Humanities Without Boundaries

The 2014-2015 academic year promises exciting lectures in our Humanities Without Boundaries series.

Upcoming Events

Edmund White and Michael Carroll

Edmund White and Michael Carroll

Author and Professor of Creative Writing, Princeton University; Author

A Conversation with Edmund White and Michael Carroll 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 latest books and the state of gay writing today. Moderated by Karma R. Chávez.

Presented in partnership with the University of Wisconsin Press.

Elizabeth Kolbert

Elizabeth Kolbert

Staff Writer at The New Yorker

The Sixth Extinction: The Legacy of the Anthropocene Saturday, November 8, 2014 @ 7:00pm H.F. Deluca Forum, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, 330 North Orchard Street

Over the last half billion years, there have been five major mass extinction events. Award-winning author Elizabeth Kolbert weaves field reporting with intellectual and natural history to describe a sixth extinction, one being brought about by humankind that is changing the future of life on this planet.
 
This event will be part of THE ANTHROPOCENE, CABINET OF CURIOSITIES SLAM and presented in partnership with the Center for Cullture, History, and Enironment; the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies; the Center for German and European Studies; the Wisconsin Union Directorate; the English Department; the Robert F. & Jean E. Holtz Center for Science & Technology Studies; The Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment; and the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society.
 
 
Anthony Grafton

Anthony Grafton

Henry Putnam University Professor of History, Princeton University

A Life in the Margins Thursday, November 13, 2014 @ 7:30pm Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, L160

Anthony Grafton, eminent historian and pioneering scholar of the history of reading, tracks the history of the field and 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.
Alain Badiou

Alain Badiou

Philosopher

Is Philosophy Able to Think The Present? 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 in which he considers the relevance of philosophy in today’s world.
 
Presented in partnership with the Havens Center for the Study of Social Justice
Alain Badiou

Alain Badiou

Philosopher

The Ideological Structure of the Contemporary World 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 in which he considers the relevance of philosophy in today’s world.
 
Presented in Partnership with the Havens Center for the Study of Social Justice
Danielle S. Allen

Danielle S. Allen

UPS Foundation Professor of Social Sciences, Institute for Advanced Study

Our Declaration: In Defense of Equality 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. Her recent book, Our Declaration, is an incisive re-reading of the Declaration of Independence that restores equality to its rightful place alongside freedom as a foundational principle of democratic governance.
 
Presented in Partnership with the Wisconsin Union Directorate Distinguished Lecture Series
Ta-Nehisi Coates

Ta-Nehisi Coates

Senior Editor at The Atlantic

An Evening with Ta-Nehisi Coates Tuesday, April 7, 2015 @ 7:30pm Shannon Hall, Wisconsin Union Theater

Author, blogger, and social commentator Ta-Nehisi Coates’ June 2014 cover story on the case for slave reparations broke sales records for The Atlantic magazine. 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.
 
Presented in Partnership with the Wisconsin Union Directorate Distinguished Lecture Series
Thierry Cruvellier

Thierry Cruvellier

Journalist and Author

No Condition Is Permanent: Living in the Extreme in Sierra Leone 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. He has written books about the Rwandan genocide trials and the Cambodia of the Khmer Rouge. Now he turns his attention to the dramatic history of Sierra Leone and its people over the past three decades.