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January 26, 2017, at 3:30pm
Northrop — Crosby Seminar Room

A multitude of exotic animals live within homes and jungly backyards of Florida. But, as multispecies families break down—with major life events like a divorce, a lost job, or a child headed away for college—animals often escape, giving rise to emergent ecological communities.

February 2, 2017, at 3:30pm
Northrop — Best Buy Theater

Fluxus art in the 1960s and 70s championed concepts of time, chance, impermanence, and the banal, blurring life and art. Appearing on the streets and public environs beyond theaters and traditional exhibition spaces, artist collaborations merged the visual and performing arts.

February 9, 2017, at 3:30pm
Northrop — Best Buy Theater

Almost reflexively, Minnesotans say they are proud of the state’s waters. Yet 41% of the state’s waters are “impaired,” and failing water systems will cost billions of dollars to repair. Leaders from state government and the University will discuss the challenges and opportunities facing Minnesota’s water future.

February 16, 2017, at 3:30pm
Northrop — Crosby Seminar Room

Shona N. Jackson is Associate Professor of English at Texas A&M University. Her research interests include Humanism, Race, and Nationalism; Caribbean Literature & Philosophical Thought; African Diaspora Literature & Theory; Postcolonial Literature & Theory; Indigenous Studies; and Settler Colonial Studies.

February 23, 2017, at 3:30pm
Northrop — Crosby Seminar Room

A collaboration among musicians, artists, cultural knowledge keepers, composers, and dancers, Improvising Ecosystems is catalyzed by visits to ecological sites and the related field research of scientists. Inspired by a creative research focus that is increasingly centered on modes of improvisation and our experiences with dynamic bodies of water, we will share an improvised sketch of a participatory, performed installation followed by a discussion of process, insights, and questions.

March 2, 2017 at 3:30pm
Northrop — Crosby Seminar Room

What are the implications of imagining access to medicines as a project of “democratizing” access to markets? In Mexico, generic pharmaceuticals, and the low-cost market infrastructure emerging around them, have become supplements to, and substitutes for, the drugs and the care provided by underfunded public health institutions. In name of the “liberation” of generic copies, many other things and practices are being doubled, trebled, and troubled—not least, the functions of the state as a provider of health care, medicines, and the regulation of their quality.

March 9, 2017, at 3:30pm
Northrop — Crosby Seminar Room

Bethany Wiggin is the Founding Director of the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities. Her research interests lie in the intersections between the early modern period and contemporary theoretical concerns, including global and transnational literature, translation and multilingualism, and the environmental humanities.

March 23, 2017, at 3:30pm
Northrop — Crosby Seminar Room

From Google bus blockade in San Francisco to Occupy Gezi Park in Istanbul, public space activism has become a worldwide phenomenon. This talk offers a critical view into a different form of activism in East Asia that involves sharing of rooms, resources, and networks of reciprocity in the increasingly neo-liberalized spaces of precarity.

March 30, 2017, at 3:30pm
Northrop — Crosby Seminar Room

With reference to the iconic comic strip The Dreams of a Rarebit Fiend and the Food and Drug Act of 1906, this talk reconsiders the narrative of progressive-era governmental benevolence to consider where and how affective form and materiality became aligned with racialized carcerality. Kyla Wazana Tompkins a former food writer and restaurant critic, is now Associate Professor of English and Gender and Women’s Studies at Pomona College.

April 6, 2017, at 3:30pm
Northrop — Crosby Seminar Room

Juxtaposing the famous slave composer-pianist Blind Tom with Rossum’s Universal Robots provides the basis for a complex critical assemblage comprising technology, blackness, liveness, and the sounding subject. George E. Lewis is the Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music at Columbia University.

April 13, 2017, at 3:30pm
Northrop — Crosby Seminar Room

The University lies in Dakota homeland, on one of the great rivers of the world, in a national park. Anthropologists Joe Watkins (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma), Barbara Little (adjunct faculty, University of Maryland), and Paul Shackel (director, Center for Heritage Resource Studies, University of Maryland) will offer their perspectives on civic engagement, heritage, place, water and inclusivity.

April 20, 2017, at 3:30pm
Northrop – Crosby Seminar Room

Chinese women’s literary culture shows considerable evolution between the sixteenth and early twentieth centuries. Communications grow easier, the sense of political revisionism yields to thoughts of revolution, and women take on new roles. Adding to the mix is the novel Dream of the Red Chamber, published in 1792. It draws on what has already developed but also points to fiction as a new genre with which women might become engaged.

April 27, 2017, at 3:30pm
Northrop – Crosby Seminar Room

Zakia Salime is Associate Professor of Women’s And Gender Studies at Rutgers University. Her areas of expertise include globalization, postcolonial condition, social movements, political Islam, feminist theory, development, and neoliberal transformations with a focus on the MENA region.

May 4, 2017, at 3:30pm
Northrop – Crosby Seminar Room

In this lecture, VJ Um Amel presents a hybrid approach to analyzing various procedural algorithms, their relationship with their structured data (for example, tweets), and their impact on an Arabic-speaking virtual body politic. This investigation theorizes mediations of Middle Eastern activism, revolution, and migration.