Department-Invited Lecturer

The Willson Center Department-invited Lecturer program supports individual faculty in bringing leading thinkers and practitioners to campus.

Department-invited Lecturers for 2012-2013:

Odekhiren AmaizeOde Amaize

Host: Roger C. Vogel (Hugh Hodgson School of Music)
Date: September 6, 2012, 8 pm
Location: Ramsey Concert Hall

Dr. Amaize will be the bass-baritone soloist in the premiere of Things Fall Apart, a major song cycle by UGA Professor Emeritus Roger C. Vogel. The song cycle is based on excerpts from the novel of the same name by Chinua Achebe. The other performers will be UGA professors Angela Jones-Reus, flute; Martha Thomas, piano; and UGA alumnus Todd Mueller, percussion.

Odekhiren Amaize, a Renaissance man, is currently Associate Professor in the College of Communication and Media Sciences at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Dr. Amaize has served on the marketing and music faculties of the Indiana University Kelly School of Business, Western New England College, Sigmund Weis School of Business at Susquehanna University, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsiung, Mingdao University, and the Graduate Institute of Aesthetics and Arts Management, Fokuang University, Chiayi.

He holds the Ph.D. and M.A. degrees from the University of Texas at Austin as well as the Artist’s Diploma from Indiana University School of Music at Bloomington and the Post-Graduate Certificate from St. Petersburg State Conservatory in Russia.

Professor Amaize has served as a Fulbright Senior Scholar at Moscow State Conservatory, and he has concertized widely in the US, Europe, Russia, and Asia.  He has five published compact discs of art songs on the MSR label to his credit.

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G. R. F. Ferrari

Host: Frank Harrison (Department of Philosophy)
Date: October 19, 2012,  3:30 pm
Location: Peabody Hall, Room 205S
Title: “The Philosophic Life in Ancient Greece”

G. R. F. Ferrari, Professor and Chair of the Department of Classics at University of California, Berkeley, is a prominent interpreter of Plato. His first book, Listening to the Cicadas: A Study of Plato’s Phaedrus (Cambridge University Press, 1987) created a stir because besides looking closely at Plato’s arguments, like other philosophical scholars coming out of Cambridge, Ferrari also paid close attention to the dramatic setting of the dialogue.

He argued that these details are particularly important in the Phaedrus because they provide an essential context for the argument and help to connect the dialogues’ seemingly disparate discussions of love and rhetoric. This insistence on viewing a dialogue as a whole and a broad understanding of its meaning is characteristic of Ferrari’s subsequent work on Plato, and it is now widely recognized as important for Platonic scholarship.

Ferrari has been particularly interested in Plato’s moral psychology, especially in the Republic. He edited and annotated an edition of this dialogue, edited The Cambridge Companion to Plato’s Republic (Cambridge University Press, 2007), and wrote a monograph, City and Soul in Plato’s Republic (University of Chicago Press, 2005). Among his many lectureships and awards, Ferrari received a Guggenheim Fellowship (2008-2009) for The Messages We Send, a project about social message-sending that falls short of full-blown communication that he is currently working into a book. Ferrari’s broad approach to Plato and his ability to make compelling cases for his interpretations make him an engaging and accessible lecturer.

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Carrie Ichikawa JenkinsCarrie Jenkins book image

Host: Charles B. Cross (Department of Philosophy)
Date: November 30, 2012, 3:30 p.m.
Location: Peabody Hall, Room 205S

Carrie Ichikawa Jenkins is Canada Research Chair and Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia. She is also Quarter-Time Chair in Theoretical Philosophy and Professorial Fellow at the Northern Institute of Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen.

A priori knowledge in general and knowledge of mathematics in particular are major themes in her research, and her book, Grounding Concepts: An Empirical Basis for Arithmetical Knowledge, appeared with Oxford University Press in 2008. Professor Ichikawa Jenkins has published on a wide variety of other topics, from the Liar Paradox to the Philosophy of Flirting, and she is a member of the band 21st Century Monads, an international musical collaboration whose songs address fundamental issues in philosophy.

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Robert B. BrandomRobert Brandom

Host:  Richard Winfield (Department of Philosophy)
February 15, 2013, 3:30 pm
Location: Peabody Hall, Room 205S
“Some Post-Davidsonian Elements of Hegel’s Theory of Agency”

Professor Robert B. Brandom is one of the most prominent American philosophers of today, whose publications are regularly taught and contested in contemporary philosophical literature around the world. His major work, Making it Explicit: Reasoning, Representing, and Discursive Commitment (Harvard, 1994), is considered a landmark of recent philosophical work, and his subsequent books, including Articulating Reasons (Harvard, 2001), Tales of the Might Dead: Historical Essays in the Metaphysics of Intentionality (Harvard, 2002), Between Saying and Doing: Towards an Analytic Pragmatism (Oxford, 2008), and Reason in Philosophy (Harvard, 2009), have made his voice a game-changer for the direction of debate in philosophy. His presence at UGA will be an exciting opportunity for students and faculty in philosophy and the humanities in general.

