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Debjani Ganguly

Debjani Ganguly

Head, Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University

Global Humanities and the Problem of the 'Public': An Antipodean Perspective Wednesday, April 8, 2015 @ 4:00pm University Club Building, Room 313

Debjani Ganguly will address the political economy of the global in the way that it impacts the functioning of humanities in contemporary Australia; and the thematics of the global as reflected in the intellectual agenda of humanities research in the Australia and the Asia- Pacific region, how this gets calibrated in terms of its worldly consequences, and the idea of the 'publics' for such research.

Debjani Ganguly

Debjani Ganguly

Head of Humanities Research Centre at Australia National University

Real Virtualities and the Undead Genre: The Novel in Our Time Monday, April 13, 2015 @ 5:30pm Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, L140

Head of the Humanities Research Centre at Australia National University, Debjani Ganguly’s current work focuses on literary globalism in the new millennium, in particular on the post-1989 world Anglophone novel with a focus on transnational works dealing with the global immanence of terror, warfare and genocide.

The Rise and Fall and Rise of Paramount Records

The Rise and Fall and Rise of Paramount Records

The Rise and Fall and Rise of Paramount Records Thursday, April 23, 2015
12:00am - 12:00pm
Location TBA

Music, Conversation, and Hands-on Workshops marking the release of Third Man and Revenant records' box set of American Music from Paramount Records.

Past Events

Rousseau’s Confessions in Wisconsin Student Conference

Rousseau’s Confessions in Wisconsin Student Conference

Keynote by Danielle S. Allen

Great World Texts Student Conference Wednesday, March 25, 2015
8:30am - 3:30pm
Varsity Hall at Union South

This year, teachers and students throughout the state of Wisconsin will read Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Confessions. At the annual Great World Texts in Wisconsin Student Conference, students will present their work on Confessions and engage in a conversation about the autobiography, its contexts and impacts. Members of the broader UW-Madison academic community will join in this intellectual and celebratory discussion of Rousseau's text and the work of our student participants. All are welcome to join for the keynote lecture by Danielle S. Allen at 11:00 AM.

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.

Conference Schedule:
For a complete program, click here.

8:30am Welcome with Mayor Paul Soglin and Sara Guyer (Varsity Hall 1/2)

8:45am Plenary Presentations I (Varsity Hall 1/2)

9:30am Student Project Display & Parisian Salon discussion forum (Varsity Hall 3; various locations)

10:10-10:25 Press time with Danielle S. Allen

11:00am Keynote Address: Danielle S. Allen, author, Our Declaration (Varsity Hall 1/ 2)

12:00pm Lunch

1:00pm Plenary Presentations II (Varsity Hall 1/2)

2:00pm - Theatre Workshop with Jen Plants, Carl Djerassi Playwrighting Fellow at UW-Madison

3:00pm - Closing Remarks

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Julia Reinhard Lupton

Julia Reinhard Lupton

Associate Dean for Research and Director of the Humanities Commons, University of California-Irvine

Design and the Public Humanities Friday, March 13, 2015 @ 12:00pm Banquet Room, University Club Building

Shakespeare scholar and DIY designer Julia Lupton talks about the role of branding, story-telling, and a girl named Helvetica in humanities scholarship, teaching, advocacy, and creative life. Topics include humanities courses that engage design and design research; how a little design can go a long way in humanities settings; and tales from the contemporary experience economy, including service design, user-oriented design, social marketing, and design for the 99%.

Lunch will be provided at this event. A reservation is required.

Please email rsvp@humanities.wisc.edu to reserve a spot.

Opening Celebration for Apertura: Photography in Cuba Today

Opening Celebration for Apertura: Photography in Cuba Today

Lecture and Preview Reception Thursday, March 5, 2015
5:30pm - 8:00pm
Chazen Museum of Art

5:30-6:30 pm, Chazen Auditorium 
No More Boundaries for Cuban Photography
Lecture by Nelson Ramírez de Arellano Conde, participating artist and director of the National Photography Museum in Havana.

6:30-8 pm, Mead Witter Lobby
Preview reception for Apertura: Photography in Cuba Today.
With live music, refreshments, and cash bar.

Apertura: Photography in Cuba Today will run from March 6-June 21, 2015 at the Chazen Museum of Art. The exhibition explores photography in Cuba in times of transition, including photography-based installations, digital photomontage and "intervened photography" by eight contemporary Cuban artists. Funding for the opening celebration is provided by the Anonymous Fund of the College of Letters & Science, the Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program, UW-Madison Center for the Humanities, and the US Department of Education's Title VI Grant Program.

Laura Anderson Barbata

Laura Anderson Barbata

2015 Interdisciplinary Artist-in-Residence, UW-Madison Arts Institute

Public Humanities Seminar: Art in the Social Realm Tuesday, February 17, 2015
4:00pm - 1:56pm
Room 313, University Club Building

Our Public Humanities Seminar Series continues this spring with 2015 Artist-in-Residence at the UW Madison Arts Institute, and professor at the Escuela Nacional de Escultura, Pintura y Grabado La Esmeralda of the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, México, Laura Anderson Barbata. Best known for public art performances that reinforce respect for cultural heritage and strengthen a sense of identity in underserved and impoverished populations, Barbata will focus on collaboration, local and broad-based community engagement, and the role of the arts in public discourse and social change.

Alain Badiou and Frédéric Neyrat

Alain Badiou and Frédéric Neyrat

Mise-en-Scène: A Conversation with Alain Badiou and Frédéric Neyrat Thursday, December 11, 2014 @ 4:00pm 140 Science Hall

Should philosophy defend love? Can we draw a line separating love from politics? How can politics deal with hatred? Join philosophers Alain Badiou and Frédéric Neyrat for a conversation about the affects at stake in art, politics, and philosophy.

Alain Badiou bridges mathematics and psychoanalysis, poetry and politics to focus on how truth is produced, and the conditions through which it emerges. He is René Descartes Chair of Philosophy at the European Graduate School.

Frédéric Neyrat is a French philosopher who works on the philosophy of politics, the theory of images, and psychoanalysis. He is currently a visiting professor in the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Alain Badiou (Open Seminar)

Alain Badiou (Open Seminar)

René Descartes Chair of Philosophy, European Graduate School

Havens Center Open Seminar with Alain Badiou Thursday, December 11, 2014 @ 12:20pm 8180 Social Sciences Building

The Havens Center for the Study of Social Justice  will host an open seminar with Alain Badiou on his article, The Communist Hypothesis from The New Left Review.

William P. Jones (Chicago Humanities Festival)

William P. Jones (Chicago Humanities Festival)

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

B. Venkat Mani (Chicago Humanities Festival)

B. Venkat Mani (Chicago Humanities Festival)

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 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

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.

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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.

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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; Community Room (Third Floor)

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.

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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; Community Room (Third Floor)

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 will talk about uncertainty and contradiction, arguing that there is common ground between poets, novelists, philosophers and mathematicians that can be useful for all these groups.

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

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