Humanities Without Boundaries

2014-2015

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

Past Events

Alfredo Jaar

Alfredo Jaar

Artist, Architect, and Filmmaker

It Is Difficult Friday, May 1, 2015 @ 7:30pm Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

Internationally renowned artist Alfredo Jaar discusses his current projects, which expand upon his long history of installations and public interventions that confront political violence, poverty, exploitation, and imbalances of power.

Alfredo Jaar has realized over sixty public interventions around the world. His work has been featured on Art 21, and is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and Guggenheim Museums in NY; The MCA in Chicago; MOCA and LACMA in Los Angeles; The Tate in London; the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris; The Centro Reina Sofia in Madrid; The Modern Museet in Stockholm, and dozens of other institutions and private collections around the world.

He has been awarded both Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellowships, participated in the Venice and São Paulo Biennales; shown at Documenta in Kassel, Germany; The New Museum, NY; MCA, Chicago; Whitechapel, London; and Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome.

Join us also at 10am on Friday morning, May 1, in the Chazen Museum of Art for Critical Witnesses: Thierry Cruvellier and Alfredo Jaar in Conversation.

Directions, parking and accessibility information for the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art here.

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

For the past sixteen years, Thierry Cruvellier has been covering war crimes trials before international tribunals for Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Bosnia and Cambodia, as well as national justice efforts in Colombia and the Balkans. He covered the war in Sierra Leone between 1990 and 1996 and was Reporters Without Borders representative in the Great Lakes region (Rwanda, Burundi, Congo, Uganda) in 1994-1995. Former editor of the online newsletter International Justice Tribune, Cruvellier was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 2003-4 and holds a Masters in Journalism from Sorbonne University, Paris. He is the author of Court of Remorse-Inside the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (Wisconsin University Press, 2010) and The Master of Confessions-The Making of a Khmer Rouge Torturer (Ecco, 2014). His upcoming book is a tale of Sierra Leone through decline, war, and reconstruction.
 
Join us also at 10am on Friday morning, May 1, in the Chazen Museum of Art for Critical Witnesses: Thierry Cruvellier and Alfredo Jaar in Conversation.
 
Directions, parking, and accessibility information for the Conrad A. Elvehjem Building.
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
 
Directions, parking, and accessibility information for Memorial Union.
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.
 
Danielle S. Allen will also present the keynote address at our annual Great World Texts student conference on March 25 at 11:00 am at Union South. Follow this link for more information.
 
Directions, parking and accessibility information for Memorial Union.
Alain Badiou

Alain Badiou

René Descartes Chair of Philosophy, European Graduate School

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 and the Department of Philosophy.
 
Directions, parking, and accessibility information for the Conrad A. Elvehjem Building.
Alain Badiou

Alain Badiou

René Descartes Chair of Philosophy, European Graduate School

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 and the Department of Philosophy
 
Directions, parking, and accessibility information for the Conrad A. Elvehjem Building.
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.
 
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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.
 
Directions, parking and accessibility information for the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery.
 
 
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.

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