Karen Kunc

Host: Melissa Harshman (Lamar Dodd School of Art)
Date: February 21, 2013
Location: Lamar Dodd School of Art, Room S151
Title: “Printedness”

Karen Kunc explores inventive color abstractions of the natural and human-fashioned world in her prints and artist books, creating ideas of “strange beauty.” Kunc is a Cather Professor of Art at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she has taught since 1983. Awards include a Fulbright Scholar Award to Finland, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, and a Nebraska Arts Council Fellowship.

Her works have been shown in exhibitions nationally and internationally and are held in numerous private, public and university collections. She has taught workshops around the world, in Egypt, Italy, Finland, Bangladesh, Poland, Japan, France, Mexico, Iceland; and she has lectured as a visiting artist to over 200 institutions.

“Vastness”, 2011 unique bookwork: watercolor on basswood, sewn binding, poem by Walt Whitman 6″ x 4″ folded, 6″ x 32″ unfolded

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Steven Spooner

Steven Spooner

Host: Richard Zimdars, Hugh Hodgson School of Music
Dates:  February 23-26, 2013
Location: Hugh Hodgson School of Music

On Saturday, February 23, 2013, the Hugh Hodgson School of Music will present an all-day Eastern European Piano Literature Symposium. Dr. Steven Spooner of the University of Kansas piano faculty is the featured artist. Dr. Spooner, who studied in Russia, will play a short recital, teach a piano master class, and give a lecture titled “An American Studying at the Moscow Conservatory.” Members of the Hugh Hodgson School of Music will also participate. On Tuesday, February 26, Dr. Spooner will perform a full solo piano recital at 8 pm in Ramsey Concert Hall.

Paul Zanker

Host: Mark Abbe, Lamar Dodd School of Art
Date: February 28, 5:30 pm
Location: Lamar Dodd School of Art, Room S150
Title: “The Arch of Constantine: A Monument of the Roman Senate.”

Professor Paul Zanker is internationally renowned as one of the foremost scholars of ancient Greek and Roman art. His sophisticated argumentation and breadth of perspective have revolutionized the study of Greek Hellenistic and Roman art and visual culture. His monographs, such as The Power of Images in the Age of Augustus (1988), The Mask of Socrates: The Image of the Intellectual in Antiquity (1995), Pompeii: Public and Private Life (1998), and Living with Myth: The Imagery of Roman Sarcophagi (2012), have changed the way in which both scholars and students in a range of disciplines think about the visual culture of the Roman Empire. Former Director of the German Archaeological Institute in Rome, Zanker has held visiting professorships in Oxford, Princeton, and New York. He is currently Professor of Ancient Art History at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, Italy.

Michael Friedman

Host: Edward Halper, Department of Philosophy
Date: April 5, 2013
Location: Peabody Hall
Title: TBA

Michael Friedman, the Frederick P. Rehmus Family Professor of Humanities at Stanford University, is one of the foremost interpreters of Immanuel Kant’s philosophy of science. The first of his eleven books, Foundations of Space-Time Theories, received the Matchette Prize and the Lakatos Award. He has also held National Science Foundation, Guggenheim, and National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships, and he received the Humbolt award. Friedman has dozens of papers and has delivered a wide variety of distinguished, named lectures at the foremost academic institutions around the world.

His book, A Parting of the Ways: Carnap, Cassirer, and Heidegger (Open Court Publishing Company, 2000)—translated into German, Italian, and Chinese—explores an intellectual fissure that is at the root of the break between analytic and continental philosophy and argues that it is based on a split within continental philosophy. Freidman’s work is itself the subject of an anthology, Discourse on a New Method: Reinvigorating the Marriage of History and Philosophy of Science (ed. M. Domski and M. Dickson, Open Court, 2010). His next book, now in press with Cambridge University Press, argues against T. S. Kuhn, that the objectivity and rationality of scientific progress can be articulated and defended using a dynamical and historicized version of the Kantian a priori. In short, Friedman is a truly distinguished philosopher whose work has been important and of broad interest to philosophers, historians, and scientists.

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Paddy JohnsonPaddy Johnson

Host: Isabelle Loring Wallace (Lamar Dodd School of Art)
Date: April 16, 2013, 5:30 pm
Location: Lamar Dodd School of Art, Room 151

Paddy Johnson is the founding editor of Art Fag City. In addition to her work on the blog, she has been published in New York MagazineThe Guardian, and the Economist. She also lectures widely about art and the Internet at venues including Yale University, Parsons, Rutgers, South by Southwest, and the Whitney Independent Study Program.

In 2007 she received a scholarship to attend iCommons conference in Croatia as the art critic. In 2008, she served on the board of the Rockefeller Foundation New Media Fellowships and became the first blogger to earn a Creative Capital Arts Writers grant from the Creative Capital Foundation. Two years later, she was nominated for best art critic at The Rob Pruitt Art Awards and won The 2010 Village Voice award for Best Art Blog. The blog once more won the award in 2011. Johnson also writes a regular column on art for The L Magazine.

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