The Willson Center Distinguished Artist or Lecturer program supports individual faculty or interdisciplinary groups in bringing leading thinkers and practitioners to campus in support of ongoing and innovative research projects.
The Willson Center Distinguished Artist or Lecturer program supports individual faculty or interdisciplinary groups in bringing leading thinkers and practitioners to campus in support of ongoing and innovative research projects.
Host: Elizabeth Wright (Romance Languages)
Title: “War as Spectacle in Miguel de Cervantes’ Siege Play La Numancia”
Date: November 14, 2016
Shifra Armon, Professor of Spanish Literature at the University of Florida, spoke on “War as Spectacle in Miguel de Cervantes’ Siege Play La Numancia.” Her books include Masculine Virtue in Early Modern Spain (2015), and Picking Wedlock: Women and the Courtship Novel in Early Modern Spain (2002). Armon has published articles on a range of topics, including manuals of courtesy, money and coinage, antisemitism in early-modern Spanish letters, and theater and theatricality.
Host: Susan Thomas (Hugh Hodsgon School of Music)
Title: “Aesthetics as Eugenics”
Date: April 18, 2017
William Cheng, Assistant Professor of Music at Dartmouth College, spoke on “Aesthetics as Eugenics” in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music. Cheng, a music, media and ethics scholar, is author of Just Vibrations: The Purpose of Sounding Good (2016) and Sound Play: Video Games and the Musical Imagination (2014). The event, funded by a Distinguished Lecturer grant from the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts and hosted by the Hodgson School’s Musicology/Ethnomusicology Student Association, explored how judgements of others’ musical and artistic abilities and disabilities can affect social justice and progress.
Host: Francis Assaf and Mark Anderson (Romance Languages)
Title: “From Plague to Cholera: Enlightenment and Civic Responsibility”
Date: March 17, 2017
Marie-Hélène Huet, the M. Taylor Pyne Professor of French at Princeton University, spoke on “From Plague to Cholera: Enlightenment and Civic Responsibility.” Huet has written extensively on cultural history, historiography, 18th- and 19th-century literature, and the French Enlightenment. Her most recent book is The Culture of Disaster (2013). Her earlier books include Monstrous Imagination (1993), which was awarded the Harry Levin Prize in Comparative Literature, and Mourning Glory: The Will of the French Revolution (1997).
Host: Jamie Kreiner (History)
Title: “From Attica to Ferguson: Race and the Criminal Justice System”
Date: February 13, 2017
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Assistant Professor in the Department of African America Studies at Princeton University, and Heather Thompson, Professor of History in the Department of Afro-American and African Studies, the Residential College, and the Department of History at the University of Michigan, participated in at discussion on “From Attica to Ferguson: Race and the Criminal Justice System.” Taylor is author of From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation (2016). Heather Thompson is author of Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy (forthcoming). The event was sponsored by the Departments of History, Sociology, and Political Science, the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, and the Institute for African American Studies.
Host: Michael Marshall (Lamar Dodd School of Art)
Date: October 6, 2016
Visual artist Jeff Rich explores the complex intersections of ecology, politics, economics, recreation and the dynamic impacts of contemporary culture on the environment in his work, Watershed. His photographic research builds a poetic visual narrative that documents the effects of development and exploitation within the rich Southern landscape. His project Watershed: A Survey of The French Broad River was awarded the 2010 Critical Mass Book Award, and was published as a monograph in 2012. His work has been featured in Fraction Magazine and Photo-Eye Photographer’s Showcase. His ongoing research includes work on the largest watershed in North America along the Mississippi River, as well as a project on the city of Erwin, Tennessee, home to Nuclear Fuel Services – a company processing used radioactive uranium and plutonium with a history of accidents and spills. Rich’s talk at UGA was sponsored by the Lamar Dodd School of Art, Watershed UGA, the UGA Office of Sustainability, the Georgia Museum of Art, and the Willson Center.
Host: Emily Sahakian (Theatre and Film Studies, Romance Languages)
Date: February 8-19, 2017
Gilbert Laumord, a Guadeloupean actor and artistic director of the internationally renowned SIYAJ theater company, was in residence at UGA during February 8-19. Lamourd’s artistic work is devoted to the African-derived oral cultures and performance forms of the multilingual Caribbean. In 2008 he received the prestigious Mackandal Award, given by the Cuban Ministry of Culture, for his contributions to Caribbean cultural production. Tale of Black Histories is a 1971 avant-garde Caribbean play created to teach Caribbeans their local histories and culture, excluded from colonial education, and to link their stories with historical heroes, literature, and experiences from across the African diaspora and postcolonial world. The Department of Theatre & Film Studies hosted a symposium about the play and a staged reading of the first translation from the French, by Andrew Daily and Emily Sahakian. The performance was directed by Laumord. Laumord’s residency was sponsored by the Department of Theatre & Film Studies, the Willson Center, the Franklin College Visiting Scholar program, the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute, the Department of Romance Languages, the African Studies Institute, and the Institute for African American Studies.
Host: Jason Burnett (Hugh Hodgson School of Music)
Title: “Considering Mathew Shepard”
Date: March 17, 2017
Grammy-winning conductor and Artistic Director of Conspirare, Craig Hella Johnson visited the Hugh Hodgson School of Music and led the Hodgson Singers and Men’s and Women’s Glee Clubs in a performance of his own composition, Considering Matthew Shepard. Considering Matthew Shepard, a fusion passion oratorio, is a 100-minute musical response to the tragic murder of Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming in October of 1998. In the oratorio, short spoken recitations relate the facts of the event. The musical work blends styles (both traditional and contemporary) in solos and choruses that reflect on the tragedy from several points of view including Shepard’s parents, an angry mob, and the environmental surroundings. Johnson’s multiple movement piece features music in the blues, country, pop, musical theatre, gospel, art song, and traditional western choral tradition.
Host: Nell Andrew (Lamar Dodd School of Art)
Title: “The Opium Connection: Thomas De Quincey, Charles Dickens, and D.W. Griffith”
Date: March 17, 2017
The Georgia Colloquium in 18th-and 19th-Century British Literature and the UGA Interdisciplinary Modernism/s Workshop presented a seminar on “The Opium Connection: Thomas De Quincey, Charles Dickens, and D.W. Griffith” with James Chandler, Barbara E. and Richard J. Franke Distinguished Service Professor in the departments of English, cinema, and media studies and Director of the Franke Institute for the Humanities at the University of Chicago. Chandler’s research spans from the Enlightenment to the present, in literature, film, moral philosophy, and cultural studies. He has published on topics from Seamus Heaney to Wordsworth, Irish historical cinema, melodrama, contemporary Irish-American poetry, the sentimental as an aesthetic category in literature and film, and the question of public humanities.
Host: Kim Waters
Title: Short-term Visiting Fellow
Date: Sept. 13-17 2016
North Georgia’s own Neal Lester is the Founding Director of Arizona State University’s award-winning initiative Project Humanities, as well as holding the titles of Foundation Professor of English, Dean’s Distinguished Professor of English, Parents Association Professor of the Year, and Arizona Humanities Council Distinguished Public Scholar. His research interests include African American literature and culture: children’s literature, folklore and popular culture, black/white interracial intimacies in American culture, African American women writers, black masculinities, the N-word, and the gender and race politics of hair.
Lester has published on such subjects as Disney representations of female characters, black masculinities, and authors such as Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Walker, Toni Morrison, Sapphire, and Ntozake Shange. Lester is the first African American to earn a PhD in English from Vanderbilt University.
His visit to UGA is sponsored by the Willson Center, DIG Fellowship, the department of English, the Linguistics Society at UGA, the Graduate School, the Linguistics Program, the Creative Writing Program, the Georgia Chapter of the NAACP, the Special Collections Libraries, the Grady College of Journalism, the Panhellenic Council, and the Economic Justice Coalition of Athens, with special thanks to Drs. Barbara McCaskill and John Lowe, department of English, and Dr. Francys Johnson, State President, Georgia NAACP.
Host: Yuanfei Wang
Title: “The Only Game in Town: Early Buddhist Translations Into Chinese”
Date: Sept. 15 2016 @ 5:00pm, Miller Learning Center, Room 248
Haun Saussy is University Professor at the University of Chicago, teaching in the departments of comparative literature and East Asian languages as well as the Committee on Social Thought. His work uses a comparative perspective to interrogate literary texts from premodern China, ancient Greece and Rome, and modern Europe, with a particular leaning toward poetry and poetics. His books include The Problem of a Chinese Aesthetic (1993), Great Walls of Discourse (2001), The Ethnography of Rhythm (2016), and edited collections such asComparative Literature in an Age of Globalization (2006), The Chinese Written Character as a Medium of Poetry: A Critical Edition (2008), and the recent translation of writings by the sixteenth-century Chinese iconoclast Li Zhi, A Book to Burn and a Book to Keep (Hidden) (with Rivi Handler-Spitz and Pauline Lee, 2016). Other activities of his include participating in the design of public artworks with Mel Chin and co-editing the journals CLEAR and Critical Inquiry.
The talk examines the earliest translations of Buddhist doctrine into Chinese, apparently by teams of translators working with second-hand sources. These texts show attention to the contexts of reception— in other words the cultural situation into which Buddhist ideas would be integrated.
Host: Edward C. Halper
Title: “Depth versus Complexity”
Date: Sept. 16 2016 @ 3:30pm, Peabody Hall Room 250S
Eva Brann is Dean Emeritus of St. John’s College, a distinguished philosopher and an extraordinary scholar. At the end of next year she will have been on the faculty at St. John’s College in Annapolis, Md. for half a century. During seven of those years she served as the College’s Dean, but otherwise she has been a “tutor.” St. John’s is famous for its Great Books program, and its faculty work through all these texts with the same students over a period of four years. At a result, Brann has a range of knowledge that few academics can approach.
This range is apparent in some of the subjects of some of her fourteen books: ancient Greek pottery, Abraham Lincoln, time, Homer, Herodotus, Imagination, Emotion, Plato, Education in a Republic, Non-Being, Heraclitus, the faculty of the will. She has also translated Jacob Klein’s book on the history of mathematics from the German original, and translated several Platonic dialogue from Greek. In her book on the emotions, Brann has chapters discussing Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics, Aquinas, Descartes, Spinoza, Adam Smith, Hume, Kierkegaard, and Heidegger, and she also includes a chapter on contemporary studies on the brain. Reviewing this book, Susan Shell (Boston College) wrote: “To read Feeling Our Feelings is to relive one’s own early moments of intellectual awakening, with the all the advantages of age and experience. Eva Brann proves to be a most steady and enlightening guide on an inquiry into the relation between life and thought that few have pursued so thoroughly.”
Similar remarks could be made about her other books: Brann has a fresh and engaging perspective on all these subjects. At a time when philosophers are increasingly specialized and disconnected from the big questions, Brann is a generalist. Instead of focusing on the scholarship, she considers central issues and key texts anew. Her method makes her work accessible to a broad audience. Brann’s intellectual contributions were formally recognized when she received the National Humanities Medal (2005). Her ability to focus on key issues in an accessible way is apparent in a 2015 newspaper article.
Su Friedrich will present a screening of her films First Comes Love (1991, 20 min.) and Gut Renovation (2012, 80 min.). She will introduce the films and answer audience questions following the screening.
The Institute for Women’s Studies Library (Gilbert Hall, Lumpkin Street Entrance) will host a discussion and brunch reception with Friedrich from 8:30-10 a.m. Wednesday, October 12.
