally, and globally.

March 10, 2016, at 4:00pm
Northrop — Crosby Seminar Room

Celebrate, collaborate, inquire, analyze, create, generate: imagine the future of the IAS with us. Join a panel of University of Minnesota professors in reflecting on the Institute for Advanced Study’s intellectual community and interdisciplinary practice as foundations for addressing the next decade of critical challenges in scholarship and engagement.

March 24, 2016, at 4:00pm
Northrop — Best Buy Theater

A panel discussion on the Dido and Aeneas myth through the lenses of literature, music, and dance. This discussion takes place one week prior to Mark Morris Dance Group’s performance of Dido and Aeneas at Northrop on March 30 with live orchestra, chorus, and soloists conducted by Mark Morris.

March 31, 2016, at 4:00pm
Commons Hotel, 615 Washington Ave.

Explore recommendations for and help secure the University of Minnesota’s future as a 21st-Century Publicly Engaged Research University. Building on the day’s Meeting Grand Challenges through Community-Engaged Research, Teaching, and Learning conference, participants will develop an action plan that will set in motion the next phase of the University’s public engagement agenda.

April 7, 2016, at 4:00pm
Northrop — Crosby Seminar Room

What work takes place when slavery becomes the accepted language through which we come to understand human trafficking? With the website slaveryfootprint.org as a starting point, Julietta Hua offers instead an alternative method of accounting, which takes seriously the epiphenomenal as a way to re-consider the long inheritance of trans-Atlantic slavery as interconnected with, but not analogical to, human trafficking.

April 14, 2016, at 4:00pm
Northrop – Crosby Seminar Room

Academic philosophy has been the home of the allegedly generic rational European man, with epistemology at the center of that home. Join in a conversation with two epistemologists who are committed to remaking “the master’s tools,” not only to “dismantle the master’s house,” but to join in efforts—“across and beyond the boundaries of the university”—to build new habitations.

April 21, 2016, at 4:00pm
Northrop — Crosby Seminar Room

In 1650 Oxford is in the midst of the Bloody civil war, in which divine and secular authority are both at issue. A young woman, hanged for infanticide, is given over to the university scholars, for an anatomy lesson. Shockingly she ‘comes back to life’ on the anatomy table. This paper raises a series of meditations about philosophy, the history of science, relations of gender, knowledge, and power.

April 28, 2016, at 4:00pm
Northrop — Crosby Seminar Room

The study of the Crusades, that sequence of papally-sponsored holy wars against various enemies of the Church, has never been more exciting. Yet even the best-intentioned histories of the Crusades tend to be rooted solidly in a “Crusader’s-eye” version of these events. What happens when we consider these events from the perspective of the “crusaded” rather than the crusaders?

May 5, 2016, at 4:00pm
Northrop — Crosby Seminar Room

What do IAS fellows do during their time in residence? Join us as this semester’s IAS residential fellows report on their work in progress.