Events

2014-2015 Calendar

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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September

Edmund White and Michael Carroll A Conversation with Edmund White and Michael Carroll

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 More

October

Saidiya Hartman A Serial Biography of the Wayward

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. More

Jordan Ellenberg How Not to Be Wrong

Special Events Thursday, October 16, 2014 @ 5:30pm Madison Public Library, Central Branch

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. More

Linda Gordon and Astrid Henry Feminism Unfinished

Special Events Saturday, October 18, 2014 @ 3:00pm Madison Public Library, Central Branch

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. More

Shiza Shahid Go Big Read Keynote Presentation for I Am Malala

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. More

Holland Cotter Found in Translation

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. More

November

B. Venkat Mani The Global Book

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. More

William P. Jones I Have a Dream: The Forgotten History of Civil Rights

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. More

Elizabeth Kolbert The Sixth Extinction: The Legacy of the Anthropocene

Humanities Without Boundaries Saturday, November 8, 2014 @ 7:00pm H.F. Deluca Forum, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, 330 North Orchard Street

Elizabeth Kolbert weaves field reporting with intellectual and natural history to describe a mass extinction brought about by humankind that is changing the future of life on this planet. More

Anthony Grafton A Life in the Margins

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 More

December

Craig Werner For What It's Worth: Toward a New History of the Sixties

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. More

Alain Badiou Is Philosophy Able to Think The Present?

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. More

Alain Badiou The Ideological Structure of 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. More

February

Tejumola Olaniyan Enchantings: Modernity, Culture, and the State in Postcolonial Africa

Focus on Humanities Wednesday, February 18, 2015 @ 5:30pm Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, L140

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March

Danielle S. Allen Our Declaration: In Defense of Equality

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. More

Rousseau’s Confessions in Wisconsin Student Conference Great World Texts Student Conference

Special Events Wednesday, March 25, 2015 @ 8:30am Varsity Hall at Union South

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April

Ta-Nehisi Coates An Evening with Ta-Nehisi Coates

Humanities Without Boundaries Tuesday, April 7, 2015 @ 7:30pm Shannon Hall, Wisconsin Union Theater

Dubbed “the young James Joyce of the hip hop generation,” Coates’ sharp, elegant prose delves into the state of black America today with insight and clarity. More

Thierry Cruvellier No Condition Is Permanent: Living in the Extreme in Sierra Leone

Humanities Without Boundaries Thursday, April 30, 2015 @ 7:30pm Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, L160

The only journalist to attend all of the post-Cold War international tribunals, Thierry Cruvellier spent 16 years covering war crimes trials for Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Bosnia, and Cambodia More