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A Conversation between
Professors David Ikard & Donald Jones
Associate Professor of English
Blinded by the Whites:
Why Race Still Matters in 21st-Century America
Professor of Law
Fear of a Hip-Hop Planet:
America's New Dilemma
1-22-14 8:00 PM Books & Books
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David Ikard, Associate Professor of English at UM, is the author of Breaking the Silence: Toward a Black Male Feminist Criticism (2007), and (with Martell Teasley) Nation of Cowards: Black Activism in Barack Obama's Post-Racial America (2008). His blog "Nation of Cowards" on contemporary racial topics engages a wider intellectual and activist community.
“Donald Jones is a powerful and prophetic voice in the Age of Obama. He courageously and compassionately keeps our focus on social injustice and structural racism in America.” — Cornel West
Donald Jones teaches constitutional law, criminal procedure, and employment discrimination at the UM law school. Professor Jones is the author of Race, Sex, and Suspicion: The Myth of the Black Male (2005) and articles on the civil and political rights of minorities. In 1997 he was awarded the James Thomas Prize by Yale University. Professor Jones has written editorials for the Miami Herald and the Miami Times, and has appeared on “Frontline” (PBS), “Burden of Proof” (CNN), “The O'Reilly Factor”, and Michael Putney's “The Week in Review.” In 2000 he was the official constitutional law expert for Channel 4, and in 2003 he drafted the affirmative action plan for Dade County.
Professor of Germanic Languages, Comparative Literature,
and Jewish Studies, UCLA
HyperCities: Thick Mapping in the Digital Humanities
1-23-14 4:30 PM HyperCities
Developing a Curriculum in Urban Humanities / Digital Humanities
Otto G. Richter Library
3rd Flr Digital Exploratory
2-7-14 3:00 PM
School of Nursing, Executive Board Room
UM Humanities Graduate Students & Faculty Only
Jacqueline Grant, Events and Exhibits Coordinator and Grant Writer for the University Libraries, University of Nevada, Reno (Ph.D. History); Joanne Hippolyte, Curator, HistoryMiami (Ph.D. English); Cecile Houry, Assistant Dean for Continuing Education for the Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work, Florida International University Honors College (Ph.D. History); and Joshua Stone, Academic Dean, Ransom Everglades School (Ph.D. English).
Professor of Chinese Language and Literature
University of Pennsylvania
A 9th-Century Shipwreck and its Implications for the History of Tea
The Tarim Basin Mummies
2-19-14 4:30 PM Public Lecture:
Lowe Art Museum
2-20-14 7:00 PM Public Lecture:
Tarim Basin Mummies
In 1998, a shipwreck was discovered by fishermen just off the coast of Belitung Island in the Gelasa Strait between Sumatra and Borneo. The wreck dates to around 830 and constitutes the single most significant collection of archaeologically recovered materials from the Tang Dynasty. One of the most surprising finds in the cargo was a bowl that tells us an enormous amount about the history of tea.
“[The Tarim Mummies is] a major contribution to the history and archaeology of a remote and little-known part of the world. ”
—Brian Fagan, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara
The Bronze Age and Early Iron Age mummies that have been unearthed from around the edges of the Tarim Basin (Xinjiang, China) count as one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th and 21st centuries. These extremely well-preserved human remains and the artifacts associated with them provide an immense amount of valuable information about the cultures, languages, physical attributes, and migration patterns of Eurasian peoples in late prehistory.
Distinguished Visiting Scholar of English, University of Miami
Milton and the Poetics of Freedom
2-26-14 8:00 PM Books & Books
In this important new study, Susanne Woods reveals Milton’s central place in the evolution both of ideas of freedom in English-speaking culture and in creating a poetics that invites readers to enact the freedom Milton defines. For Milton, we find, freedom is fundamentally about human choice; God gave humankind genuine free will, with reason and the light of conscience to enable choice. By locating freedom in thoughtful choice, Milton must offer his reader opportunities to consider alternatives, even to his own well-argued positions.
Susanne Woods is Provost and Professor of English Emerita at Wheaton College (Massachusetts) and Visiting Distinguished Scholar of English at the University of Miami. She also serves as a senior advisor to the Council of Independent Colleges. She has chaired three Modern Language Association divisions, served on the Executive Committee of the Milton Society of America, and served as chair of the Northeast Milton Seminar. She received the Inaugural Award for Special Achievement from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women for her founding of the Brown University Women Writers Project. In addition to three other books, Woods has published over 40 articles on Renaissance poetry and poetics.
Memory and Journalism:
Creating an Online Altar for the Day of the Dead
The Drug Wars the "War on Drugs" Created
3-19-14 4:30 PM Public Lecture:
Memory and Journalism: Creating an Online Altar for the Day of the Dead
3-20-14 7:00 PM Public Lecture:
The Drug Wars the "War on Drugs" Created
Alma Guillermoprieto has been investigating and writing for many years about the drug wars in Latin America for the New York Review of Books and the New Yorker. She will discuss how the billions of dollars spent on the "War on Drugs" has paradoxically led to an expansion of the drug trade, and how the drug culture has infiltrated social structures and institutions throughout Latin America.
“ If you want to understand what’s happened in Latin America over the last 30 years, if you want to feel what it was like or see what it has to do with you, you simply have to read Alma Guillermoprieto...She is an original voice whose place is secure in a tradition of journalism from Crane to Orwell to Agee and Halberstam.”Guillermoprieto will also discuss the building of an online altar like those built for Dia de los Muertos, the Mexican day of remembrance for the dead, to honor the memory of 72 migrant workers from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador, who had been heading north to the United States through Mexico, along a stretch of railroad known as la bestia — the beast.
—Philip Bennett, Eugene C. Patterson Professor of the Practice of Journalism and Public Policy and Director, DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy, Duke University; former Managing Editor, The Washington Post
Joan B. Landes
Walter L. and Helen Ferree Professor of History
Pennsylvania State University
Elephants without Borders: Exhibition, Art, and Science
4-3-14 4:30 PM Otto G. Richter Library
3rd Floor Conf Room
Confirmed Speakers: Paul Amar, Rafael de la Dehesa, Kenyon Farrow, Raquel (Lucas) Platero Méndez, Graeme Reid, Dean Spade, Maurice Tomlinson and Ruth Vanita
This symposium will bring together scholars and activists who work on queer and transgender issues to address what effective transnational activism might look like. How might action be taken to address LGBTQ needs across borders without engaging in what Teju Cole has called the “white-savior industrial complex,” and without exacerbating the very issues of sovereignty that have made concerns around LGBTQ rights in the global south such a politicized contemporary debate? What new connections and modes of intellectual and strategic exchange might be established between activists and scholars that might invigorate transnational projects and make LGBTQ lives better? What might “internet activism” become in an era of both instant virtual connectedness and radical inequality? What about the borders of class, race, and gender within this nation? This forum for re-thinking global queer politics at the intersection of activism and academia is aimed at shifting the public conversation, and engaging with students who hear about the difficulties faced by LGBTQ people in other parts of the world and want to help, even as they are trying to find ways to become engaged in making change “at home.”
Organized by the Queer Studies Research Group:
Pamela Geller(Anthropology), Brenna Munro (English),
Gema Pérez-Sánchez (MLL)