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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

Fall 2014

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2014, 5:00 p.m.

Lecture: Arif Dirlik, "Crisis and Criticism: The Predicament of Global Modernity"

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2014, 12:30 p.m.
Colloquium: Arif Dirlik, "The People's Republic of China in the Perspective of Global Modernity." With responses by Paul Bové (English), Nancy Condee (Global Studies), and Michael Goodhart (Political Science).

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2014, 5:00 p.m.
Lecture: Magali Armillas-Tiseyra (Early Career Fellow, U of Mississippi), "Fathers of the Fatherland: On Writing the Dictator"

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2014, 5:00 p.m.
Lecture: Ron Bush (Oxford), "How Great Poems Survive the Accidents of Their Creation." With responses by Dan Balderston (Hispanic) and James Knapp (Senior Associate Dean, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences)

Visit of Short-Term Fellow Nancy Struever (Professor Emerita, Johns Hopkins)

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2014, 5:00 p.m.
Lecture: "Philosophical Revisionism and the Evidence of Art"

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2014, 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Colloquium: "Collingwood, Modernizing Vico." With responses by Don Bialostosky (English) and Chris Nygren (History of Art and Architecture).

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2014, 12:30 p.m.
Colloquium: Nikil Saval (Stanford), "Theory and Design of the Second Machine Age." With responses by David Shumway (Carnegie Mellon University Humanities Center) and Terry Smith (History of Art and Architecture).

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2014, 5:00 p.m.
Lecture: Jason Stevens (Early Career Fellow, U of Maryland, Baltimore County), "Religion and American Film, 1934-Present"

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2014, 12:30 p.m.
Colloquium: Magali Armillas-Tiseyra (Early Career Fellow, U of Mississippi), "Adulterated Realisms: Narrative Deformations in the Dictator-Novel of the South Atlantic." With responses by Dan Balderston (Hispanic) and John Walsh (French).

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2014, 12:30 p.m.
Colloquium: Jonathan Platt (Internal Fellow, Slavic). "Memory, Longing, and the Last Soviet Militant." With responses by Randall Halle (German) and Ronald Zboray (Cultural Studies).

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2014, 12:30 p.m.
Colloquium: Armando Garcia (Internal Fellow, Hispanic). "Rehearsals of the Damned: A Tempest Between Freedom and Damnation." With responses by Yolanda Covington-Ward (Africana Studies) and Bruce McConachie (Theatre Arts).

Colloquium: Alain Mabanckou (UCLA), "Afropean Narratives of the 21st Century." With response by John Walsh (French).

Visit of Short-Term Fellow Randall Balmer (Darmouth)

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 5:00 p.m.
Lecture: "His Own Received Him Not: Jimmy Carter, the Religious Right, and the 1980 Presidential Election"

Colloquium: "The Historian's Pickaxe: Uncovering the Origins of the Religious Right." With responses by Paula Kane (Religious Studies) and Kristin Kanthak (Political Science).

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 12:30 p.m.
Colloquium: Jason Stevens (Early Career Fellow, U of Maryland, Baltimore County), "Is Film Noir Really Godless? Thrillers, Theologies, and the History of a Critical Concept." With responses by Lucy Fischer (Film) and Paula Kane (Religious Studies).


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