Friedrich is Professor of Visual Arts at Princeton University. She has produced and directed twenty-three 16mm films and digital videos since 1978, including Queen Takes Pawn (2013), Gut Renovation(2012), From the Ground Up (2007), The Odds of Recovery (2002), Hide and Seek (1996), First Comes Love(1991), Sink or Swim (1990), Damned If You Don’t (1987), and The Ties That Bind (1984). She is the writer, director, cinematographer, sound recordist, and editor of all but one of her films. In 2015, Friedrich’s autobiographical documentary Sink or Swim was added to the National Film Registry at the Library of Congress.
Title: “The Ordering of Towns: Exceptional Abstractions on the New England Frontier”
Date: Oct 19, 2016 @ 3:30pm
Jonathan Beecher Field is an associate professor in the department of English at Clemson University.
There are few social formations from early America as beloved as the New England town. It can represent nostalgic innocence, often represented by departures from innocence like The Scarlet Letter or Peyton Place. At the same time, the New England town persists as a template for a fantasy of idealized democracy, embodied in the New England town meeting. One vestige of this fantasy is the ritual of the dozen or so citizens of Dixville Notch, NH, exercising their privilege to cast the first votes for the President of the United States each election cycle. There is, it appears, something special about this small town in New Hampshire that makes it an exceptionally pure manifestation of democracy.
The 17th century Puritan founders of these New England towns did not treat the form with the same regard it enjoys today. Texts like John Winthrop’s “Essay on the Ordering of Towns,” and Edward Johnson’s Wonder-Working Providence suggest that these settlers were not at all about the formation of towns, and conceived of them as abstract structures intended to occupy the wilderness and displace Indians. In “The Ordering of Towns,” Winthrop conjures not a city on a hill, but a grid of nameless, abstract towns, extending indefinitely toward the horizon.
Host: Lynn Bustle
Title: “Comics, Medicine, and Healing through Story”
Date: Oct 26, 2016 @ 5:00pm, Lamar Dodd School of Art, Room S151
Dana Walrath, a writer, artist and anthropologist, likes to cross borders and disciplines with her work. After years of using stories and art to teach medical students at University of Vermont’s College of Medicine, she spent 2012-2013 as a Fulbright Scholar in Armenia where she completed her first book, Like Water on Stone, a verse novel about the Armenian genocide of 1915. Loosely based on the story of her grandmother, Like Water on Stone is a Notable Book for a Global Society award winner, a Bank Street Best Book of 2015, a Vermont Book Award finalist, and more.
Her just-released graphic memoir, Aliceheimer’s, about life with her mother, Alice, before and during dementia, has been featured in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Review of Books andThe Philadelphia Inquirer. She has spoken extensively about the role of comics in healing throughout North America and Eurasia including two TEDx talks. She has also shown her artwork in a variety of venues throughout North America and Eurasia.
Host: Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor
Title: Poetry Reading
Date: Nov 1, 2016 @ 2:00pm, Georgia Museum of Art, M. Smith Auditorium
Kimiko Hahn, the author of eight collections of poetry, will read from her most recent collection, “Toxic Flower” (W.W. Norton, 2010), illustrating connections between scientific study and poetry. The Southeast Consul General of Japan will provide introductory remarks on “Tradition and Poetry in Japan: Tanka and the Imperial Family.” The reading concludes the NEA Big-Read “Poe-Tober” in Athens.
This event is co-sponsored by the Georgia Museum of Art, the departments of genetics and plant biology, Athletic Association Professor Julie Luft, the Center for Asian Studies, the Japanese Consulate in Atlanta, and the Willson Center, in partnership with Dr. Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor of Language and Literacy Education and “Poe-Tober” in Athens.
Host: Paola De Santo
Title: “Life Writing: Lingua Franca and Cosmopolitan Languages in the Mediterranean”
Date: Nov 4, 2016 @ 4:00pm, Gilbert Hall, Room 118
Karla Mallette is a scholar of medieval Mediterranean literature, with an emphasis on contacts between Italy and the Arab world. She is the author of The Kingdom of Sicily, 1100-1250: A Literary History (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005) and European Modernity and the Arab Mediterranean: Toward a New Philology and a Counter-Orientalism (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010), and co-editor of A Sea of Languages: Rethinking the Arabic Role in Medieval Literary History (University of Toronto Press, 2013). She is currently working on a comparative study of the two great cosmopolitan languages of the medieval Mediterranean, Latin and Arabic, entitled Lives of the Great Languages. She is Professor of Italian and Near Eastern Languages and Director of the Islamic Studies Program at the University of Michigan.
Host: Peter Van Sandt Lane
Date: Nov 3, 2016 @ 6:00pm, Ramsey Concert Hall
D’Anna Fortunato, mezzo-soprano; Peter H. Bloom, multiple flutes; and Mary Jane Rupert, piano, have concertized together for more than 20 years and have toured as a vocal chamber ensemble across the United States. The Fortunato Ensemble will make its debut at the UGA Hugh Hodgson School of Music with a Gala Vocal Chamber Concert, featuring the premiere of a new work written for the occasion by UGA Professor Adrian P. Childs. Other selections will include duets by J.S. Bach and Felix Mendelssohn (with UGA Professor Stephanie Tingler, soprano, joining the ensemble), and music by Mozart, Schubert, and Elizabeth Vercoe.
Host: Sujata Iyengar
Title: 1616 / 1916 / 2016: Shakespeare in Ireland Symposium – Nicholas Grene lecture: “Irish Shakespeares: 1916 to 2016”
Date: Nov 9, 2016 @ 4:00pm, Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries
Nicholas Grene is Emeritus Professor of English Literature at Trinity College Dublin, where he taught for 36 years.
His talk, “Irish Shakespeares: 1916 to 2016,” recounts the uneasy history of Irish Shakespeares from 1916 to 2016. In April 1916 the British Empire Shakespeare Society staged Hamlet as part of the Shakespeare Tercentenary celebrations. In the period since 1922, Shakespeare, the canonical writer of the former colonial power, has been an uneasy presence in Irish theatre. For many years, Anew McMaster continued the tradition of touring the plays round Ireland, initially with those pretend Irishmen Hilton Edwards and Micheal Mac Liammóir in his company. An adventurously modernist King Lear was staged at the Abbey in 1928, directed by the playwright Denis Johnston. There have been some successful productions of the comedies with a specifically Irish dimension, such as the 1990s musical Comedy of Errors, or the 2006 Taming of the Shrew given a contemporary Irish setting. But many Irish productions have struggled to find an appropriate idiom for Shakespeare. Nicholas Grene’s paper will explore a range of Irish stagings of the plays down to the award-winning DruidShakespeare of 2015 and the Abbey’s 2016 production of Othello.
Host: Chloe Wigston-Smith
Title: “Feminine Endings: Women’s Metrics from Meynell to Moore”
Date: June 3, 2016
This lecture examines the metrically innovative poetry of late 19th and early 20th-century women poets as a counter-argument to a literary historical account of modernism that casts women’s poetry as auxiliary to or derivative of the complicated masculinity of modernism. Dr. Martin seeks to expand and enrich our notion of modernist metrics by considering poetry and critical writing by Alice Meynell, Elizabeth Daryush, Adelaide Crapsey, and Marianne Moore to ask how and why women led the way in the move from accentual to syllabic verse form.
Host: Georgia Strange
Title: “From Fine Art Practice to Public Engagement: New Pathways for Artistic Practice”
Date: March 22, 2016
Frances Whitehead is a civic practice artist bringing the methods, mindsets, and strategies of contemporary art practice to the process of shaping the future city. Questions of participation, sustainability, and culture change animate her work as she considers the surrounding community, the landscape, and the interdependency of multiple ecologies in the post-industrial city. Connecting emerging art practices, the discourses around culturally informed sustainability, and new concepts of heritage and remediation, Whitehead’s cutting-edge work traverses disciplines to engage with engineers, scientists, and landscape architects, to hybridize art, design, science, and civic engagement, for the public good. Whitehead is Professor of Sculpture + Architecture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Host: Sujata Iyengar
Title: “Others Within: Ethics in the Age of Global Shakespeare”
Date: November 12, 2015
Shakespearean performance and criticism as a global industry connotes geo-political power and soft power that is manifested in cultural diplomacy. What does it entail to quote from an artwork? In the age of global Shakespeare, quotation can be a gesture of deferral or a demarcated space for reflection. Evoking Shakespeare creates a visually and rhetorically marked space, a rupture between contemporary artists’ works and Shakespeare’s words. Performing Shakespeare in worldwide languages and styles is a process of incorporating multiple voices into one artwork. It is a tug of wars between competing voices across time and space.
Alexa Huang teaches in the English Department at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where she is founding co-director of the Digital Humanities Institute and director of the Dean’s Scholars in Shakespeare program. She has received the Modern Language Association’s Scaglione Prize for Comparative Literary Studies. She is founding Co-Director of the Global Shakespeare Video and Performance Archive, and was Fulbright Distinguished Chair at Queen Mary University of London and University of Warwick, 2014-2015. Her work focuses on explaining the mobility of early modern and postmodern cultures in their literary, performative, and digital forms of expression.
Host: Aiden Wasley (English)
Title: “The Biographical Container: James Merrill’s Life and Art”
Date: November 10, 2015, 4:30pm
Location: MLC room 350
Langdon Hammer is Professor and Chair of the Department of English at Yale University. One of the most distinguished scholars and critics of modern and contemporary poetry in America, he is a regular reviewer of poetry for The New York Times, poetry editor of The American Scholar, and frequent contributor to journals such as Raritan, American Literary History, Parnassus, and the Yale Review. He has published and edited numerous books, including Hart Crane and Allen Tate; Janus-Faced Modernism (Princeton), Hart Crane: The Complete Poetry and Selected Letters (Library of America), and The Collected Poems of May Swenson (Library of America). He has lectured widely on American poetry at Oxford, Harvard, Princeton, the 92nd Street Y, and many other places, and his popular Yale course on modern poetry has been seen around the world through the Open Yale free online video program, and has been featured in the New York Times and the Chronicle of Higher Education. He has been a judge for the Bollingen Prize, a Guggenheim and Bogliasco Fellow. His latest book, and the topic of his lecture, is James Merrill: Life and Art (Knopf), an acclaimed 900-page biography of Merrill, the first significant critical biography to take full stock of the life and work of this major postwar American poet.
Host: Victoria Hasko (Language and Literacy Ed.)
Title: “Sociocultural Psychology and the Pedagogical Imperative: L2 Developmental Education”
Date: October 29, 2015, 3:30pm
Location: GA Museum of Art Auditorium
In communicative language teaching, the assumption is that language acquisition would take place if we provided learners with simplified comprehensible input (Krashen) or engaged learners in tasks where they had to negotiate meaning (Long). The assumption is that if learners could understand the input the “natural psychological” processes that guide acquisition in the everyday world, they would operate just as well in the educational setting. In this presentation I will argue that assuming language acquisition guided by “natural psychological processes” is the same no matter where or when is problematic. Instead, language development as it occurs in educational settings is a different process from what transpires in everyday immersion settings. Vygotsky conceived education as a special kind of developmental process whereby learners encounter the object of study under “artificial” circumstances where intentional and well-organized instruction results in development that differs from what occurs in the everyday world. Accordingly, education provokes development through explicit systematic understanding of the object of study, including second languages. Our task is to make this knowledge available to learners in a systematic and pedagogically useful way and to help them make the connection between this knowledge and their own practical activity. I will consider four studies carried out in accordance with Vygotsky’s educational principles: the first focuses on the development of English verb-noun collocations with make, take, do, get, and have; the second deals with English phrasal verbs such as look up, spread out; the third instructs learners how to detect and interpret sarcasm, a pervasive feature of everyday spoken English; the fourth is an approach to teaching L2 reading through a division-of-labor pedagogy.
