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AUGUST 2014

Fall Reception for Humanities Faculty & Graduate Students


Thursday
8-28-14

4:00 PM

CAS Gallery
For UM Faculty & Grad Students and by Invitation


SEPTEMBER 2014

"Must We Kill the Thing We Love? Emersonian Perfectionism and the Films of Alfred Hitchcock" by William Rothman

William Rothman, Professor of Communications, University of Miami

‌William Rothman

Professor of Communication, University of Miami

Must We Kill the Thing We Love?
Emersonian Perfectionism and the Films of Alfred Hitchcock

Wednesday
9-3-14

8:00 PM

Books & Books
Public Invited
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William Rothman argues that the driving force of Hitchcock’s work was his struggle to reconcile the dark vision of his favorite quotation from Oscar Wilde, “Each man kills the thing he loves,” with the quintessentially American philosophy that gave classical Hollywood movies of the New Deal era their extraordinary combination of popularity and artistic seriousness. Calling attention to the surprising affinities between Hitchcock’s way of thinking cinematically and the philosophical way of thinking Emerson’s essays exemplify, Rothman reflects on the implications of this discovery, not only for Hitchcock scholarship but also for film criticism in general.

“Nobody knows the films of Alfred Hitchcock better than William Rothman. The idea of linking these wonderful and dense films with an Emersonian vision is inspired. Rothman's training in philosophy combines lucidly with his lifelong devotion to film in producing a work of originality and authority.”
— Stanley Cavell, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Harvard University

William Rothman is the author of several books, Hitchcock: The Murderous Gaze (1984); Documentary Film Classics (1997); A Philosophical Perspective on Film (2000); and The "I" of the Camera (2003). An expanded edition of his landmark study Hitchcock: The Murderous Gaze was published in 2012. He is editor of the "Studies in Film" series published by Cambridge University Press.




 

Robert Proctor

Professor of History of Science, Stanford University

Origins of the Cigarette Catastrophe and the Case for Abolition


Tuesday
9-9-14

12:30 PM Lunch Seminar:
"Exploring Ignorance"
CAS Gallery
For UM Faculty & Grad Students
Wednesday
9-10-14
10:10 AM "Clio in Conspiracy: Historians and the Tobacco Industry"
Seminar with Medicine & Society (HIS223) students
Thursday
9-11-14


7:00 PM Public Lecture:
Origins of the Cigarette Catastrophe
and the Case for Abolition

CAS Gallery
Friday
9-12-14
12:30 PM Lunch seminar on Golden Holocaust
For Da Vinci Scholars

The cigarette is the deadliest artifact in the history of human civilization. Even so, the disturbing fact is that most of the total toll lies in the future. Professor Proctor will explore some of the broader cultural and political causes of the epidemic, along with the corruption the tobacco industry has caused in society— in science, politics, and culture at large.

“[Golden Holocaust] draws on previously confidential industry documents and Proctor’s own experience as the first historian to testify in court about [industry] lies. What lies? How deep into the pleural linings did they go? All the way.”
Harper's Magazine

Robert N. Proctor is Professor of the History of Science at Stanford University and the author of Cancer Wars: How Politics Shapes What We Know and Don't Know About Cancer (1995) and Golden Holocaust: Origins of the Cigarette Catastrophe and the Case for Abolition (2012).

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Workshop on Grant-Writing for Dissertation Completion Fellowships and Postdoctoral Fellowships


Friday
9-12-14

REGISTER

12:30 PM

Workshop:
Student Activities Center - Iron Arrow Room
For UM Humanities Graduate Students

Mary Lindemann, Professor and Chair of History, Frank Palmeri, Professor of English, and Berit Brogaard, Professor of Philosophy.


 
"The Comic Image in British Print Culture 1820-1850" - Brian Maidment

Cosponsored by
the Department of English
and the Department of
Art & Art History

Brian Maidment

Professor of English, Liverpool John Moores University

The Comic Image in British Print Culture 1820-1850


Monday
9-15-14

REGISTER
3:30 PM Workshop:
Graphic Satire and The March of Intellect 1820-1840
Otto G. Richter Library
Third Floor Conference Room
For UM Faculty & Grad Students
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Tuesday
9-16-14

REGISTER
4:30 PM The Comic Image in British Print Culture 1820-1850
Otto G. Richter Library
Third Floor Conference Room
Public Invited
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Alan Liu, Professor, Department of English, UC Santa Barbara

Cosponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences
and Otto G. Richter Library

Digital Humanities

Alan Liu

Professor of English, University of California, Santa Barbara

Key Trends in Digital Humanities (and How the Digital Humanities Register Changes in the Humanities)
Against the Cultural Singularity: Drafts for a Critical Digital Humanities

Thursday
9-25-14

REGISTER

4:30 PM

Key Trends in Digital Humanities
Otto G. Richter Library
Third Floor Conference Room

Friday
9-26-14

REGISTER

2:00 PM

Against the Cultural Singularity
Otto G. Richter Library
Third Floor Conference Room

