2012-2013 Events


Mon. Sept. 10, 5:00: Lecture, Dena Goodman (Michigan), “From Royal Retainers to Public Servants, or How an Old Regime Family Succeeded in Post-Revolutionary France.”

Tues. Sept. 11, 5:00: Lecture, Arjuna Parakrama  (Senior Fellow), “Post-Identity in Post-Crisis:Post-its on the Margins of Sri Lanka's War and Peace.”

Fri. Sept. 14, 10:00-Noon: Roundtable on Disability/Disability Studies in the Humanities,“Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability.” Participants: Jennifer Bartlett (Editor, Beauty Is a Verb), Curtis Breight (English), Jonathan Duvall (University of Pittsburgh Students for Disability Advocacy), Michael Northern (Editor, Beauty Is a Verb), Katherine D. Seelman (School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and Technology), Ellen McGrath Smith (English) Lynnett Van Slyke (Office of Disability Resources and Services), Catherine Willits (English). Contact:  Ellen McGrath Smith (English).

Visit of Short-Term Fellow Susan McClary (Case Western) 
Tues. Sept. 18, 5:00: Lecture. “Salome in the Court of Queen Christina.”            

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

Thurs. Sept. 27, 9:00 – 4:00: Symposium, “Becoming Mexico: Culture, Politics, and the Imagined Americas.” Organized by: Gayle Rogers (English) and Joshua Lund (Hispanic Languages and Literatures). Participants:  Abraham Acosta (Arizona), Gregory Downs (CUNY), Nicole Guidotti-Hernández (UT Austin), María Pilar del Blanco (Oxford).

Mon. Oct. 1, 5:00: Lecture, Ann Blair (Harvard), “Latin Authorship During the Rise of the Vernaculars.” 

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.

Tues. Oct. 2, 5:00: Lecture, A. Naomi Paik (Early-Career Fellow), “Just to Stay Alive: Haitian Refugees Testify to Living Death at Guantanamo.”

Tues. Oct. 9, 5:00: Lecture, Hubert Zapf (University of Augsburg), "Ecocriticism and Cultural Ecology."

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).       

Thurs. Oct. 18, 5:00: Lecture, Jane Brown (Univ. of Washington): “From Alchemist to Anatomist: Goethe’s Faust and Gabriel von Max’s Faust Illustrations.”

Fri. Oct. 19, 12:30-2:00: Seminar, Derrick Pitard (Slippery Rock University), “Theorizing the Vernacular." There is no pre-circulated reading for this event.

Visit of Short-Term Fellow Amy Kaminsky (Minnesota)

Tues. Oct. 23, 5:00: Lecture,“Planting Wheat and Reaping  Doctors: Jews, Gender, and Modernity in Argentina.”

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

Thurs. Nov. 1, 12:30-2:00: Colloquium, Nguyen Tan Hoang (Bryn Mawr), "Bottomhood is Powerful: Asian American Sexual Positionings." With responses by Mark Lynn Anderson (English) and A. Naomi Paik (Early-Career Fellow).

Nov. 2-4, Conference, "Early Modern Medicine and Natural Philosophy." Organized by The Center for Philosophy of Science. Location: 817 CL. For further information visit: http://www.pitt.edu/~pittcntr/

Mon. Nov. 5, 1:00-3:00: "Movement Images: Masayo Kajimura, an Artist Talk."

Tues. Nov. 6, 5:00: Lecture, Wlad Godzich (UC Santa Cruz): "Pseudophilia, Truthiness, and the University."

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).

Fri. Nov. 9, 10:00–5:00: Round Table, “Crusades after the Crusades:  Conquest, Colonialsim, Contact Zones.” Organizers: Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski (French and Italian) and Bruce L. Venarde (History); Participants: Suzanne Akbari (Toronto), Giles Constable (Princeton), Christpoher MacEvitt (Dartmouth), Lee Manion (Yeshiva), David Perry (Dominion), Kiril Petkov (Wisconsin, River Falls).

