The 2013-2014 academic year promises exciting lectures in our Humanities Without Boundaries series.
Chef, Activist, Author and Restaurateur
An Evening with Alice Waters Thursday, March 27, 2014 @ 7:30pm Varsity Hall at Union South
Alice Waters has been transforming the way Americans think about food since opening Chez Panisse Restaurant in 1971. A pioneer of the movement towards local and sustainable eating, cooking, shopping, and farming, Waters views food as a powerful vehicle for social change. Her Edible Schoolyard serves as a model public education program and the starting point for an initiative to integrate gardening experience and a nutritious daily lunch into the curriculum of public schools across the country.
Co-sponsored by the Distinguished Lecture Series
Khalil Gibran Muhammad
Director, The New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
The Mismeasure of Crime: How Numbers Lie About Race Thursday, April 3, 2014 @ 7:30pm Madison Central Public Library, 201 W. Mifflin Street
Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Ph.D. is the Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a research division of the New York Public Library, and a former associate professor of history at Indiana University. In July 2010, he was selected to take over the helm of the historic Schomburg Center, which is currently celebrating its 87th year. Dr. Muhammad, a native of Chicago’s South Side, is an award-winning author. His book The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America, published by Harvard University Press, won the 2011 John Hope Franklin Best Book award in American Studies. As an academic, Dr. Muhammad is at the forefront of scholarship on the enduring link between race and crime that has shaped and limited opportunities for African Americans. He is now working on his second book, Disappearing Acts: The End of White Criminality in the Age of Jim Crow, which traces the historical roots of the changing demographics of crime and punishment so evident today.
Co-sponsored by the Madison Public Library
Professor of Philosophy, University of Nanterre
On Cosmetics and Cosmopolitics Thursday, February 27, 2014 @ 7:30pm Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, L160
Nobel Prize-Winning Author
Identifying With Others: Novels and Politics Today Monday, December 2, 2013 @ 7:30pm Varsity Hall at Union South
Winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature, Orhan Pamuk writes fiction and nonfiction that invite dialogue and reflection on history and modernity, on national and global identities, and on gender and its politics. He is the author of eight novels, the memoir Istanbul, and three works of nonfiction. His work has been translated from the original Turkish into over 60 languages. In 2012 he opened The Museum of Innocence in Istanbul, a companion project to his novel of the same name.
Orhan Pamuk's visit is part of the Great World Texts Program at the Center for the Humanities.
This lecture is co-sponsored by the UW Distinguished Lecture Series.
Directions, accessibility, and parking for Union South.
Photo Credit: Spencer Platt
Dean and Professor of Painting, Yale School of Art
Mr. & Ms. Inside/Outside: Institutional Critique from Within Institutions Friday, October 25, 2013 @ 7:30pm Lecture Hall, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, 227 State Street
Robert Storr is Professor of painting/printmaking and Dean of the School of Art at Yale University. He was Curator and then Senior Curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, from 1990 to 2002, where he organized monographic exhibitions on Chuck Close, Elizabeth Murray, Gerhard Richter, Max Beckmann, Tony Smith, and Robert Ryman, as well as many group shows starting with “Dislocations.” In addition, Storr coordinated the Projects series from 1990 to 2000. In 2002, he was named the first Rosalie Solow Professor of Modern Art at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University a position he held until 2006. He was the Director of the 2007 Venice Biennale, the first American born curator to be named to that post, and from 2005 to 2011 he was Consulting Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He has been a contributing editor at Art in America since 1981 and writes frequently for Artforum, Parkett, Art Press (Paris), and Frieze (London) and Corriere della Serra (Milan.) He has written numerous catalogs, articles, and books, including Philip Guston (New York, 1986), Cage: 6 Paintings by Gerhard Richter (2009,) “’September’ a History Painting by Gerhard Richter (2010) and the forthcoming Intimate Geometries: The Work and Life of Louise Bourgeois.
MMoCA's lecture hall will open at 7 pm for general seating.
Photo caption: Robert Storr. Photograph by Herbert Lotz.
David Woods Kemper '41 Professor of American History, Harvard University; Staff Writer at The New Yorker
Jane Franklin's Spectacles: Or, the Education of Benjamin Franklin's Sister Thursday, October 24, 2013 @ 7:30pm Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, L160
Benjamin Franklin famously wrote the story of his life, the story of a printer's apprentice who runs away to become a statesman and a scientist. In this illustration lecture, Lepore tells the story of Franklin's long-forgotten sister, Jane.
Jill Lepore is the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard University. In 2011, she was named a Harvard College Professor, for distinction in undergraduate teaching. Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin, her biography of Benjamin Franklin's sister, will be published in October. Her earlier books include The Mansion of Happiness, shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction; New York Burning, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and The Name of War, winner of the Bancroft Prize. She is also a staff writer at The New Yorker.