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Visual and Verbal Poetry Reading

Oct 16, 2018, 7:00 PM-8:15 PM

Murselian Instruction Lab at Noreen Reale Falcone Library, LeMoyne College

Francisco Díaz de Castro (University of Balearic Islands, Spain)
Miriam Reyes (Poet and Visual Artist)

Díaz de Castro and Reyes talk about their poetic and visual work and present a poetry reading.

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A Genealogy of Tropical Architecture

Oct 16, 2018, 5:15 PM-7:00 PM

Slocum Auditorium

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Chang Jiat-Hwee (National University of Singapore)

The current preoccupation with sustainable architecture in the Global South has contributed to a renewed interest in tropical architecture. But what is tropical architecture? Instead of assuming it as a "natural" or self-evident fact, this lecture explores the history of tropical architecture as a series of colonial and post-colonial socio-cultural and political constructions.

Drawing on the interdisciplinary scholarships on postcolonial studies, science studies, and environmental history, Jiat-Hwee argues that tropical architecture was inextricably entangled with the socio-cultural constructions of tropical nature, and the politics of colonial governance and postcolonial development in the British colonial and post-colonial networks.

By tracing the history of tropical architecture beyond what is widely considered today as its "founding moment" in the mid-twentieth century, this discussion aims to revise our understanding of colonial built environment and provide a new historical and theoretical framework for reconsidering climatic design and sustainable architecture.

This event is co-sponsored by the CNY Humanities Corridor and the Syracuse University School of Architecture.

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Sacred Landscape, Secular Law: Storying Spirituality on American Public Lands

Oct 12, 2018, 3:00 PM-5:30 PM

Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, 114 Bird Library

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Nicolas Howe (Williams College)

Geographer and environmental studies scholar Nicolas Howe discusses the idea of spirituality and how it has shaped public discourse about sacred space in modern America. Focusing on legal conflicts over sacred sites and iconic wilderness areas, he shows how dominant stories about the nature of ‘spiritual experience’ have enabled courts to routinely deny land claims that threaten secular assumptions about the material agency of place—assumptions paradoxically rooted in the country’s still-dominant Protestant religious imaginary.

Howe's lecture concludes with a reception, presented as part of this semester's Symposium course, "Geography of Religion" (GEO 300).

Additional Supporters:

  • Geography
  • Religion
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The Open Humanities: Voicing Generous Spaces in Academia

Oct 12, 2018, 2:00 PM-4:00 PM

Romance Studies Lounge, Cornell University

Carla Nappi (University of Pittsburgh)

Professor Nappi hosts a workshop (primarily intended for graduate students) on public audiences for academic work that will reflect on ways in which the scholarly voice can serve as a technology for inhabiting an artistic practice.

For more information, contact Kathleen Long.

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Look Now: Facing Breast Cancer (Opening Reception and Exhibit)

Oct 11, 2018, 5:00 PM-8:00 PM

Point of Contact Gallery, The Warehouse, 350 W. Fayette Street, Syracuse

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5:00 p.m. - Gallery Talk
6:00 p.m. - Reception, Exhibition

This multi-media installation seeks to break down the barriers between the public personas of survivors and their private struggles with the disease through the continuum of diagnosis, treatment, and recovery to create awareness and provide support. The gallery showcases the stories of 44 breast cancer survivors from Central New York via a series of photographic portraits, images of bare chests and an experimental short film. The project addresses the human rights of health care access, examining how differences in income, race, ethnicity, and geographic location can affect diagnosis, treatment, and survival. A new media site, feature documentary and spoken word performance are also in development. Look Now’s creator and director Tula Goenka, and the principal photographer, Cindy Bell, are both breast cancer survivors.

The exhibit remains on display weekdays from noon to 5 p.m. or by appointment, through Wednesday, October 31st.

Additional supporters:

  • Newhouse School
  • Point of Contact Gallery
  • Light Work

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Prepositional Bodies: Translating Corporeal Normality Across Early Modern Eurasia

Oct 11, 2018, 5:00 PM-7:00 PM

Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, 114 Bird Library

Carla Nappi (University of Pittsburgh)

Professor Nappi delivers a lecture drawing from her current research for an audience of students and faculty interested in the histories of science and medicine, translation studies, early modern Eurasia and in global early modernity more generally.

For more information, contact Stephanie Shirilan.

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Conversation with Mexican Film Director, Carlos Rossini

Oct 8, 2018, 12:45 PM-2:00 PM

341 Eggers

Carlos Rossini (Mexico City)

Acclaimed Mexican cineaste and documentary film maker Rossini discusses documentary film-making in Latin America. Several of his films have focused on immigration, the environment, and political corruption in Latin America and beyond, including The Other Side of the Wall; Guerrero; Cloud Forest; El alcalde; and El ciruelo.

Additional supporters:

  • Program on Latin America and the Caribbean (PLACA)
  • Latino/Latin American Studies Program (LLAS)
  • CNY Humanities Corridor (Working Group LLC12: LELACS)
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Recipe as Story: Exploring the Meaning of Food and Art on a Community Farm

Oct 6, 2018, 2:00 PM-4:30 PM

Brady Farm, 150 Ford Avenue, Syracuse

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Seitu Jones (St. Paul, MN)

Internationally-renowned artist Seitu Jones leads a hands-on workshop on community-based art and the value of food. Participants share stories about food in their own lives and then make those stories into stencil designs. These stencils will then be used as artwork on Brady Farm, expressing the values of the farm and welcoming community. All ages welcome.  Participants will also receive a digital file of their stencil. The “art” of this event is not only the stencils but the conversation that occurs.

Please RSVP by October 4 to Edward Morris.

Additional supporters:

  • Brady Farm
  • The Canary Lab in Transmedia
  • Food Studies Program, Falk College
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CREATE: Art, Act, Eat

Oct 4, 2018, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM

Watson Theater

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Seitu Jones (St. Paul, MN)

The stories we tell ourselves about food are often disconnected from the realm of art and activism. In this Syracuse Symposium talk -- which is also part of the Visiting Artist Lecture Series (VALS) -- Jones explains his work that brings these disparate themes together. From collard green bus stop sculptures and bread ovens, to 2,000-person dinner tables and “greenlining” projects, Jones discusses how food and activism flavor his public art projects and how these elements help craft new stories about community.

Additional supporters:

  • Brady Farm
  • The Canary Lab in Transmedia
  • Food Studies Program, Falk College
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White Sun

Sep 29, 2018, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Art Building

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Closing Night: 16th Annual Syracuse University Human Rights Film Festival

Deepak Rauniyar (Nepal / USA / Quatar / Netherlands)

As Nepal’s official selection for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Deepak Rauniyar’s second feature sensitively explores the damage done to the fabric of Nepalese society by the decade-long civil war between the Maoists and Nepal’s monarchical government. On the occasion of his father’s funeral, Chandra returns to the village he left years earlier to join the Maoists and finds himself united with the daughter he never met and revisiting uneasy relations with family members and neighbors. Past traumas return and cause tensions to boil over. Finding the political within the everyday, White Sun uses one village’s complex tribulations to speak to an entire national history.

(89 minutes, Nepali with English subtitles)

For a complete schedule and addition details as they develop, visit the festival website.


FESTIVAL CO-SPONSORS:

B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics; School of Education; Department of Languages, Literature and Linguistics; Citizenship and Civic Engagement Program; International Relations Program; Latino-Latin American Studies Program; Native American and Indigenous Studies Program; Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC), Disability Cultural Center; LGBT Resource Center; South Asia Center

FESTIVAL SUPPORTERS:

Department of Art and Music Histories; Department of History; Department of Political Science; Department of Religion; Department of Sociology; Department of Women’s and Gender Studies; Asian/Asian American Studies Program; LGBT Studies Program; Middle Eastern Studies Program; Office of Multicultural Affairs; SASSE: Students Advocating Safe Sex and Empowerment

NOTE: Films will be screened with English closed captions or with English subtitles, as noted. Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) will be available at all screenings. If you require other accommodations, please contact Kristen Northrop (315-443-7358) by September 15, 2018.

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I Dream in Another Language

Sep 29, 2018, 4:00 PM-6:00 PM

Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Art Building

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16th Annual Syracuse University Human Rights Film Festival

Ernesto Contreras (Mexico / Netherlands)

Winning the World Cinema Audience Award at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, I Dream in Another Language is a poetic reflection on life and long-lost love. After the death of elderly village matriarch Jacinta, only two speakers of a Mexican indigenous language remain. Visiting linguistic researcher Martín is tasked with documenting this language to save it from extinction. The only catch is the two remaining speakers of this dying language, Evaristo and Isauro, haven’t spoken in over 50 years. To ensure the survival of their language and honour Jacinta’s memory, the two men must revisit painful memories that tore them apart. In this rumination on love, director Ernesto Contreras offers us a truly immersive cinematic experience on the importance of language, communication and stories. 

(104 minutes, Spanish and Zikril with English subtitles)

For a complete schedule and addition details as they develop, visit the festival website.


FESTIVAL CO-SPONSORS:

B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics; School of Education; Department of Languages, Literature and Linguistics; Citizenship and Civic Engagement Program; International Relations Program; Latino-Latin American Studies Program; Native American and Indigenous Studies Program; Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC), Disability Cultural Center; LGBT Resource Center; South Asia Center

FESTIVAL SUPPORTERS:

Department of Art and Music Histories; Department of History; Department of Political Science; Department of Religion; Department of Sociology; Department of Women’s and Gender Studies; Asian/Asian American Studies Program; LGBT Studies Program; Middle Eastern Studies Program; Office of Multicultural Affairs; SASSE: Students Advocating Safe Sex and Empowerment

NOTE: Films will be screened with English closed captions or with English subtitles, as noted. Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) will be available at all screenings. If you require other accommodations, please contact Kristen Northrop (315-443-7358) by September 15, 2018.

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Call Her Ganda

Sep 29, 2018, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM

Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Art Building

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16th Annual Syracuse University Human Rights Film Festival

PJ Raval (USA)

When Jennifer Laude, a Filipina transwoman, is brutally murdered by a U.S. Marine, three women intimately invested in the case—an activist attorney (Virgie Suarez), a transgender journalist (Meredith Talusan) and Jennifer’s mother (Julita “Nanay” Laude)—galvanize a political uprising, pursuing justice and taking on the hardened legacies of US imperialism, including the Visiting Forces Agreement, which allows U.S. military personnel stationed in the country to remain under U.S. jurisdiction. Fusing personal tragedy, human rights activism and the little known history, and complex aftermath, of U.S. imperial rule in the Philippines, Call Her Ganda illuminates how a brutal story of gendered violence against a trans woman became a geopolitical question of postcolonial national sovereignty.

(98 min, English and Tagalog with English Subtitles)

For a complete schedule and additional details as they develop, visit the festival website.


FESTIVAL CO-SPONSORS:

B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics; School of Education; Department of Languages, Literature and Linguistics; Citizenship and Civic Engagement Program; International Relations Program; Latino-Latin American Studies Program; Native American and Indigenous Studies Program; Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC), Disability Cultural Center; LGBT Resource Center; South Asia Center

FESTIVAL SUPPORTERS:

Department of Art and Music Histories; Department of History; Department of Political Science; Department of Religion; Department of Sociology; Department of Women’s and Gender Studies; Asian/Asian American Studies Program; LGBT Studies Program; Middle Eastern Studies Program; Office of Multicultural Affairs; SASSE: Students Advocating Safe Sex and Empowerment

NOTE: Films will be screened with English closed captions or with English subtitles, as noted. Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) will be available at all screenings. If you require other accommodations, please contact Kristen Northrop (315-443-7358) by September 15, 2018.

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On Her Shoulders

Sep 28, 2018, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, Newhouse 3

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16th Annual Syracuse University Human Rights Film Festival

Alexandria Bombach (USA)

At only twenty-three years old, Nadia Murad’s life is a dizzying array of important undertakings—from giving testimony before the U.N. Security Council to visiting refugee camps to soul-bearing media interviews, emotionally draining speeches and an endless succession of one-on-one meetings with top government officials. Though it all takes an enormous toll, this once ordinary girl has survived the 2014 genocide of the Yazidis in Northern Iraq and escaped sexual slavery at the hands of ISIS to become a relentless beacon of hope for her people. With deep compassion and a formal precision and elegance that matches Nadia’s calm and steely demeanor, filmmaker Alexandria Bombach follows this strong-willed young woman, who once dreamed of opening a beauty salon in her village, as she fights to bring ISIS to justice and save her people from extinction.

(94 minutes, English, Kurdish, and Arabic with English subtitles)

Visit the festival website for complete schedules and addition details as they develop.


FESTIVAL CO-SPONSORS:

B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics; School of Education; Department of Languages, Literature and Linguistics; Citizenship and Civic Engagement Program; International Relations Program; Latino-Latin American Studies Program; Native American and Indigenous Studies Program; Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC), Disability Cultural Center; LGBT Resource Center; South Asia Center

FESTIVAL SUPPORTERS:

Department of Art and Music Histories; Department of History; Department of Political Science; Department of Religion; Department of Sociology; Department of Women’s and Gender Studies; Asian/Asian American Studies Program; LGBT Studies Program; Middle Eastern Studies Program; Office of Multicultural Affairs; SASSE: Students Advocating Safe Sex and Empowerment

NOTE: Films will be screened with English closed captions or with English subtitles, as noted. Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) will be available at all screenings. If you require other accommodations, please contact Kristen Northrop (315-443-7358) by September 15, 2018.

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The Sentence

Sep 27, 2018, 7:00 PM-9:30 PM

Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, Newhouse 3

Opening Night: 16th Annual Syracuse University Human Rights Film Festival [6pm - Reception]

Rudy Valdez (USA)

Drawing from hundreds of hours of footage, filmmaker Rudy Valdez shows the aftermath of his sister Cindy’s 15-year sentence for conspiracy charges related to crimes committed by her deceased ex-boyfriend—something known, in legal terms, as “the girlfriend problem.” Valdez’s method of coping with this tragedy is to film his sister’s family for her, both the everyday details and the milestones—moments Cindy herself can no longer share in. But in the midst of this nightmare, Valdez finds his voice as both a filmmaker and activist, and he and his family begin to fight for Cindy’s release during the last months of the Obama administration’s clemency initiative. Whether their attempts will allow Cindy to break free of her draconian sentence becomes the aching question at the core of this deeply personal portrait of a family in crisis. Valdez participates in a post-screening Q&A.

(85 minutes, captioned in English)

Visit the festival website for complete schedules and addition details as they develop.


FESTIVAL CO-SPONSORS:

B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics; School of Education; Department of Languages, Literature and Linguistics; Citizenship and Civic Engagement Program; International Relations Program; Latino-Latin American Studies Program; Native American and Indigenous Studies Program; Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC), Disability Cultural Center; LGBT Resource Center; South Asia Center

FESTIVAL SUPPORTERS:

Department of Art and Music Histories; Department of History; Department of Political Science; Department of Religion; Department of Sociology; Department of Women’s and Gender Studies; Asian/Asian American Studies Program; LGBT Studies Program; Middle Eastern Studies Program; Office of Multicultural Affairs; SASSE: Students Advocating Safe Sex and Empowerment

NOTE: Films will be screened with English closed captions or with English subtitles, as noted. Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) will be available at all screenings. If you require other accommodations, please contact Kristen Northrop (315-443-7358) by September 15, 2018.

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16th Annual Syracuse University Human Rights Film Festival

Sep 27, 2018, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Screening times and locations vary

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Human rights and social justice issues are explored through an international selection of documentaries and dramatic features. Featured screenings include:

For a complete schedule and additional details as they develop, visit suhrff.syr.edu.

Download the festival poster.


FESTIVAL CO-SPONSORS:

B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics; School of Education; Department of Languages, Literature and Linguistics; Citizenship and Civic Engagement Program; International Relations Program; Latino-Latin American Studies Program; Native American and Indigenous Studies Program; Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC), Disability Cultural Center; LGBT Resource Center; South Asia Center

FESTIVAL SUPPORTERS:

Department of Art and Music Histories; Department of History; Department of Political Science; Department of Religion; Department of Sociology; Department of Women’s and Gender Studies; Asian/Asian American Studies Program; LGBT Studies Program; Middle Eastern Studies Program; Office of Multicultural Affairs; SASSE: Students Advocating Safe Sex and Empowerment

NOTE: Films will be screened with English closed captions or with English subtitles, as noted. Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) will be available at all screenings. If you require other accommodations, please contact Kristen Northrop (315-443-7358) by September 15, 2018.

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Archival Methods and Ethics for Recovering Missing Texts

Sep 26, 2018, 2:15 PM-3:35 PM

Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, 114 Bird Library

Roslyn Knutson (University of Arkansas, Little Rock)

Knutson's work focuses on ethical and practical aspects of recovering lost textual artifacts through archival research. Her primary research focuses the repertory of Shakespeare’s playing company with particular emphasis on Shakespeare’s lost plays. This sort of recovery work is familiar to many scholars across the humanities whose research entails creating fresh readings of existing texts, discovering new documents, and working to trace and recover the full body of work produced by an author or a people. While this sort of work is most often associated with Literature and Writing scholars, it is also frequently undertaken by scholars from Women’s and Gender Studies, Religious Studies, Ethnic Studies, and other Humanities disciplines.