Tues. Nov. 13, 5:00: Lecture, Lynn Festa (Rutgers), “Tahiti and Notions of the Global Eighteenth Century.”

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 McConachie (Theater), Marianne Novy (English).


THURSDAY, JANUARY 24, 12:30-2:00 p.m.    

Colloquium:  A. Naomi Paik (Early Career Fellow), “ 'Enemy Combatant' at Guantánamo: Performances of Justice and Counter-Performances of Rightlessness.” With responses by John Beverley (Hispanic) and Nathan Heggins Bryant (English).

Visit of Short-Term Fellow Dror Wahrman (Indiana)

TUESDAY, JANUARY 29, 5:00 p.m.

Lecture:  “The Early Modern Media Revolution: An Artist’s Perspective.”

THURSDAY, JANUARY 31, 12:30-2:00 p.m.

Colloquium:  “Fantasies of Absolutism in Gold and Jewels: A Global History Object Lesson from Early Modern Germany.” With responses by Molly Warsh (History) and Adam Shear (Religious Studies).

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 05, 5:00 p.m.

Lecture: Fritz Breithaupt (Indiana), "Toward a Theory of Narrative: Excuses and Moral Reasoning."

SATURDAY,  FEBRUARY 09, 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.       

Workshop: “Unconventional Ethics in International Affairs.”

Organizer: The Marginal Theory Society; Contact:  Leslie Marshall (Political Science) leslie.marshall21@gmail.com

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 4:00 p.m.

Lecture: Lawrence Venuti (Temple), “Translation, Intertextuality, Interpretation.” Contact: Carol Bove (English).     

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2:30-5:00 p.m.           

Seminar: Lawrence Venuti (Temple), “The Introductory Course on Translation Studies.” Location: 501 CL

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 12:30-2:00 p.m.

Colloquium:  Adam Shear, “What were Jewish Books in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries? Reflections about Johannes Reuchlin, Some Notaries, and Some Learned Jews.” With responses by Ryan McDermott (English) and  Ron Zboray (Communication).      

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 5:00 p.m. Location: 501CL

Lecture:  Mark Garett Cooper (South Carolina) and John Marx (UC Davis), “Crisis, Crisis, Crisis: Big Media and the Humanities Workforce.” Contact: Mark Lynn Anderson (English)


Lecture: Gayatri Spivak (Columbia) “The Subaltern, Again and Again.” Location: University Club, Ballroom B

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 9:00-10:30 a.m. 

Colloquium: Arjuna Parakrama (Senior Fellow).

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 7:30 p.m. Location: Frick Fine Arts Auditorium

Lecture: Robin Blackburn (Essex University), "Karl Marx and Abraham Lincoln: An Unexpected Convergence." (Co-sponsored by the History Department, Humanities Center, and World History Center.)

Visit of Short Term Fellow Roberto Dainotto (Duke)


Lecture: “History and the Novel.”                           

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 12:30-2:00 p.m. 

Colloquium:  “The Origin of Rhyme.” With responses by Neil Doshi (French), Randall Halle (German) and Ronald Judy (English).

Visit of Short Term Fellow Russell Berman (Stanford)       

TUESDAY, MARCH 05, 5:00 p.m.

Lecture:  “Is the Ivory tower an Iron Cage? Why We Need to Reform Humanities Education.”

THURSDAY, MARCH 07, 12:30-2:00 p.m.

Colloquium: “Figuring out Europe: Nation, State and the European Union in the German Public Sphere.” With responses by Nancy Condee (Global Studies), Alberta Sbragia (Political Science) and Gregor Thum (History).

Screenings: Some of my best friends are Zionists by Bruce Robbins

1) TUESDAY, MARCH 19: 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

2) WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20: 11:15 a.m. - Noon

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20: 12:30-2:00 p.m.

Colloquium: a) Ken Boas (Pitt), An Olive Tree in Ma’Aleh Adumin:  Disappearing Palestine
b) Bruce Robbins (Columbia): Some of my best friends are Zionists.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20, 3:00 p.m.    