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OCTOBER 2014

"A Critical Introduction to Religion in the Americas: Bridging the Liberation Theology and Religious Studies Divide" by Michelle A. Gonzalez Maldonado

Michelle Gonzalez Maldonado, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, University of Miami


‌Mic‌helle Gonzalez Maldonado

Associate Professor of Religious Studies, University of Miami

A Critical Introduction to Religion in the Americas: Bridging the Liberation Theology and Religious Studies Divide

Wednesday
10-1-14
8:00 PM Books & Books
Public Invited
Directions...
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A Critical Introduction to Religion in the Americas argues that we cannot understand religion in the Americas without understanding its marginalized communities. Despite frequently voiced doubts among religious studies scholars, Gonzalez makes the case that theology, and particularly liberation theology, is still useful, but must be reframed to attend to the ways in which religion is actually experienced on the ground. By drawing on a combination of historical and ethnographic sources, Gonzalez shows how theology can be reframed to better speak to the concerns of both religious studies and the real people the theologians' work is meant to represent.

A Critical Introduction to Religion in the Americas contributes to a lively conversation within liberation theologies about intellectual and social communities of accountability. Gonzalez is a strong young voice in these discussions; her work will be noticed, read, and debated. This book is a must-read for every student of religion.”
— Margaret R. Miles, Dean of the Graduate Theological Union, University of California Berkeley

Michelle Gonzalez Maldonado’s research and teaching interests include Latino/a, Latin American, and feminist theologies, as well as interdisciplinary work in Afro-Caribbean Studies. She is the author of Afro-Cuban Theology: Religion, Race, Culture and Identity (2006); Created in God’s Image: An Introduction to Feminist Theological Anthropology (2007); Embracing Latina Spirituality: A Woman’s Perspective (2009); Caribbean Religious History (co-authored with Ennis Edmonds, 2010); and Shopping: Christian Explorations of Daily Living (2010).


New York Public Library & the British Library. Slide for the lecture series by William Walker (2014-2015)

William Walker

Professor, Otto G. Richter Library; Former Dean and University Librarian

Introduction to the World's Great Research Libraries and Their Cultures: Unlocking Their Collections and Resources


Thursday
10-2-14

REGISTER

3:30 PM

Otto G. Richter Library
Third Floor Conference Room
For UM Humanities Faculty & Grad Students

This seminar series, mainly aimed at graduate students, will explore the unique cultures of each library, trace the historical growth of collections, and provide insight into best strategies for navigating these complex organizations to enable discovery of hidden collections and resources. Participants will learn about the libraries’ access policies; their discovery tools and catalogs; and rights, use, and permissions protocols. William Walker will be joined by UM Faculty who will discuss their experiences researching at the British Library, the Bodleian (Oxford), Cambridge University Library; New York Public Library, the Library of Congress, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Huntington Library, the Newberry Library, and the Harry Ransom Center (U Texas - Austin); the Bibliothèque nationale de France, Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel, and Biblioteca Nacional de España. Participants are encouraged to suggest additional libraries to be discussed in future sessions.

William Walker is a Professor in the University of Miami’s Otto G. Richter Library where from 2003–13, he served as Dean and University Librarian. Prior to joining UM, Walker was the Senior Vice President and Andrew W. Mellon Director of the New York Public Library where he oversaw the Research Libraries’ programs. He has served as a consultant to the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the British Library, Japan’s National Diet Library, the National Library of Brazil, the Union Theological Seminary, and the Museum of Modern Art.


 

Sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures, the Joseph Carter Fund, the Center for Latin American Studies, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Center for the Humanities

Global Imaginaries, Media and Aesthetics
A Symposium on the Work of Néstor García, Canclini


Friday
10-3-14

REGISTER

5:00 PM

CAS Gallery

Three UM scholars and a Mexican media and urban studies scholar will address two recently published books by Néstor García Canclini – Imagined Globalization and Art Beyond Itself: Anthropology for a Society Without a Storyline –  as well as situate those books in his long trajectory and current research.

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REGISTER

2013-2014 Center for the Humanities Fellows Symposium


Friday
10-10-14
10:30 AM

Otto G. Richter Library
Third Floor Conference Room

Session 1 : 10:30am - 12:00pm
•"Al-Andalus and Coloniality: 20th-Century Arab & Hispanic Invocations of Medieval Spain", Christina Civantos (MLL)
•"Religion, Enlightenment, and Gender: The Case of a Muslim Mughal Poet - Mirza Ghalib", Amanullah De Sondy (Religious Studies)
•"Generational Refusal: A Promiscuous Archive of Independence", Donette Francis (English)
LUNCH: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Session 2 — 1:00pm - 2:00pm
•"Academic Legitimacy in Post-Republic Siena", Carolyn Zimmerman (History)
•"Requesting Tears of Sacrifice from Eight-Flint Woman: An Incantation for Cultivating Maguey in Colonial Mexico", Viviana Díaz Balsera (MLL)

