Illuminating and expanding the power and relevance of the humanities, the Center’s events feature university faculty, as well as scholars, writers, filmmakers, and artists from around the world.
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Special Events Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 9:30am Madison Children's Museum, 100 N. Hamilton Street
A collection of original artwork by Maria Kalman from her beloved children's book. Join us for an opening reception Friday, April 12 and join Maira for a reading of What Pete Ate for all ages at 10 a.m. The exhibition runs through August 2013 in the museum’s Community Concourse.
Humanities Without Boundaries Thursday, April 11, 2013 @ 7:30pm UW Hillel, 611 Langdon Street
The day is a roller coaster of emotions. We live only to make blunders, as Charles Darwin said. Is this true? Is there no respite from anxiety? Wait, is this what this talk is about? Maybe other things will be discussed like Robert Walser and the Countess of Castiglione, walking and the delight of small moments.
Special Events Thursday, March 21, 2013 @ 7:30pm Great Hall, Memorial Union
Acclaimed author, essayist, and activist Arundhati Roy (The God of Small Things, The End of the Imagination, An Ordinary Person's Guide to Empire) will read selections from her new work and answer questions about writing, reading, living, and advocating for change.
Special Events Thursday, March 14, 2013 @ 3:00pm 3rd Floor Teaching Lab, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, 330 North Orchard Street
Special Events Friday, March 8, 2013 @ 3:00pm Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, 330 North Orchard Street
Special Events Friday, March 8, 2013 @ 9:00am Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, 330 North Orchard Street
Nellie Y. McKay Thursday, March 7, 2013 @ 4:30pm Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, L140
Galude confronts a possible paradox: that the current expression of "white democracy" requires a response in the form of black identity politics, but the political idea of Black America has collapsed in the face of fragmenting black communities, where the once powerful ideal of black solidarity crumbles under the weight of internal class and generational differences.
Humanities Without Boundaries Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 7:30pm Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, L160
Miles mixes historical and literary sources to present meticulous and yet hauntingly engaging histories of the myriad complexities, ironies, and tensions among African Americans, Native Americans, and whites in the first half of the nineteenth century.
Gregg Mitman Ecological Imperialism Revisited: Entanglements of Disease, Commerce, and Knowledge in a Global World
Focus on Humanities Wednesday, February 13, 2013 @ 5:30pm Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, 330 North Orchard Street
Gregg Mitman's teaching and writing interests span the history of ecology, nature, and health in American culture, and are informed by a commitment and hope to build a more equitable and just environment.
Humanities NOW Wednesday, February 6, 2013 @ 7:00pm Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, 330 North Orchard Street
The UW-Madison China Initiative has forged new connections and brought together cross-disciplinary faculty, alumni and leaders in business and government to create an international model for the university. What role do the humanities play in efforts to expand this university?
Humanities Without Boundaries Thursday, November 29, 2012 @ 7:30pm Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, L160
Close friends since college, Michael Cobb (author of Single: Arguments for the Uncoupled) and Kate Bolick (author of Atlantic cover story, "All the Single Ladies") take on friendship, the reign of coupledom, and the place of singles today.
Special Events Saturday, November 10, 2012 @ 5:15pm Overture Center for the Arts
Special Events Saturday, November 10, 2012 @ 1:30pm Chicago, IL: First United Methodist Church at The Chicago Temple 77 West Washington Street
Special Events Thursday, November 8, 2012 @ 7:30pm Overture Center for the Arts, Wisconsin Studio
In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, Kantrowitz (History, UW-Madison) discusses his new book, More than Freedom: Fighting for Black Citizenship in a White Republic, 1829-1889 with Cecelski, and independent historian and author of The Fire of Freedom: Abraham Galloway and the Slaves' Civil War.
States of Nature featuring Timothy Morton, Kim Fortun, Becky Mansfield, Juliana Spahr, and Joshua Clover
Special Events Friday, October 19, 2012 @ 9:00am 313 University Club
This meeting of the Sawyer Seminar on Biopolitics aims to set up an interdisciplinary conversation about the relationship between ecopolitics and biopolitics. Should we situate ecological thought and environmentalism within or against biopolitics? Are theories of biopolitics useful for analyzing the state management of nature? Does environmentalism participate in what Foucault called the state imperative to "make live," or does ecopolitics instead offer an alternative to biopolitics as mode of decision-making or as a theoretical approach?
Humanities Without Boundaries Thursday, October 18, 2012 @ 7:30pm Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, L160
Morton ponders the end of the world. That is, the end of "world" as a stable background against which humans can project meaning, the end of the possibility of drawing a clear distinction between humans and nonhumans.
Special Events Monday, October 15, 2012 @ 7:00pm Varsity Hall, Union South
Creative Time 2012 Summit: Confronting Inequity AND Lunchtime Discussion with Dan Wang and Michael Peterson Streaming Live from the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, NYU
Special Events Friday, October 12, 2012 @ 9:30am Memorial Library, Room 126
UW-Madison’s Center for the Humanities and Art Department are collaborating to host our first live streaming of the Creative Time day-long conference, which is devoted to the topics of art and performance as critical forms of engagement with increasing socio-economic inequality and as transformative political response to that problem. Along with a stellar cast of presenters assembled by Creative Time, Madison-based artist and critic Prof. Dan Wang and Prof. Michael Peterson, from UW’s Theatre and Drama department, will also lead an afternoon discussion and performance, which will invite the attendees to engage more directly with the topics and questions that arise during the Summit.
Special Events Wednesday, October 10, 2012 @ 7:00pm 5120 Grainger, Capitol Conference Room, 5th Floor, 975 University Ave
Rachel Feldhay Brenner The Holocaust and the Ethics of Witnessing: Polish Writers Look at the Ghetto
Focus on Humanities Wednesday, October 10, 2012 @ 5:30pm Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, L140
Humanities Without Boundaries Friday, September 28, 2012 @ 5:30pm Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center
Freud's life is of great interest partly because, as the inventor of psychoanalysis he was preoccupied with the way people tell the stories of their lives. Adam Phillips, psychoanalyst, literary critic, and essayist, will talk both about Freud's remarkable life, and about what Freud had to say about the larger art of biography.
Special Events Friday, September 28, 2012 @ 11:30am UW Hillel Foundation, 611 Langdon Street
Join psychoanalyst Adam Phillips and mathematician Jordan Ellenberg for a discussion about the challenges and pleasures of writing about complex concepts--whether the impassivity of poetics, the perplexities of individual motivation and behavior, or the complexities of pure mathematics.
Steven Hahn The Dimensions of Freedom: Slave Emancipation, Indian Peoples, and the Projects of the New American States
Humanities Without Boundaries Thursday, September 13, 2012 @ 7:30pm Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, L160