James P. Lantolf is the Greer Professor in Language Acquisition and Applied Linguistics in the Department of Applied Linguistics at Penn State University. He is Director of the Center for Language Acquisition and of CALPER (Center for Advanced Language Proficiency Education and Research), a U.S. Department of Education, Title VI Language Resource Center. He was president of the American Association for Applied Linguistics (2005), served as coeditor of Applied Linguistics (1993-1998), and is founding editor of Language and Sociocultural Theory. He is recipient of the AAAL Distinguished Scholarship and Service Award for 2015-2016. He is renowned internationally for bringing into focus research highlighting the primacy of cultural, historical, and social aspects of second language development, in opposition to the dominant views on the innateness and biological bases of human language. He is co-author of Sociocultural Theory and the Genesis of Second Language Development (2006), Oxford University Press, and Sociocultural Theory and the Pedagogical Imperative: Vygotskian Praxis and the L2 Research/Practice Divide (2014), Routledge. He edited Sociocultural Theory and Second Language Learning (2000), Oxford University Press, and Vygotskian Approaches to Second Language Research (1994), Ablex Press, and Sociocultural Theory and the Teaching of Second Languages (2008), Equinox Press. He is in the process of co-editing The Routledge Handbook of Sociocultural Theory and Second Language Development. He holds honorary professorships at the University of Hong Kong and Xi’an JiaoTong University in China. He is a beloved and respected mentor for an extensive network of scholars working in the L2 sociocultural paradigm across the world.
Host: David Zucker Saltz (Theatre)
Title: “Sitaraha — The Stars”
Date: August 27, 2015, 8:00 pm
Location: Fine Arts Building, Cellar Theater
Monirah Hashemi will present her solo performance Sitaraha — The Stars, directed by Lief Persson, in the Cellar Theater of the Fine Arts Building on Thursday, August 27 at 8pm. In this powerful piece, she enacts the narratives of a series of Afghan women throughout history, including Gul Begum, a woman who has lost her family and was enslaved in 1892, Sara, who has witnessed civil war, and Halima, who has been charged with having an extra-marital relationship and is awaiting death-by-stoning
Hashemi was born in Iran in 1985. At the age of nineteen she moved to Herat, Afghanistan and started working as a film actress. She and Abdul Hakim Hashemi established the Simorgh Film Association of Culture and Art (SFACA) in 2005. She has since acted in numerous short films. She wrote and directed the short films In the Embrace of Wind and Last Laugh. In 2007 she won the best director award at the First Educational Theatre Festival for her work on the play Cry Of History. She staged Babur Shah Garden for the Fourth Afghan National Theatre Festival in Kabul and Cry Of History for the International Theatre Festival Of National School Of Drama (NSD) in India, and co-directed the play Burka Bondage with the Helena Waldmann in Berlin. She also wrote, directed and performed in Masks under Burka, which was presented at the Thirteenth Black Sea International Theater Festival in Trabzon, Turkey and the International Women’s Playwright Conference in Stockholm.
Host: Peter O’Neill (Comparative Literature)
Title: “The Ends of Transnationalism and U.S. Cultural Imperialism”
Date: October 3, 2014, 1:30 pm
Location: Richard B. Russell Special Collections Libraries Auditorium
John Carlos Rowe is USC Associates’ Professor of the Humanities and Professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California, where he has served as Chair of the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity (2008-2011). He was Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine from 1975-2004, where he was a founding member of the Critical Theory Institute.
The transnational study of U.S. and other American cultures has been the prevailing method and paradigm for American Studies and American Literature for the past two decades. In recent years, however, some scholars have questioned the relevance of the term “transnational” and its theoretical applicability to the “global” and “planetary” scope of the U.S. state. Robyn Wiegman contends in Object Lessons that the transnational approach is an inherently flawed effort to avoid our intellectual complicity in U.S. imperialism. Still other scholars have identified forms of human mobility and affiliation that are not adequately treated by the category “transnational.”
Are we at the end of the transnational methodology and conceptualization of the U.S. and other Americas? Or are there other purposes served by the transnational approach that have not yet been satisfactorily investigated? What are the currently viable intellectual alternatives to transnational American Studies, and how do they help us avoid or overcome the limitations of the theory?
His books include Henry Adams and Henry James: The Emergence of a Modern Consciousness (Cornell University Press, 1976), At Emerson’s Tomb: The Politics of Classic American Literature (Columbia University Press, 1997), Literary Culture and U.S. Imperialism: From the Revolution to World War II (Oxford University Press, 2000), The New American Studies (University of Minnesota Press, 2002), Afterlives of Modernism: Liberalism, Transnationalism, and Political Critique (Dartmouth College Press of the University Press of New England, 2011), and The Cultural Politics of the New American Studies (Open Humanities Press, 2012), and he is the author of over 150 scholarly essays and critical reviews.
He is the editor of The Vietnam War and American Culture (Columbia University Press, 1991), “Culture” and the Problem of the Disciplines (Columbia University Press, 1998), Post-Nationalist American Studies (University of California Press, 2000), Selections from the Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Margaret Fuller in the New Riverside Editions (Houghton Mifflin, 2003), Re-Framing the Transnational Turn in American Studies (Dartmouth College Press, 2011), and Lindon Barrett’s Blackness and the Discontinuity of Western Modernity (University of Illinois Press, 2014), as well as numerous other volumes.
His current scholarly projects are Our Henry James and The Ends of Transnationalism.
Date: November 4, 5:30pm
Location: Lamar Dodd School of Art, Room S151
Janice Kerbel is a Canadian artist living in London, UK. She is known for carefully constructed and highly detailed works that fuse the real and imaginary. Her work ranges from radio plays to print-based works to performances of sound and light. Consistently experimenting with forms that both suggest and defy the visual, Kerbel’s work has explored subjects including plant life, the supernatural, romance, baseball, and most recently music.
Title: “How To Do the Right Thing: Act and Motive in Spinoza’s Moral Philosophy”
Date: November 7, 3:30pm
Location: Peabody Hall
Steven Nadler’s visit is part of the Department of Philosophy’s Kleiner Colloquium Series, which features renowned scholars speaking on a wide variety of philosophical topics, and the Wilson Center’s Distinguished Artist or Lecturer program. He is the William H. Hay II Professor of Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin.
In his philosophical masterpiece, the Ethics, Spinoza has much to say about virtue, reason, and happiness, all standard topics in moral philosophy. He is also committed to a thoroughgoing egoism when it comes to motivation. All human action derives from a striving to preserve one’s being and maximize one’s power. While Spinoza eschews moral evaluations of actions in terms of ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, he nonetheless believes that there are certain normative ways of assessing actions, according to the degree to which they do in fact contribute to the agent’s egoistic striving. Thus, it would seem to follow that an agent’s motives play no role in the assessment of the action, nor even in the assessment of the agent him/herself — primarily because all agents would seem to have one and the same basic motive: self-interest. Still, is there any room in Spinoza’s thought for discriminating “better” or “worse” motives, and for taking these into account when assessing actions from a moral perspective?
Title: Performances from Samuel Beckett
Date: November 10, 8pm
Barry McGovern (born 1948) is an Irish stage, film and television actor. He will give a performance of the poetry and prose of Samuel Beckett in a special appearance sponsored by the Consulate General of Ireland in Atlanta.
McGovern is a former member of the RTÉ Players and the Abbey Theatre Company. He has worked in theatre, film, radio and television, as well as written music for many shows, and co-written two musicals and directed plays and operas. He is known internationally for his award-winning one-man Beckett showsI’ll Go On and Watt, which the Gate Theatre presented at the 1985 and 2010 Dublin Theatre Festival, respectively. McGovern revived I’ll Go On for a run at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City, CA for the Center Theatre Group in 2014.
Title: Poetry Reading
Date: November 18, 2014, 7:30 pm
Peter Fallon was born in Germany in 1951 and grew up on his uncle’s farm near Kells in County Meath. He is an Honours Graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, where, in 1994, he was Writer in Residence. At the age of 18 he founded The Gallery Press, which has published more than 400 books of poems and plays by Ireland’s finest established and emerging authors and which is recognized as the country’s pre-eminent literary publishing house.
Fallon has given readings all over the U.S., in Europe, Canada, and Japan. In 1990 he edited, with Derek Mahon, the best-selling anthology The Penguin Book of Contemporary Irish Poetry. His selected poems, News of the World, was published by Wake Forest University Press in 1993. An expanded edition was published in Ireland in 1998 and was included in The Irish Times “Books of the Year.”
The Georgics of Virgil, (a Poetry Book Society Recommended Translation), was published in September 2004. A dramatization of Tarry Flynn, the novel by Patrick Kavanagh, received its first production in Pennsylvania the same month. The Georgics was subsequently published by Oxford in its World’s Classics series. The Company of Horses appeared in 2007 and his latest collection, Strong, My Love was published in 2014.
Fallon received the 1993 O’Shaughnessy Poetry Award from the Irish American Cultural Institute. He has been Poet in Residence at Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts and, in the Spring of 2000, he was the inaugural Heimbold Professor of Irish Studies at Villanova University. In 2003 he was elected to Aosdána. He lives with his family in Loughcrew in County Meath.
Title: “Lost Properties”
Date: January 8, 2015, 5:30 pm
Location: Lamar Dodd School of Art, room S150
Chris Kraus is a Los Angeles based author and filmmaker. She teaches creative writing at UC San Diego and at the European Graduate School. Kraus is well known for her role as an influential film and video maker in the New York Downtown scene of the mid eighties. Since 1990, she has directed the Native Agents new fiction series for the visionary independent press Semitotext(e), publishing such overlooked writers as Kathy Acker, Barbara Berg, Family Howe, and Eileen Myles. In work she has explored a variety of different subjects ranging from feminism, gender politics, sex workers, philosophy and love. Some of her publications include Summer of Hate (2012), David Wojnarowicz: a Definitive History of Five or Six Years on the Lower East Side (2006), LA Artland: Contemporary Art from Los Angeles (2005), Video Green: Los Angeles Art and the Triumph of Nothingness (2004), Aliens and Anorexia (2000), and I Love Dick (1997).
Written for Semitoext(e)’s contribution to the 2014 Whitney Biennial, Lost Properties discusses the fine line between conceptual art and economic activism. The monograph traces the lives and work of artist Thomas Gokey a co-founder of Rolling Jubilee, the debt forgiveness spectacle that arose from Occupy Wall Street; and the now-defunct West Amsterdam gallery / housing project Lost Properties, founded by artist Felicia von Zweibergk.
Title: “Ballet Conversations: Jerel Hilding discusses his career with the Joffry Ballet”
Date: January 15, 2015, 11 am
Location: New Dance Theatre
As a principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet for 15 years, Jerel Hilding performed in works by many of the 20th century’s most influential choreographers, including Balanchine, Arpino, Robbins, Ashton, Cranko, Jooss, Massine, and Tharp. He directed the New Jersey Ballet’s Artist-in-Education program and worked as an instructor for New York’s City Center Theatre Outreach Program. He has taught throughout the country including New York, New Jersey, Arizona, New Orleans, and the Midwest.
