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Environmental Humanities on the Schuylkill River

Environmental Humanities on the Schuylkill River: From Botanical Garden and Oil Refinery to DataRefuge Thursday, March 9, 2017, at 3:30pm Crosby Seminar Room, 240 Northrop Free and open to the public Download: audio, 360p, or 1080p. Bethany Wiggin is the Founding Director of the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities. Her research interests lie in the […]

Ship of Seeds: Exploring Heterotopia in the Anthropocene

October 26, 2016IASEvents0

Ship of Seeds: Exploring Heterotopia in the Anthropocene Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 1:30-3:00pm 240 Blegen Hall Free and open to the public The rise of discussions about “the Anthropocene” has inspired both utopic and dystopic imaginaries of culture and environment. Doomful visions of global climate change have inspired calls to reinvigorate a modernist faith in […]

Where is the Human in the Data?

Where is the Human in the Data? Thursday, September 29, 3:30-5:00pm: IAS Thursdays Friday, September 30, 9am—12pm Crosby Seminar Room, 240 Northrop Free and open to the public Download: audio, small video, or original. This workshop is the launching point for a critical data science study project that is jointly sponsored by the University of […]

What is/was a book? Some answers from the Romantic period. December 10, 2015

What is/was a book? Some answers from the Romantic period Thursday, December 10, 2015, at 4:00pm Crosby Seminar Room, 2nd Floor East Side, 240 Northrop Free and open to the public Download: audio, small video, or original. Nearly two decades ago William Paulson declared that “electronically stored and retrieved text, in comparison with its printed […]

Adam Muller, Scholar of Representations of War & Genocide. November 2015

Download: audio, small video, or original. Adam Muller is Associate Professor of English at the University of Manitoba (Canada). He specializes in the representations of war, genocide and mass violence, human rights, memory studies, critical theory, cultural studies, and analytic philosophy. Muller also spoke on Embodying Empathy: Canadian Settler-Colonial Genocide and the Making of a […]

Thinking the Anthropocene with Oil and Water. Stephanie LeMenager, Nov. 10, 2015

November 10, 2015IASCollaboratives, Events4

Thinking the Anthropocene with Oil and Water Tuesday, November 10, 2015, at 2:30-4:00pm Crosby Seminar Room, 2nd Floor East Side, 240 Northrop Free and open to the public The idea of the Anthropocene that describes the epoch of global climate change and mass extinction forgets modernity even as it inscribes it in stone. This talk […]

After the American Century: The Ends of U.S. Culture in the Middle East. Oct. 5, 2015

October 5, 2015IASEvents0

After the American Century: The End of U.S. Culture in the Middle East Monday, October 5, 2015, at 2:30pm 125 Nolte Center Free and open to the public When Henry Luce announced in 1941 that we were living in the “American century,” he believed that the international popularity of American culture made the world favorable […]

Italian Food Cultures and the Environment. Fabio Parasecoli, September 21, 2015

September 21, 2015IASCollaboratives, Events1

Italian Food Cultures and the Environment Monday, September 21, 2015, 12-1:30pm Crosby Seminar Room, 2nd Floor East Side, 240 Northrop Fabio Parasecoli, author of Al Dente: A History of Food in Italy, in conversation with Dan Philippon, Associate Professor of English Download: small video or original. Fabio Parasecoli is Associate Professor and Director of Food […]

Spirituality After Darwin. Bron Taylor, Religion, University of Florida, April 30, 2015.

