Calendar

2016-17 Lecture Series 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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Upcoming Events

February

Andrew Solomon

Humanities Without Boundaries Wednesday, February 1, 2017 @ 7:30pm Shannon Hall, Wisconsin Union Theater, 800 Langdon Street

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March

Wendy Brown

Humanities Without Boundaries Thursday, March 2, 2017 @ 7:30pm Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, L160

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Jedediah Purdy

Humanities Without Boundaries Thursday, March 9, 2017 @ 7:30pm Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, L160

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Melissa Clark

Humanities Without Boundaries Thursday, March 16, 2017 @ 7:30pm Madison Central Public Library, 201 W. Mifflin Street

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April

Margaret Atwood Hag-Seed & Technology: Revisiting The Tempest in the 21st Century

Humanities Without Boundaries Monday, April 3, 2017 @ 7:30pm Varsity Hall at Union South, 1308 W. Dayton Street

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Theaster Gates

Humanities Without Boundaries Thursday, April 20, 2017 @ 7:30pm Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, 227 State Street

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Past Events

November

What We Know, What We Missed, What’s Next: Making Sense of the 2016 Election What We Know, What We Missed, What's Next: Making Sense of the 2016 Election

Humanities NOW Tuesday, November 29, 2016 @ 5:30pm H.F. DeLuca Forum, Discovery Building, 330 N. Orchard St.

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Social Justice Visiting Scholar

Joshua Clover Poetics of Riot: 1967–68

Special Events Tuesday, November 8, 2016 @ 4:00pm 6191 Helen C. White, 600 N. Park St.

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Social Justice Visiting Scholar

Joshua Clover Political Economy of Riot: 1347–2015

Special Events Monday, November 7, 2016 @ 4:00pm 6191 Helen C. White, 600 N. Park St.

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October

Stephen Burt The Poem is You

Humanities Without Boundaries Thursday, October 27, 2016 @ 7:30pm Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, L160

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Wisconsin Book Festival

Mark Greif Against Everything

Special Events Saturday, October 22, 2016 @ 4:30pm Madison Central Public Library, 201 W. Mifflin Street

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Public Humanities Scholar

Shamus Khan Who Attended Classical Music Concerts in the Gilded Age? Class Formation, Culture, and “Big Data” Using the New York Philharmonic Archive

Special Events Thursday, October 20, 2016 @ 5:30pm Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, L140

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Leslie Bow Fantasy as Microaggression?: Racial Caricature, Kawaii-style, and the Anthropomorphic Asian

Focus on Humanities Wednesday, October 19, 2016 @ 7:00pm Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, L140

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MSC Social Justice Speaker Series

Bree Newsome Tearing Hate from the Sky

Special Events Wednesday, October 12, 2016 @ 7:00pm Gordon Commons, 770 W. Dayton Street

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Ken Wissoker Book Publishing in the Humanities of Today

Special Events Monday, October 10, 2016 @ 12:00pm Banquet Room, University Club Building

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September

Public Humanities Scholar

Ciraj Rassool Rehumanising the Dead of Anthropology

Special Events Tuesday, September 27, 2016 @ 5:30pm 126 Memorial Library, 728 State Street

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Christine Yano Kawaii: Fraught Innocence in Asian (American) Commodity Culture

McKay Lecture in the Humanities Wednesday, September 14, 2016 @ 7:30pm Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, L140

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May

Convened by Elaine Fisher and André Wink Global Reformations: Religion and the Making of the Modern World

Special Events Friday, May 6, 2016 @ 8:30am Banquet Room, University Club

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April

agnès b.

Humanities Without Boundaries Thursday, April 28, 2016 @ 7:30pm Madison Public Library, Central Branch

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David Henry Hwang

Humanities Without Boundaries Wednesday, April 20, 2016 @ 7:30pm Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, L160

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Henry Drewal Come to Your Senses! – Sensiotics and Understandings of Art, Culture, and History

Focus on Humanities Wednesday, April 6, 2016 @ 5:30pm Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, L140

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March

Sally Mann

Humanities Without Boundaries Tuesday, March 29, 2016 @ 7:30pm Shannon Hall, Wisconsin Union Theater

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Michael Warner On the Grid

Humanities Without Boundaries Thursday, March 17, 2016 @ 7:30pm Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, L160

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Anne Curzan Going Grammando: A Linguist's Look at Grammar Pet Peeves

Special Events Thursday, March 10, 2016 @ 5:30pm Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, L140

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Richard Goodkin STEMming the Tide: Balzac and Statistical Humanity

Focus on Humanities Wednesday, March 9, 2016 @ 5:30pm Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, L140

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Christophe Bonneuil The Geological Turn: The Anthropocene and Its Narratives

Special Events Wednesday, March 2, 2016 @ 5:30pm Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, L140

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February

Earl Lewis If It Were Only the Blues

McKay Lecture in the Humanities Tuesday, February 23, 2016 @ 5:30pm Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, L140

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The Cultural Costs of Terrorism: Palmyra and Beyond The Cultural Costs of Terrorism: Palmyra and Beyond

Humanities NOW Thursday, February 18, 2016 @ 5:30pm Chazen Museum of Art, Auditorium

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Iain McCalman Back to the Future: Teddy Roosevelt’s Anthropocene Safari

Humanities Without Boundaries Monday, February 15, 2016 @ 7:30pm Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, L160

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Junot Diaz

Humanities Without Boundaries Monday, February 8, 2016 @ 7:30pm Shannon Hall, Wisconsin Union Theater

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December

Eric Cline 1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed

Humanities Without Boundaries Thursday, December 3, 2015 @ 7:30pm Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, L160

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November

Public Humanities Scholar

Jeannie Suk Will Democracy Survive the Sex Bureaucracy?

Special Events Thursday, November 12, 2015 @ 5:30pm Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, L140

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Chadbourne Common Read

Jeanette Walls The Glass Castle

Special Events Wednesday, November 11, 2015 @ 7:00pm Shannon Hall, Wisconsin Union Theater

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October

Chicago Humanities Festival

Mary Louise Roberts The Day After D-Day

Special Events Saturday, October 31, 2015 @ 2:30pm Poetry Foundation, 61 W Superior Street, Chicago, IL

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Go Big Read

Bryan Stevenson Go Big Read Keynote Presentation for Just Mercy

Special Events Monday, October 26, 2015 @ 7:00pm Varsity Hall at Union South

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Wisconsin Book Festival

Azar Nafisi The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books

Special Events Sunday, October 25, 2015 @ 11:00am Madison Public Library, Central Branch

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Wisconsin Book Festival

Richard Keller, Caroline Levine, Scott Straus What We're Writing Now: New Books from UW Faculty

Special Events Thursday, October 22, 2015 @ 5:30pm Madison Public Library, Central Branch

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Bernard Stiegler Florian, and the Neguanthropological Duty of Philosophy

Humanities Without Boundaries Tuesday, October 6, 2015 @ 7:30pm Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, L160

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Debt and Demos Debt and Demos: Greece and the Future of the Eurozone

Humanities NOW Thursday, October 1, 2015 @ 5:30pm Madison Public Library, Central Branch

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