Additional supporters:

  • English & Textual Studies
  • Medieval Renaissance Studies
  • Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition
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Tango and Borges

Sep 25, 2018, 6:45 PM-9:30 PM

Goldstein Auditorium, Schine Student Center

Milton Loayza (SUNY Oswego)
Seth Sealfon (Rochester, NY)
Evan Meccarello (Nazareth College)

This bilingual (Spanish/English) performance combines literature, music, and dance to introduce the audience to one of Argentina’s most popular writers and to the country’s most exciting genre of music and dance. Actor-singer Loayza joins musicians Sealfon and Meccarello in bringing this presentation to life.

Additional supporters:

  • Program on Latin America and the Caribbean (PLACA)
  • Latino/Latin American Studies Program (LLAS)
  • CNY Humanities Corridor (Working Groups LELAC and LLAAB, LLC20)
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SU Libraries / Colgate University Library Small Press Reading Series

Sep 24, 2018, 5:15 PM-6:30 PM

Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, 114 Bird Library

Erin Dorney (Mankato, MN)
Tyler Barton (Mankato, MN)
Patrick Parks (Chicago, IL)

Poet Erin Dorney, author of I Am Not Famous Anymore (Mason Jar Press, 2018), fiction writer Tyler Barton, author of Get Empty (Split Lip Press, forthcoming), and novelist Patrick Parks, author of Tucumcari (Kernpunkt Press, 2018) will each read from their work as part of the Syracuse University Libraries/Colgate University Libraries Small Press Reading Series.

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Fear No Lit Writing Workshop

Sep 24, 2018, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

002 Bird Library

Erin Dorney (Mankato, MN)
Tyler Barton (Mankato, MN)

Dorney and Barton, co-founders Fear No Lit, a literary organization based in Minnesota, lead this public workshop for interested writers, co-presented by SU Libraries and Colgate University Library. Space is limited; please RSVP to Patrick Williams by Sept. 17 and include any accessibility requests.

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A Contemplative View of Human Resilience

Sep 23, 2018, 7:00 PM-8:00 PM

(Doors open at 6:30) Hendricks Chapel

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José "Peppie" Calvar (Setnor School of Music)
Hendricks Chapel Choir

This encore performance of "Voces en Exilio" at Dean’s Convocation in Hendricks Chapel features original music and reflection from diverse religious, spiritual, and philosophical perspectives. This original composition by José “Peppie” Calvar, performed by the all-student Hendricks Chapel Choir pays tribute to displaced hurricane victims and human resilience.

Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART) will be provided.


Additional supporters:
1. Latino-Latin American Studies Program
2. Office of Cultural Engagement for the Hispanic Community 
3. College of Arts & Sciences
4. Art & Music Histories

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Demographic Aging in Japan and Beyond

Sep 22, 2018, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM

220 Eggers Hall

Sawako Shirahase (Tokyo University)
Mary Brinton (Harvard University)
Ito Peng (University of Toronto)

Demographic aging is one of the most serious policy challenges all advanced industrial societies face today. This event focuses on Japan — a country experiencing the most dramatic demographic aging — to explore how factors such as gender ideology, gender relations and tolerance for diversity deeply affect the demographic sustainability of our societies.

Additional supporters:

  • Japan Foundation
  • Moynihan Institute
  • College of Arts & Sciences
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Serving Patrons with Print Disabilities

Sep 21, 2018, 10:00 AM-11:30 AM

Room 004 - Bird Library

Jill Rothstein (New York Public Library)
John A. Mangicaro (Syracuse University MakerSpace)
Nicole Westerdahl (Syracuse University Libraries Special Collections Research Center)
Kate Deibel (Syracuse University Libraries)

Following up on a public presentation by Rothstein, this panel discussion delves deeper into ideas of accessibility and inclusion in today’s libraries. Deibel moderates the panel featuring Rothstein, Mangiacaro, and Westerdahl.

Additional supporters:

  • Syracuse University Libraries
  • Library and Information Center (LIS) Program at the SU iSchool
  • Disability Cultural Center
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Voces en Exilio (Voices in Exile)

Sep 20, 2018, 7:00 PM-8:00 PM

(Doors open at 6:30) LaCasita Cultural Center, 109 Otisco Street, Syracuse

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José "Peppie" Calvar (Setnor School of Music)
Hendricks Chapel Choir

This program commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month 2018 is the premiere performance of original music for choir and Caribbean percussion composed by José “Peppie” Calvar, Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of Choral Activities at the Setnor School of Music at Syracuse University, and director of the Hendricks Chapel Choir.

Many have been moved by the number of Puerto Ricans -- including those with Syracuse connections -- whose lives were disrupted by Hurricane María (September, 2017). Although hope abounds that life-as-usual will someday be restored there, many displaced families have no immediate plans to return to Puerto Rico. This story resonates deeply with Calvar, a first-generation American of Cuban descent, whose family, under a different set of circumstances, was exiled from its homeland. The music and text touches on the suffering of the Puerto Rican people and the need to restore critical infrastructure to the island, while also serving as a celebration of the outpouring of support many displaced Puerto Ricans have received from fellow Americans living on the mainland.
 
The all-student Hendricks Chapel Choir performs two public performances as part of their Fall '18 curriculum -- this date at La Casita, and September 23rd as part of the weekly Dean's Convocation in Hendricks Chapel.

This activity is largely musical, with only brief spoken remarks. To request ASL or any other accessibility accommodation, please contact Luz Trilla (315-443-2151) by September 6.


Additional supporters:
1. Latino-Latin American Studies Program
2. Office of Cultural Engagement for the Hispanic Community 
3. College of Arts & Sciences
4. Art & Music Histories

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Seeing the Whole Community: Serving Patrons with Print Disabilities Ages 0 – 100

Sep 20, 2018, 4:00 PM-5:30 PM

Peter Graham Room, 114 Bird Library

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Jill Rothstein (New York Public Library)

As a part of the Syracuse University Libraries’ ongoing Issues in Digital Scholarship Forum series, Rothstein, Chief Librarian at New York Public Library’s Andrew Heiskell Braille & Talking Book Library, presents a lecture and panel discussion on accessibility and inclusion in today’s libraries. 

Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) will be provided at this public presentation.

Additional supporters:

  • Syracuse University Libraries
  • Library and Information Center (LIS) Program at the SU iSchool
  • Disability Cultural Center
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The Humanities Ph.D. and the Work of the 21st Century

Sep 14, 2018, 9:30 AM-10:45 AM

Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, 114 Bird Library

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Teresa Mangum (University of Iowa)

What would Ph.D. programs in the humanities look like if our goals were to give students good reasons to pursue graduate humanities degrees and to give employers good reasons to hire Ph.D. graduates? Drawing from over a decade of experience with the Obermann Graduate Institute on Engagement and the Academy, the National Humanities Alliance, and Imagining America, Mangum discusses the ways graduate programs across the country are integrating familiar forms of scholarly research and writing with career skills gained through applied practice. Coffee and light snacks will be available.

To request accessibility accommodations, please contact humcenter@syr.edu by September 6.

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Mellon 'New Directions Fellowship' Budget Workshop

Aug 13, 2018, 10:00 AM-11:30 AM

Tolley 304

Syracuse University has been invited by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to nominate an eligible faculty member in the humanities and the humanistic social sciences, broadly conceived, for consideration for a Mellon New Directions Fellowship. Candidates will be faculty members who were awarded doctorates within the last 6 to 12 years (2006 to 2012, inclusive) and whose research interests call for formal training in a discipline other than the one in which they are expert.

The Humanities Center joins the Offices of Research and Corporate and Foundation Relations in hosting this informative budget-building overview, open to all interested candidates. RSVPs welcome (though not required) to humcenter@syr.edu; please include any accessibility accommodation requests.

Final, completed applications for the Fellowship are due by noon on Friday, September 7 via email to: humcenter@syr.edu.

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Mindfulness Interventions to Reduce Stress and Foster Resilience in Children across Diverse Communities

May 4, 2018, 1:00 PM-2:30 PM

335 White Hall

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Andres Gonzalez (Holistic Life Foundation)

Contemplative Collaborative invites Gonzalez to talk about his organization’s work in utilizing school-based mindfulness interventions with children. His presentation focuses on the implementation of a mindfulness program shown to be effective in cultivating spaces for wellness and healing with urban youth served by Baltimore city schools. 

Following the talk (2:45 in the Wildhack Lounge), Gonzalez will meet with Syracuse city school and community activists to discuss whether aspects of HLF programs could be implemented locally.  Reduced rate parking ($3) is available in the Irving Street Garage for visitors who inform the attendant of their participation at the "Andres Gonzalez" talk or meeting.

View or download the event flier here.


BIOGRAPHY: Gonzalez has been the Co-Founder and Marketing Director for the Holistic Life Foundation, Inc. in Baltimore, MD since 2001.  For sixteen years, Andres has taught yoga to diverse populations throughout the world, including Baltimore City Public School students, drug treatment centers, mental crisis facilities, homeless shelters, wellness centers, colleges, private schools and other various venues throughout the nation and throughout the world. He has partnered with John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health and the Penn State’s Prevention Research Center on a Stress and Relaxation Study and is a published author in the Journal of Children’s Services. His work with the Holistic Life Foundation has been featured on Making a Difference on the NBC Nightly News, CNN, and CBS, as well as O the Oprah Magazine, The Washington Post, Upworthy, Mindful MagazineYoga JournalShambala Sun, and many other publications.  He maintains a B.S. in Marketing from University of Maryland, College Park and an MBA from the University of Maryland, University College.


Additional supporters:

  • Contemplative Collaborative
  • Falk College
  • Communication and Rhetorical Studies
  • Hendricks Chapel
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Humanities NY Public Humanities Graduate Fellows Presentations

May 4, 2018, 9:30 AM-11:30 AM

304 Tolley Humanities Building

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Hugh Burnam (Ph.D. Candidate, Cultural Foundations of Education)
Matthew Stewart (Ph.D. Candidate, History)

This year's New York Public Humanities Graduate Fellows discuss their experiences and challenges of developing public humanities research projects.

Hugh Burnam  A Haudenosaunee Thought Project: “In order for me to believe in our teachings, I need to know that we can use them to discuss our differences
Burnam's project encourages ongoing discussions of traditional Haudenosaunee teachings, languages, stories, and perspectives about Native identity from Haudenosaunee community members.  In his presentation, Burnam  discusses the collaborative process of bringing this project to fruition: roots, planning stages, implementation, specific challenges, self-worth, and perseverance.  Striving towards peace, equity, and friendship, this project values the words of the Great Peacemaker: “When you sit and counsel for the welfare of the people, think not of yourself, nor of your family, nor even of your generation – but on behalf of the faces yet to come, who look up to us from the earth, awaiting their time.” This project was originally inspired by: A Basic Call to Consciousness Revisited at the World Indoor Lacrosse Championships on the Onondaga Nation in 2015.

Matthew Stewart  The Onondaga Earth Corps Community in Conversation
Stewart discusses his work with Onondaga Earth Corps, a Syracuse organization that hires youth and young adults from Syracuse to work in community development, urban forestry, green infrastructure, and urban agriculture projects over the course of six weeks in the summer. This project collects short texts on place, community, and environmental issues for and from the group and uses them as a springboard for engagement and reflection over the course of the summer, culminating in a Community Conversation sponsored by Humanities New York.

View or download the event flier here. To RSVP, please contact Aimee Germain ASAP; include any requests for accessibility accommodations.

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The Joy of Close Reading in Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Apr 27, 2018, 9:00 AM-6:00 PM

Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, 114 Bird Library

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A Conference in Memory of Hope Glidden

Keynote speaker Phillip Usher (NYU) begins the conference with "The Life of an Ode," followed by a day of dialogues across departments, as faculty present papers on the practice of close reading of historical sources and literary texts in the context of their research. This event is organized in memory of Professor Hope Glidden who taught early modern French literature at Syracuse University and passed away on Sept. 17, 2017.

CONFERENCE PROGRAM (download the poster):

9:00 Breakfast

9:20 Opening Remarks

9:30 Keynote Lecture by Philip Usher (New York University): The Life of an Ode

10:30 Coffee Break

10:45-12:15 First Panel: Reading Disappointment

  • James Watts (Religion): The Disappointments of Close Reading, with an Example from Leviticus 12
  • Jeff Carnes (LLL, Classics): Narcissus in Ovid's Metamorphoses
  • Ahmed Meguid (Religion): The Paradox of Reading Islamic Philosophy: The Discontents of Philology

1:00-2:30 Second Panel: Reading Performance

  • Amanda Winkler (Art & Music History): Singing Devils; or, the Trouble with Trapdoors: History, Performance, and Practicality in Staging the Restoration Tempest
  • Stephanie Shirilan (English and Textual Studies): Sympathetic Breathing in King Lear
  • Laurinda Dixon (Art & Music History): The Mechanics of Mirth: A Close look at laughter in the Renaissance

2:30-2:45 Coffee Break

2:45-4:15 Third Panel: Reading Power 

  • Dennis Romano (History): Popular Protest and Alternative Visions of the Venetian Polity, c.1260 to 1423
  • Fred Marquardt (History): How was Christ’s Crucifixion Relevant to Serfdom in the German Peasants’ War of 1525?
  • Brian Brege (History): Spiced Scholarship: Filippo Sassetti and the Quest for True Cinnamon

4:15- 4:30 Coffee Break

4:30-5:30 Fourth Panel: Reading the Other World

  • Samantha Herrick (History): Mystery Saints
  • Stefano Selenu (LLL, Italian): Dante's Hell and the Mediterranean
  • 5:30-5:45 Closing Remarks, reception follows

Please contact Albrecht Diem (315-443-0785) by April 15 with any requests for accessibility accommodations.


OTHER CONFERENCE ACTIVITIES:

April 13
9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m - 21st Annual French Colloquium, honoring Hope Glidden's memory
Peter Graham Scholarly Commons; Bird Library, Room 114
Keynote address and special tribute to Hope Glidden at 1:30 p.m. by Benjamin Peak, PhD student in French at John Hopkins University.
Download the schedule here or contact Valentin Duquet for information.

April 25
12:45 - 2 p.m. - Hillyer Room, 606 Bird Library
Timothy Kircher (Guilford College)
Building Knowledge in the Renaissance: Humanist Constructs and Conversations
Contact Stefano Selenu for information.


Additional Supporters:

  1. Medieval and Renaissance Program
  2. Humanities Center
  3. College of Arts and Science
  4. Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics
  5. Department of History
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Latin American Music and Activism: Colleen Kattau

Apr 25, 2018, 2:30 PM-3:30 PM

105 Life Science Building

Music and Activism in Syracuse: A Music & Discussion Series

This event series explores how local artists in Central New York use music to accomplish political ends in our local communities. From critiquing policy to fostering democratic participation, reaching out to oppressed groups or working with refugee children to tell their own stories, these musicians draw from deeply-rooted, culturally specific forms of music and performance to connect with others, improve their world, and expand answers to the question of who “belongs” in Syracuse, New York, and the USA.  The series of discussions combines short music performances with Q&A sessions facilitated and led by students from Professor Sydney Hutchinson’s spring course, HOM 400 – Music and Activism.

This final gathering in the series features Colleen Kattau on Latin American music and activism. All are welcome.

Additional supporters:

  1.     Art and Music Histories
  2.     Latino and Latin American Studies
  3.     Women’s and Gender Studies
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Building Knowledge in the Renaissance: Humanist Constructs and Conversations

Apr 25, 2018, 12:45 PM-2:00 PM

Hillyer Room, 606 Bird Library

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Timothy Kircher (Guilford College)

This public lecture features a pop-up exhibit of selected Italian manuscripts and rare materials preserved in the Ranke Collection at SU Special Collections Research Center. (Display open until 3 p.m.)

Professor Kircher's talk examines how fifteenth- and sixteenth-century humanists explored various pathways to knowledge. To what extent did Renaissance thinkers establish new methods of learning in the studia humanitatis? Kircher sheds light on the current debate over the relation between the humanities and the sciences, in addition to revealing new features of Renaissance civilization (Kultur) since its formulation by Jacob Burckhardt, the foremost student of Leopold von Ranke.


BIOGRAPHY: Tim Kircher is Professor of History at Guilford College. In a number of books and articles, he investigates the work of Petrarch, Boccaccio, and Leon Battista Alberti in relation to that of their contemporaries, and has been past President of the American Boccaccio Association. He is currently writing a book on humanist philosophical thought entitled Before Enlightenment: Play and Illusion in Renaissance Humanism. He also explores the relation of the humanities disciplines to the sciences and other fields through a website at humanitieswatch.org. His article on humanist letter-writing will appear the fall issue of Renaissance Quarterly.