Session 3 — 2:15pm - 3:15pm
•"France and the Marne", Michael Miller (History)
•"Refiguring Vienna: The Modern Body in Austrian Expressionism", Nathan Timpano (Art & Art History)

Session 4 — 3:30pm - 4:30pm
•"Sebastian/Fairfax, Hamel, and the Duppy: Shape-Shifting Figures in Cynric R. Williams’ Jamaican Creole Society", Claudia Amadori (English)
•"Shaping the Cane Fields: Community Formation and Spatial Politics on Dominican Sugar Plantations, 1915-1930", Amelia Hintzen (History)


Co-sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies, the Department of Theatre Arts, the Department of History, the Office of the Dean, the Division of Student Activities, the Study Abroad office and the Center for the Humanities

KATHAKALI

Live Traditional Dance of India

lecture-demonstration and performance by artists of the world-renowned Kerala Kalamandalam University for Art and Culture

Wednesday
10-22-14

10:30 AM

Lecture and Makeup Demonstrations
Whitten University Center 211

Wednesday
10-22-14

12:30 PM

Performance at Lunchtime
Lakeside Patio Stage


John Unsworth, Vice Provost, Chief Information Officer, University Librarian, Professor of English, Brandeis University

Cosponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences
and Otto G. Richter Library

Digital Humanities

John Unsworth

Vice Provost for Libraries/IT, Brandeis University

History of Computational Methods in the Humanities and Other Domains
Digital Humanities for Deans and Department Heads

Thursday
10-23-14

REGISTER

4:30 PM

History of Computational Methods
Otto G. Richter Library
Third Floor Conference Room

Friday
10-24-14
11:00AM

Digital Humanities for Deans and Department Heads
Otto G. Richter Library
School of Nursing - Executive Board Room
By Invitation Only

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Esther Lamarre, Assistant Director of Graduate Students and Alumni Career Programs (Toppel Career Center)

Cosponsored with the Graduate School and the Toppel Career Center

REGISTER

Expanding Career Opportunities for Humanities Ph.D.s

Workshop on Turning Your CV Into a Resumé


Friday
10-24-14
3:00 PM

Seminar:
Toppel Career Center, Career Loft
For UM Humanities Faculty & Grad Students

Esther Lamarre, Assistant Director of Graduate Students and Alumni Career Programs (Toppel Career Center) .


Presented by
Department of Geography and Regional Studies


Cosponsored by the Center for the Humanities

Dr. Petra Doan

Professor, Florida State University

The Demise of Queer Space? The Role of Planning in Atlanta’s LGBT Spaces


Friday
10-24-14

REGISTER

3:00 PM

Otto G. Richter Library
Third Floor Conference Room

The talk explores the evolution of LGBTQ spaces in Atlanta with a special focus on the Midtown area that since the 1970s has been the most prominent gay neighborhood in Georgia and possibly the Southeast. This area has experienced strong gentrification pressures over the past 20 years and urban planners and city officials have been complicit in enabling that redevelopment process in order to make the Peachtree Street corridor “safe” for families. As a result municipal officials pressured gay bars to close, the police and a neighborhood security organization have hassled non-normative street people, and most recently the Atlanta City Council tried to re-zone Cheshire Bridge Road, the remaining “commercial strip” with gay clubs and adult businesses some of which catered to the LGBT community. This talk will explore the consequences of these actions for LGBTQ spaces in the Atlanta area and elsewhere. A SEEDS/College of Arts & Sciences You Choose Leadership Award to J. Miguel Kanai, Assistant Professor, sponsors this lecture.  For more information and/or to RSVP by October 14, 2014, please visit www.as.miami.edu/SEEDS or contact Marisa Hightower, mhightower@miami.edu

"Antigone on Stage and Screen: A Modern Greek Female Rebel" by Anastasia Bakogianni
Presented by
Department of Classics


Cosponsored by the Center for the Humanities

Anastasia Bakogianni

Lecturer in Classical Studies, The Open University, UK

Antigone on Stage and Screen: A Modern Greek Female Rebel


Monday
10-27-14
4:30 PM

Otto G. Richter Library
Third Floor Conference Room




 

Edith Bleich Speaker Series‌

Carol Berkin

Presidential Professor Emerita, CUNY Graduate Center

Daughters of Liberty: Women in the American Revolution


Thursday
10-30-14

REGISTER

7:00 PM Public Lecture:
Daughters of Liberty
CAS Gallery

Discover how women of different races and ethnicities impacted the American Revolution with Carol Berkin, Presidential Professor of American and Colonial History, Baruch College

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NOVEMBER 2014

Anne Cruz, Professor of Spanish, University of Miami

Anne J. Cruz

Professor of Spanish, University of Miami

The Life and Writings of Luisa de Caravajal y Mendoza

Pamela Hammons

Professor of English, University of Miami

Katherine Austen's Book M:
A London Widow’s Life Writings

Pamela Hammons, Professor of English and Department Chair, University of Miami
 
Wednesday
11-5-14
8:00 PM Books & Books
Public Invited
Directions...
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Rejecting marriage and the convent, the Spanish noblewoman, poet, and religious activist Luisa de Carvajal y Mendoza (Jaraicejo 1566–London 1614)  traveled secretly to London as a self-appointed missionary, where she was jailed twice for preaching against Anglicanism. A tireless writer, Carvajal left a small but impressive collection of spiritual poetry, an autobiography, and over two hundred letters. Anne J. Cruz has authored over 100 essays on issues of gender and genre in early modern theater, poetry, and prose, and edited or co-edited twelve anthologies and journals on the literature, culture, and history of early modern Spain and the New World. She is a co-editor of Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal and editor of the Ashgate series New Hispanisms: Cultural and Literary Studies.

