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This is a list of Humanities Center programming, featuring our regular lecture and colloquium series, as appears on our printed schedule of events. However, many additional events take place in the Humanities Center--see our public calendar for a full list of these events.

All events held in 602 Cathedral of Learning, unless otherwise indicated.

Faculty and graduate students in Pitt Humanities departments can access colloquium papers two weeks before the event by logging on to, clicking on the tab "My Resources," clicking on "Humanities Center," and then clicking on "Colloquium Series," where there is a link to the PDF file. Anyone else wishing to access the readings may send a request to

Spring 2015

THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 12:30 p.m.

Colloquium: Molly Warsh (History), "The Changing Nature of Dominion, c. 1638-1660." With responses by Gayle Rogers (English) and John Soluri (CMU History).

THURSDAY, JANUARY 22, 12:30 p.m.
Colloquium: William Scott (English), "The Poetic Function and Thomas Sayers Ellis's Skin, Inc. Identity Repair Poems." With responses by Charles Legere (Humanities Center) and Dawn Lundy Martin (English).

Seminar: Keywords Project

Symposium: "'Mere' Comparisons: Theory and Methodology from a Global Perspective." Organized by Magali Armillas-Tiseyra (Early Career Fellow, U of Mississippi) and Gayle Rogers (English), featuring Natalie Melas (Cornell) and Joseph Slaughter (Columbia).

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 12:30 p.m.
Colloquium: Gavin Stenigo (Music), "Storage and Transmission in South African Electronic Music." With responses by Susan Andrade (English) and Patrick Manning (World History Center).

Visit of Short-Term Fellow Robert Hariman (Northwestern)

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 5:00 p.m.
Lecture: "Photographic Realism and the Imagination"

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 12:30 p.m.
Colloquium: "Photography: The Abundant Art." With response by Lester Olson (Communication).

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 3:00 p.m.
Lecture: "Seeing Society: Sociological Optics in Public Culture"
Held in 208B Cathedral of Learning.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 12:30 p.m.
Colloquium: Gayle Rogers (English), "Negro and negro: Translating American Blackness in the Shadows of Spanish Empire." With responses by Jerome Branche (Hispanic) and Imani Owens (English).

Visit of Short-Term Fellow Gary Tomlinson (Yale)

THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 12:30 p.m.
Colloquium: "Sign, Affect, and Musicking." With response by Gavin Steingo (Music).

THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 5:00 p.m.
Lecture: "A Million Years of Music"

THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 12:30 p.m.
Colloquium: Olivia Landry (German), "'Black Bismarck' and the Circum-Mediterranean Performance of Black/Afro-German Theatre." With responses by Neil Doshi (French) and Randall Halle (German).

Visit of Short-Term Fellow John Brewer (Cal Tech)

TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 5:00 p.m.
Lecture: "Depicting Vesuvius and Pompeii: Painting, Panorama, and Performance, 1770-1860"
Held in Frick Fine Arts Auditorium

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 6:00 p.m.
Cultural Studies Core Seminar: A discussion on John Brewer's "Microhistory and the Histories of Everyday Life" and "Closeness and Distance in the Age of Enlightenment"

THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 12:30 p.m.
Colloquium: "What Was Scientific Connoisseurship? Giovanni Morelli, Cultural Patrimony, and Art Attirbution in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuryies." With responses by David Marshall (Communication) and Terry Smith (History of Art and Architecture)

Visit of Short-Term Fellow Ben Lerner (Brooklyn College)

THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 12:30 p.m.
Colloquium: "The Hatred of Poetry." With response by Paul Bove (English)

THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 5:00 p.m.
A reading by Ben Lerner

FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 12:00 p.m.
"Poetry and the Novel: A conversation with Ben Lerner"

Symposium: "Producing the Sacred in Modern U.S. Literature and Visual Culture: Sites of Religious and Secular Interaction." Organized by Jason Stevens (Early Career Fellow, U of Maryland Baltimore County).

Faculty Seminar with Michael Wood (Princeton): "Crime and Crime Again." Contact the Humanities Center for participation information.


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