Spirituality After Darwin: ‘Dark Green’ Nature Religion and the Future of Religion and Nature Thursday, April 30, 2015, at 4:00pm Northrop — Best Buy Theater The Roetzel Family Lecture in Religious Studies. Free and open to the public. Download: small video, audio, or original. Q&A Download: small video, audio, or original. New religions come and […]

The Presence of the Past: Memory, Fiction, and the Contemporary Landscape. Thursdays at Four, Oct. 30, 2014

The Presence of the Past: Memory, Fiction, and the Contemporary Landscape October 30, 2014, at 4:00pm Crosby Seminar Room, Northrop Panel with Mary Relindes Ellis, author of The Bohemian Flats (2014), Catherine Watson, memoir and travel writer, and Scott Vreeland, Minneapolis Park Board Commissioner. Download: small video or original. Q&A Download: small video or original. […]

Literary Analysis of World Bank Reports: Franco Moretti, Thursdays at Four, Oct. 2, 2014

The World According to the Bank: an Analysis of World Bank Reports, 1946-2010 October 2, 2014, at 4:00pm Northrop — Crosby Seminar Room Franco Moretti, English, Stanford, gives a semantic, stylistic study of World Bank reports. Download: audio, small video, or original. Q&A Download: audio, small video, or original. Like the post-world-war-II capitalism which it […]

Voices of Northeast Minneapolis, 2014-16

Download: audio, small video, or original. Sarah Stonich is the best-selling author of These Granite Islands, translated into seven languages and shortlisted for France’s Gran Prix de Lectrices de Elle; the critically acclaimed novel The Ice Chorus; and a memoir, Shelter. The founder of, she lives in Minneapolis and spends summers in northeastern Minnesota. […]

Vernacular Musics in the Era of Electrical Recording: Michael Denning, Apr. 18, 2014

Decolonizing the Ear: The Reverberations of Vernacular Musics in the Era of Electrical Recording The IAS Music and Sound Studies Collaborative presents Prof. Michael Denning, American Studies and English, Yale University. Download as: audio, podcast video, or original. Q&A Download as: audio, podcast video, or original. Prof. Denning will present a study of the dramatic […]

3/16/13 Benjamin Friedlander

Benjamin Friedlander is a poet and an assistant professor of English at the University of Maine. His areas of expertise include Poetry and Poetics, Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century American Literature, and Critical Theory. He is currently completing a book on Emily Dickinson and the Civil War. He is the author of Simulcast: Four Experiments in Criticism […]

March 14, 2013: “Somebody Forgot To Tell Somebody Something:” Feminist and Queer of Color Cultural Production in the 80s and 90s

Lisa Kahaleole Hall is a professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Wells College where she is interested in the intersections of race, colonialism, and indigeneity with gender and sexuality. She is currently engaged with two different scholarly projects—one an exploration of the space for the grassroots cultural productions of indigenous women and women of color […]

3/1/13 Arthur Knight

Arthur Knight is the Boyd Associate Professor of English and American Studies at the College of William and Mary, studying African Americans and U.S. cinema (and popular and mass cultures more generally), as well as film and music reception studies. Available for download as audio (.mp3, 25.2 MB) or video (.m4v, 141.7 MB).

INTERTEXTILE: TEXT IN EXILE: Shmata Mash-Up, A Jewette for Two Voices

February 15, 2013IASEvents, Video and Audio0

Available for download as audio (.mp3 – 42.8 MB) or as video (.m4v – 215.6 MB). A performance of poetry/scholarship that investigates the pun shmata (rag)/shma’ata (the text at hand) in the interwoven significance of text and textile throughout Jewish history and culture. Performed by University of Minnesota professor Maria Damon and Adeena Karasick, an […]

September 20, 2012: The Uses of History in the Biographical Novel

Roundtable conversation with three prominent writers who have published novels that are also intellectual biographies: Bruce Duffy, author The World As I Found It (which features characters such as Ludwig Wittgenstein, Bertrand Russell, and G.E. Moore); Jay Parini, author of The Last Station (about the last year of Tolstoy’s life) and Lance Olsen (author of Nietzsche’s Kisses). Through the discussion, we […]

Digital Humanities 2.0 Collaborative, 2011-2012

Digital Humanities 2.0 invites all interested parties at the University of Minnesota to join in advancing artistic creation and scholarly research in the humanities by exploring digitization and Web 2.0 technologies. This IAS collaborative builds on strengths across the University to envision the next generation of digital humanities tools, techniques, and approaches. Excerpts from the proposal […]