“Luisa de Carvajal's writings offer compelling accounts of the persecution of English recusants and insights into the political and diplomatic background … Anne Cruz's masterful introduction provides the essential literary and historical context for approaching this controversial would-be martyr.”
— Alison Weber, Professor of Spanish, University of Virginia

Katherine Austen’s fascinating multi-generic manuscript compilation of texts, Book M, provides a lively and revealing firsthand account of how a clever, self-aware, upwardly mobile woman successfully navigated her way through the perilous patriarchal world of seventeenth-century London, from the dramatic upheavals of England’s Civil Wars through the Restoration of the monarchy in 1660, including a deadly outbreak of plague in 1665 and the Fire of London in 1666. Pamela S. Hammons, who specializes in early modern English manuscript culture, poetry, women’s writing, and theories of gender and sexuality, is the author of Gender, Sexuality, and Material Objects in English Renaissance Verse (2010); Poetic Resistance: English Women Writers and the Early Modern Lyric (2002); and numerous articles on early modern literature and culture.

“This excellent piece of work brings a new and fascinating seventeenth-century voice to twenty-first century readers interested in women’s studies, literature, and history.” — Margaret J.M. Ezell, Professor of English, Texas A&M University

 

New York Public Library & the British Library. Slide for the lecture series by William Walker (2014-2015)

William Walker

Professor, Otto G. Richter Library; Former Dean and University Librarian

The British Library

The Bodleian (Oxford) and Cambridge University Library


Friday
11-7-14

REGISTER

12:30 PM

School of Nursing - Executive Board Room
For UM Humanities Faculty & Grad Students

This seminar series, mainly aimed at graduate students, will explore the unique cultures of each library, trace the historical growth of collections, and provide insight into best strategies for navigating these complex organizations to enable discovery of hidden collections and resources. Participants will learn about the libraries’ access policies; their discovery tools and catalogs; and rights, use, and permissions protocols. William Walker will be joined by UM Faculty who will discuss their experiences researching at the British Library, the Bodleian (Oxford), Cambridge University Library; New York Public Library, the Library of Congress, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Huntington Library, the Newberry Library, and the Harry Ransom Center (U Texas - Austin); the Bibliothèque nationale de France, Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel, and Biblioteca Nacional de España. Participants are encouraged to suggest additional libraries to be discussed in future sessions.

William Walker is a Professor in the University of Miami’s Otto G. Richter Library where from 2003–13, he served as Dean and University Librarian. Prior to joining UM, Walker was the Senior Vice President and Andrew W. Mellon Director of the New York Public Library where he oversaw the Research Libraries’ programs. He has served as a consultant to the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the British Library, Japan’s National Diet Library, the National Library of Brazil, the Union Theological Seminary, and the Museum of Modern Art.


Raymond Siemens, Canada Research Chair in Humanities Computing, University of Victoria

Cosponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences
and Otto G. Richter Library

Digital Humanities

Raymond Siemens

Canada Research Chair in Humanities Computing, University of Victoria

Curriculum, Community, and the Methodological Commons in the Context of the Digital Humanities

Monday
11-10-14

REGISTER

4:30 PM

Curriculum, Community, and the Methodological Commons
Otto G. Richter Library
Third Floor Conference Room

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Lynne Siemens, Associate Professor, University of Victoria

Cosponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences
and Otto G. Richter Library

Digital Humanities

Lynne Siemens

Associate Professor in the School of Public Administration, University of Victoria

Building and Supporting DH Community, Local and Beyond

Tuesday
11-11-14

REGISTER

2:00 PM

Building and Supporting DH
Otto G. Richter Library
Third Floor Conference Room

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Presented by
Department of English


Cosponsored by the Center for the Humanities and the Department of Classics

Emily Greenwood

Professor of Classics, Yale University

The Omni-Local Classical: Rethinking the Classical Idiom in the Caribbean
Writing a Great War: Thucydides and Literary Memoirs of the First World War


Thursday
11-13-14
3:30 PM

The Omni-local Classical: Rethinking the Classical Idiom in the Caribbean
Otto G. Richter Library
Third Floor Conference Room
Public Invited

Friday
11-14-14
1:00 PM

Workshop:  Writing a Great War: Thucydides and Literary Memoirs of the First World War
Ashe Building, Room 427
For Humanities Faculty & Grad Students


DECEMBER 2014

Viviana Díaz Balsera, Professor of Spanish, University of Miami

Viviana Díaz Balsera

Professor of Spanish
University of Miami

Rachel A. May

Professor of Latin American and Caribbean Studies
University of South Florida

La Florida:
Five Hundred Years of Hispanic Presence

Rachel A. May is the Director of the Institute for the Study of Latin America and the Caribbean at the University of South Florida, is the author of "Terror in the Countryside" (2001).
 