Title: “Not Ready to Make Nice: Guerrilla Girls in the Artworld and Beyond”
Date: February 19, 2015, 5:30 pm
Location: Georgia Museum of Art
“Not Ready to Make Nice” features provocative work by the anonymous Guerrilla Girls artists, a feminist collective famous for combining humor, hard facts and art on street posters, billboards and stickers. Their creations draw attention to the underrepresentation of women artists and artists of color in museums around the world. The exhibition features major works from rarely shown international projects tracking the group’s artistic and activist influence around the globe. The exhibition is organized by in-house curators Lynn Boland, Pierre Daura Curator of European Art, and Sarah Kate Gillespie, curator of American art, in partnership with Neysa Page-Lieberman, curator of “Not Ready to Make Nice: Guerrilla Girls in the Artworld and Beyond,” director and curator of the department of exhibitions, performance and student spaces at Columbia College Chicago.
The Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia will present the exhibition “Not Ready to Make Nice: Guerrilla Girls in the Artworld and Beyond” December 6 to March 1. On February 19 at 5:30 p.m., there will be a panel discussion sponsored by the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts with curator Neysa Page-Lieberman, Frida Kahlo, founding and current member of the Guerrilla Girls, and Romaine Brooks, former Guerrilla Girl. A reception sponsored by the Institute for Women’s Studies will follow.
Title: “‘Macht kein Theater’: George Tabori and his Theater revisited”
Date: February 26, 2015, 4:30 pm
Location: Russell Special Collections Libraries, room 271
Anat Feinberg is Professor of Hebrew and Jewish Literature at the Hochschule für Jüdische Studien in Heidelberg, Germany. Her research foci are modern Hebrew literature, Jewish literature, theater studies and Israeli studies. Her publications include books on the representation of Jewish fate in postwar German drama, on Jewish musicians in Germany after 1945, on Iraqi-Jewish authors, and on Hungarian-German-Jewish playwright George Tabori (in both English and German). In addition to authoring numerous articles and book chapters and to editing anthologies of Israeli authors, Feinberg served as the editor in charge of two large encyclopedia projects on Modern Hebrew literature. Feinberg’s research has been supported with grants from the German Academic Exchange Council and the German Humboldt Foundation and she has held visiting appointments at the University of Lucerne (Switzerland) and the University of Pennsylvania.
At the University of Georgia, she will be one of three keynote speakers during a three-day conference entitled George Tabori and the Theatre of the Holocaust. Her talk, “‘Macht kein Theater’: George Tabori and his Theater revisited” aims to reassess Tabori’s legacy in Germany as a playwright and director eight years after his death, probing the influence of an author widely recognized as one of the leading figures in post-war German theatre. George Tabori (1914-2007) took his first steps on the American stage before he returned to Germany and presented German audiences with productions evoking the Holocaust in ever more daring and provocative variations, using the entire gamut of postmodern experimental techniques. “There are taboos that must be broken or they will continue to choke us,” the prodigiously gifted dramatist and director argued.
Title: “The Funny Thing About Jewish Performance Studies”
Date: February 27, 2015, 1:30 pm
Location: Magnolia Ballroom, Georgia Center for Continuing Education
Henry Bial is the Associate Dean for the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, the Director of the School of the Arts at the University of Kansas, and the President of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education. Dr. Bial is the author of Acting Jewish: Negotiating Ethnicity on the American Stage and Screen (University of Michigan Press, 2005), the editor of The Performance Studies Reader (Routledge, 2004; Second Edition, 2007), and the co-editor of Theater Historiography: Critical Interventions (with Scott Magelssen, University of Michigan Press, 2010) and Brecht Sourcebook (with Carol Martin, Routledge, 2000). He has published essays in TDR, Theatre Topics, The Journal of American Drama and Theatre, and elsewhere. Dr. Henry Bial will give the second of three keynote addresses for the international conference on George Tabori and the Theatre of the Holocaust.
Title: “Explanations, Why Questions, Reasons, and Causes”
Date: February 27, 2015, 3:30 pm
Location: Peabody Hall, room 205S
Bradford Skow is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Since the completion of his Ph.D. at New York University in 2005 he has come to be recognized as one of the most original, productive, and influential analytic philosophers of his generation. The scope of his work ranges from the foundations of quantum physics and relativity to the metaphysics of causation and value theory. In his forthcoming book (Objective Becoming, Oxford UP) Skow develops a new and insightful perspective on an ongoing debate in the philosophy of time. His talk at UGA deals with the nature of explanation.
Title: “From Tragedy to Farce”
Date: February 28, 2015, 5:30 pm
Location: Balcony Theatre, Fine Arts Building
Freddie Rokem is the Emanuel Herzikowitz Professor for 19th and 20th Century Art and teaches in the Department of Theatre Studies at Tel Aviv University, where he served as the Dean of the Yolanda and David Katz Faculty of the Arts (2002-2006). He is also a permanent guest Professor (Docent) at Helsinki University, Finland and has been a visiting Professor at Stanford University, the Free University in Berlin, the University of Munich, the University of Stockholm, UC Berkeley and UC Davis. His book Performing History: Theatrical Representations of the Past in Contemporary Theatre (2000) received the ATHE Prize for best theatre studies book in 2001. His other books include Strindberg’s Secret Codes (2004) and Philosophers and Thespians: Thinking Performance (2010). He is co-editor (together with Jeanette Malkin) of Jews and the Making of Modern German Theatre (2010), and was the editor of Theatre Research International from 2006 to 2009. Dr. Freddie Rokem will give the final of three keynote addresses for the international conference on George Tabori and the Theatre of the Holocaust. The title of his talk is “From Tragedy to Farce.” His talk is sponsored by the Willson Center for Arts and Sciences and the UGA State of the Art Conference Grant.
Title: “The Double Look: Actions and Norms in Fiction”
Date: March 27, 2015, 4 pm
Location: Gilbert Hall, room 115
Thomas G. Pavel was born in Bucharest, Romania. Educated in his native country and in France, he pursued an academic career in Canada and the U.S. A lover of literature, he reflected on the nature of fictional worlds, their puzzling distance from the actual world, and their inexhaustible diversity. His recent work The Lives of the Novel (2013) is a reader-friendly history of the novel as a genre, from its Ancient Greek origins to the present. Having taught at the University of Quebec in Montreal, the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Princeton University, he now serves as the Gordon J. Laird Distinguished Service Professor in Comparative Literature, Romance Languages and Literatures, and Social Thought at the University of Chicago. His books, written in English and French, have been translated into Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Czech, and Japanese.
Title: “How do sweat, tact, and sound get assembled?”
Date: April 10, 2015, 2:30 pm
Location: Miller Learning Center, room 350
Claudio Benzecry is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Connecticut and a Fellow at Yale’s Center for Cultural Sociology. His path-breaking book The Opera Fanatic: Ethnography of an Obsession (Chicago University Press, 2011) is an in-depth analysis of what it means to love opera and the subjective process of becoming an opera fan. In 2015 he will be a visiting scholar at NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge, writing his second full-length manuscript, From Head to Toe: Everyday Globalization in a Creative Industry. The book investigates the relationship between consumers and tastemakers, focusing on the ways in which the making of female shoes link different locales across the globe: New York, Milano, and Dongguan.
His presentation is entitled “How do sweat, tact, and sound get assembled? Lessons from going to the opera, buying soccer jerseys and following the global shoe.” Based on three ethnographical projects in Buenos Aires, New York and Dongguan, Dr. Benzecry will talk about how objects, the senses, and selfhood become intertwined. The lecture will present the manifold ways in which aesthetic and sensorial judgments are assembled and explore what happens when objects change: how do people make sense of the transformation? What strategies do they use to re-enchant objects perceived as in decay?
Host: Ed Halper (Department of Philosophy)
Title: “Can Augustine’s ‘City of God’ Help Us Deconstruct Multiculturalism?”
Date: August 26, 3:30 pm
Location: Peabody Hall, 205S
John Rist is Professor Emeritus of Classics at the University of Toronto and currently Visiting Professor, Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum, Rome and Father Kurt Pritzl, O.P. Chair in Philosophy, Catholic University of America. He was formerly Regius Professor of Classics, University of Aberdeen and resides in Cambridge. In his talk, Professor Rist will argue that there are applications of Augustine’s views about comparing cultures which ceteris paribus are still of much interest. It will not be an example of cultural archaeology but will relate to contemporary problems, though inevitably with a perspective that is more “European” than North American.
Title: “Ulster’s Romantic Radicals: Presbyterian Poets of the 1790s”
Date: September 11, 2013, 4 pm
Location: T.R.R. Cobb House
Jennifer Orr is Irish Research Council Fellow in English at Trinity College Dublin and a lecturer in English poetry at Christ Church, University of Oxford. She is in the final stages of completing an Irish Research Council funded project Ulster Romantic Belief and Practice, to be published by Cambridge University Press. This looks at poetry and other forms of intellectual activity in the north of Ireland during the Romantic period (1790-1820). In September she takes up a tenured post at Newcastle University in the north of England as Lecturer in English.
1790s Ireland represented either one of two things, depending on your point of view. Irish men and women, having seen their brethren in America and France liberating themselves, were dizzied by the thrilling potential to gain reform and self-government for their nation where Catholics, Protestants and Dissenters might unite in the cause of a free Ireland. Others saw their future reflected in events of the Terror in France: the execution of a king and a European war that threatened the very constitutional foundation of the British Isles. A group of County Antrim poets with radical links to the Belfast United Irishmen were determined to make the most of the radical buzz around Belfast, championing a native literary culture of song, poetry of the people and showcasing the talent of Irish writers. Best of all, they could do this in their own spoken tongue of Ulster-Scots, making Ulster famous just as Robert Burns had done for Scotland.
Host: Katie Geha (Lamar Dodd School of Art)
Date: September 19, 2013, 5:30 pm
Location: Lamar Dodd School of Art, S151
Rachel Clarke combines digital and traditional media in drawings, animations and installation works, intertwining themes of nature, culture, and technology. In her show at the Lamar Dodd School of Art Galleries, she is working on a series of animations and images that deconstruct common maps. Maps are representations of human connectivity that document the way transport networks, settlements and industrial complexes interact with the environment. Mapmaking has also been used as a form of conquest, preceding the extraction of resources, or the creation of new lands, borders and boundaries. Maps represent a stable, topographically accurate, yet symbolic representation of the world as we have defined it.
Clarke is Professor of Electronic Art in the Art Department at California State University, Sacramento. Born in England, Clarke studied at Winchester School of Art, UK (BFA) and Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois (MFA). She has exhibited internationally and throughout the United States.
Host: Emily Sahakian (Department of Romance Languages)
Title: Various Events
Date: September 30-October 1, 2013
Location: Various Locations
Lénablou is a choreographer, scholar, and activist known for her innovative promotion of Caribbean performance cultures through her Techni’Ka dance technique. Based in Guadeloupe (French West Indies), her dance company TRILOGIE has toured across the world giving performances in Senegal, Niger, Slovenia, Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, French Guiana, Dominican Republic, Trinidad & Tobago, and France. In 2008, Lénablou was honored with the highest National Order decoration in France: the Chevalier de la légion d’honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honor). She will visit UGA with three of her dancers and two musicians to hold various public events.
On September 30th, Lénablou will be giving a lecture in French entitled “Le concept du bigidi: réponse d’une interculturalité forcée.” This lecture will focus on her creative method. Also on Sept. 30, Lénablou will give an open Master Class, “An Introduction to Gwo-Ka and Caribbean Dance,” in Room 352 of the Fine Arts Building, and a dance performance of “Fenêtre sur… mon bigidi et moi…” (“Window into My Imbalanced Body”) and “Yonn Dé” (“One Two”) in the New Dance Theatre. On Oct. 1, she will give an impromptu dance performance entitled “Rupture de soi” (“Shattering the Self”). Go to the Willson Events page for more details.
