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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

Spring 2014

THURSDAY, JANUARY 23, 2014, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Lecture: Aren Aizura (Arizona State University), "Thailand as Transgender 'Mecca': Transnational Imaginaries of Gender Reassignment."

THURSDAY, JANUARY 30, 2014, 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Colloquium: David Keplinger (American University), "Collaborations Across Languages and Time." With responses by Piotr Gwiazda (Humanities Center) and Carol M. Bové (English).

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2014, 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Colloquium: Paula Kane (Religious Studies), "Catholic Mysticism in Modern America." With a response by Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski (French and Italian) and Timothy Kelly (St. Vincent College).

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2014, 4:00 p.m.
Location: 4500 Posvar Hall
Lecture: Uma Narayan (Vassar College), "Microcredit and Third World Women: Panacea for Poverty or Delusional Development?"

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2014, 2:30-4:00 p.m.
Colloquium: Uma Narayan (Vassar College), "The Politics of Rescue and the Politics of Forgetting: Exploring the Contemporary Allure of Rescue Agendas in Feminist Politics."

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2014, 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Seminar: Noah Heringman (University of Missouri), "Winckelmann Cyclops: Time on Vesuvius." (Contact: Holger Hoock)

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2014, 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Colloquium: Ryan McDermott (English), "The Drama of Vernacular Theology: The Bible, Literature and the Genealogies of Modernity." With responses by Kevin Mongrain (Duquesne) and Bill Scott (English).

Visit of Short Term Fellow David Wellbery (University of Chicago)

TUESDAY, MARCH 4, 2014, 5:00 p.m.
Lecture: David Wellbery (University of Chicago),"Kafka and the Art of Interpretation."

THURSDAY, MARCH 6, 2014, 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Colloquium: David Wellbery (University of Chicago), "Endogenous Form: Goethe's Theory of Art and its Idealist Unfolding." With responses by Nicholas Rescher (Philosophy) and Randall Halle (German).


THURSDAY, MARCH 20, 2014, 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Colloquium: Vincent Leung (History), "An Empire without a Past: Legalism and Bureaucratic Amnesia in Early China." With responses by Katheryn Linduff (History of Art and Architecture) and Daniel Asen (History, Rutgers University).

SATURDAY, MARCH 22, 2014, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Workshop: "Keeping your PhD Versatile." Organized by Anupama Jain and Alexandra Oliver. This is a morning of lightning talks, focused brainstorming, and networking about diverse career applications for the research and other skills gained while earning a PhD. Please contact Anupama to register and for more information.

THURSDAY, MARCH 27, 2014, 12:30-2:00 p.m. CANCELED
Colloquium: Vaughn Rasberry (Humanities Center Early Career Fellow, Stanford University), "Race and the Totalitarian Century." With responses by William Scott (English) and Autumn Womack (English).

Colloquium: "Theorizing Fieldwork in the Humanities." Contact: Shalini Puri (English).
Note: This two-day colloquium will take place in 3911 Posvar Hall.

THURSDAY, APRIL 3, 2014, 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Colloquium: Neil Doshi (French and Italian), "Staging the Novel: Performance Cultures and Contemporary Francophone Algerian Fiction." With responses by R.A. Judy (English) and Mohammed Beymeh (Sociology).

Symposium: "Public Praxis: Performing, Race, and History." Contact: Lisa Jackson-Schebetta (Theatre Arts).

Visit of Short Term Fellow Ruth Hung (Hong Kong)

MONDAY, APRIL 7, 2014, 5:00 p.m.
Lecture: Ruth Hung (Hong Kong), "Red Nostalgia: Commemorating Mao in Our Time."

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9, 2014, 12:30-2:00 p.m
Colloquium: Ruth Hung (Hong Kong), "How Global Capitalism Transforms Deng Xiaoping."
With responses by Paul Bové (English), Nancy Condee (Slavic, Global Studies), and Vincent Leung (History)

MONDAY, APRIL 28, 2014 to FRIDAY, MAY 2, 2014
Faculty Seminar with Lauren Berlant (University of Chicago).

TUESDAY, APRIL 29, 2014, 4:30 P.M.
Lecture: Lauren Berlant (University of Chicago)
English Commons Room, 501 Cathedral of Learning


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