Wednesday
12-3-14
8:00 PM Books & Books
Public Invited
Directions...
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Commemorating Juan Ponce de León's landfall on the Atlantic coast of Florida, this ambitious volume explores five centuries of Hispanic presence in the New World peninsula, reflecting on the breadth and depth of encounters between the different lands and cultures. The volume brings together contributions by prominent scholars from various academic disciplines who participated in one of three conferences supported by the Florida Humanities Council in 2012 to commemorate this momentous occasion for the state of Florida. The first of these conferences was presented by the University of Miami Center for the Humanities. The contributors, leading experts in a range of fields, begin with an examination of the first and second Spanish periods. This was a time when La Florida was an elusive possession that the Spaniards were never able to completely secure; but Spanish influence would nonetheless leave an indelible mark on the land. In the second half of this volume, the essays highlight the Hispanic cultural legacy, politics, and history of modern Florida and expand on Florida's role as a modern transatlantic cross road. Melding history, literature, anthropology, music, culture, and sociology, La Florida is a unique presentation of the Hispanic roots that run deep in Florida's past and present and will assuredly shape its future.

“A splendid, highly readable collection that reflects substantial new research and findings on Hispanic influence in Florida” — Ralph Lee Woodward, author of Central America: A Nation Divided

Viviana Díaz Balsera teaches and researches in the fields of Spanish Golden Age and Spanish American Colonial Studies, with emphasis in Mexico. Her areas of interest are cultural translations, memory, writing and performance in the New World contact zone, and the constitution of colonial subjectivities. She is the author of Calderón y las quimeras de la Culpa (1997) and The Pyramid under the Cross (2005).

Rachel A. May is the Director of the Institute for the Study of Latin America and the Caribbean at the University of South Florida, is the author of Terror in the Countryside (2001).

JANUARY 2015
Dan Cohen, Founding Executive Director, Digital Public Library of America
Cosponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences
and Otto G. Richter Library

Digital Humanities

Dan Cohen

Founding Executive Director, Digital Public Library of America

Exploration and Discovery in the Digital Public Library of America

Thursday
1-15-15

REGISTER

4:30 PM

Exploration and Discovery in the Digital Public Library of America
Otto G. Richter Library
Third Floor Conference Room

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Susan Basalla May, Principal, Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates

Cosponsored with the Graduate School and the College of Arts & Sciences

REGISTER

Expanding Career Opportunities for Ph.D.s

Secrets of a Ph.D. Headhunter – 5 Key Tips for Landing a Job Outside Academia


Friday
1-16-15
3:00 PM

Seminar:
CAS Gallery
For UM Humanities Faculty & Grad Students


Susan Basalla, Principal, Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates.

Find out how to get a job outside academia, even if you aren’t yet sure whether you really want one. Sue will share tips and strategies from her experience as an executive recruiter for higher education. You’ll learn what employers really think about your resumé, how to stand out in the crowd, and the critical first step that most graduate students overlook when hunting for non-academic jobs.

Susan Basalla
is the co-author of So What Are You Going To Do With That? Finding Careers Outside Academia, whose third edition will be published by University of Chicago Press in December 2014.  She earned her Ph.D. in English at Princeton University and for more than a decade has been a regular columnist for the Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Beyond the Ivory Tower” column as well as a frequent speaker at universities across the nation on alternative careers for graduate students. She is a principal with Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, an executive search firm specializing in higher education.


"The Renaissance in Italy: A Social and Cultural History of the Rinascimento" by Guido Ruggiero


‌Guido Ruggiero

Professor of History, University of Miami

The Renaissance in Italy:
A Social and Cultural History of the Rinascimento

Wednesday
1-21-15
8:00 PM Books & Books
Public Invited
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This book offers a rich and exciting new way of thinking about the Italian Renaissance as both a historical period and a historical movement. Guido Ruggiero's work is based on archival research and new insights concerning social and cultural history and literary criticism, with a special emphasis on everyday culture, gender, violence, and sexuality. The book offers a vibrant critical study of a period too long burdened by anachronistic and outdated ways of thinking about the past. Familiar, yet alien; pre-modern, but suggestively post-modern; attractive and troubling, this book returns the Italian Renaissance to center stage in our past and in our historical analysis.

Guido Ruggiero has published more than two dozen books on the Renaissance and related topics including, most recently, Machiavelli in Love: Sex, Self, and Society in Renaissance Italy (2007) and The Blackwell Companion to the Worlds of the Renaissance (2002). He is an elected member of the Ateneo Veneto and has been a Fellow or Visiting Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, Harvard's Villa I Tatti in Florence and the American Academy in Rome.