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ANTHROPOCENE NOW! Ecology, Ethics, Politics

Apr 21, 2018, 10:30 AM-4:00 PM

Standish Room (Science Library) at The University at Albany, SUNY

This two-day symposium discusses current issues of ecology (life/extinction), ethics (energy/fuel), and politics (subject/community). Link to more more information here or contact: Vesna Kuiken, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of English, University at SUNY, Albany.

Part I occurs Saturday, April 20, 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Sponsored by:

  • The University at Albany, SUNY (the College of Arts and Sciences (Dean’s Office)
  • English Department
  • The Council on Research
  • University Auxiliary Services
  • The Society for the Study of Bio-Political Futures
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REAL Talks: Rape Culture

Apr 20, 2018, 12:30 PM-2:00 PM

Sharon Haines Jacquet Education Commons, Huntington Hall

In a political climate that continues to encourage exclusionary rhetoric and practices, university communities have to grapple with what it means to be truly committed to creating spaces of inclusion and belonging. The nation’s reckoning (or lack thereof) with racial and gendered violence, economic crisis, exclusionary immigration and foreign policies, and social unrest has directly affected university communities, while raising questions about the responsibilities institutions of higher education have in these issues.

Three "Resisting Exclusion through Activism and Leadership" sessions -- or "REAL Talks" -- are scheduled for February, March, and April (locatons vary), each addressing a different theme:

  • State Violence (February 9), moderated by Biko Mandela Gray, to include topics of policing, police brutality, Black Lives Matter, immigration control, and DACA
  • Economic Injustice (March 2), moderated by Susan Thomas, covering economic matters affecting the student body including student debt, tuition hikes, the GOP tax bill, and the overall neoliberalization of higher education
  • Rape Culture (April 20), moderated by Chris Eng, discussing the prevalence of rape, assault, and harassment on campuses, the significance of the #metoo movement and the Title IX crisis

These lunchtime dialogues are organized and moderated by faculty organizers from Cultural Foundations of Education, Religious Studies, and English with input from existing SU student organizations working to addressing these specific forms of exclusion. Download the printable/sharable poster.

Due to limited seating, please RSVP to Susan Thomas by April 12; include any requests for accessibility accommodations.

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Flip, Linger, Glide: Mini-Seminar on Early 20th-Century American Magazine Illustration

Apr 20, 2018, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM

Lemke Room, Special Collections and Research Center, 6th Floor, Bird Library

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Jennifer Greenhill (University of Southern California)

What does it mean to make art for a magazine? As a medium designed to be touched and put into motion, the magazine is a multi-sensory proposition whose complexity few scholars have addressed. Greenhill leads a seminar exploring this complexity by focusing on the late 19th and early 20th century, when magazines became densely illustrated entities, bursting with color features and advertising matter.

Participants will read Greenhill’s latest article about the illustrator Coles Phillips in advance, to be discussed during the seminar. Then, Greenhill will draw from the rich resources at the Special Collections Research Center to further consider commercial magazine illustration in this dynamic period.

Space is limited; register by April 12 to Sascha Scott. Include any requests for accessibility accommodations.


Additional supporters:
Department of Art & Music Histories
Goldring Arts Journalism Program (Newhouse)
The Museum Studies Program (VPA)

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The Politics of Gender & Islam: New Approaches in Middle East and South Asian Studies (re-scheduled)

Apr 20, 2018, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM

060 Eggers Hall

REVISED DATE! (This event was originally scheduled for March 2, but postponed due to weather-related closures.)

10 a.m. – “New Approaches in South Asian Studies”

Katherine Lemons (McGill)
Fareen Parvez (U Mass–Amherst)

11:15 a.m. “New Approaches in Middle East Studies”
Begüm Adalet (Cornell)
Natalie Khazaal (Texas A&M)

The Middle Eastern Studies Program’s Spring Symposium is a two-part interdisciplinary exploration of the politics of gender, Islam, and Islamophobia. This (rescheduled) gathering features exciting research by scholars from the United States and Canada in conversation with Syracuse faculty members.

This finale to the Spring Symposium picks up on discussions held on March 30.


Additional supporters:

  • History Department
  • International Relations Department
  • Maxwell School
  • Religion Deptartment
  • South Asian Center
  • Women and Gender Studies
  • Sociology Department
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Healing Ecology: A Buddhist Perspective on the Eco-Crisis

Apr 20, 2018, 9:00 AM-11:00 AM

304 Tolley Humanities Building

Author, professor, and Zen teacher David Loy leads a small-group discussion based on ideas covered in his public talk on April 19th. Without a better understanding of the ways in which we belong to and depend on the earth, and greater awareness of other ways of dwelling on it, it is likely that our now-global civilization will remain unable to respond adequately to this new challenge.  Rather than thinking of belonging in dualistic terms—who belongs and who does not belong—Loy offers a nondualistic approach to understanding belonging and living.

Space is limited; please RSVP to Bonnie Shoultz (315-492-6341) by April 12 and include any requests for accessibility accommodations.

Other weekend activities:

Saturday, April 21, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Buddhist and Indigenous Values and Perspectives on the Ecological Challenges Facing Us

Skä·noñh—Great Law of Peace Center, 6680 Onondaga Lake Parkway in Liverpool
This public dialogue features David Loy and Onondaga Nation Clan Mother Freida Jacques. Light vegetarian lunch provided at 12:30 by members of the Onondaga Nation.

Sunday, April 22 (Earth Day), 10-10:50 a.m.
Dharma Talk
Zen Center of Syracuse, 266 W. Seneca Turnpike


BIOGRAPHY: David Loy is a professor of Buddhist and comparative philosophy, receiving degrees from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, the University of Hawaii in Honolulu and a Ph.D. from the National University of Singapore. His dissertation was published by Yale University Press as Nonduality: A Study in Comparative Philosophy. Since 1978, he has taught at a number of universities in East Asia, South Africa, the Netherlands, Canada, and the US.  He is the author of several books, most recently A New Buddhist Path: Enlightenment, Evolution and Ethics in the Modern World (Wisdom Publications, 2015). In 2014 Carleton College awarded him an honorary degree for his contributions to the study and practice of Buddhism in the modern world.


Additional supporters:

  1. Hendricks Chapel
  2. Contemplative Collaborative
  3. Religion Department
  4. Student Buddhist Association
  5. Zen Center of Syracuse
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ANTHROPOCENE NOW! Ecology, Ethics, Politics

Apr 20, 2018, 9:00 AM-5:30 PM

Standish Room (Science Library) at The University at Albany, SUNY

This two-day symposium discusses current issues of ecology (life/extinction), ethics (energy/fuel), and politics (subject/community). Link to more more information here or contact: Vesna Kuiken, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of English, University at SUNY, Albany.

Part II is Sunday, April 21, 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Sponsored by:

  • The University at Albany, SUNY (the College of Arts and Sciences (Dean’s Office)
  • English Department
  • The Council on Research
  • University Auxiliary Services
  • The Society for the Study of Bio-Political Futures
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Does the Earth Belong to Us, or Do We Belong to the Earth? Buddhism and the Ecological Challenge

Apr 19, 2018, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Watson Theater, 316 Waverly Avenue

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6:00 - 6:45 pm, Meditation

David Loy (Boulder, CO)

Professor, writer, and Zen teacher Loy highlights how Buddhist teachings can bring about a better understanding of the ways in which we belong to and depend on the earth. Without a radical rethinking, it is likely that our now-global civilization will remain unable to respond adequately to this new challenge.  

Syracuse Symposium also hosts Loy's by-registration-only workshop on April 20.

Download the full schedule.

Weekend activities:

Saturday, April 21, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Buddhist and Indigenous Values and Perspectives on the Ecological Challenges Facing Us

Skä·noñh—Great Law of Peace Center, 6680 Onondaga Lake Parkway in Liverpool
This public dialogue features David Loy and Onondaga Nation Clan Mother Freida Jacques. Light vegetarian lunch provided at 12:30 by members of the Onondaga Nation.

Sunday, April 22 (Earth Day), 10-10:50 a.m.
Dharma Talk
Zen Center of Syracuse, 266 W. Seneca Turnpike


BIOGRAPHY: David Loy is a professor of Buddhist and comparative philosophy, receiving degrees from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, the University of Hawaii in Honolulu and a Ph.D. from the National University of Singapore. His dissertation was published by Yale University Press as Nonduality: A Study in Comparative Philosophy. Since 1978, he has taught at a number of universities in East Asia, South Africa, the Netherlands, Canada, and the US.  He is the author of several books, most recently A New Buddhist Path: Enlightenment, Evolution and Ethics in the Modern World (Wisdom Publications, 2015). In 2014 Carleton College awarded him an honorary degree for his contributions to the study and practice of Buddhism in the modern world.


Additional supporters:

  1. Hendricks Chapel
  2. Contemplative Collaborative
  3. Religion Department
  4. Student Buddhist Association
  5. Zen Center of Syracuse
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Workshop with Palestinian Filmmaker, Mai Masri

Apr 19, 2018, 9:30 AM-10:50 AM

Kittredge Auditorium, Huntington Beard Crouse

Mai Masri

Following a public screening of her film, 3000 Nights on April 18, Palestinian director Masri conducts a workshop on the humanities-focused approach she brings to her work, addressing issues of incarceration, gender representations in Arab filmmaking, and others.

Democratizing Knowledge hosts Masri's visit, whose areas of focus directly relate to the content of several Syracuse University spring courses in Middle Eastern Studies, Women's and Gender Studies, English, TV, Radio and Magazine.

Space is limited; please RSVP to Carol Fadda by April 11 and include any requests for accessibility accommodations.


Additional supporters:

English
The Newhouse School

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Screening of 3000 Nights by Mai Masri

Apr 18, 2018, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Art Building

Mai Masri

Masri is one of the first Palestinian female documentary makers, with several acclaimed documentaries to her name.  Her first feature film, 3000 Nights, was recently released to wide critical acclaim. The film brings a humanities-focused approach to issues of human rights, Palestinian women’s experiences of incarceration, and gender representations in Arab films, amongst others.

Democratcizing Knowledge hosts Masri's visit to campus for this free public screening and Q&A, with a workshop for students and interested faculty the following day.  Download the flier here.


Additional supporters:

English
The Newhouse School

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3rd Annual Books in the Humanities Reception

Apr 17, 2018, 4:30 PM-6:00 PM

Goldstein Alumni & Faculty Center

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In what has become a spring semester tradition, the Humanities Center invites the community to celebrate recent books in the humanities by Syracuse University authors and editors.

This year's display includes more than fifty titles published by our campus colleagues (copyright 2017). Come ready to browse or buy, with many authors on hand to sign copies or bookplates.

Additional supporters:

  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • Syracuse University Bookstore
  • Syracuse University Office of Research
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The Fated Sky: Climate, Weather, and the Environment in Early Modern England

Apr 16, 2018, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM

151 Eggers Hall

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Sophie Chiari (Clermont Auvergne University, France)

If eco-critical approaches to literary texts receive more and more attention, climate-related issues remain neglected in the field of drama studies. Taking Shakespeare as its starting point, this discussion will focus upon these issues. In particular, it will address the ways that popular and religious beliefs still shaped human relations to meteorological phenomena. Yet, at the same time, a growing number of literati promoted free will rather than determinism and insisted on human ability to act upon celestial forces.

In his plays, Shakespeare tries to reconcile the scientific approaches of his time with more popular ones rooted in superstition and, above all, he promotes a sensitive and pragmatic understanding of meteorological events. The seminar will thus explore the interaction between scientific and popular cultures, the way climatic phenomena could be dealt with on stage and, ultimately, the complex, kaleidoscopic vision of the playwright on the subject. Chiari examines the significance of such a literary and historical investigation of climate to our own pressing concerns about climate change and ecological crisis.

Download the flier here.


Additional supporters:

  1. English
  2. History
  3. Medieval and Renaissance Working Group
  4. Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
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Naming What is Left Behind

Apr 13, 2018, 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

Jason Shinder Theater, YMCA Downtown Writers Center, 340 Montgomery Street

Sean Thomas Dougherty
Christine Kitano

Acclaimed poets Christine Kitano and Sean Thomas Dougherty read new poems addressing "Belonging" through themes such as immigrant experience, incarceration, economic disenfranchisement, illness, and violence.  This free public event is hosted by the YMCA Downtown Writers Center, thanks in part to a Community Partnership Grant from Humanities New York.



CHRISTINE KITANO is the author of Sky Country (BOA Editions, Fall 2017) and Birds of Paradise (Lynx House Press, 2011). She received her BA from the University of California, her MFA from Syracuse University, and her PhD in English and Creative Writing from Texas Tech University. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, and currently lives in Ithaca, NY, where she is an assistant professor of creative writing, poetry, and Asian American literature at Ithaca College.

Kitano’s Sky Country explores the various ways we negotiate how we belong in this world, how we make space in unwelcome spaces. The collection’s title is a translation of the Korean word for “heaven,” a kenning that literally means “sky country.” It was a word that potential immigrants often used to describe America. Once they arrived, of course, they often found America less than the ideal paradise they imagined. The poems throughout the collection explore how the idea of “home” becomes idealized through a nostalgic longing for a homeland that no longer (or never) exists, and what it means to survive between worlds.

SEAN THOMAS DOUGHERTY is the author of twelve books of poetry, including three from BOA Editions: Broken Hallelujahs (2007), Sasha Sings the Laundry on the Line (2010); and All You Ask For Is Longing: New & Selected Poems (2014). His awards include a Fulbright Lectureship in the Balkans and two Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Fellowships in Poetry. Dougherty received his MFA from Syracuse University and reads and conducts workshops around the country. His newest book is The Second O of Sorrow.

Writing about his own work, Dougherty says, “The difference between longing and belonging might describe what I've been trying to answer in my poems for decades.  Is belonging ever really possible?  Are we all outsiders, Auslanders, until someone opens a door, a border, a heart? Perhaps it is the poem itself that is an expression of belonging?  My new book, The Second O of Sorrow, deals extensively with a person’s struggle to still belong to a community despite racial or economic disenfranchisement, despite illness and pain, to hold on against the fragmentation of a community, or a family. To belong to a place, perhaps someplace simple as a bar, or a park where teenagers do not shoot each other, or a block where one can walk, despite fear, a place where the poem can speak:  to stand hand in hand is to fight with a collective voice.  A chorus, a chord, towards a collective healing.”
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Longing and Belonging: A Conversation on Poetics

Apr 13, 2018, 2:00 PM-4:00 PM

304 Tolley Humanities Building

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Christine Kitano
Sean Thomas Dougherty

The YMCA Downtown Writers Center hosts this mini-seminar prior to an evening of readings featuring acclaimed poets, Kitano and Dougherty.  Each discusses how community -- and the lack of, or a yearning for community -- informs the practice of creating poems. Both writers have published important works that address this year’s Symposium theme of "Belonging."  This session is specifically targeted at serious writers and writing teachers; invited guests include advanced adult writing students from the Downtown Writers Center, creative writing MFA students from the University, and faculty members from both programs.

Space is limited: please RSVP by April 6 to Phil Memmer, 315-474-6851 (ext. 328) and include any requests for accessibility accommodations.

This collaboration was made possible through a Community Partnership Grant from Humanities New York.



CHRISTINE KITANO is the author of Sky Country (BOA Editions, Fall 2017) and Birds of Paradise (Lynx House Press, 2011). She received her BA from the University of California, her MFA from Syracuse University, and her PhD in English and Creative Writing from Texas Tech University. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, and currently lives in Ithaca, NY, where she is an assistant professor of creative writing, poetry, and Asian American literature at Ithaca College.

Kitano’s Sky Country explores the various ways we negotiate how we belong in this world, how we make space in unwelcome spaces. The collection’s title is a translation of the Korean word for “heaven,” a kenning that literally means “sky country.” It was a word that potential immigrants often used to describe America. Once they arrived, of course, they often found America less than the ideal paradise they imagined. The poems throughout the collection explore how the idea of “home” becomes idealized through a nostalgic longing for a homeland that no longer (or never) exists, and what it means to survive between worlds.

SEAN THOMAS DOUGHERTY is the author of twelve books of poetry, including three from BOA Editions: Broken Hallelujahs (2007), Sasha Sings the Laundry on the Line (2010); and All You Ask For Is Longing: New & Selected Poems (2014). His awards include a Fulbright Lectureship in the Balkans and two Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Fellowships in Poetry. Dougherty received his MFA from Syracuse University and reads and conducts workshops around the country. His newest book is The Second O of Sorrow.