Lénablou’s visit is organized in partnership with Georgia State University.
Host: Peter O’Neill (Department of Comparative Literature)
Title: “The Internalization and Reproduction of Violence: Alice Walker’s ‘Third Life of Grange Copeland’”
Date: October 2, 2013, 4 pm
Location: 248 Miller Learning Center
Abdul R. JanMohamed received his Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Brandeis University in 1977. Prior to his appointment as August Baldwin Longstreet Chair in English and African American Studies at Emory (2012), Professor JanMohamed taught at the University of California, Berkeley, and prior to that at Boston University. He has been a visiting professor in many other universities. Professor JanMohamed’s research focuses on 20th Century African American fiction, Postcolonial literature (particularly African), and various aspects of critical theory. He is the author of four books: Manichean Aesthetics: The Politics of Literature in Colonial Africa (1983, 1988), The Nature and Context of Minority Discourse, (ed. with David Lloyd, 1990), The Death-Bound-Subject: Richard Wright’s Archaeology of Death (2005), and Reconsidering Social Identification: Race, Gender, Class, and Caste (ed. with Prafulla Kar, 2011). His articles have been published in a number of leading journals including 21st Century Literature, Ariel, An-kwa-Bak, boundary 2,Critical Inquiry, Cultural Critique, Cultural Studies, The Griot, and Jouvert. He was a founding editor ofCultural Critique.
According to Gramsci, any hegemony is subtended, in the final analysis, by the deployment of violence, and for hegemony to function as such, the masters’ rules, including the deployment of violence, must be adequately internalized. Abdul JanMohamed’s talk will examine the modes through which the oppressed “internalize” the violence that is used to control them, the ways in which that violence in then reproduced within the family from one generation to the next, and, finally, the modes through which that internalized violence can be exorcised, ironically, through a rechanneling of the reproduction of violence. Alice Walker’s first novel, The Third Life of Grange Copeland, brilliantly explores how the “internalization” of violence can be effectively resisted, in the final analysis, only via a counter-deployment of “internalized violence.”
Host: Nicholas Allen (Department of English, Dir. Willson Center)
Title: “Queen’s University Belfast on the Eve of Northern Ireland’s Civil Rights Movement”
Date: October 9, 2013, 4pm
Location: Park Hall, room 265
Marilynn Richtarik teaches courses in 20th-century British, Irish, and world literature at Georgia State University. Her talk focuses on the academic, cultural, political, and social milieu at Queen’s University Belfast in the early 1960s, when Stewart Parker, Seamus Heaney, and Seamus Deane were all students there. Richtarik was educated at Harvard, where she earned an undergraduate honors degree in American History and Literature, and at Oxford University, which she attended as a Rhodes Scholar. Her research interests have centered on Northern Irish theatre and drama, where politics and artistic production are intimately related.
Her first book, on the Field Day Theatre Company, was published by Oxford University Press in 1995. Author of numerous articles on Stewart Parker, she has also written program notes for productions of his plays in London, Dublin, Belfast, and Washington, DC. Her biography of Parker, which presents the career of this important writer in the context of a lively discussion of his personal history and of the turbulent times through which he lived in his native Belfast, was published by Oxford in 2012.
Richtarik has brought to Atlanta renowned scholars and artists such as Elizabeth Butler Cullingford, Seamus Deane, Bernard MacLaverty, Lucy McDiarmid, Paul Fussell, Michael Parker, and Glenn Patterson, who have lectured and performed both at the university and at venues including the Margaret Mitchell House and the Atlanta Celtic Festival. She serves Georgia State’s Honors College as the Honors Faculty Associate for Postgraduate Scholarships and coordinates the English department’s faculty works in progress group and the Atlanta Irish Studies Group.
Host: Margaret Morrison (Lamar Dodd School of Art)
Date: November 5, 2013, 5:30 pm
Location: Lamar Dodd School of Art, S151
Eric Fischl is an internationally acclaimed American painter and sculptor, and is considered one of the most important figurative artists of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Fischl’s paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints have been the subjects of numerous solo and major group exhibitions, and his work is represented in many museums, as well as prestigious private and corporate collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modem Art in New York City, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the St. Louis Art Museum, the Louisiana Museum of Art in Denmark, Musée Beaubourg in Paris, the Paine Weber Collection, and many others. Fischl is a fellow at both the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He lives and works in Sag Harbor, New York with his wife, the painter April Gornik.
Host: Nicholas Allen (Department of English, Dir. Willson Center)
Date: October 30, 2013, 7 pm
Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin is often cited not only as a major poet in the generation after Kinsella, Montague and Murphy, but also as the foremost female poet now writing in Ireland and Great Britain. She graduated from University College Cork in 1962, with a B.A. in English and history, followed by a master’s in English in 1964. She later studied at Oxford. She is Associate Professor of English, Dean of the Faculty of Arts (Letters), and a Fellow of Trinity College, Dublin. She edits the literary journal, Cyphers, with two other poet-editors, including her husband MacDara Woods.
She won the Patrick Kavanagh Award for her first book, Acts and Monuments (1966), which was followed by Site of Ambush (1975), both published by the Gallery Press. Selections from these two books, published by Wake Forest University Press as The Second Voyage (1977), were re-issued in 1991 in a revised version, complimentary to a new book, The Magdalene Sermon and Earlier Poems. The Magdalene Sermon was chosen as one of the three best books of poetry of 1989 by the Irish Times/Aer Lingus Poetry Book Prize Committee. Wake Forest published The Brazen Serpent in 1995, and included many of her poems in The Wake Forest Book of Irish Women’s Poetry, 1967-2000, which came out in 1999. She and Medbh McGuckian translated the poems of Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill in The Water Horse (2001), and her volume, The Girl Who Married the Reindeer, came out in 2002. Wake Forest published her Selected Poems in 2009, and The Sun-fish,which won the International Winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize in 2010. Her newest volume, The Legend of the Walled-Up Wife, translations from the Romanian poetry of Ileana Mӑlӑncioiu, in 2012. In 1992, she was awarded the prestigious O’Shaughnessy Poetry Award by The Irish American Cultural Institute, which called her “among the very best poets of her generation.”
Eiléan was born in Cork in 1942. Her father, Cormac O’Chuilleanáin was a university professor of Irish, and her mother, Eilis Dillon, was a prolific novelist. She and her husband have a son, Niall.
Host: Nicholas Allen (Department of English, Dir. Willson Center)
Title: “The Dracula Figure in the Writing of Bram Stoker and Liz Lochhead: A Comparative Analysis in Relation to Romanian Folklore”
Date: November 15, 2013, 11 am
Location: Demosthenian Hall
Tudor Balinisteanu is a research fellow at the University of Suceava. He received his PhD from the University of Glasgow, where he also taught in the Department of English Literature and the Comparative Literature Programme.
This talk will explore Lochhead’s re-creation of Dracula’s story and the ways in which she reconfigures it thematically and structurally to challenge the psychological and social legislation of the relation between subjective identity, nature, and the body, as expressed in Victorian social myths. Balinisteanu compares representations of vampires in Stoker’s Draculawith their feminist revisions in Lochhead’s play of the same title, and with representations of vampire-like creatures in Romanian folklore traditions.
The comparison of these different ways of representing vampires shows that the narrative expression of vampires in Stoker’s text is an effect of a repudiation of alternative understandings of vampires as cultural markers of ungovernable nature and the organic, promoted in the folkloric tradition. Using Romanian folklore traditions as context, Balinisteanu analyzes Lochhead’s play, Dracula, (first performed in 1987) against Stoker’s original, establishing in her play a body oriented, feminist text, which simultaneously highlights and contradicts Stoker’s diminishing of the sexualized powerful female body and the foreign other. The comparison with folklore material provides the basis of the argument that Lochhead’s version of the vampire myth undermines the social and sexual controls enabled by Stoker’s text.
Host: Christopher Sieving (Department of Theatre & Film Studies)
Title: “Atomic Screen Tests”
Date: January 24, 2013, 12:20 pm
Location: Fine Arts, room 53
Jennifer Fay is associate professor of film studies and English at Vanderbilt University where she also directs the film studies program. She is the author of Theaters of Occupation and co-author of Film Noir: Hard-Boiled Modernity and the Cultures of Globalization.
The atomic testing films produced by the US Air Force in the 1940s and ’50s strive not only to normalize and visualize a schedule of atomic blasts in the Nevada desert; they transform the otherworldly violence of bombing into un-sublime, surviveable, non-events in which various materials (including human materials) are tested and trained to sustain the bomb even as bombs are improved to create more damage. This is a perverse dialectic of improvement that views destruction as the engine of building. But these films are also screen tests in the cinematic sense that they test the representability of the atomic blast, for which the bomb is less about wielding actual power than the ability to produce the image of power.
Host: Betina Kaplan (Department of Romance Languages)
Title: “Feeling Latino/a on Broadway: ‘In the Heights”s Spectacular Claim for Latinidad and Cultural Citizenship”
Date: February 3, 2013, 2:30 pm
Location: MLC, room 148
Alberto Sandoval-Sánchez is Professor of Spanish and U.S. Latina/o literature at Mount Holyoke College since 1983. He received his Ph.D. in 1983 at the University of Minnesota. He is both a cultural critic and a creative writer.
His bilingual book of poetry New York Backstage/Nueva York Tras Bastidores (Cuarto Propio, 1993) was published in Chile. In 1993 Mount Holyoke College produced his theatrical piece Side Effects, based on his own personal experiences with AIDS. In 1994 he edited a special issue of Ollantay Theater Magazine on U.S. Latina/o theatre and AIDS. He has published numerous articles in books and journals on U.S. Latina/o theatre, Latin American colonial theatre, and Puerto Rican migration. He is the author of José Can You See?: Latinos On and Off Broadway (The University of Wisconsin Press, 1999) and co-editor of Puro Teatro: A Latina Anthology (The University of Arizona Press, 2000, in collaboration with Nancy S. Sternbach from Smith College); followed by a critical study, Stages of Life: Transcultural Performance and Identity in Latina Theatre, also in collaboration with Sternbach (Arizona, 2001). He co-edited with Frances R. Aparicio (University of Illinois, Chicago) a special issue on U.S. Latina/o literature and culture, Hibridismos Culturales, in 2005 forRevista Iberoamericana, and he also co-edited (Jotopías/Patopías) with Ramón Rivera-Servera (Northwestern University) a special issue on U.S. Latina/o queer theater and performance for Ollantay Theater Magazine (2008). His present research and scholarship center on the staging of monstrosity, enfreakment, queerness, and abjection on Broadway and minority theatre. He is also working on trauma, memory, death, and mourning in U.S. Latina/o theatre.
The impact of In the Heights in the national cultural imaginary is unprecedented. In the here and now of the musical production, a new Latina/o generation bears witness to a historical Broadway phenomenon which is well-anchored in situated and lived Latina/o experiences. To understand the musical critically requires not only charting a genealogy of Latina/o theatre but unpacking the ideological contextualization at work in the reception of Latinidad matters. Two crucial questions must be asked: Is In the Heights a community-based theatre production with a big budget or does its storyline conform to the traditional Broadway formula of success and achievement of the American Dream? Sandoval-Sánchez proposes that the response to these questions is not registered in the plot of the show per se; rather it is found in performative cultural texts that embody the ideological scaffold of the musical: Lin Manuel Miranda’s award acceptance speech at the Tony Awards (2008); the PBS aired documentary of the making of the show and of the dream of making it on Broadway (Chasing Broadway Dreams, 2009); the Flash Mob America event enacted in L.A. during the tour of the road show (June 2010); and Israel Cortez’s virtual queer parody of the musical.