Presented by
the Center for the Humanities
Critical Theory Reading Group

Rita Felski

William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of English, University of Virginia

Critical and Postcritical Reading

Friday
1-23-15

4:30 PM

Otto G. Richter Library
Third Floor Conference Room

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Animal Studies and Environmental Humanities Lecture

Cosponsored by the Department of History

 

Joan B. Landes

Walter L. and Helen Ferree Professor of History
Pennsylvania State University

Elephants without Borders: Exhibition, Art, and Science


Thursday
1-29-15

REGISTER

4:30 PM

Otto G. Richter Library
Third Floor Conference Room
Public Invited


New York Public Library & the British Library. Slide for the lecture series by William Walker (2014-2015)

William Walker

Professor, Otto G. Richter Library; Former Dean and University Librarian

The New York Public Library

The Library of Congress, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Huntington Library, the Newberry Library, and the Harry Ransom Center (U Texas - Austin)


Friday
1-30-15

REGISTER

12:30 PM

School of Nursing - Executive Board Room
For UM Humanities Faculty & Grad Students

This seminar series, mainly aimed at graduate students, will explore the unique cultures of each library, trace the historical growth of collections, and provide insight into best strategies for navigating these complex organizations to enable discovery of hidden collections and resources. Participants will learn about the libraries’ access policies; their discovery tools and catalogs; and rights, use, and permissions protocols. William Walker will be joined by UM Faculty who will discuss their experiences researching at the British Library, the Bodleian (Oxford), Cambridge University Library; New York Public Library, the Library of Congress, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Huntington Library, the Newberry Library, and the Harry Ransom Center (U Texas - Austin); the Bibliothèque nationale de France, Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel, and Biblioteca Nacional de España. Participants are encouraged to suggest additional libraries to be discussed in future sessions.

William Walker is a Professor in the University of Miami’s Otto G. Richter Library where from 2003–13, he served as Dean and University Librarian. Prior to joining UM, Walker was the Senior Vice President and Andrew W. Mellon Director of the New York Public Library where he oversaw the Research Libraries’ programs. He has served as a consultant to the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, the British Library, Japan’s National Diet Library, the National Library of Brazil, the Union Theological Seminary, and the Museum of Modern Art.


the Newberry Library, and the Harry Ransom Center (U Texas - Austin)

FEBRUARY 2015


 

Rita Dove

Commonwealth Professor of English, University of Virginia

History’s Crevices: Sonata Mulattica’s Forgotten Prodigy


Thursday
2-5-15

REGISTER

7:00 PM

Public Lecture:
History's Crevices
Location TBA

Sonata Mulattica, the twelfth collection from the former U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize recipient follows the real career of the violin prodigy George Polgreen Bridgetower (1780–1860), a former pupil of Haydn, as well as the purported grandson of an African prince, whose friendship with Beethoven ended in rivalry over a woman.

“A virtuosic treatment of a virtuoso’s life, the poems use all registers—nursery rhymes, diary entries, drama—and are stuffed with historical and musical arcana. Yet the book remains highly accessible, reading much like a historical novel.”  — The New Yorker

Rita Dove, Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia, served as Poet Laureate of the US, Consultant to the Library of Congress, and Poet Laureate of the Commonwealth of Virginia. She is the recipient of both the National Humanities Medal and the National Medal of the Arts.  

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"Language of Atoms" by Professor Wilson Shearin

Wilson Shearin, Assistant Professor of Classics, University of Miami

‌Wilson Shearin

Assistant Professor of Classics, University of Miami

The Language of Atoms:
Performativity and Politics in Lucretius' De rerum natura

Wednesday
2-11-15
8:00 PM Books & Books
Public Invited
Directions...
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The Language of Atoms studies Lucretius great poem, De rerum natura (On the Nature of Things) in light of an understanding of language as performative, providing psychic therapy or creating new verbal meanings, rather than passively describing the nature of the universe. To this end, Shearin discusses promising, acts of naming, and the larger political implications of these linguistic acts. At the center of De rerum natura is a persistent juxtaposition of humans and atoms that carries implications for both the creative potential of language and its deceptive powers.

Wilson Shearin received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.  As a Fulbright scholar, he studied in the Philosophy Department at the Université de Fribourg in Switzerland and was a faculty fellow for the University of Miami’s Center for the Humanities. His intellectual interests lie largely at the intersection of philosophy and literature – both philosophical and theoretical approaches to literature and literary approaches to philosophical texts. He is the co-editor of Dynamic Reading: Studies in the Reception of Epicureanism (2012).