Lecture: Barbara Rosenwein (Loyola), “Patterns of Vernacular Affectivity in Late Medieval and Protestant England.” Contact: Jennifer Waldron (English)

THURSDAY, MARCH 21, 12:30-2:00 p.m. 

Colloquium: Anupama Jain (Visiting Scholar), “They Came on Buses: 'Guyanese Opportunities' as a Contemporary Americanization Program.”

THURSDAY, March 21, 5:00 p.m.

Lecture: Nicholas Vazsonyi (South Carolina), "Why Wagner?: Some Thoughts on the Occasion of his Bicentennial."

THURSDAY, MARCH 28, 12:30-2:00 p.m.        

Colloquium: Edwin Floyd (Classics), “Textual Variants in the Odyssey as Background for Understanding the Composition of the Iliad.” With responses by Benjamin Haller (Virgina Wesleyan University) and Michael West (English).

MONDAY, APRIL 01, 4:30 p.m.

Lecture: John King (Ohio State University), “Print, Piety, and the Rise of Early Modern Vernacular.” Contact: Jennifer Waldron (English)
TUESDAY, APRIL 02, 12:30-2:00 p.m.

Seminar: John King Contact: Jennifer Waldron (English)

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, 12:30-2:00 p.m.

Colloquium: Irina Livezeanu (History), “Surrealism in Romania and France Before, During and After World War II.” With responses by Barbara McCloskey (History of Art and Architecture) and David Pettersen (French).

FRIDAY, APRIL 05, 10:00am-2:45 p.m.

Inscribing the World: Global Art, Global History, Pedagogy (Global Studies, Humanities Center, World History Center). Location: Frick Fine Arts Room 202


Poetic Socialities of Radical Humanism

10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Screening of film by Arthur Jafa.

For details please contact Jen Florian at jrf16@pitt.edu

SATURDAY, APRIL 06, 10:30-11:30am

Lecture: Peter Burian (Duke), "Just the Other Side of Language: On the Possibility (and Impossibility) of Translating Aeschylus." Location: Gold Room, University Club

THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 12:30-2:00 p.m. 

Colloquium:  Marah Gubar (English), “On Being Wrong About Children.” With responses by Karl Schafer (Philosophy) and Stuart Hammond (Psychology)

Thursday, April 11,  7:30 p.m. Location: Provost's Conference Room, 2500/2501 Posvar Hall

"Peoples' Poetry/Peoples' History. How movements from below create and use poetry and history." A conversation with poet Martin Espada and historian Marcus Rediker."

MONDAY, APRIL 15, 2:00-5:00 p.m.

Lecture and workshop: Stephen Boyer "Occupy Language: The Story of the 'Occupy Wall Street' Poetry Anthology."

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, 4:00 p.m.

Lecture: Priscilla Wald (Duke), “What is Human Now?”: Bioslavery in the Moment of Biotechnology

THURSDAY, APRIL 18: 5:00pm

Lecture: Kathi Weeks (Duke): "The Problem with Work."

THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 6:00 p.m - 8:00 p.m. Location: Information Sciences Building, Third Floor.

Symposium: "Crowdsourced Music: Social and Aesthetic Implications"

MONDAY, APRIL 29 through MAY 03, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. followed by lunch for participants.

May Faculty Seminar: Priscilla Wald (Duke University), “Science, Culture, and the Human after World War II.” Registration by email to humctr@pitt.edu; heading: Faculty Seminar.

WEDNESDAY, May 01, 4:00 p.m.

Lecture: Priscilla Wald (Duke University), “Botanophobia: Fear of Plants in Atomic Age Movies”


TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 2:00-5:00 p.m.

Forum: Pakistan / Sri Lanka: The Military in Humanity

Chair: Professor Susan Z. Andrade

Keynote: Dr. Ayesha Siddiqa

Discussants: Frederica Jansz, Arjuna Parakrama