Writing about his own work, Dougherty says, “The difference between longing and belonging might describe what I've been trying to answer in my poems for decades.  Is belonging ever really possible?  Are we all outsiders, Auslanders, until someone opens a door, a border, a heart? Perhaps it is the poem itself that is an expression of belonging?  My new book, The Second O of Sorrow, deals extensively with a person’s struggle to still belong to a community despite racial or economic disenfranchisement, despite illness and pain, to hold on against the fragmentation of a community, or a family. To belong to a place, perhaps someplace simple as a bar, or a park where teenagers do not shoot each other, or a block where one can walk, despite fear, a place where the poem can speak:  to stand hand in hand is to fight with a collective voice.  A chorus, a chord, towards a collective healing.”
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CRISIS: A Visual Exploration of Conflict (Gallery Reception and Exhibit)

Apr 12, 2018, 5:00 PM-7:00 PM

SU Art Galleries, Shaffer Art Building

All are invited to an opening reception celebrating this student curated exhibition. ​CRISIS: A Visual Exploration of Conflict​,​ examines how artists have captured and reacted to physical conflicts, issues of identity, and the changing conceptual methodologies in art itself. Drawing from campus collections, the show will include examples of prints, photographs, archival materials, paintings, and multi-dimensional objects, covering a broad range of historical events, social issues, and artistic styles.

The exhibit runs April 5 - May 13.

Additional supporters:
Light Work
Special Collections and Research Center

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Colleen Kattau on the Latin American New Song Movement

Apr 12, 2018, 2:00 PM-3:20 PM

304 Tolley Humanities Building

Colleen Kattau (SUNY Cortland)

Singer, songwriter, and SUNY Cortland Associate Professor of Spanish, Colleen Kattau, presents a lecture and performance on the Latin American New Song movement.

Space is limited; please RSVP to Gail Bulman by April 2. Include any requests for accessibility accommodations.

This free, public session is a presentation of this semester's Syracuse Symposium course, [SPA 400] Women, the Arts, and Social Change in Latin America.

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Gendered Mobilization, Body Politics, and Change in the Middle East

Apr 11, 2018, 5:00 PM-6:30 PM

220 Eggers

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Nadje Al-Ali (SOAS University of London)

Al-Ali addresses the gendering of political mobilization in the Middle East. Against a brief historical background, Al-Ali focuses on recent political developments and struggles for change, particularly in relation to Iraq, Egypt, Turkey and the Kurdish region. Addressing wider contestations and challenges to the existing political systems and gender regimes, she highlights the significance of body politics arguing for the centrality of body politics and gendered mobilization for struggles against authoritarianism, militarism and sectarianism.

View or download the event flier.

BIOGRAPHY: Al-Ali is Professor and Chair of the Centre of Gender Studies at SOAS, University of London. She is the author of numerous books and articles including Secularism, Gender and the State in the Middle East: the Egyptian Women’s Movement (2000), Iraqi Women: Untold Stories from 1948 to the Present (2007) and more recently with Nicola Pratt What Kind of Liberation? Women and the Occupation in Iraq (2009). She has also edited Women and War in the Middle East: Transnational Perspectives (2009) with Nicola Pratt, and along collection with Deborah Pratt We are Iraqis: Aesthetics and politics in a Time of War (2012).


Additional supporters:

  • Women's & Gender Studies
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • History
  • English
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Habits of Reading, Habits of Sympathy

Apr 6, 2018, 3:00 PM-4:30 PM

Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, Room 114 Bird Library

Melissa Shields Jenkins (Wake Forest University)

This public talk is part of a two-day workshopping event in which members of the Syracuse Department of English and the 19th Century Studies Working Group of the Central New York Humanities Corridor come together to share ideas and new work within the disciplines.  Professor Shields Jenkins' presentation draws from a book manuscript about sympathy, race, and social class. She analyzes the proliferation of “recommended reading” book lists in the early twentieth century, discussing how the first gestures towards Victorian canon formation affect how we design syllabi, construct and arrange critical arguments, and interpret texts.


Additional supporters:
English
Syracuse University Libraries

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#BlackGirlMagic: Understanding AfroDigital Black Feminisms in 21st Century Writing Classrooms

Apr 6, 2018, 12:00 PM-2:00 PM

319 Sims

Carmen Kynard (John Jay College)

Kynard helps educators think about how race-related current events can be used in teaching writing across classes. Space is limited; please RSVP to Kristi Johnson by March 27. Include any requests for accessibility accommodations. Participants will need to bring a laptop or other digital device to view online work.


Biography: Carmen Kynard is associate professor of English at John Jay College and the CUNY Graduate Center. She has led numerous professional projects on race, language, and literacy and has published in Harvard Educational Review, Changing English, College Composition and Communication, College English, Computers and Composition, Reading Research Quarterly, Literacy and Composition Studies and more. Her first book, Vernacular Insurrections: Race, Black Protest, and the New Century in Composition-Literacy Studies won the 2015 James Britton Award and makes Black Freedom a 21st century literacy movement. Carmen traces her research and teaching at her website, “Education, Liberation, and Black Radical Traditions."


Additional supporters:

  • Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition
  • School of Education
  • Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
  • Democratizing Knowledge
  • Women's & Gender Studies
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Seizing the Means of Publication: Zine Making

Apr 6, 2018, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Room 002, Bird Library

Jenna Freedman (Barnard College Library)

Freedman focuses on how library work -- beyond its supportive role in higher education -- can also stand separate from enabling student learning and faculty research.  

RSVP to Patrick Williams (315-443-9520) by April 1; include any requests for accessibility accommodations.


BIOGRAPHY: Jenna Freedman is a zine librarian and creator, currently serving as Associate Director of Communications at the Barnard Library in NYC. She has published articles on zine librarianship and presented around the United States and in France on the topic, as well as on other themes of library activism. Jenna is a co-founder of Radical Reference and #critlib.


Additional supporters:

  1. Syracuse University Libraries
  2. School of Information Studies
  3. Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition
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Reimagining a Feminist Poetics with Aurora Luque and Sara Torres

Apr 5, 2018, 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

Drescher Community Room, Panasci Family Chapel, Le Moyne College

Poets Sara Torres and Aurora Luque present a bi-lingual poetry recital (Spanish/English) with cello accompaniment by Pamela Davenport. Representing two generations, their works deal with concepts of tradition, innovation, and feminist voices.

This public performance complements a lecture and roundtable discussion, “Herencia poetica feminista en España” (conducted in Spanish, April 3rd) between the visiting poets and faculty, staff, and students from both Le Moyne College and Syracuse University.


Additional supporters:

  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • Languages, LIteratures & Linguistics
  • Women's and Gender Studies
  • Central New York Humanities Corridor (LLC13 working group)
  • LeMoyne College Department of Modern Languages
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Zine Librarianship as Critical Practice

Apr 5, 2018, 5:15 PM-6:30 PM

Peter Graham Room 114, Bird Library

Jenna Freedman (Barnard College Library)

In this public lecture, Freedman shows how library work, while frequently -- and accurately -- viewed as a support role in higher education, can also stand separate from enabling student learning and faculty research. Librarians and other library staff are doing important work that does not rely on curriculum or administrative decree through collecting materials such as zines, by performing their roles with empathy and a critical eye, and by creating safe spaces.


BIOGRAPHY: Jenna Freedman is a zine librarian and creator, currently serving as Associate Director of Communications at the Barnard Library in NYC. She has published articles on zine librarianship and presented around the United States and in France on the topic, as well as on other themes of library activism. Jenna is a co-founder of Radical Reference and #critlib.


Additional supporters:

  1. Syracuse University Libraries
  2. School of Information Studies
  3. Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition
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Free to... Be Black As Hell: Race-Radical Literacies, College Classrooms, and the Movement for Black Lives

Apr 5, 2018, 2:00 PM-3:20 PM

Kilian Room, 500 Hall of Languages

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Carmen Kynard (John Jay College)

More than a moment or occasion for race-related current events curriculum, the Movement for Black Lives works as a central force of creative energy and intellectual gravity in college classrooms today. In this public presentation, Carmen Kynard discusses her efforts to work against the tendency to erase Black student insurgency that make possible/visible everyday processes of literacy, learning, and studenting. Kynard looks closely at digital writing projects of her own multiracial college students today and reads their literate contributions as part of a long, protracted vision for an anti-racist schooling and democracy.    


Biography: Carmen Kynard is associate professor of English at John Jay College and the CUNY Graduate Center. She has led numerous professional projects on race, language, and literacy and has published in Harvard Educational Review, Changing English, College Composition and Communication, College English, Computers and Composition, Reading Research Quarterly, Literacy and Composition Studies and more. Her first book, Vernacular Insurrections: Race, Black Protest, and the New Century in Composition-Literacy Studies won the 2015 James Britton Award and makes Black Freedom a 21st century literacy movement. Carmen traces her research and teaching at her website, “Education, Liberation, and Black Radical Traditions."


Additional supporters:

  • Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition
  • School of Education
  • Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
  • Democratizing Knowledge
  • Women's & Gender Studies
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REAL Talks: Economic Injustice (re-scheduled)

Apr 5, 2018, 12:30 PM-2:00 PM

304 Tolley Humanities Building

REVISED DATE! (This event was originally scheduled for March 2, but postponed due to weather-related closures.)


In a political climate that continues to encourage exclusionary rhetoric and practices, university communities have to grapple with what it means to be truly committed to creating spaces of inclusion and belonging. The nation’s reckoning (or lack thereof) with racial and gendered violence, economic crisis, exclusionary immigration and foreign policies, and social unrest has directly affected university communities, while raising questions about the responsibilities institutions of higher education have in these issues.

Three "Resisting Exclusion through Activism and Leadership" sessions -- or "REAL Talks" -- are scheduled for February, March, and April (locatons vary), each addressing a different theme:

  • State Violence (occured February 9), moderated by Biko Mandela Gray, to include topics of policing, police brutality, Black Lives Matter, immigration control, and DACA
  • Economic Injustice (APRIL 5), moderated by Susan Thomas, covering economic matters affecting the student body including student debt, tuition hikes, the GOP tax bill, and the overall neoliberalization of higher education
  • Rape Culture (April 20), moderated by Chris Eng, discussing the prevalence of rape, assault, and harassment on campuses, the significance of the #metoo movement and the Title IX crisis

These lunchtime dialogues are organized and moderated by faculty organizers from Cultural Foundations of Education, Religious Studies, and English with input from existing SU student organizations working to addressing these specific forms of exclusion. Download the printable/sharable poster.

Due to limited seating, please RSVP to Susan Thomas by March 29; include any requests for accessibility accommodations.

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New Islamist Architecture and Urbanism: Negotiating Nation and Islam through Built Environment in Turkey

Mar 30, 2018, 3:00 PM-4:30 PM

Eggers 060, reception to follow in Maxwell Atrium

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New Islamist Architecture and Urbanism: Negotiating Nation and Islam through Built Environment in Turkey 

Bülent Batuman (Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey and Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Pennsylvania State University)

In this public presentation (preceded by daytime workshops), Batuman provides an overview of his new book, New Islamist Architecture and Urbanism, which claims that, in today’s world, a research agenda concerning the relation between Islam and space has to consider the role of Islamism rather than Islam in shaping – and in return being shaped by – the built environment. Defining Turkey’s transformation in the past two decades as a process of “new Islamist” nation-(re)building, the book investigates the role of built environment in the making of an Islamist milieu.

Drawing on political economy and cultural studies, this talk explores the prevailing primacy of nation and nationalism for new Islamism and the spatial negotiations between nation and Islam. It discusses the role of architecture in the deployment of history in the rewriting of nationhood and that of space in the expansion of Islamist social networks and cultural practices. Looking at examples of housing compounds, mosques, public spaces and the new presidential residence, the talk scrutinizes the spatial making of new Islamism in Turkey through comparisons with relevant cases across the globe: urban renewal projects in Beirut and Amman, nativization of Soviet modernism in Baku and Astana, the presidential palaces of Ashgabat and Putrajaya and the neo-Ottoman mosques built in diverse locations as Tokyo and Washington DC.

DAYTIME CONFERENCE:
De/constructing the Middle Eastern City: Places, Publics, and Geographies of Global Connection
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
at Eggers 341
The day begins with breakout sessions with scholars from Syracuse University and visitors from Cornell, Colgate, and Binghamton. Download the Call for Participants and Abstracts, due February 19. Conference schedule will be finalized on February 26.

RSVP to Natalie Koch by February 19; to particpate in any of the 9am-3pm sessions. Please include any request for accessibility accommodations.


Additional supporters:

  • Department of Geography
  • Middle Eastern Studies Program
  • Moynihan Institute
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The Poetics of Confinement: A Workshop

Mar 30, 2018, 12:00 PM-2:00 PM

Lemke Seminar Room, SCRC, 6th floor, Bird Library

Susan Schweik (University of California, Berkeley)
Stephen Kuusisto (SU - Cultural Foundations of Education)

Drawing on the rich archival resources of the Special Collections Research Center, Susan Schweik and SU writer and professor Stephen Kuusisto lead a workshop featuring poetry that takes up or riffs off of archives of confinement and eugenic ideologies. Engaging work by Cecil Giscombe on the Tribe of Ishmael (who were once displayed by eugenicists as "America's Worst Family"), the Blunt Research Group's highly experimental The Work-Shy, and Molly McCully Brown's The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and the Feebleminded, participants will explore how poets contest various states of confinement and incarceration, and perhaps try their hands themselves.

Space is limited; please RSVP by 3/23/18 to baferri@syr.edu, include any accommodations requests.


This event is part of the Jeannette K. Watson Distinguished Visiting Professorship in the Humanities series, with its theme for 2018: Bodies of Evidence: Documenting/Representing Injustice, Confinement and Incarceration.


Additional Supporters
:
  • School of Education
  • David B. Falk College of Sport & Human Dynamics
  • Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
  • Center on Human Policy, Legacy Fund for Disability Studies and Human Policy
  • Disability Cultural Center
  • Department of English & Textual Studies
  • Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition
  • Cultural Foundations of Education (CFE)
  • Department of Sociology
  • Department of History
  • Department of Women’s & Gender Studies
  • SU Bookstore
  • SU Libraries & Special Collections Research Center
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Inventing the Muslim World and Islamophobia

Mar 30, 2018, 10:00 AM-12:15 PM

NOTE ROOM CHANGE to Eggers 220

Cemil Aydin (University of North Carolina)
Deepa Kumar (Rutgers University)
Osamah Khalil (Syracuse University)

Aydin, author of The Idea of the Muslim World, and Kumar, author of Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire, present from their recent works, followed by dialogue moderated by Khalil.

This event begins a two-part Middle Eastern Studies Spring Symposium, The Politics of Gender, Islam, and Islamophobia, with a second day of discussions on April 20.

View or download the event flier.

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Disability Justice in the Archives

Mar 29, 2018, 4:30 PM-6:00 PM

Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, Room 114 Bird Library

Susan Schweik (University of California, Berkeley)

Examining the history of Carrie Buck (of the infamous 1927 Supreme Court decision, Buck v. Bell), Schweik highlights contested issues related to re/presenting Carrie Buck and her life as a so-called feebleminded woman. From Oliver Wendell Holmes’ notorious decree that “Three generations of imbeciles are enough,” to trans-disability representations in the made-for-TV movie starring Marlee Matlin, a Deaf actor, to recent performances of Buck by transgender actors, Buck has proven a more malleable figure than essentialist understandings might suggest. Beginning with the politics and ethics of remembering Buck, Schweik explores some archives made and curated by people who were subjected to institutionalization in the first half of the twentieth century. How do we read and find these “impermanent records?"

Computer Assisted Real-Time Translation (CART) will be provided at this public lecture.


This event is part of the Jeannette K. Watson Distinguished Visiting Professorship in the Humanities series, with its theme for 2018: Bodies of Evidence: Documenting/Representing Injustice, Confinement and Incarceration.


Additional Supporters
:
  • School of Education
  • David B. Falk College of Sport & Human Dynamics
  • Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
  • Center on Human Policy, Legacy Fund for Disability Studies and Human Policy
  • Disability Cultural Center
  • Department of English & Textual Studies
  • Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition
  • Cultural Foundations of Education (CFE)
  • Department of Sociology
  • Department of History
  • Department of Women’s & Gender Studies
  • SU Bookstore
  • SU Libraries & Special Collections Research Center
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Musical Theater and Activism: Dream Freedom Resistance

Mar 28, 2018, 2:30 PM-3:30 PM

Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, 114 Bird Library

Music and Activism in Syracuse: A Music & Discussion Series

This event series explores how local artists in Central New York use music to accomplish political ends in our local communities. From critiquing policy to fostering democratic participation, reaching out to oppressed groups or working with refugee children to tell their own stories, these musicians draw from deeply-rooted, culturally specific forms of music and performance to connect with others, improve their world, and expand answers to the question of who “belongs” in Syracuse, New York, and the USA.  The series of discussions will combine short music performances with Q&A sessions facilitated and led by students from Professor Sydney Hutchinson’s spring course, HOM 400 – Music and Activism.