Tara McPherson, Associate Professor, University of South California

Digital Humanities

Tara McPherson

Associate Professor of Critical Studies, University of Southern California

Scholarship by Design: The Humanities + the Digital
The Digital Humanities for the Rest of Us

Thursday
2-12-15

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4:30 PM

Scholarship by Design: The Humanities + the Digital
Otto G. Richter Library
Third Floor Conference Room

Friday
2-13-15

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2:00 PM

The Digital Humanities for the Rest of Us
Otto G. Richter Library
Third Floor Conference Room

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Presented by
Africana Studies and the Graduate School Distinguished Scholar Series

Cosponsored by the Center for the Humanities, Dean Blake, and the Graduate School

Tracy Sharpley-Whiting

Distinguished Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies and French
Vanderbilt Unviersity

Bricktop's Paris: African American Women in Paris Between the Two World Wars


Tuesday
2-17-15
3:30 PM

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 "Revisioning Early Modern Hispanisms" - An Academic Conference in honor of Anne J. Cruz, Professor of Spanish

Presented by the Department of
Modern Languages and Literatures

Cosponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Center for the Humanities

 

Revisioning Early Modern Hispanisms
An Academic Conference in honor of
Anne J. Cruz,
Professor of Spanish



Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Conference


February 19 - 21, 2015

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New York Public Library & the British Library. Slide for the lecture series by William Walker (2014-2015)

William Walker

Professor, Otto G. Richter Library; Former Dean and University Librarian

Bibliothèque nationale de France

Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel and Biblioteca Nacional de España


Friday
2-27-15

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12:30 PM

School of Nursing - Executive Board Room
For UM Humanities Faculty & Grad Students

This seminar series, mainly aimed at graduate students, will explore the unique cultures of each library, trace the historical growth of collections, and provide insight into best strategies for navigating these complex organizations to enable discovery of hidden collections and resources. Participants will learn about the libraries’ access policies; their discovery tools and catalogs; and rights, use, and permissions protocols. William Walker will be joined by UM Faculty who will discuss their experiences researching at the British Library, the Bodleian (Oxford), Cambridge University Library; New York Public Library, the Library of Congress, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Huntington Library, the Newberry Library, and the Harry Ransom Center (U Texas - Austin); the Bibliothèque nationale de France, Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel, and Biblioteca Nacional de España. Participants are encouraged to suggest additional libraries to be discussed in future sessions.

William Walker is a Professor in the University of Miami’s Otto G. Richter Library where from 2003–13, he served as Dean and University Librarian. Prior to joining UM, Walker was the Senior Vice President and Andrew W. Mellon Director of the New York Public Library where he oversaw the Research Libraries’ programs. He has served as a consultant to the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the British Library, Japan’s National Diet Library, the National Library of Brazil, the Union Theological Seminary, and the Museum of Modern Art.


MARCH 2015
Presented by
the Center for the Humanities
Atlantic Studies Research Group


Cosponsored by the American Studies Program

Duncan Faherty

Associate Professor of English, Queens College and The Graduate Center, CUNY

Title TBA


Monday
3-5-14
4:30 PM

Location TBA


"The Crisis of Islamic Masculinities" by Amanullah De Sondy

Amanullah De Sondy, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

‌Amanullah De Sondy

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, University of Miami

The Crisis of Islamic Masculinities

Wednesday
3-18-15
8:00 PM Books & Books
Public Invited
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Rigid notions of masculinity are causing crisis in the global Islamic community. These are articulated from the Qur’an, its commentary, historical precedents and societal, religious and familial obligations. Some Muslims who don't agree with narrow constructs of manliness feel forced to consider themselves secular and therefore outside the religious community. In order to evaluate whether there really is only one valid, ideal Islamic masculinity, The Crisis of Islamic Masculinities explores key figures of the Qur’an and Indian-Pakistani Islamic history, and exposes the precariousness of tight constraints on Islamic manhood. Amanullah De Sondy argues that the constrainers of masculinity have used God and women to think with and to dominate through and that rigid gender roles are the product of a misguided enterprise.  

“This book opens the way to rethinking what it means to be a man in the Islamic tradition, showing the intricate ways in which constructions of femininity and masculinity are intertwined. It is a must-read for those wishing to understand the Islamists' obsession with sexuality, their rejection of gender equality, and their invocation of religious dogma as the basis for gender rights.”
— Ziba Mir-Hosseini, Centre for Islamic and Middle Eastern Law,
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London

Amanullah De Sondy connects the study of religion to the key themes of gender, ethnicity, race, and pluralism. He has taught Islamic Studies at the University of Glasgow, where he earned his PhD; the University of Strathclyde; and the University of Stirling in Scotland. In 2009, he moved to the USA, where he taught religious studies at Ithaca College before joining the University of Miami in 2010.


Presented by
Department of History


Cosponsored by the Center for the Humanities and the Departments of History, Political Science, and Religious Studies

Jeffrey Wasserstrom

Chancelor Professor of History, University of California - Irvine
Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar

Title TBA


Thursday
3-19-15
4:30 PM

Otto G. Richter Library
Third Floor Conference Room


"Medicine and Poetry: From the Greeks to the Enlightenment" - Classics Symposia logo for event on March 20th, 2015.