The Future of History – A presentation by Dan Cohen

Dan Cohen is Director of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. His research is in European and American intellectual history, the history of science (particularly mathematics), and the intersection of history and computing. Professor Cohen is co-author (with the late Dr. Roy Rosenzweig) of Digital History: A Guide […]

The Mediterranean through Arab Eyes: the Early Modern Period

A talk by Nabil Matar Nabil Matar is Presidential Professor in the President’s Interdisciplinary Initiative on Arts and Humanities and teaches in the departments of English and History, and in the Religious Studies Program at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Matar’s research in the past two decades has focused on relations between early modern Britain, […]

Jaap Blonk Demo-Workshop

Jaap Blonk is one of Europe’s foremost “sound poets,” melding a virtuosic command of the building blocks of language with an aesthetically riveting performance style that can evoke both laughter and tears. At this special University event, Blonk will talk about and give a demonstration of sound poetry. Lunch served. Made possible by the Imagine […]

Translation, Intertextuality, Interpretation – A presentation by Lawrence Venuti

October 27, 2011IASEvents0

Lawrence Venuti is a professor of English at Temple University where he works in early modern literature, British, American, and foreign poetic traditions, translation theory and history, and literary translation. He is the author of Our Halcyon Dayes: English Prerevolutionary Texts and Postmodern Culture (1989), The Translator’s Invisibility: A History of Translation (1995), and The Scandals […]

Public Conversation with Amiri Baraka

October 14, 2011IASEvents0

Esteemed Black Arts poet and playwright Amiri Baraka will share excerpts from his poems and plays in a conversation moderated by Theater Professor Dominic Taylor. Amiri Baraka is the author of over 40 books of essays, poems, drama, and music history and criticism, a poet icon, and revolutionary political activist who has recited poetry and […]

Moreechika/ Season of Mirage

Conceptualizing, creating and performing Moreechika, Season of Mirage provides the basis for this collaborative project. Moreechika will explore the affect oil drilling projects have on global communities of color and portray how women from these communities resist and survive systemic and hierarchical violences associated with these projects. We plan to contrast the abundance of oil and financial gain with […]

Identity in the Mediterranean World: From the Middle Ages to Today, 2011-2012

During 2011‐2012 the collaborative will direct its investigation of Mediterranean identities to a consideration of violence. Traditionally, the violence of vendetta and the violence of religious clashes have been associated with the Mediterranean. The collaborative is interested in exploring whether there really is something distinctive about Mediterranean violence. Is there something unique that sets Mediterranean […]

TEMS, 8th Annual Grad Student Roundtable

Presenters at this year’s roundtable will be: Jesse Dorst (Theatre Arts), “Walking in the Alley: Agas, Stow, Dekker and the Mapping of London at the Turn of the 17th Century” Steve Jaksa (English), “Bodies of Allegiance: Plowden and the Early Stuarts” Anna Rosensweig (French), “The Early Modern as Origin and Other in Narratives of Modernity”

Married Love: the Remaking of Gender and Class in post-1970’s Indian Cinema

Part of the Gender/Asia Seminar Series Speaker: Satish Poduval, English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad Respondent: Christine Marran, Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Minnesota Sponsored by: Global Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change (ICGC), Study of the Asias

‘Anthropologie,’ Rhetorical Therapy, and the Passions – A talk by Stephen Pender

Stephen Pender is a professor of English and a researcher at the Centre for Research in Reasoning, Argumentation & Rhetoric at the University of Windsor. His current research explores rhetoric, medicine, and emotion in early modern Europe. Some of Pender’s recent publications include “Seeing, Feeling, Judging: Pain in the Early Modern Imagination,” in Pain in […]

Identity in the Mediterranean World: From the Middle Ages to Today

Thursday to Saturday, April 7-9 Cosponsored by the Center for Medieval Studies, the Center for Jewish Studies, the Center for Early Modern History, and the Institute for Global Studies This conference focuses on constructions of identities in the Mediterranean world from the Middle Ages to the present. By identities we refer both to self-defined cultural […]

