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Colloquium Series

Colloquium series events are held on most Thursdays at 12:30, with discussion focused on written work by Fellows and guests.

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 in 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 request the reading at

Fall 2012

Thurs. Sept. 20, 12:30-2:OO: Colloquium, Susan McClary (Case Western), “Evidence of Things Not Seen: History, Subjectivities, Music: Critical Musicological Reflections.” With responses by Nancy Condee (Global Studies), Kathryn Flannery (English), Andrew Weintraub (Music).

Tues. Oct. 2, 12:30-2:00: Seminar, Ann Blair (Harvard), “Collaborative Working Methods Among Early Modern Humanists.” Contact: Jennifer Waldron (English). There is no pre-circulated reading for this event.  

Thurs. Oct. 11, 12:30–2:00: Colloquium, Edouard Machery (History and Philosophy of Science), “A Plea for the Notion of Human Nature.” With responses by Jim Lennox (History and Philosophy of Science) and Jeff Schwartz (Anthropology).       

Fri. Oct. 19, 12:30-2:00: Colloquium, Derrick Pitard (Slippery Rock University), “Theorizing the Vernacular.”  

Thurs. Oct. 25, 12:30 – 2:00: Colloquium, Amy Kaminsky (Minnesota), “A Discontinuous Voice.” With responses by  Daniel Balderston (Hispanic), Susan Andrade (English), Lina Insana (French and Italian), Piotr Gwiazda (Visiting Scholar, Maryland).

Thurs. Nov. 8, 12:30-2:00:Colloquium, Francesca Savoia (French and Italian): “An Eighteenth Century Paradigm of Acculturation: Giuseppe Baretti’s Commonplace Book.” With responses by Stephen Carr (English), Louise Lippincott (Carnegie Art Museum), Adam Shear (Religious Studies).

Thurs. Nov. 15, 12:30–2:00: Colloquium, Piotr Gwiazda (Visiting Scholar), “Explaining America: Poetry in the Age of Empire.” With a response from Jim Knapp (English).

Thurs. Nov. 29, 12:30–2:00: Colloquium, Jennifer Waldron (English), “Shakespeare and the Senses.” With responses by Bruce McConchie (Theater), Marianne Novy (English).