Presented by
the Department of Classics

Cosponsored by
the Center for the Humanities

Medicine and Poetry:
from the Greeks to the Enlightenment


Keynote Speaker:
Brooke Holmes, Princeton University

Friday, March 20, 2015

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CAS Gallery / Wesley Foundation
1210 Stanford Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146

From Homer’s depiction of wounds and Lucretius on plague and death to Erasmus Darwin’s rhymed verse portrayals of plants and zoology and beyond, poetic texts have reflected, disseminated, and actively engaged with contemporary ideas about medicine and the body. While scholarly work on poetry or the history and philosophy of science has long proceeded in parallel, the conjunction of the two remains understudied. With the recent surge of interest in medical humanities and sub-topics such as narrative medicine and the verbal (in)articulation of bodily pain, this timely conference investigates how medical knowledge is expressed, often by non-specialists, in poetry.

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Cosponsored by
the Center for the Humanities
and the Department of English

American Conference for Irish Studies


National Chapter Meeting


March 25-28, 2015

Fort Lauderdale, FL

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APRIL 2015
Julia Flanders, Northeastern University

Digital Humanities

Julia Flanders

Head of Digital Scholarship Group; Professor of the Practice of English, Northeastern University

Skills, Tools, and Knowledge Work in the Digital Academy
Big Data, Small Data, Well-Shaped Data

Thursday
4-2-15

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4:30 PM

Skills, Tools, and Knowledge Work in the Digital Academy
Otto G. Richter Library
Third Floor Conference Room

Friday
4-3-15

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2:00 PM

Big Data, Small Data, Well-Shaped Data
Otto G. Richter Library
Cuban Heritage Collection

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William Wallace

Barbara Murphy Bryant Distinguished Professor of Art History

Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel: 500 Years


Thursday
4-9-15

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7:00 PM

Public Lecture:
Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel
Storer Auditorium

In 1508, Michelangelo was called back to Rome to undertake the painting of the Sistine Chapel ceiling. Michelangelo objected that “painting is not my art,” and he had no previous experience directing a large-scale campaign in the demanding medium of fresco, but here he employed more than a dozen painters and craftsmen to help carry out the herculean project. William Wallace concludes that Michelangelo di Lodovico di Buonarotti Simoni was not, or at least not only, the epitome of the lonely, tormented, quarrelsome genius.

“...the artist who emerges from these pages is paradoxically a far richer character than the one captured in fiction—as complicated as his art, and as fiercely intelligent as his times.”
— Ann Landi, ArtNews

William E. Wallace is the Barbara Murphy Bryant Distinguished Professor of Art History at Washington University in St. Louis. He is an internationally recognized authority on Michelangelo and his contemporaries and the author or editor of six different books on Michelangelo.  

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Presented by
Department of History


Cosponsored by the Center for the Humanities

Edward Muir

Clarence L. Ver Steeg Professor in the Arts & Sciences, Northwestern University

Ruggiero's Renaissance


Friday
4-10-15
TBA

Location TBA


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Wilmot James

Member of Parliament, South Africa

Nelson Mandela and the Making of Modern South Africa


Tuesday
4-14-15

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4:30 PM

CAS Gallery
Public Invited

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"The Secular Clergy in England, 1066-1216" by Hugh Thomas

Hugh Thomas, Professor of History, University of Miami

‌Hugh Thomas

Professor of History, University of Miami

The Secular Clergy in England 1066-1216:
The Struggle over Clerical Celibacy

Wednesday
4-15-15

8:00 PM

Books & Books
Public Invited
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The secular clergy were among the most influential and powerful groups in European society during the central Middle Ages. Yet they have received almost no attention from scholars, unlike monks, nuns, or secular nobles. In The Secular Clergy in England, 1066-1216, Hugh Thomas aims to correct this deficiency through a major study of the secular clergy below the level of bishop in England. Secular clerics kept the Church running in the world beyond the cloister wall, with responsibility for the bulk of pastoral care and ecclesiastical administration. They assumed a major role in the rise of royal bureaucracy and were instrumental to the intellectual and cultural flowering of the twelfth century, including the invention of universities.

Hugh M. Thomas specializes in the history of medieval Europe and of England. He is the author of Vassals, Heiresses, Crusaders, and Thugs: The Gentry of Angevin Yorkshire, 1154-1216 (1993); The English and the Normans: Ethnic Hostility, Assimilation, and Identity 1066 - c. 1220 (2005); and The Norman Conquest: England after William the Conqueror (2007) and has held fellowships at the University of Miami's Center for the Humanities, the University of Pennsylvania, the National Humanities Center, All Souls College, Oxford, and Princeton University. He has also received funding from the ACLS and the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Ed Ayers, President, University of Richmond

Digital Humanities

Edward Ayers

President, University of Richmond

The University in the Digital World

Tuesday
4-21-15

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4:30 PM

The University in the Digital World
Otto G. Richter Library
Third Floor Conference Room

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MAY 2015
 

William Germano Workshop


Wednesday
5-7-15
TBA

Workshop
For UM Humanities Faculty & Grad Students

Thursday
5-8-15
TBA

Workshop
For UM Humanities Faculty & Grad Students