Host: Carissa DiCindio (GMOA)
Title: “The Many Lessons of Advancing American Art”
Date: February 6, 2013, 6 pm
Location: Georgia Museum of Art
Louis Menand is Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of English and American Literature and Language at Harvard University. He received his bachelor’s degree from Pomona College and his master’s and doctoral degrees from Columbia University. His interests include 19th- and 20th-century cultural history, and he is a regular writer for The New Yorker and the New York Review of Books. He was awarded the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for history for The Metaphysical Club, which also won the Francis Parkman Prize from the Society of American Historians. Other works include The Marketplace of Ideas (2010), American Studies (2002), andDiscovering Modernism: T. S. Eliot and His Context (1987).
This event is cosponsored by the Willson Center, the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, and the Georgia Museum of Art.
Host: Levon Ambartsumian (School of Music)
Performance Date: February 6, 2013, 8 pm
Location: Ramsey Concert Hall
ARCO Chamber Orchestra will perform a free concert, “All Bach,” on Thursday February 6 at 8 p.m. The concert features two violin concerti with guest soloists Mieczyslaw Szlezer, Distinguished Professor of Violin and Head of the Violin and Viola Department at the Academy of Music in Krakow, Poland, and Levon Ambartsumian, Franklin Professor of Violin in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music. The program also includes Brandenburg Concerto # 1 featuring UGA graduate students Colton Cox, Holly Blanchette, and Liz Fleissner, oboes; Matt Huff, bassoon; Lauren Hunt and Joel Ockerman, horns; and faculty member Evgeny Rivkin on harpsichord.
Mieczyslaw Szlezer graduated with honors in 1979 from the Academy of Music in Krakow, where he studied violin under his father, Professor Zbigniew Szlezer, renowned violinist and teacher. From 1982 to 1985 he continued his studies at the Indiana University School of Music with Professor Joseph Gingold and Professor Taduesz Wronkski; the Geneva Conservatory with Professor Henryk Szeryng; and the Accademia Chigiana in Sienna with Professor Franco Gulli.
Szlezer has won a number of international violin and chamber music competitions. Since 1975 he has performed as a soloist or in chamber music ensembles in 28 different countries in Europe, Asia, and North and South America. Between 1978 and 1987 he worked as a soloist and concertmaster of the Capella Cracoviensis orchestra, and between 1987 and 2000 he was the soloist and first concertmaster of the Karol Szymanowski State Philharmonic Orchestra in Krakow. He has been a member of the piano trio Artemus since 1995.
Mieczyslaw Szlezer has made numerous recordings for radio and television, and he has recorded CDs for PRiTV, RAJ, Yogoton, France Musique, Equiant-Japan, Stebo and Moderato. From 1996 to 2002 he served as Vice-Dean of the Instrumental Department at the Academy of Music in Krakow, and he served as Vice-Rector from 2002 to 2008. Currently, he is a Distinguished Professor of Violin at the Academy of Music in Krakow and has headed the Violin and Viola Department since 2008.
Host: Ed Halper (Department of Philosophy)
Date: February 7, 2013, 3:30 pm
Location: 115 Peabody Hall
Charles W. Mills is John Evans Professor of Moral and Intellectual Philosophy at Northwestern University. He works in the general area of social and political philosophy, particularly in oppositional political theory as centered on class, gender, and race. In recent years he has been focusing on race.
He received his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto, and is the author of numerous articles and book chapters, and five books. His first book, The Racial Contract (Cornell University, 1997), won a Myers Outstanding Book Award for the study of bigotry and human rights in North America. It has been adopted widely in courses across the United States, not just in philosophy, but also political science, sociology, anthropology, African-American studies, and race relations. His second book, Blackness Visible: Essays on Philosophy and Race (Cornell University, 1998), was a finalist for the award for the most important North American work in social philosophy of that year. His fourth book, Contract and Domination (Polity Press, 2007), is co-authored with Carole Pateman, who wrote The Sexual Contract (Stanford University Press, 1988), and it seeks to bring the two “contracts” together. His most recent book is a collection of his Caribbean essays, Radical Theory, Caribbean Reality: Race, Class and Social Domination (University of the West Indies Press, 2010).
Before joining Northwestern, Charles Mills taught at the University of Oklahoma and the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he was a UIC Distinguished Professor.
Host: Peter Jutras (Hugh Hodgson School of Music)
Title: Piano Pedagogy Symposium
Date: February 8, 2013
Location: Ramsey Concert Hall
The piano faculty of the Hugh Hodgson School of Music are pleased to host Dr. Randall Faber, nationally recognized clinician and co-author of the bestselling Piano Adventures series for a Piano Pedagogy Symposium. This event is open to piano teachers and students from across the Southeast and will be offered free of charge. The all-day event will be held in Ramsey Hall in the UGA Performing Arts Center, and will include sessions from Dr. Faber titled “The ABCs of Artistry,” “Stages of Talent Development” and “Tapping the Creative Core”. For more information, please contact Pete Jutras at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Host: Betina Kaplan (Department of Romance Languages)
Date: February 11, 2013, 11 am
Location: Tate Student Center, room 137
Since 1990 Argentine writer Sergio Chejfec has published more than a dozen books of fiction, poetry, and essays. In a recent review of one of his novels the Times Literary Supplement observed that “[i]t is hard to think of another contemporary writer who, marrying true intellect with simple description of a space, simultaneously covers so little and so much ground.” Three of his novels, My Two Worlds, The Planets, and The Dark were published in English translation by Open Letter. He has been a fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation in 2000 and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in 2007. His work has also been translated into French, German, and Portuguese. Chejfec currently lives in New York and teaches in the Creative Writing in Spanish Program at NYU.
Following a bilingual reading and a conversation about his work, Chejfec will offer a creative writing workshop in Spanish to interested faculty, graduate students and advanced Spanish undergraduate students.
Host: Roy Legette (School of Music)
Title: “Surround Sound: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture”
Date: February 27, 2013, 7:30 pm
Location: Edge Recital Hall
Music is sonic art and very much more. The location of meaning in music emanates from the relationship of its sounds to evolving and multivalent social and cultural constructs. Music is embedded in living culture that evolves over time and place, and musical meaning is most fully understood in the ever-changing contexts of cultural history, social setting, and purpose. As it is experienced through listening, performance, and creative invention, music is made meaningful and useful by people: It becomes them, expressing their identities and their histories, legacies, and lineages. Through a selection of musical expressions, Patricia Shehan Campbell will suggest that music fulfills the human need for music as art for aesthetic satisfaction, a social behavior contributing to gender and kinship, a symbol with reference to a world beyond music, a commodity with economic valuation, a repository of traditional indigenous knowledge, a manifestation of ideology and very much more.
Campbell is Donald E. Peterson Professor of Music at the University of Washington, where she teaches courses at the interface of education and ethnomusicology. She is the author of Songs in Their Heads (1998; 2010, 2nd edition), Musician and Teacher: Orentation to Music Education (2008), Tunes and Grooves in Music Education(2008), Teaching Music Globally (2004), and co-editor (with Bonnie Wade) of Oxford’s Global Music Series, Lessons from the World (1991/2001), Music in Cultural Context (1996), co-author of Music in Childhood (2013, 4th edition) andFree to Be Musical: Group Improvisation in Music (2010), and co-editor of the Oxford Handbook on Children’s Musical Cultures (2013).
She has lectured on the pedagogy of world music and children’s musical culture throughout the United States, in much of Europe and Asia, in Australia, New Zealand, South America, and South Africa. Her training includes Dalcroze Eurhythmics, piano and vocal performance, and specialized study in Bulgarian choral song, Indian (Karnatic) vocal repertoire, and Thai mahori. She serves on the editorial boards for Psychology of Music(U.K.), the Journal of Research in Music Education (U.S.), and Research Studies in Music Education (Australia), and is former editor of Symposium. She is a member of the board of Smithsonian Institution’s Folkways and of the nationally syndicated weekly radio program,American Routes.
Campbell has coordinated university-community music partnership projects for children, families, and the local community, including Music Alive! in the Yakima Valley, First Band at First Place School, the Laurelhurst Music Program (with its accent on the development of children’s global consciousness and cross-cultural literacies through music), and musical exchanges at the Yakama Nation Tribal School. Campbell received one of several Taichi Traditional Music Awards in 2013 (along with Ravi Shankar, Bruno Nettl, and Ali Jihad Racy) for her work on the transmission, teaching, and preservation of traditional music in schools and university programs of music education. She began her term as president of The College Music Society in 2013.
Host: Nicholas Allen (Department of English, Dir. Willson Center)
Date: March 5, 2013, 5 pm
Location: Demosthenian Hall
This event will begin at 5 p.m. with a public conversation with Andrew McNeillie, founding editor of Archipelago magazine and director of Clutag Press, and Nicholas Allen, Franklin Professor of English and director of the Willson Center at UGA, on literature, publishing, and Archipelago. McNeillie will give a reading of his poetry from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m. There will be a short reception between the conversation and the reading.
Andrew McNeillie was born in North Wales and read English at Magdalen College, Oxford before becoming an editor and publisher. For many years he was literature editor at Oxford University Press. He has also held a chair in English at Exeter University where he is now Emeritus Professor. He is the founding editor of the magazine Archipelago and runs the Clutag Press. His memoir Once appeared in 2009 from Seren. His Carcanet poetry collections are Nevermore(Oxford Poets, 2000), Now, Then (2002), Slower (2006), In Mortal Memory (2010) and Winter Moorings (2014). His memoir, An Aran Keening, was published in 2001.
McNeillie is here to celebrate publication of Winter Moorings this spring. His sixth collection returns to the sea and its immensity as a metaphor for fate. It also revisits the British and Irish archipelago (“For which read a figure for my heart. / For which too read a figure for time’s hurt”), following a north-western trajectory from the Aran Islands to the Hebrides. The natural world is seen here in both its beauty and its indifference to human beings (“There’s many a thing more lasting than a person”). From a version of “The Seafarer” to an elegiac play “for sounds and voices” retelling the story of an English airman drowned off Aran in World War II, these poems speak of lives and deaths across the reaches of history.
“Andrew McNeillie is a leading figure in the contemporary movement to bring sea, coast and islands back into the contemporary cultural geography of our human condition. A generous guide to generations of critics and writers through his scholarly editorship, and work on Archipelago, one of the great modern small press magazines, McNeillie is a rare presence and a wonderful opportunity for students to see how a life in letters grows in many unexpected directions,” says Nicholas Allen.
Andrew McNeillie’s visit to the Willson Center is presented in partnership with Emory University, where he will also lecture.
Host: Susan Thomas
Title: “Music and Politics in Contemporary Cuba”
Date: March 6, 2013, 5 pm
Location: Hugh Hodgson School of Music, room 412
Nora Gámez Torres will give a talk on ”Music and Politics in Contemporary Cuba” Thursday, March 6 at 5 p.m. in room 412 of the UGA Hugh Hodgson School of Music. Nora Gámez Torres earned her Ph.D. in in Sociology from City University London. She also attended the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she obtained a Master in Media and Communications, and the University of Havana, where she earned a Master in Social Communication and where she completed her B.A. with honors. In 2011 Torres was a short term visiting scholar at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. Currently she is a visiting scholar at the Cuban Research Institute at Florida International University.
