November 17, 2016 (All day) to November 18, 2016 (All day)

Life, Death and Play: Philosophy in Literature, Sport and Psychoanalysis

Duquesne University's Phenomenology Center presents: The Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center 35th Annual Symposium, a Seminar with Professor Simon Critchley. Read More>
November 10, 2016 - 4:00pm

Lecture: Retrofitting the Theory of the Novel

Priya Joshi (Temple University) will host a lecture on Retrofit: "A modification made to a product or structure to incorporate changes and developments introduced since manufacture” (OED). Read More>
November 8, 2016 - 12:30pm

Visiting Fellow: Lorraine Daston

Lorraine Daston studied at Harvard and Cambridge Universities and was awarded her Ph.D. in the History of Science from Harvard University in 1979. She has taught at Harvard, Princeton, Brandeis, Göttingen, and Chicago and since 1995 has been Director at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin.  Read More>
October 27, 2016 - 12:30pm

Colloquium: Waverly Duck

Humanities Center 602 Cathedral of Learning Submissive Civility as a Citizen Response to Excessive Surveillance in a Urban Black Community Waverly Duck (Sociology)  With responses by Ronald Judy (English) and Marcus Rediker (Distinguished Professor of History) Click here for a copy of the paper.  Read More>
October 24, 2016 - 5:30pm

Dr. Raffaele Viglianti’s Lecture

October 26 - 4:00 PM 602 Humanities Center Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities, University of Maryland Digital Editions of Music: Reflections on Editorial Transparency and on Performance Sheet music publishers are slowly catching up with the digital medium and new businesses focused on digital-only publication are forming around the success of tablet computing. The dissemination of digital sheet music would have perhaps unforeseen consequences for publisher, pedagogy, live performance, individual study and rehearsals. This talk addresses the current status of digital sheet music and explores the role that changeable, customizable digital scores may have in the performer’s advocacy of a work by blurring the prescriptive role of music notation. The predominant form of digital sheet music is designed to be printed. Scores are either produced with typesetting software, or are made of images scanned from a printed source. This type of score exists in digital form almost exclusively for distribution. The difference between print and digital distribution is access; scores can be downloaded and printed at home. Digital consumption, on the other hand, entails reading and performing the score directly from its digital manifestation. The past decade has seen a few attempts to adapt the score typical of digital distribution to be used directly in performance. However, the bulkiness of the hardware has necessarily proved too much of an obstacle. With the recent success of tablet computing, similar efforts are taking place again. Some professional performers are already taking the opportunity to show off their digital literacy in concert halls, like Sam Haywood at Carnegie Hall in November 2011. The flexibility of the digital medium, as opposed to something “fixed” on paper, calls for a more modern concept of the score. Small businesses are investing in technologies to make the score follow the performer while playing; to support writing and displaying annotations by the performer, a teacher or other performers, etc. This typology of score differs substantially from the print-oriented score of digital distribution not only in functionality but also in the way it is modelled computationally. From an academic perspective, such a form of publication opens new opportunities to convey research by bringing to the foreground variants, editorial intervention and commentary. Moreover, by layering extra notation on the score or juxtaposing it with other types of content, scholars and publishers may include information derived by the study of other performances and other performers’ advocacy of a work. This talk argues that digital publication may undermine the prescriptiveness of the score, while leaving room for material targeted at supporting performers in the definition of their ethical space. Read More>
October 24, 2016 - 3:30pm

Classics, Philosophy and Ancient Science Colloquium

Charles Francis Brittain, Professor of Classics and Philosophy, Cornell University Wicked good (deinos) hermeneutics:  poetry and philosophy in Plato’s Protagoras 339-47 Babcock Room, 40th Floor, Cathedral of Learning Monday, October 24, 2016, 3:30pm This paper argues that Socrates’ notorious reading of Simonides’ Ode to Scopas is designed both to parody a dialectical method of literary interpretation pioneered by Protagoras and to show how this method should be applied to philosophical arguments. The method involves identifying a series of problems in the poem and solving them by a set of lexical ambiguities (familiar to us from Aristotle’s Poetics 25) and a number of paratextual assumptions. But Socrates’ parody of this method turns on lexical ambiguities and paratextual assumptions that mirror the logical fallacies and philosophical assumptions at play in arguments he himself presented earlier in the dialogue. Why is that? Read More>
October 22, 2016 - 4:00pm