Sessions are free and open to all, on these last Wednesdays of the month:

  •     March 28, "Musical Theater and Activism: Dream Freedom Resistance"
  •     April 25, "Latin American Music and Activism: Colleen Kattau"
Additional supporters:
  1.    Art and Music Histories
  2.    Latino and Latin American Studies
  3.    Women’s and Gender Studies
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Here the Diaries End: Intellectual Disability and the Ends of Life Writing

Mar 27, 2018, 4:00 PM-6:00 PM

Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, Room 114 Bird Library

Susan Schweik (University of California, Berkeley)

Accounts of published representations of people with Down Syndrome, authored by people with Down Syndrome, usually start, wrongly, in the 1990s. However, scholars and activists at Syracuse University knew better: Douglas Biklen, Chris Kleiwer and Burton Blatt all wrote about the diaries of Paul Scott (published, with heavy editorial framing, in 1965). Schweik draws on Blatt’s A Basic Kit to Confront the Human Disposal Authority to re-read the final section of Scott’s diaries as protest literature and prison writing.

Computer Assisted Real-Time Translation (CART) will be provided at this public lecture.


This event is part of the Jeannette K. Watson Distinguished Visiting Professorship in the Humanities series with its theme for 2018: Bodies of Evidence: Documenting/Representing Injustice, Confinement and Incarceration.


Additional Supporters
:
  • School of Education
  • David B. Falk College of Sport & Human Dynamics
  • Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
  • Center on Human Policy, Legacy Fund for Disability Studies and Human Policy
  • Disability Cultural Center
  • Department of English & Textual Studies
  • Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition
  • Cultural Foundations of Education (CFE)
  • Department of Sociology
  • Department of History
  • Department of Women’s & Gender Studies
  • SU Bookstore
  • SU Libraries & Special Collections Research Center
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Meet The Scholar Coffee Hour

Mar 26, 2018, 10:30 AM-11:30 AM

300 Tolley Humanities Building

Susan Schweik (University of California, Berkeley)


Stop by the Humanities Center library for coffee and conversation with this year’s Watson Professor.

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Film Screening: Once Upon a Time in America

Mar 23, 2018, 6:00 PM-10:30 PM

Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Art Building

Guy Borlee (Il Cinema Ritrovato)

Borlee brings rare prints from the Italian film archive to campus for two nights of film screenings (see also March 22). All are welcome to this rare screening of a restored and expanded print of Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in America.

This working group event is supported by the CNY Humanities Corridor.

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Contested Ethics, Contesting Institutions: Dialogue on Interdisciplinary Research Practice

Mar 23, 2018, 12:00 PM-1:30 PM

Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, Room 114 Bird Library

Susan Schweik (University of California, Berkeley)
Zosha Stuckey (Towson University)
Liat Ben Moshe (University of Toledo)
Cynthia Wu (SUNY Buffalo)

Drawing from Schweik’s work with the International Disability Rights Research Network, an international committee tasked to develop a research ethics protocol for scholarship supporting the goals of the UN Convention on the Rights of Disabled Persons, panelists explore how the principles articulated in this protocol might relate (or not) to historical, humanities, and arts-based research. Panelists will also explore the politics of the archive and research ethics in the context of institutions and carceral contexts.

Computer Assisted Real-Time Translation (CART) will be provided at this public lecture.


This event is part of the Jeannette K. Watson Distinguished Visiting Professorship in the Humanities series with its theme for 2018: Bodies of Evidence: Documenting/Representing Injustice, Confinement and Incarceration.


Additional Supporters
:

  • School of Education
  • David B. Falk College of Sport & Human Dynamics
  • Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
  • Center on Human Policy, Legacy Fund for Disability Studies and Human Policy
  • Disability Cultural Center
  • Department of English & Textual Studies
  • Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition
  • Cultural Foundations of Education (CFE)
  • Department of Sociology
  • Department of History
  • Department of Women’s & Gender Studies
  • SU Bookstore
  • SU Libraries & Special Collections Research Center
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FilmScreening and Discussion: Rapsodia Satanica

Mar 22, 2018, 8:00 PM-9:30 PM

Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Art Building

Guy Borlee (Il Cinema Ritrovato)

Borlee brings rare prints from the Italian film archive to campus for two nights of film screenings (see also March 23) All are welcome to this free screening of Rapsodia Satanica (1917) followed by a panel discussion about film history and archives.

This working group event is supported by the CNY Humanities Corridor.

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Unfixed: How the Women of Glenwood Changed American IQ, and Why We Don't Know It

Mar 21, 2018, 4:30 PM-6:00 PM

Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, 114 Bird Library

Susan Schweik (University of California, Berkeley)

In 1939, a popular science magazine trumpeted, "Dull Babies Made Normal By Feeble-Minded Girls’ Care: Increase of as Much as 40 Points in IQ Reported.” The article described an experiment by psychologist Harold Skeels in which orphanage toddlers were transferred to the State Institution for the “Mentally Defective” in Glenwood, Iowa to be nurtured by women incarcerated there. Other “contrast” children left behind in the orphanage did worse by any measure. Raising the children in tandem with low-wage women workers who were their attendants, the women of Glenwood developed a radically interdependent kinship model that profoundly (but briefly, and under conditions of domination) called into question the usual terms and stratifications of intelligence, normalcy, cure, and care.

Computer Assisted Real-Time Translation (CART) will be provided at this public lecture.


This event is part of the Jeannette K. Watson Distinguished Visiting Professorship in the Humanities series with its theme for 2018: Bodies of Evidence: Documenting/Representing Injustice, Confinement and Incarceration.


Additional Supporters
:

Additional Supporters:

  • School of Education
  • David B. Falk College of Sport & Human Dynamics
  • Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
  • Center on Human Policy, Legacy Fund for Disability Studies and Human Policy
  • Disability Cultural Center
  • Department of English & Textual Studies
  • Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition
  • Cultural Foundations of Education (CFE)
  • Department of Sociology
  • Department of History
  • Department of Women’s & Gender Studies
  • SU Bookstore
  • SU Libraries & Special Collections Research Center
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Jeannette K. Watson Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Humanities residency begins

Mar 20, 2018, 4:30 PM-6:00 PM

Dates/Times/Locations vary. See the listings below.

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Susan Schweik (University of California, Berkeley)

This year's Watson Distinguished Visiting Professor is Susan Schweik. During her residency (March 19-30), Schweik engages students, faculty, and community members in various discussions and activities under an overarching theme of "Bodies of Evidence: Documenting/Representing Injustice, Confinement, and Incarceration."

Click to download a sharable, printable flier.

Tuesday, March 20, 4:30-6 p.m.
Welcome Reception for Susan Schweik
Goldstein Alumni & Faculty Center

Wednesday, March 21, 4:30-6 p.m.
Unfixed: How the Women of Glenwood Changed American IQ, and Why We Don't Know It
Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, Room 114 Bird Library

Friday, March 23, Noon-1:30 p.m.
Contested Ethics, Contesting Institutions: Dialogue on Interdisciplinary Research Practice
Peter Graham Scholar Commons, Room 114 Bird Library

Monday, March 26, 10:30-11:30 a.m
Meet the Scholar Coffee Hour
300 Tolley Humanities Building (Sainsbury Library)

Tuesday, March 27, 4-5:30p.m.
Here the Diaries End: Intellectual Disability and the Ends of Life Writing
Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, Room 114 Bird Library

Thursday, March 29, 4:30-6 p.m.
Disability Justice in the Archives
Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, Room 114 Bird Library

Friday, March 30, Noon-2 p.m.
The Poetics of Confinement: A Workshop
Special Collections Research Center (SCRC), Lemke Seminar Room, 6th floor, Bird Library


BIOGRAPHY: Susan Schweik is Professor of English at the University of California Berkeley, where she has worked since 1984. She is the author of The Ugly Laws: Disability in Public (NYU, 2009) and A Gulf So Deeply Cut: American Women Poets and the Second World War (1991) and is completing a book tentatively titled Unfixed: How the Women of Glenwood Changed American IQ, and Why We Don’t Know It.  She served as Associate Dean of Arts and Humanities at UCB from 2007-2015 and has just returned to that position.  She is a recipient of Berkeley’s Chancellor's Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence and its Distinguished Teaching Award, and the University of California’s Presidential Chair in Undergraduate Education. Schweik has been involved with the development of disability studies at Berkeley for over twenty years. She was co-coordinator of the Ed Roberts Fellowships in Disability Studies post-doctoral program at Berkeley (coordinated by the Institute for Urban and Regional Development). She is co-founder and co-director of Berkeley’s Disability Studies minor and has been very actively involved in the advanced Disability Studies Research Cluster in Berkeley’s Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society.


The 2018 Watson Professor residency is hosted by Beth Ferri (Professor of Inclusive Education and Disability Studies) and Michael Gill (Assistant Professor of Disability Studies) in the School of Education.

The Jeannette K. Watson Distinguished Visiting Professorship in the Humanities is a preeminent lectureship originally established by the Watson family to support on-campus residencies of prominent humanities scholars, writers, and artists.

Additional Supporters:

  • School of Education
  • David B. Falk College of Sport & Human Dynamics
  • Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
  • Center on Human Policy, Legacy Fund for Disability Studies and Human Policy
  • Disability Cultural Center
  • Department of English & Textual Studies
  • Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition
  • Cultural Foundations of Education (CFE)
  • Department of Sociology
  • Department of History
  • Department of Women’s & Gender Studies
  • SU Bookstore
  • SU Libraries & Special Collections Research Center
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Welcome Reception for Susan Schweik

Mar 20, 2018, 4:30 PM-6:00 PM

Goldstein Alumni & Faculty Center

Susan Schweik (University of California, Berkeley)

Join us in celebrating this year's Jeannette K. Watson Distinguished Visiting Professor, Susan Schweik.

American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be provided at this social event.

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Part of the Syracuse Symposium series!

Akin: Embedding as Artistic Strategy in the Experimental Video of Eva Maria Rødbro & Keren Shavit

Mar 8, 2018, 6:30 PM-8:00 PM

Watson Theater, 316 Waverly Avenue

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Eva Marie Rødbro (Copenhagen)
Keren Shavit (Brooklyn, NY)

Urban Video Project (UVP) presents AKIN, an evening of work by experimental video artists Keren Shavit and Eva Marie Rødbro, featuring hybrid documentaries in which the filmmakers insert themselves into the intimate interactions of an American family; followed by Q&A and a reception with the artists.

Please note, the event will be held in Watson Theater on the SU campus.

Additional support comes from the Department of Transmedia. Download the poster here. Read additional Arts & Sciences news coverage.


ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES:

Keren Shavit is a mixed media artist and curator, living and working in Brooklyn, New York. She graduated from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem and was a selected participant in the documentary workshop at the Leon Schiller National Higher School of Film in Lodz and Sam Spiegel Film School, Jerusalem. Shavit has exhibited, published and screened her work in Israel, New York, Poland, Germany, China, Norway, and Iceland.

Eva Marie Rødbro is a photographer and award-winning maker of short films that explore youth culture in a variety of contexts. She was educated at art academies in Denmark and the Netherlands. Her most recent short We Chose the Milky Way (2015) screened at the 2016 International Film Festival of Rotterdam and at the 2016 Ann Arbor Film Festival, where it won the George Manupelli Founder’s Spirit Award. Her 2010 short, I Touched Her Legs, won The Barbara Aronofsky Latham Award for Emerging Experimental Video Artist at the 49th Ann Arbor Film Festival, Most Inventive Film Award at the Odense Film Festival 2011, and was nominated for the NEW:VISION award CPH:DOX 2010.

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Design + Activism: Jayne Zweiman, Pussyhat Co-founder

Mar 5, 2018, 5:30 PM-6:30 PM

Slocum Hall

UPDATE: THIS LECTURE WILL BEGIN AT 5:30PM

Designer and artist Jayna Zweiman’s work engages contemporary issues of gender, representation, and how political activism can foster collective engagement. She is one of the co-founders of the Pussyhat Project, which became an icon for the Women’s March in January 2016. This grassroots movement created a ‘sea of pink’ in every city a march was held, creating a visible solidarity for all participants. Zweiman is now working on a new participatory project, Welcome Blanket, focusing on issues of immigration and refugee resettlement. Formally trained as an architect, Zweiman will discuss the influences her architectural and material education have had on her work and its trajectories.

Additional supporters:

1. Geography
2. VPA School of Art
3. Architecture
4. Women's and Gender Studies

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Spoken Word and Activism: Signature Soul

Feb 28, 2018, 2:30 PM-3:30 PM

Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, 114 Bird Library

Music and Activism in Syracuse: A Music & Discussion Series

This event series explores how local artists in Central New York use music to accomplish political ends in our local communities. From critiquing policy to fostering democratic participation, reaching out to oppressed groups or working with refugee children to tell their own stories, these musicians draw from deeply-rooted, culturally specific forms of music and performance to connect with others, improve their world, and expand answers to the question of who “belongs” in Syracuse, New York, and the USA.  The series of discussions will combine short music performances with Q&A sessions facilitated and led by students from Professor Sydney Hutchinson’s spring course, HOM 400 – Music and Activism.

Sessions are free and open to all, on these last Wednesdays of the month:

  •     February 28, "Spoken Word and Activism: Signature Soul"
  •     March 28, "Musical Theater and Activism: Dream Freedom Resistance"
  •     April 25, "Latin American Music and Activism: Colleen Kattau"
Additional supporters:
  1.    Art and Music Histories
  2.    Latino and Latin American Studies
  3.    Women’s and Gender Studies
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Vocal Master Class with Tracy Hamlin

Feb 26, 2018, 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

Community Folk Art Center, 805 East Genesee Street, Syracuse

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Internationally renowned jazz, soul, and R&B artist Tracy Hamlin concludes her Syracuse visit with a special master class designed to help singers of all ages and backgrounds find their voice. Interested participants should prepare a solo from the Great American Songbook or pop/soul repertoire. Please bring two copies of the lead sheet or keyboard accompaniment, or a mobile phone audio file. Hamlin will briefly work with each singer in front of a small audience, focusing on sound, technique and overall performance. Spectators are welcome!

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, or to register for the limited number of student slots, please contact cfac@syr.edu as soon as possible, and include any requests for accessibility accommodations.

NOTE: Tracy will also be part of a panel discussion / performance on campus, February 26th, from Noon-1:30.


Additional supporters for Hamlin's visit:
CNY Jazz
College of Arts & Sciences
Community Folk Art Center
Department of Art & Music Histories

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Music, Identity, and Belonging

Feb 26, 2018, 12:00 PM-1:30 PM

Peter Graham Room, 114 Bird Library

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Tracy Hamlin (Singer, songwriter)
Kal Alston
(Community Folk Art Center), moderator
Theo Cateforis (Art & Music Histories)
Jeff Welcher (Visual & Performing Arts)

Renowned jazz and R&B singer, songwriter, recording artist, producer and music entrepreneur, Tracy Hamlin joins this panel of scholars in conversation to explore connections between music and identity, reflect on how music can promote social/cultural understanding, and to examine how music draws on diverse cultural histories, especially through new technology.

Best known for her work with Pieces of a Dream and Gloria Gaynor, Hamlin's visit to Syracuse includes a CNY Jazz sponsored performance Sunday at the historic Marriott Syracuse Downtown (see info below) and a Master Class opportunity on Monday afternoon.

SUNDAY CONCERT (4-8 p.m., 2/25/18)
Eric Darius and Tracy Hamlin
Marriott Syracuse Downtown, 100 E. Onondaga Street, Syracuse
For information, please call 315-479-5299 or email Cathleen O'Brien.

BIOGRAPHY:
Tracy Hamlin began her singing career at age eleven, at the La Fonatine Bleu in Washington DC. She has been traveling the globe as a singer ever since. Her technique is grounded on a substantial education. Hamlin developed classical proficiency and dexterity; learning to sing in French, German, and Italian at the Baltimore School of the Arts and the Peabody Preparatory School of Music.

She has performed with numerous music legends including Carlos Santana, Marcus Miller, Jonathan Butler, and Chaka Khan. She has also toured internationally as lead background vocalist for Gloria Gaynor. She toured internationally as the lead vocalist with the legendary jazz group Pieces of a Dream, and was featured on their Love’s Silhouette (2002) and No Assembly Required (2005) albums.

Hamlin has self-executive produced three solo albums through her own label, DMH Records, LLC: Seasons (2005), Better Days (2009), and This is My Life (2013), which debuted in June 2013, and immediately gained the attention of music lovers globally, hitting the #1 position on the UK Soul Charts.

Tracy teamed up with DJ Spen in 2012 to release a string of successful “house music” singles including “Drive Me Crazy” and “Never Too Much”, #1 downloads on Traxsource, and “Got To Be Strong” a top 10 download. The success of these house singles led to Tracy’s signing with Quantize Recordings. On this label, Tracy has crossed boundaries between Soul, Jazz, R&B and House Music. She has collaborated on Quantize Records with DJ Spen (US), Frank McComb (US), John Khan & Earl TuTu (UK) and Michele Chiavarini (UK).

Tracy Hamlin continually performs at a myriad of venues and festivals. She aspires to continue her development and growth as an artist, and to mentor a new generation of vocalists.


