Humanities Forum

Rachel Ida Buff: The Current Migration Crisis

Thinking Like a Caravan: The Current Migration Crisis Humanities Forum with Rachel Ida Buff, Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Based on historical research as well as on-site experience at the border, this talk examines the current “crisis” of asylum seekers arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border. It compares mass media and political rhetoric about the …

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Jennifer Trimble: The Visual Workings of Roman Slave Sales

Jennifer Trimble, associate professor of classics at Stanford University, will speak on “The Visual Workings of Roman Slave Sales.” Slavery was a fundamental part of ancient Roman society, as was visual culture. We know a lot about these two topics separately, but we know much less about how slavery and visual culture interacted. In this …

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Mayra Santos-Febres: The Fractal Caribbean

Mayra Santos-Febres, professor of creative writing at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, will speak on “The Fractal Caribbean: New Literatures of Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic.” Her talk explores the efforts of contemporary Hispanic Caribbean writers to represent a reality that thinkers such as Édouard Glissant have often described as significantly chaotic …

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Amy Stanley: A View from Edo, The Greatest City in the World

Amy Stanley, associate professor of history at Northwestern University, will speak on “A View from Edo, The Greatest City in the World.” Edo (now Tokyo) was once the greatest city in the world. In 1800 — the era of Napoleon and revolution and declarations of independence — Edo boasted a population of 1.2 million. In …

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“Building a World that Includes Disability”

Humanities Forum “Building a World that Includes Disability” Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, professor of English and bioethics, disability studies scholar, Emory University Tuesday, April 30, 5:30 p.m. Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery What would a world be like if it fully welcomed and included people with disabilities? How could we build that world to share and live …

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“The Case for Substantial Gun Control”

Humanities Forum — Evelyn Barker Memorial Lecture “The Case for Substantial Gun Control” David DeGrazia, Elton Professor of Philosophy, George Washington University Thursday, April 18, 4 p.m. Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery This talk will make the case that the U.S. needs stronger gun control measures. We need tighter restrictions concerning who may acquire and use …

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Race and Religion in the U.S.: Women Writers in Conversation

Humanities Forum Race and Religion in the U.S.: Women Writers in Conversation Samiya Bashir, poet Susan Muaddi Darraj, fiction writer Alia Malek, journalist and author Mejdulene B. Shomali, assistant professor of Gender, Women’s, + Sexuality Studies (moderator) Monday, March 4, 4 p.m. Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery Three award winning writers, poet Samiya Bashir, journalist …

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Jonathan Hsy

Visualizing Deafness

Humanities Forum — MEMS Colloquium Lecture Jonathan Hsy, Associate Professor of English, George Washington University “Visualizing Deafness: Language Manuals and Manual Languages in Premodern Archives” Thursday, October 18, 4 p.m. Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery Building on research on manual-kinetic communication in medieval and early modern Europe, this presentation suggests possibilities for a prehistory of Deaf …

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