Drinking from Your Father’s Skull: A Lombard Prehistory of Renaissance Marriage

In the eighth century, Paul the Deacon told the story of Rosemund, the ill-fated Queen of the Lombards who murdered her husband when he forced her to drink from a cup made from her father’s skull. This story haunted the European imagination for centuries and became the subject of later plays, operas, and paintings. This […]

Identity and Linguistic Conflicts in Maghrebian Literature: Talk by Hedia Khadar

Hedia Khadar is a professor at the University of Tunis. Sponsored by: Institute for Advanced Study, Global Studies, Early Modern History, French & Italian, English

Performance and Social Justice: Kshoy/Decay, 2010-2011

The Performance and Social Justice Collaborative will continue to explore, through movement-based research, the trauma and resistance of communities of women of color across global North and South.  In this next phase, the collaborative will create and produce Kshoy/Decay, a performance project investigating the multiple impacts of communalism and violence on women.  Working through an […]

Identity in the Mediterranean World: From the Middle Ages to Today, 2010-2011

During 2010-11, the Collaborative focused on constructions of identities in the Mediterranean world from the Middle Ages to the present.  By identities we refer both to self-defined cultural identities and identities imposed by others; in each case, more than just ethnicity or race is involved, but also law, class, politics, religion, language, and culture.  Although […]

Omise’eke Natasha Tinsley, Faculty Fellow, Spring 2010

Omise’eke Natasha Tinsley (Department of English, CLA), Spring 2010 Project: “Water, Shoulders, Into the Black Pacific” Tinsley‘s fellowship allowed her the time and space necessary to make a major scholarly transition, from literary criticism to creative writing. She accomplished more writing during the semester than she initially expected, researching and drafting two and a half […]

TEMS 7th Annual Graduate Student Roundtable

April 29, 2010IASEvents0

Molly Leonard, Spanish and Portuguese. “Quantification in the Early Modern World: The Necessity of Numbers.” Justin Biel, History. “‘A well-timed toleration in matters of religion’: Colonial and anti-colonial secularisms in India, Ireland, and Britain, 1775-1835.” Pat Baehler, English. “John Bunyan and the Progress of Knowledge.” PAPERS WILL CIRCULATE IN ADVANCE. Readings for each session will […]

14th Graduate Symposium in Romance Studies: “Framing the Human”

Symposium Title: “Framing the Human: Humanization and De-humanization in Literature.” Plenary Speaker: Professor Deborah Jenson, Duke University Lectures and talks will be throughout the day in Nicholson Hall.  The Plenary Address will take place at 3:30 in 155 Nicholson Hall, The title of the Plenary Address will be, “Specialized Communities: Mirror Neurons and the Biosocial Politics of Resemblance.” […]

Kuftinec & Zipes: “Arts, Humanities & the Social”

March 5, 2010IASEvents0

eNow! presents Theatre Arts associate professor Sonja Kuftinec and GSD professor emeritus Jack Zipes talking about the community activism they’ve done together and how that involvement enhances their scholarly interests (and vice versa). Kuftinec’s two books Staging America: Cornerstone and Community-Based Theatre and Theatre, Facilitation, and Nation Formation in the Balkans and Middle East articulate different journeys towards the […]

“1507 to 2008: Making A New Literary History of America” with Greil Marcus

February 8, 2010IASEvents0

Greil Marcus, co-editor of the popular new anthology, A New Literary History of America, talks about the project with contributors and University of Minnesota professors David Treuer (also on the book’s editorial board), Michael Gaudio, and Paula Rabinowitz. Since its publication, Greil Marcus and Werner Sollors’ 2009 anthology A New Literary History of America (Harvard University Press) has […]

What is Sexual Difference Now? Friday, November 13, 2009

Cosponsored by the CLA Scholarly Events Fund, the Department of Anthropology, the Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, the Department of English, the Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, the Department of Geography, the Institute for Global Studies, the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science, Department of German at Macalester College, and the Space and Place Research Collaborative This event is organized […]