Gámez Torres’s current work focuses on the connection between popular music and social and political issues in Cuba. Her visit to UGA is supported by the Willson Center’s Distinguished Artist or Lecturer program.
Host: Isabelle Loring Wallace (Lamard Dodd School of Art)
Title: “after Architecture”
Date: April 3, 2013, 5:30 pm
Location: Georgia Museum of Art Auditorium
Jill Stoner is Professor of Architecture and Chair of the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of two books that reside at the intersection of architecture and literature, winner of numerous national and international awards in the area of landscape urbanism, and has held a “Sabbatical-in-Residence” position at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. Her current research and teaching focuses on the theoretical and pragmatic potentials of urban vacancy.
This talk, drawing upon Stoner’s recent book Toward a minor architecture, proposes a new approach to the contemporary metropolis, drawing from disciplines of fiction, politics, art and critical theory. Three key witnesses to a set of obsolete mythologies– the Prisoner, the Blind Man and the Peregrine Falcon– offer alternative lenses through which to view architecture’s future, absent its Capital letter.
Host: Piers Stephens (Department of Philosophy)
Title: “Wolves and Moose, Science and Philosophy: toward the invisible fusion”
Date: April 11, 2013, 3:30 pm
Location: 205S Peabody Hall
Michael P. Nelson, a philosopher and environmental ethicist, is the co-editor of Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril with Kathleen Dean Moore. He has performed extensive research on the wolves and moose on Isle Royale. The project deals with the isolated wolf and moose communities on Isle Royale, including the genetic constitution of the wolves and ethical dimensions of whether or not to introduce new wolves.
Isle Royale in Lake Superior, North America, is home to the longest continuous study of a predator-prey system in the world. Currently in the midst of its 55th year, ecologists are learning how wolves and moose interact in this single-predator, single-prey system. But this isn’t just about long-term ecological science. The Isle Royale Wolf-Moose Project team also includes geneticists, social scientists, filmmakers, and one bewildered philosopher, Michael P. Nelson.
The project has had important implications for and direct impact upon our policies about wolves, and offers an example of efforts to understand something about the human relationship with nature that lies at the edges or fusions of our academic disciplines.
Part of the Scott & Heather Kleiner Lecture Series, supported by the Willson Center.
Host: Jamie Kreiner (Department of History)
Lecture Title: “Data-Driven Histories: Reinterpreting Nineteenth-Century Data”
Workshop Title: “Doing Digital History: A Graduate Student Workshop”
Date: April 21-22, 2013
Ben Schmidt is Assistant Professor of History at Northeastern University and core faculty at the NuLab for Texts, Maps, and Networks. His digital humanities research focuses particularly on text mining and massive historical datasets, with work in topic modeling, visualization, and thematic mapping, some of which he presents on his blog Sapping Attention. He also maintains a blog called Prochronism, where he discusses the use and misuse of historical language in TV and film. His work has been published and reported in the Journal of Digital Humanities, The Atlantic, The New Republic, and The New York Times. This lecture is sponsored by the Department of History, the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, and eHistory at UGA.
Host: Nicholas Allen
Title: “‘Their Friends, the French’: Joyce and Jacobitism”
Date: September 6, 2013, 4 pm
Frank Shovlin is Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool. His research interests include the Irish literary revival, the life and work of James Joyce, the history of reading in twentieth-century Ireland, the history of the book, and the work of John McGahern.
He is author of Journey Westward: Joyce, Dubliners and the Literary Revival (2012) and The Irish Literary Periodical 1923-1958 (2003).
Host: Nicholas Allen
Title: “How Children Succeed”
Date: October 1, 7 pm
Paul Tough is the author of Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America. His new book, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, will be published in September 2012 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He has written extensively about education, child development, poverty, and politics, including cover stories in The New York Times Magazine on character education, the achievement gap, and the Harlem Children’s Zone. He has worked as an editor at The New York Times Magazine and Harper’s Magazine and as a reporter and producer for the public radio program “This American Life.” He was the founding editor of Open Letters, an online magazine. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Slate, GQ, Esquire, and Geist, and on the op-ed page of The New York Times.
Host: Roy Legette (Hugh Hodgson School of Music)
Title: “Peering Into the Musical Brain”
Date: October 4, 7:30 pm
Donald Hodges is the Covington Distinguished Professor of Music Education and Director of the Music Research Institute (MRI) at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. At the MRI he oversees more than 40 active research projects divided into six categories: BioMusic, Neuroimaging of Musicians, Music Education, Musicians’ Hearing Health, Music Performance, and Ethnomusicology-Ecocriticism.
Dr. Hodges has authored more than 140 book chapters, papers, and multimedia programs in music education and music psychology. He was contributing editor of the Handbook of Music Psychology and the accompanying Multimedia Companion (1980, 1996). His newest book, Music in the Human Experience: An Introduction to Music Psychology, co-authored in2011, is designed for students of music psychology, enthnomusicology, anthropology, and acoustics. This writing critically examines why and how we make sense of music and respond to it cognitively, physically, and emotionally. Recent research efforts have included a series of brain imaging studies of pianists, conductors, and singers using Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).
Over the past 20 years, Dr. Hodges has conducted a series of brain imaging studies designed to map the musical brain. His goal has been to understand how neural mechanisms support various components of musical behavior. Toward that end, he has scanned pianists while performing Bach, singers as they vocally improvised melodies, and conductors as they detected errors in performances of a musical score, and as they processed multisensory (i.e., auditory and visual) information. Most recently, Dr. Hodges and his colleagues have been investigating complex brain networks in trained musicians and untrained controls. While stating that there is still much to learn, Dr. Hodges believes that a picture of the musical brain is beginning to emerge. This presentation will include numerous colored brain images of PET and fMRI scans, as well as musical examples.
Title: “Wild Things vs. Sleep Nazis: How Children’s Bedtime Became a Problem”
Date: October 4, 2012, 4 pm
Benjamin Reiss, Professor of English at Emory University, specializes in 19th-century American literature and culture, with strong interests in the history of medicine, race, disability, and popular culture. He is an editor of the Cambridge History of the American Novel, a collection of 70 new essays by leading scholars.
Reiss is the author of The Showman and the Slave: Race, Death, and Memory in Barnum’s America (Harvard UP, 2001; repr. 2010) and Theaters of Madness: Insane Asylums and Nineteenth-Century American Culture (University of Chicago Press, 2008), as well as essays in journals including American Literary History, Social Text, ELH, American Quarterly, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Slate. In addition, he has appeared on numerous NPR and PRI radio programs discussing his work. He is now working on Managing Sleep, a book that explores how sleep came to be a problem in need of micro-management, medical attention, and pervasive worry. The book braids together literary, medical, religious, and social history from the Enlightenment to the present. A portion of this work, “Sleeping at Walden Pond,” is forthcoming in the journal American Literature.
Professor Reiss teaches courses in traditional literary periods (such as the Nineteenth-Century American Novel and Antebellum American Literature), as well as courses that blend literary analysis with cultural studies, cultural and social history, and the history of medicine and disability. These include Literature and Madness; Sleep in Science and Culture; and Disability and American Culture. Reiss has also taught at Tulane University, and he is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the NEH, the Louisiana Board of Regents, and Emory’s Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry.
Host: Nicholas Allen
Date: October 11, 7 pm
Originally from Portland, Oregon, Suzanne Matson received a BA in English from Portland State University in 1981, an MA in English and Creative Writing in 1983 from the University of Washington, and a PhD in English in 1987, also from Washington, where she was awarded the Robert B. Heilman Dissertation Prize, an Academy of American Poets Prize, and the Susannah McMurphy Fellowship. Since 1988 she has taught at Boston College where she is a full professor and the chair of the English department. In 2011 she also became a faculty member at Fairfield University’s Low-Residency MFA.
A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Massachusetts Cultural Council and the American-Scandinavian Foundation, Matson’s most recent novel is The Tree-Sitter, published by W. W. Norton in both hardcover and paperback (2006). Her previous two novels, also from Norton and reissued in paperback by Ballantine, are A Trick of Nature (2000) and The Hunger Moon (1997).
Her books of poems are Durable Goods (1993) and Sea Level (1990), published by Alice James Books. Many of the poems collected in these volumes were previously published in journals including The American Poetry Review, Poetry, The Boston Review, Poetry Northwest, The Southern Poetry Review, Harvard Review, Indiana Review, and Shenandoah.
Her autobiographical, literary, and op-ed essays have appeared in periodicals such as The New York Times Magazine, The Boston Globe, Child, The Seattle Times, The American Poetry Review, Harvard Review, and Mid-American Review.
Host: Nicholas Allen
Title: “The Cliff, the River and the Sea: Reflections on Extreme Literature in Ancient and Modern Times”
Date: November 7, 2013, 4 pm
Robert Connor is senior advisor and past president of the New York-based Teagle Foundation.The Teagle Foundation serves as an influential national voice and a catalyst for change in higher education to improve undergraduate student learning in the arts and sciences.
Connor is an advocate for liberal education, the humanities and especially the ancient Greek and Roman classics. He was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, graduated from Hamilton College, and after a stint in Oxford, received his Ph.D. in Classics from Princeton in 1961. A few years later, he returned to Princeton, where he taught and administered until 1989, when he became the president and director of the National Humanities Center in the Research Triangle Park of North Carolina (1989-2003). He holds honorary degrees from several colleges and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society
Host: Mark Callahan (Ideas for Creative Exploration [ICE], Lamar Dodd School of Art)
Title: “Creative Work and the Work of Creativity: How Colleges and Universities Can Prepare Graduates to Reinvent Our World”
Date: January 22, 2013, 4 pm
Steven Tepper is a leader in the field of cultural policy and research on the impact of the arts on everyday life. He is the Associate Director of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy and an Associate Professor of Sociology at Vanderbilt University. At the Curb Center, Tepper works to develop national policy reports and to create research tools that examine and measure the effectiveness of support models for the arts. He currently serves as the principal investigator of “Artful Living: Examining the Relationship Between Artistic Practice, Subjective Wellbeing and Materialism Across Three National Surveys,” supported by a research grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Tepper’s most recent publication is a book entitled Not Here, Not Now, Not That! Protest Over Art and Media in America (University of Chicago, 2011). He was the co-editor, with Bill Ivey, of Engaging Art: The Next Great Transformation of America’s Cultural Life (Routledge, 2007). His articles appear in numerous publications, including the Chronicle of Higher Education, Review of Policy Research, Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society, and the Journal of Cultural Economics.
Tepper earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master’s in public policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He received a Ph.D. in sociology from Princeton University, where he later served as Deputy Director of the Princeton University Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies.
Host: Diane Marie Amann (School of Law)
Title: “Human Rights and Culture”
Date: February 7, 2013, 4:30 pm
Chairman of the Irish Centre for Human Rights William A. Schabas will present “Human Rights and Culture.” Schabas, who is a professor of international law at Middlesex University London, is an internationally respected expert on human rights law, genocide and the death penalty and is a prolific author. He has often been invited to participate in international human rights missions on behalf of non-governmental organizations such as Amnesty International (International Secretariat) and the International Federation of Human Rights and served as a member of the Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission from 2002 to 2004.
The succinct codification that constitutes the fountainhead of modern human rights, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948, speaks of “the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community” as well as of the right “to enjoy the arts.” One of the two main treaties to flow from the Declaration is called the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, which reaffirms the notion of “cultural life” but does not repeat the reference to “the arts.” There is a tendency to confine the scope of “cultural rights” to the protection of various attributes of the lives of ethnic minorities. The long-neglected association between human rights, “culture” and “the arts” is the subject of the lecture. It will reflect upon the aspirational dimension of the culture and the arts, espoused by Matthew Arnold in the 19th century, including the concern that this may be an elitist vision ill suited to the egalitarianism of modern human rights.