Additional supporters:
CNY Jazz
College of Arts & Sciences
Community Folk Art Center
Department of Art & Music Histories

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Women's Roles in Latin American Theater

Feb 15, 2018, 2:00 PM-3:20 PM

304 Tolley Humanities Building

The actors and director of Teatro La María meet with interested students, faculty and the general public to discuss women’s roles as playwrights, directors and actors in Chilean and Latin American theater. Part of the conversation focuses on how their theater has raised consciousness about discrimination and corruption and fostered social change. Space is limited; please RSVP to Gail Bulman by February 5. Include any requests for accessibility accommodations.

This talk a presentation of this semester's Syracuse Symposium course, [SPA 400] Women, the Arts, and Social Change in Latin America.

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Understanding Chilean Theater in a Global Context

Feb 13, 2018, 9:30 AM-11:00 AM

304 Tolley Humanities Building

The actors and director of Teatro La María meet with interested students, faculty and community members to talk about Latin American theater and performance as a “text” and discuss strategies for “reading” and understanding Latin American, specifically Chilean, theater in a global context. Space is limited; please RSVP to Gail Bulman by February 5. Include any requests for accessibility accommodations.

NOTE: this open public discussion is a presentation of this semester's Syracuse Symposium course, [SPA 400] Women, the Arts, and Social Change in Latin America.

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Los Millonarios

Feb 12, 2018, 6:00 PM-8:00 PM

Schine Underground Theater

Chilean Theater group Teatro La María performs the play Los Millonarios (The Millionaires) in Spanish with English subtitles.

PLEASE NOTE THE REVISED START TIME: 6 p.m.

Inspired by an actual event in rural Chile, the play constructs a frame which highlights racism toward indigenous peoples in Chile, but also raises questions about the increasing violence toward and marginalization of the middle class throughout the world as increasing numbers of millionaires rise to political power in many countries.  The play has been performed several times in Chile as well as in Peru and Portugal.  This public performance in Syracuse will be its U.S. debut. 

While touring central New York, Teatro La María plans to perform Los millonarios a second time at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and El Hotel, at SUNY Oswego

This free, public performance is a presentation of this semester's Syracuse Symposium course, [SPA 400] Women, the Arts, and Social Change in Latin America.

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REAL Talks: State Violence

Feb 9, 2018, 12:30 PM-2:00 PM

304 Tolley Humanities Building

In a political climate that continues to encourage exclusionary rhetoric and practices, university communities have to grapple with what it means to be truly committed to creating spaces of inclusion and belonging. The nation’s reckoning (or lack thereof) with racial and gendered violence, economic crisis, exclusionary immigration and foreign policies, and social unrest has directly affected university communities, while raising questions about the responsibilities institutions of higher education have in these issues. 

Three "Resisting Exclusion through Activism and Leadership" sessions -- or "REAL Talks" -- are scheduled for February, March, and April (locations vary), each addressing a different theme:

  • State Violence (February 9), moderated by Biko Mandela Gray, to include topics of policing, police brutality, Black Lives Matter, immigration control, and DACA
  • Economic Injustice (March 2), moderated by Susan Thomas, covering economic matters affecting the student body including student debt, tuition hikes, the GOP tax bill, and the overall neoliberalization of higher education
  • Rape Culture (April 20), moderated by Chris Eng, discussing the prevalence of rape, assault, and harassment on campuses, the significance of the #metoo movement and the Title IX crisis

These lunchtime dialogues are organized and moderated by faculty organizers from Cultural Foundations of Education, Religious Studies, and English with input from existing SU student organizations working to address these specific forms of exclusion.  Download the printable/sharable poster.

Due to limited seating, please RSVP to Susan Thomas by February 1; include any requests for accessibility accommodations.

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No Body Left Behind: The Art and Practice of Disability Justice

Feb 8, 2018, 12:30 PM-1:50 PM

319 Sims Hall

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Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha (Toronto/Oakland)

Participants in this workshop will learn about disability justice - a movement building framework centering the leadership of Black and brown, queer and trans and other disabled folks marginalized within mainstream movements. Piepzna-Samarasinha talks about disability and accessibility in communities and movements, examines performance and writings by disabled queer and/or people of color artists, shares and builds concrete tools to create spaces that center disabled genius and access.

ASL will be provided at this workshop. Please RSVP to Mike Gill by January 31 and include requests for other accessibility accommodations.

Participants should refrain from wearing perfume, cologne, essential oils or other products with fragrance.

BIOGRAPHY: Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a queer femme sick and disabled Sri Lankan/ Irish/Roma writer, educator and disability and transformative justice organizer. The Lambda and ALA Stonewall Award winning author of Dirty River, Bodymap, Love Cake, Consensual Genocide and co-editor of The Revolution Starts At Home, she co-founded and co-directed QTPOC performance collective Mangos With Chili from 2005-2015. A lead artist with disability justice performance troupe Sins Invalid, she is currently finishing her new book of essays, Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice Culture and book of poetry, Tonguebreaker.


Additional supporters:

  • Douglas P. Biklen Landscape of Urban Education Lecture Series
  • Harry S. and Elva K. Ganders Lecture Series
  • Disability Cultural Center
  • Women’s and Gender Studies
  • South Asia Center
  • LGBT Studies
  • Office of Multicultural Affairs
  • LGBT Resource Center
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Sound of Silents: Recordings of Motion Picture Musicians Made in the Silent Period

Feb 7, 2018, 6:30 PM-7:45 PM

Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, 114 Bird Library

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Philip Carli (University of Rochester)

In this free public lecture, pianist and musicologist Carli shares his research on musicians who accompanied so-called “silent” films. Learn more about silent film musicians recorded professionally and privately in studios and theatres, and even in performance. These recordings offer a new window into performing styles, sensitivities, and thought processes that might (or might not) influence current approaches to film accompaniment.

Carli’s work—and specifically his use of historical recordings—provides an important perspective on a period in film history that is typically re-imagined primarily through visual and literary sources. In so doing, Carli’s research connects to a broader turn in the humanities toward audible histories.

Download the event poster here.


Additional Supporters:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Department of Art and Music Histories
  • Department of English
  • Setnor School of Music
  • Bandier Program
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Bodymap: A Performance with Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

Feb 7, 2018, 4:00 PM-5:30 PM

304ABC Schine Student Center

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Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha (Toronto/Oakland)

Lambda Award winning queer disabled Sri Lankan/Irish femme writer and performance artist Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha will share new work and performance pieces from her work with disability justice collective Sins Invalid and her most recent books, Bodymap and Dirty River: A Queer Femme of Color Dreaming Her Way Home. Piepzna-Samarasinha maps luscious and vulnerable terrains of queer femme of color transformative love, survivorhood, sick and disabled queer of color genius and all the homes we claim, make and deserve. Book signing and Q and A to follow.

Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) will be available for the event. If you have requests for accessibility and accommodations, please contact suschoolofed@syr.edu or 315.443.4696. Parking available in the Booth Garage on Comstock Avenue. We ask all attendees not wear perfumes or other scented products to this event.

Read more about her work in A&S News.


BIOGRAPHY: Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a queer femme sick and disabled Sri Lankan/ Irish/Roma writer, educator and disability and transformative justice organizer. The Lambda and ALA Stonewall Award winning author of Dirty River, Bodymap, Love Cake, Consensual Genocide and co-editor of The Revolution Starts At Home, she co-founded and co-directed QTPOC performance collective Mangos With Chili from 2005-2015. A lead artist with disability justice performance troupe Sins Invalid, she is currently finishing her new book of essays, Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice Culture and book of poetry, Tonguebreaker.


Additional supporters:

  • Douglas P. Biklen Landscape of Urban Education Lecture Series
  • Harry S. and Elva K. Ganders Lecture Series
  • Disability Cultural Center
  • Women’s and Gender Studies
  • South Asia Center
  • LGBT Studies
  • Office of Multicultural Affairs
  • LGBT Resource Center
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African American Music and Activism: Vanessa Johnson and World Be Free

Jan 31, 2018, 2:30 PM-3:30 PM

Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, 114 Bird Library

Music and Activism in Syracuse: A Music & Discussion Series

This event series explores how local artists in Central New York use music to accomplish political ends in our local communities. From critiquing policy to fostering democratic participation, reaching out to oppressed groups or working with refugee children to tell their own stories, these musicians draw from deeply-rooted, culturally specific forms of music and performance to connect with others, improve their world, and expand answers to the question of who “belongs” in Syracuse, New York, and the USA.  The series of discussions will combine short music performances with Q&A sessions facilitated and led by students from Professor Sydney Hutchinson’s spring course, HOM 400 – Music and Activism.

Sessions are free and open to all, on these last Wednesdays of the month:

Additional supporters:

  1. Art and Music Histories
  2. Latino and Latin American Studies
  3. Women’s and Gender Studies
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Theatre of the Mind: Staging Mental Health & Sense of Belonging

Jan 28, 2018, 4:30 PM-5:15 PM

Syracuse Stage, 820 East Genesee Street

Christian DuComb (Colgate University)
Rebecca Garden (SUNY Upstate Medical University)
Carole Hayes Collier (AccessCNY)
Bob Hupp (Syracuse Stage)
David Keith (SUNY Upstate Medical University)

The rock musical Next to Normal (winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama) tells the story of a suburban mother who suffers and struggles with worsening bipolar disorder and the impact her illness and the efforts to alleviate it have on her family. Scheduled between two Sunday performances, this panel talks about the story's themes of grieving a loss, suicide, drug abuse, and the ethics of modern psychiatry.

NOTE: the panel discussion is free and open to the public; tickets sold separately for performances.

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Learn more about the Research of the Humanities Center's Dissertation Fellows

Jan 26, 2018, 9:30 AM-11:30 AM

304 Tolley Humanities Building

Maria Carson (Ph.D. Candidate, Religion)
T.J. West III (Ph.D. Candidate, English)

Enjoy a refreshment as this year's Humanities Center Dissertation Fellows for 2017-18 talk about their current work:

Gender as an Affective Tool in the Thought of Abraham Joshua Heschel (Maria Carson)
Women are not explicitly discussed in Abraham Joshua Heschel’s 1951 work, The Sabbath. However, a particular kind of affective femininity is central to his larger argument about (Jewish) ritual time and space. This conception of gender as an affective technology illustrates how women in 1950s Jewish America were increasingly concerned with “marketing” Judaism to children and the broader community. Carson argues that to understand this cultural context is to understand how Heschel's work was impacted by the larger American Jewish socio-political landscape.

Paradise Lost: Melancholic Utopia and the Experience of History in Cleopatra (T.J. West III)
In the film Cleopatra (1963), viewers get a sense of hopeful mourning for a brighter future that the film never brings to fruition. The film’s narrative, driven toward failure, suffuses time-stopping, utopian spectacles with the despair of inevitable historical decline. West argues that Cleopatra expresses the profound uncertainties of a Cold War American culture struggling to find its place in history in a time when the future seemed uncertain due the ever-present possibility of atomic war.

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CUSE Grant Programs: An Info Session for Humanists

Jan 19, 2018, 9:30 AM-11:00 AM

304 Tolley Humanities Building

John Liu (Vice President for Research)
Stuart Taub (Director, Office of Sponsored Programs)

Humanities scholars from across the university are invited to hear Liu and Taub talk about the new CUSE Grants initiative, a program designed to provide about $1,000,000 across the university as seed funding to encourage high-quality scholarly output. 

This info session explains and answers questions about the program's four types of grants:

  • Seed Grant
  • Innovative and Interdisciplinary Research Grant
  • Good to Great Grant
  • Interdisciplinary Seminar Grant

Coffee and light breakfast available. Please contact humcenter@syr.edu with any accommodation requests.

You can also browse the Cuse Grants FAQ page for more information and download the RFP and Grant Guidelines document.

Application deadline: Proposals must be received by 5:00 PM January 31, 2018.  Proposals should be submitted in one single pdf file electronically to Stuart Taub at ospoff@syr.edu.  To ensure acknowledgement of timely proposal receipt, please include “CUSE Grant Program” in the subject line of the email.

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Info Session: Applying for New York Public Humanities Graduate Fellowships for 2018-19

Dec 8, 2017, 10:30 AM-11:45 AM

304 Tolley Humanities Building

Announcing the Call for Applicants for the 2018-19 Public Humanities Graduate Fellowship program, a shared initiative of the Humanities Center and the CNY Humanities Corridor, in partnership with Humanities New York

At this jointly-hosted information session, current and former fellows will be on site to talk about the fellowship and answer questions. Light breakfast will be available.​  Download the event flier here.

More about the fellowships:

  • At Syracuse University, the program is open to graduate students pursuing a PhD in Anthropology, Composition & Cultural Rhetoric, English, Geography, History, Philosophy, Religion, Sociology, Cultural Foundations of Education, or Literacy in Education. It is also open to graduate students pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing or in VPA (3-year MFA programs only).
  • Each year, Syracuase University is granted two fellowships. Learn more about our current and prior fellows.
  • The Call for Applications sheet is available under the FORMS page of this website. There, you will also find the HNY link to apply for the fellowship program.​
  • Questions can be sent to Humanities New York Program Officer Adam Capitanio, 212-233-1131.
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Taxonomic Repair Work

Dec 5, 2017, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

304 Tolley Humanities Building

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Melissa Adler (University of Western Ontario)

Melissa Adler follows her public lecture with a focused workshop on how classification systems -- from biological taxonomies to library organization systems -- reflect the values of their creators and exert power, especially over marginalized subjects. Please RSVP to Rachel Clarke by November 28; include any requests for accessibility accommodations.


About the speaker:  Adler's research concerns the history of library classifications as they intersect with state and cultural discourses about race and sexuality. Her book, Cruising the Library: Perversities in the Organization of Knowledge (Fordham University Press, 2017), examines the history of sexuality through the lens of Library of Congress classifications. Adler's next project, tentatively called "Organizing Knowledge to Save the World," is a feminist critique of knowledge organization systems that aspire to universality in reach, scope, or design. She is particularly interested in the creators of systems from the Enlightenment era to the present who claim that global security and peace may be made possible through sharing knowledge, as well as the roles that knowledge organization plays in securing national identity and memory. Adler currently teaches Research Methods & Statistics in the MLIS program at Western University.
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Consequences of Classification: Systemic Violence Against Marginalized Communities

Dec 4, 2017, 5:15 PM-6:30 PM

Peter Graham Room 114, Bird Library

Melissa Adler (University of Western Ontario)

Systems of classification exist across every field, from biological taxonomies to library shelves. These systems reflect the values of their creators and exert power in defining relationships of belonging. Using classifications as primary historical texts and conceptualizing them as systems that organize state and cultural discourses, Adler will discuss some of the processes by which the marginalization of queer and racialized subjects becomes systemic, and ways that critical analysis reveals possibilities for organizing otherwise. Interdisciplinary fields, such as critical animal studies, disability studies, queer studies, and critical race studies are deeply invested in the critique and production of taxonomies and language, and while they share similar histories of oppression, their subjects push the limits of classifications in unique and compelling ways.


About the speaker:  Adler's research concerns the history of library classifications as they intersect with state and cultural discourses about race and sexuality. Her book, Cruising the Library: Perversities in the Organization of Knowledge (Fordham University Press, 2017), examines the history of sexuality through the lens of Library of Congress classifications. Adler's next project, tentatively called "Organizing Knowledge to Save the World," is a feminist critique of knowledge organization systems that aspire to universality in reach, scope, or design. She is particularly interested in the creators of systems from the Enlightenment era to the present who claim that global security and peace may be made possible through sharing knowledge, as well as the roles that knowledge organization plays in securing national identity and memory. Adler currently teaches Research Methods & Statistics in the MLIS program at Western University.

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Music and Food in Multicultural Syracuse: Performing New American Traditions

Dec 2, 2017, 6:00 PM-8:30 PM

Grant Auditorium (concert); Wildhack Room (reception) in White Hall / Falk College

6-7:30 p.m. - Concert in Grant Auditorium (White Hall, Falk College)
7:30-8:30 p.m. - Reception in Wildhack Room

Beatrice Muradi (Burundian dance)
Karen and Matupi Chin dancers (Burma)
Immaculee Kandathe and Olivier Byinshi (Congolese music)
Ahmad Alkhlef (Syrian music)
St. Elias Antiochian Church dabkeh dancers
Shwe HninSi
(Chef, With Love, Burma)

All are welcome to celebrate this unique collaboration between the departments of Art & Music Histories in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Food Studies Program of Falk College, and With Love Restaurant -- the culmination of students’ work with musicians and chefs from Syracuse’s diverse refugee communities over the course of the semester. The evening begins with an eclectic concert of music and dance traditions from around the world.

Students studying the traditions of and issues faced by immigrant and refugee communities in Syracuse team up with students exploring cultural foodways and political/social histories of Burma to participate in a hands-on workshop with Burmese chef Shwe HninSi, preparing food for this event. "Music and Food in Multicultural Syracuse" serves not only as a showcase of refugees’ traditions as practiced in Syracuse but also as a folk festival in miniature to educate us all about our new American neighbors.

