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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Focus on Humanities Wednesday, December 3, 2014 @ 5:30pm Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, L140
Best known as a historian of American and African American culture, Craig Werner lays out a set of guiding principles for a new history of the nineteen sixties, a mythologized decade that is too often reduced to a set of contradictory ideological tropes.
Humanities Without Boundaries Tuesday, December 9, 2014 @ 7:30pm Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, L160
Alain Badiou bridges mathematics and psychoanalysis, poetry and politics to focus on how truth is produced and the conditions through which it emerges. This will be the first of two lectures on the relevance of philosophy in the contemporary world.
Humanities Without Boundaries Wednesday, December 10, 2014 @ 7:30pm Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, L160
Alain Badiou bridges mathematics and psychoanalysis, poetry and politics to focus on how truth is produced and the conditions through which it emerges. This will be the second of two lectures on the relevance of philosophy in the contemporary world.
Focus on Humanities Wednesday, February 18, 2015 @ 5:30pm Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, L140
Humanities Without Boundaries Tuesday, March 24, 2015 @ 7:30pm Shannon Hall, Wisconsin Union Theater
Danielle S. Allen is a MacArthur Award-winning classicist and political theorist who examines issues of contemporary citizenship and argues for the importance of connecting people across racial, socioeconomic, educational and religious divides.
Special Events Wednesday, March 25, 2015 @ 8:30am Varsity Hall at Union South
Humanities Without Boundaries Tuesday, April 7, 2015 @ 7:30pm Shannon Hall, Wisconsin Union Theater
Humanities Without Boundaries Thursday, April 30, 2015 @ 7:30pm Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, L160
Humanities Without Boundaries Friday, May 1, 2015 @ 7:30pm Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
Humanities Without Boundaries Thursday, November 13, 2014 @ 7:30pm Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, L160
Anthony Grafton, eminent historian and pioneering scholar of the history of reading, explores how the material traces that readers have left in their books can be used to reconstruct the rich and complex experience of reading over time.
Humanities Without Boundaries Saturday, November 8, 2014 @ 7:00pm H.F. Deluca Forum, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, 330 North Orchard Street
Special Events Saturday, November 8, 2014 @ 10:30am UIC Forum, 725 W Roosevelt Rd. (MC 126) Chicago‚ IL 60608
Historian William P. Jones restores the March on Washington to its full significance by hilighting the leadership of A. Philip Randolf and Bayard Rustin and uncovering the inextricable links between the civil rights movement and the cause of economic justice.
Special Events Sunday, November 2, 2014 @ 4:00pm The Poetry Foundation, 61 West Superior Street, Chicago, IL
German scholar B. Venkat Mani Mani makes a case for world literature as a politically charged construct, and proposes the notion of Bibliomigrancy to describe the ever-wider global circulation of texts, from the age of enlightenment to the Amazon Kindle.
Special Events Thursday, October 30, 2014 @ 6:00pm Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, L160
Pulitzer prize-winning art critic, Holland Cotter argues that contemporary art in the United States is in an isolationist phase despite the large amount of interesting work being produced in new “languages” all over the world.
Special Events Monday, October 27, 2014 @ 7:00pm Varsity Hall at Union South
One of Time Magazine's 30 under 30 World Changers in 2013, Shiza Shahid is visionary co-creator and CEO of the Malala Fund, a non-profit dedicated to advocacy, storytelling, and the funding of local entrepreneurs in areas where girls don't have access to education.
Special Events Saturday, October 18, 2014 @ 3:00pm Madison Public Library, Central Branch; Community Room (Third Floor)
Providing an important corrective to simplistic, de-politicized narratives of feminist history, Gordon and Henry present a rich account of collective action and feminist activism across divides of class, race, and difference from the 1920's to the present day.
Special Events Thursday, October 16, 2014 @ 5:30pm Madison Public Library, Central Branch; Community Room (Third Floor)
Theoretical mathematician Jordan Ellenberg makes the case that math is inherently connected to the way we think as we go about our daily lives, from politics and theology to language, and beyond. In this lecture he talks about mathematical and humanistic views about uncertainty and contradiction.
Nellie Y. McKay Thursday, October 9, 2014 @ 7:30pm Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, L140
A scholar of African American and American literature and cultural history, slavery, law, literature, and performance, Saidiya Hartman examines the social upheaval and radical transformation of everyday life that took place in the slums in the years between 1890-1920.
Humanities Without Boundaries Monday, September 22, 2014 @ 7:30pm Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, L160
Luminary writer, self-described “archaeologist of gossip," and Princeton Professor, Edmund White joins his husband, author Michael Carroll, in a conversation about their work and the state of gay writing today