Soldier Song: A New Play

Join us at the Studio Theater for Soldier Song, a new play. Soldier Song is a developmental workshop of an ensemble-based theatre performance, using music, movement and text to tell the dynamic stories of veterans transforming from warrior to civilian. Directed by: Dennis Schebetta Music Direction by: Roger Zahab Ensemble Members: Shane Bush, Robert Frankenberry, Elizabeth Ruelas, Leslie “Ezra” Smith, Ricardo Vila-Roger Panel Discussion following the performance. This event is made possibly by the Theatre Arts Department, Music Department, and The Humanities Center of the University of Pittsburgh. The Studio Theatre is located in the Cathedral of Learning. Take elevators to Level B. Follow hallway around to the center of basement to room B-72.   Read More>
October 21, 2016 - 5:00pm

Guest Speaker: Maurice Decaul

  Join us at the Studio Theater to hear guest speaker Maurice Decaul. Maurice Emerson Decaul, a former Marine, is a poet, essayist, and playwright, whose writing has been featured in the New York Times, The Daily Beast, Sierra Magazine, and others. His poems have been translated into French and Arabic and his theatre pieces have been produced at New York City’s Harlem Stage, Poetic License Festival in New York City, Washington DC’s Atlas INTERSECTIONS FESTIVAL, l’Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe in Paris, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, The David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center and the Park Avenue Armory in NYC. The Studio Theatre is located in the Cathedral of Learning. Take elevators to Level B. Follow hallway around to the center of basement to room B-72. Read More>
October 19, 2016 - 12:30pm to October 20, 2016 - 8:00pm

Laura Snyder: Humanities Center Visiting Fellow

Laura J. Snyder is a historian, philosopher, and science writer. Oliver Sacks has called her “both a masterly scholar and a powerful storyteller.” Read More>
October 13, 2016 - 7:30pm

Do Disciplines Engage Curiosity Differently?

Join us for a series of 4 discussions about what it means to formulate questions, conduct research, build narratives, discover, and explore. Read More>
October 13, 2016 - 12:30pm

Colloquium: Dartmouth, 1966: Composition and Computation Converge

In the wake of Sputnik and intensified pressure on workers’ literacy skills in the “information age,” the early 1960s saw increased funding for educational initiatives in STEM fields, but also in English composition.  Read More>
October 7, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

"Labors of Invention: Lynn Nottage, Intimate Apparel, and African-American Performance"

"I always thought of my mother as a wor woman, and I became interested in pursuing stories of women who invent lives in order to survive."--Lynn Nottage Read More>
October 6, 2016 - 5:00pm

Nuruddin Farah: Readings from New Fiction / Questions and Discussion

Nuruddin Farah, Distinguished Professor of Literature at Bard College, will host a reading from new fiction. Read More>
October 6, 2016 - 12:30pm

Colloquium: Cryonic Modernism, Cryonic History

Robert Caserio (Penn State University) will discuss literary criticism’s time-honored habit of sorting and preserving its objects according to distinct historical periods.  Read More>
September 29, 2016 - 12:30pm

Colloquium: The Transformative Lecture

Christopher Fynsk has held professorships in philosophy and literature at Binghamton University (SUNY) and at the U. of Aberdeen in Scotland.  He was founding director of the Centre for Modern Thought at Aberdeen until 2015, and now serves as Dean of the Division of Philosophy, Art and Critical Thought at the European Graduate School in Switzerland and Malta.   Read More>