The lecture is presented in cooperation with the University of Georgia School of Law’s Dean Rusk Center for International Law and Policy.
Host: William Kretzschmar (Department of English)
Title: “World Englishes: New Language Forms Mushrooming in New Contexts”
Date: February 27, 2013, 4 pm
Edgar W. Schneider holds the Chair of English Linguistics at the University of Regensburg, Germany, after previous appointments as an assistant professor at the University of Bamberg (where he received his PhD in 1981), as a research associate at the University of Georgia, and as a Full Professor at the Free University of Berlin.
He has written and edited several books, including American Earlier Black English (1989, a revised version of his dissertation, published in Alabama), Variabilität, Polysemie und Unschärfe der Wortbedeutung (2 vols, 1988), Introduction to Quantitative Analysis of Linguistic Survey Data (1996); Focus on the USA (ed., 1996); Englishes Around the World (2 vols., ed., 1997); Degrees of Restructuring in Creole Languages (ed., 2000); Handbook of Varieties of English (2 vols., ed., 2004); Postcolonial English (Cambridge UP, 2007) and English Around the World: An Introduction (CUP 2011).
He has also published many articles and reviews on the dialectology, sociolinguistics, history, semantics and varieties of English in leading journals, collective volumes, and international handbooks. He has lectured in many countries on all continents, served as a reviewer and advisor for universities, publishers and other academic institutions, and held a variety of academic functions, including Dean of his faculty. He is the editor of the scholarly journal English World-Wide and edited its associated book series, Varieties of English Around the World.
The last few decades have seen an unprecedented growth and expansion of the English language all around the globe – originally as postcolonial heritage in countries such as India, Singapore, The Philippines, Nigeria, or South Africa, but increasingly also outside of such domains, e.g. as the sole working language of ASEAN, the Association of South-East Asian Nations. In close to a hundred countries, mostly in Asia and Africa, new local varieties of English have emerged and become established, so an international traveler is exposed to a bewildering range of new accents and dialects today.
A new sub-discipline of linguistics has grown to investigate these processes and language forms, as well as associated issues of identity expression, multilingualism, language policy and pedagogy, language contact effects, etc. This lecture will introduce the audience to some of these phenomena and new varieties of English, based on a short historical and geographical survey of the processes which stand behind it, a discussion of a few political, cultural and linguistic issues that have been raised in this context, and the presentation and characterization of a few audio and text samples of select varieties in question.
Host: Lorgia García Peña (Department of Romance Languages)
Title: “The Afro-Boricua Mirror Stage: Down These Mean Streets as Foundational Narrative of Puerto Rican and Chicano Studies”
Date: April 1, 2013, 4 pm
Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel is Professor I and Director of the Institute for Research on Women at Rutgers University. In addition she teaches in the Latino Studies Program and the Comparative Literature Program at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. She holds a PhD in Spanish from the University of California, Berkeley (1996). Her areas of research and teaching are Colonial Latin American discourses and contemporary Caribbean and Latino narratives; colonial and postcolonial theory, migration and cultural studies.
Professor Martínez-San Miguel is the author of Saberes americanos: subalternidad y epistemología en los escritos de Sor Juana (Pittsburgh: Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana, 1999); Caribe Two Ways: cultura de la migración en el Caribe insular hispánico (Ediciones Callejón, 2003); and From Lack to Excess: ‘Minor’ Readings of Colonial Latin American Literature (Lewisburg: Bucknell UP, 2008). She edited with Mabel Moraña the compilation of essays Nictimene sacrílega: homenaje a Georgina Sabat de Rivers (México: Iberoamericana and Claustro de Sor Juana 2003). She is currently working on her fourth book project entitled Coloniality of Diasporas: Rethinking Intra-Colonial Migrations in a Pan-Caribbean Context, a comparative study on internal Caribbean migrations between former/actual metropolis and colonies, to question transnational and postcolonial approaches to massive population displacements and their cultural productions.
In his foundational book Black Skins, White Masks (1952), Frantz Fanon questions the applicability of Lacan’s mirror stage to the constitution of the Black subjectivity of the colonized Antillean child. Fanon argues that in the crucial moment for the constitution of his identity, the Black child confronts the dissonance of his racial identification when confronting the “universal” and racially blind narrative of subjectification proponed by psychoanalysis. Fanon’s criticism of Lacan’s mirror stage has been discussed by David Eng in Racial Castration: Managing Masculinity in Asian America (2001) and by Antonio Viego in Dead Subjects: Towards a Politics of Loss in Latino Studies (2007). Lorgia García Peña argues that in his foundational narrative Down These Means Streets (1967), Piri Thomas offers another reading of the mirror stage scene, specifically when Piri travels to the South of the United States to confront racial segregation.
>Host: Andrew Zawacki and Caroline Young (Department of English)
Title: “The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning”
Date: April 4, 2013, 7:30 pm
Maggie Nelson’s most recent book, The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning (Norton, 2011), was named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times and came out in paperback in August 2012. She is also the author of three other books of nonfiction prose, Bluets (Wave Books, 2009), The Red Parts (Free Press, 2007), and Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions (University of Iowa, 2007). She has published several books of poetry, including Something Bright, Then Holes (Soft Skull Press, 2007) and Jane: A Murder (Soft Skull, 2005; finalist, the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir). The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Nonfiction, an NEA Fellowship in Poetry, and an Andy Warhol Foundation/Creative Capital Arts Writers Grant, Maggie Nelson currently teaches in the school of Critical Studies at CalArts and lives in Los Angeles.
Host: Lisa Fusillo (Department of Dance)
Date: April 16, 2013, 11 am
Dr. Millicent Hodson, American choreographer and dance historian, is best known for her research and pioneering reconstruction of the 1913 Nijinsky-Stravinsky ballet Le Sacre du Printemps (“The Rite of Spring”). This reconstruction work was done in tandem with designer and art historian Kenneth Archer, the leading expert on the work of Nicholas Roerich, the designer of the first production of Le Sacre. Drs. Hodson and Archer will visit UGA together.
Featured in the WNET/BBC film “The Search for Nijinsky’s Rite of Spring” and the ARTE film, “Les Printemps du Sacre”, Hodson with Archer has often been a guest on radio and television in the US, UK, and Europe. Their lectures are a lively combination of scholarly discourse, multimedia display, and, often, physical demonstration. In 1992 both were recipients of the Nijinsky Medal from Poland.
Hodson and Archer’s reconstruction of Le Sacre du Printemps was first produced by the Joffrey Ballet in 1987, revised (Chicago, 2001) and has had a significant number of productions since, including the Paris Opera Ballet (1991), the Finnish National Ballet (1994), Companhia Nacional de Mailado, Lisbon (1994), the Zurich Ballet (1995), the Ballet of the Theatro Municipal, Rio (1996), the Rome Opera Ballet (2001), and in April 2008 with the Kirov Ballet as part of the 300th Anniversary of the City of St. Petersburg.
Dr. Hodson’s book Nijinsky’s Crime Against Grace: Reconstruction Score of the original choreography for ‘Le Sacre du Printemps’ (Pendragon Press, 1998) has become a standard reference for dancers, artists, and musicologists interested in the phenomenon of “The Rite of Spring” in dance reconstruction and in 20th century cultural studies in general. Dr. Archer’s book Nicholas Roerich was published by Parkstone Press in English and French (Bournemouth and Paris, 1999). His monograph on Roerich was published in Russian by Pinokoteka (Moscow, 2000).
Dr. Hodson has been a Senior Lecturer in Music and Dance at Princeton University (2005), and has also taught at Roehampton University, the University of Surrey and Middlesex University in England. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships in writing and choreography, including the Selma Jean Cohen Fellowship (Fulbright Association, 2004), the Patten Lecturer at Indiana University, Bloomington (2003) and an NEA Bicentennial Fellowship in dance for work in the UK. Dr. Archer is the leading expert on the work of Nicholas Roerich, designer of the original production of “Sacre”, and has received grants from the Indian Council for Cultural Relations in India and International Research and Exchanges Board in New York to document collections of Roerich paintings in India, Paris, Moscow, and Leningrad. Dr. Archer was featured at the international Roerich conference in New Delhi in 2009.
Dr. Archer received the PhD in Art History and Theory from the University of Essex, England and Dr. Hodson received the PhD in Cinema and the Arts of Spectacle from the University of California, Berkeley.
Host: Susan Rosenbaum (Department of English)
Title: “Artistic Gesture and Critical Commentary: Duchamp and Lyotard”
Date: April 18, 2013, 4 pm
Dalia Judovitz is the NEH Professor of French at Emory University, and is widely recognized as one of the foremost scholars of Marcel Duchamp, the 20th-century artist whose artwork, performances, and writing have influenced work in disciplines across the humanities and arts. Judovitz’s books on Duchamp, Drawing on Art: Duchamp & Company (Minnesota, 2010) and Unpacking Duchamp: Art in Transit (University of CA, 1995, 1998; Fr. trans. 2000) are highly original and yet accessible, demonstrating the nature of Duchamp’s inquiries and enduring influence.
Professor Judovitz was a student of Jean-Francois Lyotard and like Lyotard, she has explored modernity in its many guises and in its early and late forms. She is the author of The Culture of the Body: Genealogies of Modernity (2001) and of Subjectivity and Representation in Descartes: The Origins of Modernity (1988), and she is the co-editor of Dialectics and Narrative(1993) and of the University of Michigan Press book series The Body, in Theory: Histories of Cultural Materialism. Professor Judovitz is currently working on a book titled Georges de la Tour: The Enigma of the Visible.
Host: Stephen Corey, The Georgia Review
Title: “Near and Distant Bears”
Date: April 22, 2013
The gravest threat to human well-being is not terrorism, economic depression, or disease; it is the degradation, on a planetary scale, of the conditions necessary for life. What shift in outlook and values would be required if we are to halt that unraveling and begin the work of restoration?
Scott Russell Sanders is the author of 20 books of fiction and nonfiction, including A Private History of Awe and A Conservationist Manifesto. The best of his essays from the past 30 years, plus nine new essays, are collected in Earth Works, published in 2012 by Indiana University Press. Among his honors are the Lannan Literary Award, the John Burroughs Essay Award, the Mark Twain Award, the Cecil Woods Award for Nonfiction, the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2012 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English at Indiana University, where he taught from 1971 to 2009. He and his wife, Ruth, a biochemist, have reared two children in their hometown of Bloomington, in the hardwood hill country of Indiana’s White River Valley.
Host: Erika Hermanowicz (Department of Classics)
Date: March, 2013
Peter Brown, the Philip and Beulah Rollins Professor of History at Princeton University, Emeritus, is credited with having created the field referred to as late antiquity (250-800 A.D.), the period during which Rome fell, the three major monotheistic religions took shape, and Christianity spread across Europe. Professor Brown’s primary interests are the transition from antiquity to the Middle Ages and the rise of Christianity, and he has pursued them through investigations into such diverse topics as Roman rhetoric, the cult of the saints, the body and sexuality, and wealth and poverty. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including Augustine of Hippo (1967, 2000), The Body and Society (1988), The Rise of Western Christendom (1996, 2003), and Through the Eye of a Needle: Wealth, the Fall of Rome, and the Making of Christianity in the West, 350-550 A.D. (2012). He will speak at the University of Georgia in March of 2013.