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Jordan Ellenberg

Jordan Ellenberg

Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Mathematics, University of Wisconsin-Madison

How Not to Be Wrong Thursday, October 16, 2014 @ 5:30pm Madison Public Library, Central Branch

Theoretical mathematician Jordan Ellenberg’s writing on math for general audiences has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Wired, The Believer, The Boston Globe, and Slate Magazine.  He 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.

Presented in partnership with the Wisconsin Book Festival and Wisconsin Science Festival

Linda Gordon and Astrid Henry

Linda Gordon and Astrid Henry

University Professor of the Humanities and History at NYU; Louise R. Noun Professor of Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies, Grinnell College

Feminism Unfinished 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.

Presented in Partnership with the Wisconsin Book Festival

Shiza Shahid

Shiza Shahid

CEO and Co-Founder of The Malala Fund

Go Big Read Keynote Presentation for I Am Malala Monday, October 27, 2014 @ 7:00pm Varsity Hall at Union South

Named one of Time Magazine's 30 under 30 World Changers in 2013, Shiza Shahid is mentor to Pakistani education advocate Malala Yousafzai, and 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. One of her first tasks was getting Malala's story told in I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

Presented by the UW-Madison Libraries and Sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor. Map, accessibility, and parking information here.

Holland Cotter

Holland Cotter

Art Critic for The New York Times

Found in Translation Thursday, October 30, 2014 @ 6:00pm Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, L160

Co-chief Art Critic for The New York Times, Holland Cotter was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 2009.  He has been particularly influential in introducing contemporary art from India and China to American audiences.  In this lecture he addresses the challenges of broadening the American perspective, arguing 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.

An Arts and Humanities Hilldale Lecture sponsored by the Department of Art History, the Watrous Fund in Art History, the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, the Chazen Museum of Art, the Art Department and the Arts Institute. Map, parking and accessibility information here.

B. Venkat Mani

B. Venkat Mani

Associate Professor of German and Co-Director, World Literature/s Research Workshop, University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Global Book 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.

Presented in Partnership with the Chicago Humanities Festival and the Institute for Research in the Humanities

William P. Jones

William P. Jones

Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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

Presented in partnership with the Chicago Humanities Festival and the Institute for Research in the Humanities

Rousseau’s Confessions in Wisconsin Student Conference

Keynote by Danielle S. Allen

Great World Texts Student Conference Wednesday, March 25, 2015 @ 8:30am Varsity Hall at Union South

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