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Black Feminists and the Transformation of American Public Life

Nov 27, 2017, 6:00 PM-7:30 PM

Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, 140 Newhouse 3

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Johnnetta Betsch Cole
Paula J. Giddings
Beverly Guy-Sheftall

Join us for an evening of conversation with three renowned Black feminists: Johnnetta Betsch Cole, Paula J. Giddings, and Beverly Guy-Sheftall (PICTURED: Cole, Giddings, Sheftall). The acclaimed trio will draw from their collective expertise as scholars, educators, and leaders to discuss a variety of topics, including: collaborating as a transformative praxis; pursuing personal, institutional, and political change; and connecting contemporary struggles to combat injustice to a range of pivotal black feminist “history lessons,” from the road to abolition and suffrage to current coalitions such as #SayHerName. A reception and book sale will follow the keynote.

Download the event flier here.

Notes about the presenters:

Johnnetta Betsch Cole, Senior Consulting Fellow at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Principal Consultant at Cook Ross, President Emerita of Spelman College and Bennett College

BIO:
Before assuming her current position, Betsch Cole served for eight years as the Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art (NMAfA) -- the only national museum in the United States dedicated to the collection, exhibition, conservation and study of the arts of Africa.  Dr. Cole was given the title of Director Emerita upon her retirement from the museum in March, 2017.  She attended Fisk University in the early entrance Basic College Program.  She went on to Oberlin College where she received her undergraduate degree.  Her Masters and Ph.D. in anthropology with a specialization in African Studies were received from Northwestern University. 

Dr. Cole has held teaching and administrative positions in anthropology, women’s studies and African American studies at Washington State University, UCLA, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Hunter College and Emory University.  She has written and edited numerous publications for scholarly and general audiences, including Conversations: Straight Talk With Americas Sister President; All American Women: Lines That Divides, Tides That Bind; With Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Gender Talk: The Struggle for Women’s Equality in African American Communities; and with Rudolph P. Byrd and Beverly Guy-Sheftall, I Am Your Sister, Collected and Unpublished Writings of Audre Lorde.

In 1987, when Cole was appointed to the presidency of Spelman College, she was the first African American woman to hold that position.  During her presidency, Spelman was named the top liberal arts college in the south.  In 2002, she was appointed to the presidency of Bennett College.  During that presidency, an Africana women’s studies program was launched.  Dr. Cole is the only individual to have served as the president of the only two historically Black colleges for women in the United States. 

Cole was the first African American to serve as the chair of the board of United Way of America.  She formerly served on the corporate boards of Home Depot, Merck and Nation’s Bank South, and was the first woman to serve on the board of Coca-Cola Enterprises.  She currently serves on the board of Martha’s Table, an organization in Washington, DC that provides support for children, families and communities.

From 2015 to 2016, Dr. Cole was the president of the Association of Art Museum Directors.  Cole currently co-chairs the American Alliance of Museum’s Working Group on Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Inclusion.  She is a fellow of the American Anthropological Association and a member of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Cole has received numerous awards and is the recipient of 68 honorary degrees.  Throughout her career, she has addressed issues concerning Africa and the diaspora.  And in her published work, speeches, and community service, she speaks to issues of racial, gender and all other systems of inequality.  

Paula J. Giddings, E. A. Woodson 1922 Professor Emerita, Afro-American Studies, Smith College

BIO:
Before attaining her current position at Smith, Giddings taught at Spelman College, where she was a United Negro Fund Distinguished Scholar; Douglass College/Rutgers University as the Laurie Chair in Women’s Studies; and Princeton and Duke Universities.

Giddings is the author of When and Where I Enter: The Impact on Black Women on Race and Sex in America; In Search of Sisterhood, Delta Sigma Theta and the Challenge of the Black Sorority Movement; Burning All Illusions, (editor) an anthology of articles on race published by the Nation magazine from 1867 to 2000; and Ida, A Sword Among Lions: Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching. When and Where I Enter (1984) was called “a landmark study destined to become a prime sourcebook” by Publisher’s Weekly; “the best interpretation of Black women and race and sex that we have” by the Women’s Review of Books; and “a jarringly fresh interpretation” by the New York Times Book Review. The book has been translated into Japanese and Dutch and is used widely in college courses throughout the country. The Washington Post called In Search of Sisterhood (1988) “a fitting sequel to [Ms. Giddings] acclaimed first book.” The Los Angeles Times noted that it “succeeds as a detailed study of an organization that has touched the lives of some of the most prominent Black women in America.” Ida, A Sword Among Lions (2008) received the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Biography and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award among many other accolades.

Giddings is also a former book editor at Random House and Howard University Press; a magazine editor and journalist who has written on national and international issues for the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Jeune Afrique (Paris), The International Herald Tribute, and The Nation among other publications. From 1975 to 1977, she was the Paris Bureau Chief for Encore American & Worldwide News, where she covered international issues, many of them in Africa, and was a member of the press corps for President Jimmy Carter’s first trip abroad to Europe, India and the Middle East. During the period, Ms. Giddings interviewed such world leaders as Leopold Senghor (Senegal); Idi Amin (Uganda); Winnie Mandela, Helen Suzman, Robert Sobukwe (South Africa); and Forbes Burnham (Guyana) among others.

Giddings has been awarded fellowships by the Guggenheim Foundation; the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina; and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University (unfulfilled). She has also been awarded Honorary Doctorates from Wesleyan University and Bennett College , and was named a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar. Ms. Giddings is also the recipient of the Osceola Award for Excellence in the Arts from Delta Sigma Theta, Inc; the Candace Award from the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, and the Anna Julia Cooper Award from Sage: A Scholarly Journal on Black Women published by Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2016, was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

She is a member of P.E.N., a writers’ group; The Century Association; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the Coalition of 100 Black Women, and serves on the boards of the Nation Institute and the Authors’ Guild Foundation.

Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women’s Studies and English and Founding Director, Women’s Research and Resource Center, Spelman College, Adjunct Professor at Emory University’s Institute for Women’s Studies 

BIO:

Besides being one of the founding directors of the Women’s Research and Resource Center (1981) and Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women’s Studies at Spelman College, Guy-Sheftall spent many years as a visiting professor at Emory University where she taught doctoral seminars in Women’s Studies. At age sixteen, she entered Spelman, where she majored in English and minored in secondary education. After graduating with honors, she attended Wellesley College for a fifth year of study in English. In 1968, she entered Atlanta University to pursue a master’s degree in English; her thesis was entitled, “Faulkner’s Treatment of Women in His Major Novels.” A year later, she began her first teaching job in English at Alabama State University in Montgomery, Alabama. In 1971, she returned to Spelman and joined the English Department.

She has published a number of notable texts in African American and Women’s Studies, including the first anthology on Black women’s literature, Sturdy Black Bridges: Visions of Black Women in Literature (Doubleday, 1980), coedited with Roseann P. Bell and Bettye Parker Smith; her dissertation, Daughters of Sorrow: Attitudes Toward Black Women, 1880-1920 (Carlson, 1991); Words of Fire: An Anthology of African American Feminist Thought (New Press, 1995); Traps: African American Men on Gender and Sexuality (Indiana UP, 2001), an anthology co-edited with Rudolph Byrd; Gender Talk: The Struggle for Women’s Equality in African American Communities (Random House, 2003), co-authored with Johnnetta Betsch Cole; I Am Your Sister: Collected and Unpublished Writings of Audre Lorde, an anthology co-edited with Rudolph Byrd and Johnnetta Cole (Oxford UP, 2009); Still Brave: The Evolution of Black Women’s Studies (Feminist Press, 2010), an anthology co-edited with Stanlie James and Frances Smith Foster; and Who Should Be First: Feminists Speak Out on the 2008 Presidential Campaign (SUNY Press, 2010), an anthology co-edited with Johnnetta Cole. In 1983, she became founding co-editor of Sage: A Scholarly Journal of Black Women which was devoted exclusively to the experiences of women of African descent. She is the past president of the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) and was recently elected to the National Academy of Arts and Sciences (2017).


Event partners:

  1. The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, with a generous gift from University Trustee Christine Larsen ('84)
  2. Council on Diversity and Inclusion

Co-Sponsors:

  1. African American Studies
  2. College of Arts & Sciences
  3. History
  4. Newhouse School of Public Communications
  5. Office of Equal Opportunity, Inclusion, and Resolution Services
  6. Office of Multicultural Affairs
  7. Political Science
  8. Public Administration and International Affairs
  9. School of Education
  10. Sociology
  11. Women's and Gender Studies
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Music, Environmental Activism, and their Limits in the Amazonian Pilgrimage of the Forest

Nov 27, 2017, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

307 Bowne

Darien Lamen (Bowdoin College)

This public talk with ethnomusicologist and ethnographic filmmaker Lamen, is organized by CNY Humanities Corridor working group, "MMH21 Mobilizing Music."

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Genghis Khan's Descendants and Post-Communist Mongolia

Nov 9, 2017, 12:30 PM-2:00 PM

Eggers 341

Morris Rossabi (Columbia University and Queens College)

After more than two centuries of Chinese rule and seventy years of Soviet Communist influence, Mongolia finally had an opportunity to chart its own policies and future in 1990.  Rossabi's talk describes both its successes and failures, which has now led to economic crisis and political stalemate.

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Making, Being, and Belonging Through Multimodal Composing

Nov 9, 2017, 8:30 AM-12:00 PM

319 Sims

Jody Shipka (University of Maryland)

What does making have to do with belonging and composition?  In this half-day hands-on workshop, Jody Shipka invites participants to consider the impact of doing something beyond, or in addition to, “thinking with objects”—or, as is often the case when objects are even considered and given their due, simply writing about objects. Designed in part to resist a tendency in the field to conflate multimodality with digital media, the workshop encourages participants to explore how composing with objects provides opportunities to create different kinds of arguments and tell different kinds of stories about themselves and the world around them. In so doing, the workshop explores the complex relationship between making, being, longing, and belonging through the lens and practice of multimodal composition. 

Participants, please note: coffee and light breakfast served at 8:30 a.m.; activities begin promptly at 9:00.

UPDATE: This workshop has already filled to capacity. For more info, please contact pwberry@syr.edu.

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Making and Remaking a Literate Life: Being, Longing, Belonging

Nov 8, 2017, 2:15 PM-3:45 PM

Peter Graham Room 114, Bird Library

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Paul Prior (University of Illinois)
Jody Shipka (University of Maryland)
This joint presentation by Prior and Shipka challenges static notions of being and belonging in accounts of literacies and disciplines. Instead, it offers a dynamic view of the embodied, affective, and historically situated processes of making and remaking literate lives.

Paul Prior on Becoming and Belonging With: Laminating Literate Activity and Disciplinarity
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Typical approaches to disciplines frame participation as a question of belonging to a disciplinary community, of tracing a developmental path that makes one a bona fide member. Seeing disciplinarity as ongoing dynamic flows, as a moving and morphing laminated assemblage rather than a bordered territory, I consider here an alternative framing, belonging with, a matter of aligning to flows rather than fitting into territories or being accepted as a member of the club. Drawing in part on a case study of a biologist (Nora) and her lifespan engagements with scientific practices, and contextualizing that case study in the centuries-long dispersion of biology into lifeworld artifacts, environments, and practices, I will sketch out the empirical and theoretical grounds for seeing disciplinarity and literate activity as laminated becoming and consider the ethical and political implications of this notion of belonging with instead of belonging to."

Jody Shipka on Be/longing: On the Distributed, Embodied, and Affective Dimensions of Composing Processes
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Historically speaking, composition—as a discipline and a course—has focused on human agents/agencies (writers) and the production of print-based (alphabetic) scholarly texts. I argue for an expanded, increasingly dynamic focus for composition: one that advocates for the inclusion of more beings (both human and nonhuman) and that recognizes various forms of longing and, in so doing, facilitates a greater capacity for belonging. More specifically, I argue for the importance of treating writing in relation  to the other rich and varied resources composers employ in their works and lives as a way of highlighting events, artifacts, affects, and bodies that have been underrepresented by scholars in the field, and also for the importance of frameworks that allow us to conceptualize research and composing processes as highly distributed and complexly layered arrangements of humans and nonhumans."


Additional supporters:
Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition
School of Education
Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Composition and Cultural Rhetoric Graduate Circle

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Enough with All These Border Walls: Redrawing Disciplinary Becoming and Belonging

Nov 8, 2017, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

304 Tolley Humanities Building

Paul Prior (University of Illinois)

This workshop invites participants to consider the heterogeneous trajectories that become entwined in their own disciplinarity and then to use their autobiographical reflections to rethink relevant problem spaces in theory, research, and/or practice. In the first part of the workshop, Paul Prior has participants reflect about their own becoming and their engagements in disciplinarity. These activities are designed to encourage a critical re-narration of that becoming and a deeper awareness of the system of terms, tropes, and interests that constructs typical models of disciplines as walled, territorial, Herderian communities entered through the narrow passages of school curricula.  The second part of the workshop explores implications for their theory, research, and practice of seeing disciplinary becoming and belonging as laminated assemblage rather than category membership.

UPDATE: This workshop has already filled to capacity. For more info, please contact pwberry@syr.edu.

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Where Have All the Alphabets Gone? Disappearing Traditional Writing Systems and the Worldwide Loss of Cultural Identity

Nov 3, 2017, 10:00 AM-11:30 AM

Peter Graham Room, 114 Bird Library

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Tim Brookes (Champlain College)

Tim Brookes, founder of the Endangered Alphabets Project, uses art to draw attention to imperiled languages and cultures, creating wood carvings that display the beautiful scripts of languages on the verge of extinction.  Brookes will address questions of how a culture’s writing system reflects a sense of value, legitimacy and belonging, why cultures around the world are losing their traditional scripts, and what else is being lost in the process.

An exhibit of works by Tim Brookes will be on display on the first floor of Bird Library from October 25, 2017 through November 3, 2017.

Additional Supporters:
The University Libraries
The College of Arts & Sciences
The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
Languages, Literature & Linguistics
Religion
The Indigenous Values Initiative
The School of Education
Reading and Language Arts
Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition

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Creative Conversations: Water + Photography

Nov 2, 2017, 6:30 PM-7:45 PM

Watson Theater, 316 Waverly Avenue

Jeffrey Karson (Syracuse University - Earth Sciences)
Ed Morris (Syracuse University - Transmedia)
Susannah Sayler (Syracuse University - Transmedia)
Romita Ray (Syracuse University - Art & Music Histories), moderator

How do humanists, artists, and scientists approach similar subjects through different disciplinary lenses? Acclaimed scientist Jeffrey Karson joins award-winning artists Susannah Sayler and Edward Morris in a conversation moderated by art historian Romita Ray about water and photography. Co-author of Discovering the Deep: A Photographic Atlas of the Seafloor and Ocean Crust, Karson has photographed the ocean floor, while Sayler and Morris co-direct The Canary Lab, which develops research-based art and media focused on ecology. Q&A and reception to follow.


Co-Sponsors:

  • The College of Arts & Sciences
  • Renée Crown University Honors Program
  • Art Education
  • Art & Music Histories
  • Light Work
  • Multimedia Photography & Design
  • The Canary Lab
  • Communication & Rhetorical Studies
  • Geography
  • Earth Sciences
  • Science Communications
  • Science Teaching
  • Syracuse University Humanities Center
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That Day in 1945: Effects of the Atomic Bombs on Post-WWII Japanese Culture

Oct 28, 2017, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Slocum Hall Auditorium

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Keiko Ogura (Japan)
Dr. Daisaku Yamamoto (Colgate University)
Rahna Reiko Rizzuto (author)
Dr. Chad Diehl (Loyola University)
Dr. Sue Napier (Tufts University)

On That Day in 1945, the first atomic bomb attacked Hiroshima, and three days later Nagasaki, and changed the world ever after. This interdisciplinary symposium will hear from Hiroshima survivor Keiko Ogura and scholars whose research reveal the bombs’ lasting effects on our daily lives. The panel includes guests from Syracuse University and beyond, hosted by the Languages, Literatures and Linguistics department and the Moynihan Institute.

Related activities:

August 23 - November 26
Exibition: That Day Now: Shadows Cast by Hiroshima
Everson Museum of Art

October 19 - November 3
Installation: "That Day Now: Shadows Cast by Hiroshima
Slocum Hall Marble Room

October 22
Video Projection: "After Hiroshima Mon Amor" and "Let Me Count the Ways"
Slocum Hall Auditorium

October 24
AM: Ms. Ogura meets with local high school students
Everson Museum of Art

5:30 p.m.: "Warped by Time, Shaped by History: The Art & Architecture of That Day Now"
Panel discussion and reception
Slocum Hall Atrium

October 23 - 25 - 26 - 27
Ms. Ogura meets with various community groups, students, media

October 28
LLL / Moynihan Symposium: That Day in 1945: Effects of the Atomic Bombs in Post-WWII Japanese Culture
Slocum Hall Auditorium

October 30
Individual / small group meetings with Ms. Ogura, available by appointment; email for information.

November 16
Closing reception for That Day Now: Shadows Cast by Hiroshima
Everson Museum of Art

Visit the School of Architecture website for additional details.

"That Day Now" series made possible by:

  • The Japan Foundation
  • Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
  • Hiroshima Fukuyama Technical High School
  • Hiroshima Motomachi High School
  • Everson Museum of Art
  • Clear Path for Veterans
  • Syracuse City School District
  • Syracuse University units/programs, including: the School of Architecture; The Canary Lab at the College of Visual and Performing Arts; the East Asia Program at Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs; Syracuse University Galleries; the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs; Office of Veteran and Military Affairs; the School of Education; the Humanities Center; Languages, Literatures and Linguistics at Arts and Sciences; Syracuse University Study Abroad; the Center for Human Policy; the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications; and the Syracuse University libraries.

BIOGRAPHY: On August 6, 1945, at age 8, Keiko was exposed to the atomic bomb 2.4km away from the hypocenter. She graduated from Hiroshima Jogakuin University in 1959. In 1962, she married Mr. Kaoru Ogura,  director of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Secretary General of Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation. His work engaged in the promotion of A-bomb exhibitions outside Japan. Following her husband's death in 1979, Ogura began working for Hiroshima herself and deepened international exchanges with writers and journalists, becoming an interpreting coordinator for peace-movement visitors from abroad. In 1984, she established Hiroshima Interpreters for Peace and published Hiroshima Handbook, Hiroshima Peace Park Guide, Hip's Hiroshima Guide and One Day in Hiroshima. She was delegated as the official teller of Hiroshima A-bomb experience in English by Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation in 2011. 

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Geocriticism

Oct 27, 2017, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

304 Tolley Humanities Building

Bertrand Westphal (University of Limoges)

Westphal, a humanist of international acclaim known for his work on Geocriticism and spatiality leads a small-group mini-seminar delving into an approach to literature and culture which considers all types of geographical and imaginary peripheries, borders, and maps. Please RSVP to Kathy Everly by October 15 and include any requests for accessibility accomodations.

This event is organized by the CNY Humanities Corridor working group "LLC 11 Perspectives on Europe from the Periphery." 

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Mapping the Heavens: How Radical Ideas Have Transformed Our Cosmic View

Oct 26, 2017, 4:00 PM-6:00 PM

Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Art Building

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Kameshwar C. Wali Lecture in the Sciences and Humanities - 2017

Priyamvada Natarajan (Yale)

From time immemorial humans have been charting the night sky and trying to make sense of it and contemplating their place in the cosmos.  Dr. Natarajan recounts the evolution of celestial map-making and shows how maps literally track our ever evolving cosmic view. Tracing our understanding of the universe, its contents and its evolution, this Wali lecture will focus on recent developments in our understanding of two invisible entities: dark matter and black holes.

About the presenter:
Dr. Priyamvada Natarajan, Ph.D. holds the Sophie and Tycho Brahe Professorship at the Dark Cosmology Center at the University of Copenhagen, and an Honorary Professorship for life at the University of Delhi

Kameshwar C. Wali is Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus the Department of Physics. Wali is internationally recognized for his scholarship in the symmetry properties of fundamental particles and their interactions, and for his work on the physics of music. He has held positions at Harvard, The University of Chicago, Northwestern University, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Israel), Institutes des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques, and the International Center for Theoretical Physics.

The Kameshwar C. Wali Lecture in the Sciences and Humanities was established by Wali’s daughters, Alaka, Achala, and Monona, as an expression of their admiration and gratitude for his vision, leadership, and dedication to Syracuse University and the community.

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Where is the Center of the World? On Literature and Mapping

Oct 26, 2017, 2:30 PM-4:50 PM

Peter Graham Room 114, Bird Library

Bertrand Westphal (University of Limoges)

Westphal, a humanist of international acclaim, delivers this public lecture and a three-hour mini-seminar (October 27) to interested students, faculty and staff. Westphal is known for his work on Geocriticism and spatiality. This approach to literature and culture considers all types of geographical and imaginary peripheries, borders, and maps. Geocriticism is an innovative theoretical approach to literature that takes geographical spaces into account.

This event is organized by the CNY Humanities Corridor working group "LLC 11 Perspectives on Europe from the Periphery." 

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The Politics of Transligualism: After Englishes

Oct 25, 2017, 2:15 PM-3:40 PM

Kilian Room, 500 Hall of Languages

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Jerry Won Lee (University of California, Irvine)

Drawing from his newly released book The Politics of Translingualism: After Englishes, Professor Won Lee discusses the politics of evaluating language, including different Englishes, at a moment of unprecedented linguistic plurality worldwide. He argues for an ongoing need to confront the metadiscourse of plurality and difference and to re-evaluate the very epistemologies of evaluation in the first place.

Presented by:
Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition
Syracuse University Humanities Center

Co-Sponsors:
Democratizing Knowledge
School of Education
Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Composition and Cultural Rhetoric Graduate Program


BIOGRAPHY: Jerry Won Lee is an Assistant Professor in the departments of English, Anthropology, East Asian Languages & Literatures, and Asian American Studies at the University of California, Irvine. As an interdisciplinary scholar, the overarching goal of his research has been the examination of the cultural politics of globalization, with a particular focus on questions of “language” and “nation,” oftentimes seeking to understand their interrelationships.  In terms of “language,” Dr. Lee focuses on the politics of multilingualism and “global” Englishes from both theoretical-sociolinguistic and pedagogical angles. In terms of “nation,” he has focused on the official and vernacular functions and forms of ethnic identity in the context of and in spaces beyond the rubric of the nation-state. Dr. Lee has published on these topics in a range of journals, including Verge: Studies in Global AsiasInternational Journal of Applied LinguisticsCollege Composition and CommunicationCollege EnglishNational Identities, and Critical Inquiry in Language Studies.

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Translingual Dispositions: A Teaching Workshop

Oct 25, 2017, 10:00 AM-11:30 AM

141 Newhouse 3

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Jerry Won Lee (University of California, Irvine)

In this mini-seminar setting, Lee challenges narrow views of Englishes by sharing current theories of translingualism through cutting-edge scholarship from sociolinguistics, critical theory, and composition studies. Please RSVP to Kristen Krouse by October 18 and include any requests for accessibility accomodations.

Presented by:
Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition
Syracuse University Humanities Center

Co-Sponsors:
Democratizing Knowledge
School of Education
Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Composition and Cultural Rhetoric Graduate Program


BIOGRAPHY: Jerry Won Lee is an Assistant Professor in the departments of English, Anthropology, East Asian Languages & Literatures, and Asian American Studies at the University of California, Irvine. As an interdisciplinary scholar, the overarching goal of his research has been the examination of the cultural politics of globalization, with a particular focus on questions of “language” and “nation,” oftentimes seeking to understand their interrelationships.  In terms of “language,” Dr. Lee focuses on the politics of multilingualism and “global” Englishes from both theoretical-sociolinguistic and pedagogical angles. In terms of “nation,” he has focused on the official and vernacular functions and forms of ethnic identity in the context of and in spaces beyond the rubric of the nation-state. Dr. Lee has published on these topics in a range of journals, including Verge: Studies in Global AsiasInternational Journal of Applied LinguisticsCollege Composition and CommunicationCollege EnglishNational Identities, and Critical Inquiry in Language Studies.

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Warped by Time, Shaped by History: The Art and Architecture of That Day Now

Oct 24, 2017, 5:30 PM-7:30 PM

Slocum Hall Atrium and Marble Room

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Keiko Ogura (Japan)
Edward Morris, Moderator (The Canary Lab)
Yutaka Sho (Syracuse University)
Linda Zhang (Syracuse University)

Artists and architects who archive, represent, question and disseminate memories of past events will join Hiroshima atomic bomb survivor Keiko Ogura in this panel discussion. Opening reception for the interactive exhibition That Day Now: Shadows Cast by Hiroshima follows, in the Marble Room at Slocum. 

Related activities:

August 23 - November 26
Exibition: That Day Now: Shadows Cast by Hiroshima
Everson Museum of Art

October 19 - November 3
Installation: "That Day Now: Shadows Cast by Hiroshima
Slocum Hall Marble Room

October 22
Video Projection: "After Hiroshima Mon Amor" and "Let Me Count the Ways"
Slocum Hall Auditorium

October 24
AM: Ms. Ogura meets with local high school students
Everson Museum of Art

5:30 p.m.: "Warped by Time, Shaped by History: The Art & Architecture of That Day Now"
Panel discussion and reception
Slocum Hall Atrium

October 23 - 25 - 26 - 27
Ms. Ogura meets with various community groups, students, media

October 28
LLL / Moynihan Symposium: That Day in 1945: Effects of the Atomic Bombs in Post-WWII Japanese Culture
Slocum Hall Auditorium

October 30
Individual / small group meetings with Ms. Ogura, available by appointment; email for information.

November 16
Closing reception for That Day Now: Shadows Cast by Hiroshima
Everson Museum of Art

Visit the School of Architecture website for additional details.

"That Day Now" series made possible by:

  • The Japan Foundation
  • Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
  • Hiroshima Fukuyama Technical High School
  • Hiroshima Motomachi High School
  • Everson Museum of Art
  • Clear Path for Veterans
  • Syracuse City School District
  • Syracuse University units/programs, including: the School of Architecture; The Canary Lab at the College of Visual and Performing Arts; the East Asia Program at Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs; Syracuse University Galleries; the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs; Office of Veteran and Military Affairs; the School of Education; the Humanities Center; Languages, Literatures and Linguistics at Arts and Sciences; Syracuse University Study Abroad; the Center for Human Policy; the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications; and the Syracuse University libraries.

BIOGRAPHY: On August 6, 1945, at age 8, Keiko was exposed to the atomic bomb 2.4km away from the hypocenter. She graduated from Hiroshima Jogakuin University in 1959. In 1962, she married Mr. Kaoru Ogura,  director of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Secretary General of Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation. His work engaged in the promotion of A-bomb exhibitions outside Japan. Following her husband's death in 1979, Ogura began working for Hiroshima herself and deepened international exchanges with writers and journalists, becoming an interpreting coordinator for peace-movement visitors from abroad. In 1984, she established Hiroshima Interpreters for Peace and published Hiroshima Handbook, Hiroshima Peace Park Guide, Hip's Hiroshima Guide and One Day in Hiroshima. She was delegated as the official teller of Hiroshima A-bomb experience in English by Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation in 2011.

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Bringing Theater into Life: Pirandello’s 'Tonight We Improvise,' From Short Story to Theatrical Vision

Oct 19, 2017, 3:30 PM-4:30 PM

311A Huntington Beard Crouse

Pietro Frassica (Princeton)
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Luigi Pirandello’s birth, Professor Frassica, a leader in Pirandello studies in North America and Europe, investigates the playwright’s strategies in Tonight We Improvise which challenge the thresholds between art and life -- questions still relevant today since the work's 1930 opening in Königsberg, Germany. Tonight We Improvise will appeal to those interested in Modernism, Expressionism, European studies, theater and literature.

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Decolonizing Digital Networks: Women of Color Feminism, Open Access, and What it Means to be Woke

Oct 19, 2017, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM

Gamble Room, Rush Rhees Library, University of Rochester

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Presenter:
Lisa Nakamura
(University of Michigan)

Participants:
Joanne Bernardi (University of Rochester)
Kyoko Omori (Hamilton College)
Arnika Fuhrmann (Cornell University)
Leah Shafer (Hobart and William Smith Colleges)
Joan Rubin (University of Rochester)
June Hwang (University of Rochester)
A. Joan Saab (University of Rochester)
Morris Eaves (University of Rochester)
Will Bridges (University of Rochester)
Iskandar Zulkarnain (Hobart and William Smith Colleges)
Patrick Sullivan (University of Rochester)
Harry Gu (University of Rochester)
Byron Fong (University of Rochester)

This public lunch talk is part of the CNY Humanities Corridor working group DH8: Digital Humanities Speaker Series and the Global DH's "Digitizing Decolonization" theme that seeks to make space for broader perspectives in digital humanities, and to bring otherwise marginalized voices to the fore. To RSVP, please contact Jennie Gilardoni and include any requests for accessibility accommodations.

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Syracuse International Film Festival: 'The Road To Where'

Oct 18, 2017, 6:30 PM-9:30 PM

121 Shaffer Art Building

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This year's Syracuse International Film Festival kicks off with a screening of The Road To Where, a new feature film by Michal Bat-Adam -- Israel’s first woman feature filmmaker -- and a new documentary about her by Netalie Braun, I Hope I'm in the Frame, which just won the Israeli Academy Award for Best Mid Length Documentary. Syracuse will be the first U.S. festival to screen the piece, since the award.

Michal’s film deals with the human interactions of a group of people who live in an apartment building in Jerusalem that used to be occupied by Arab families. The accompanying documentary shows her struggle to make films and be accepted as an artist in her own right, especially as she is married to Moshe Mizrahi, Israel’s most recognized filmmaker and Academy Award winner.

The 14th annual Syracuse International Film Festival starts Wednesday, October 18th and runs through Sunday, October 22nd.  Students will be admitted free with Syracuse University ID.

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Into the Mystic: A Night of Turkish Sufi Music and Poetry with Latif Bolat

Oct 17, 2017, 7:15 PM-9:30 PM

308 Setnor (lecture), Setnor Auditorium (performance)

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7:15-7:45 p.m. - Lecture in Setnor Room 308

8-9:30 p.m. - Performance in Setnor Auditorium

Musician and scholar Latif Bolat presents an evening of Turkish Sufi songs and devotional poetry by Jalal ad-Din Rumi and Yunus Emre. Bolat has performed in more than a dozen countries, recorded four albums, and composed music for television programs. He is the co-editor of Quarreling with God: Mystic Rebel Poems of the Dervishes of Turkey (White Cloud Press, 2007).

Additional supporters:
South Asian Studies
Performance Live course
Art & Music Histories
Religion

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Foucault, Power, and Government

Oct 16, 2017, 4:30 PM-7:00 PM

Guerlac Room, A.D.E. White House, Society for the Humanities, Cornell University

Paul Patton (University of New South Wales)
Scientia Professor Paul Patton presents a public lecture co-sponsored by PH8 -- Society for the Study of Biopolitical Futures. For more information, please contact Gregg Lambert.
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Wafaa Bilal: On Art and Resistance

Oct 13, 2017, 10:00 AM-11:30 AM

304 Tolley Humanities Building

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Wafaa Bilal (New York University Tisch School)

Iraqi-born artist Wafaa Bilal is renowned for provoking dialogue about international politics and internal dynamics through high profile, technologically-driven art projects that employ the use of robotics, the internet, and photographic mobile mapping.

By underscoring the powerful associations between Iraq, Islam, and the United States, Wafaa Bilal’s art reflects on the coexistence of the “comfort zone” in the US and the “conflict zone” in the Middle East. These paradigms of conflict and comfort support an unstable binary that disconnects individuals from each other and de-sensitizes them to the struggles of others. Achieving a resolution between the two drives much of the impetus behind his work.

Participants in this mini-seminar will consider Bilal's works as instances of how art initiates dialogues in unexpected ways/places. Please RSVP to Amy Kallander by October 4; include any requests for accessibility accommodations.


Additional supporters:

  • English
  • History
  • Middle East Studies
  • Art and Music Histories
  • Women's and Gender Studies
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Performing Change: Diaspora and Belonging

Oct 12, 2017, 5:00 PM-6:30 PM

Peter Graham Room 114, Bird Library

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Wafaa Bilal (New York University, Tisch School)

Iraqi-born artist Wafaa Bilal is renowned for provoking dialogue about international politics and internal dynamics through high profile, technologically-driven art projects that employ the use of robotics, the internet, and photographic mobile mapping. For his 2007 installation, Domestic Tension, Bilal spent a month in a Chicago gallery with a paintball gun that people could shoot at him over the internet.

Bilal’s work is constantly informed by the experience of fleeing his homeland and existing simultaneously in two worlds – his home in the “comfort zone” of the U.S. and his consciousness of the “conflict zone” in Iraq. Using his own body as a medium, Bilal continues to challenge our comfort zone with projects like 3rdi and and Counting.... His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL; MATHAF: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar; amongst others. He holds a BFA from the University of New Mexico and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is currently an Associate Arts Professor at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.


Additional supporters:

  • English
  • History
  • Middle East Studies
  • Art and Music Histories
  • Women's and Gender Studies
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Public Humanities Fellows Showcase

Oct 12, 2017, 4:00 PM-6:00 PM

CUNY Graduate Center, Skylight Room, 365 Fifth Avenue, NYC

a photo related to the eventMax Hayward, former Fellow at Columbia University
Cara Shousterman, former Fellow at New York University
Thomas Guiler, former Fellow at Syracuse University
Tonya Lewis, former Fellow at the University at Buffalo
Sarah Litvin, former Fellow at the CUNY Graduate Center
Francisco Delgado, former Fellow at Stony Brook University

Humanities New York and the humanities centers of its nine partner universities (see below) welcome all to the Public Humanities Fellows Showcase, featuring six young scholars presenting work on the cutting edge of the growing field of the public humanities. Registration requested.

Graduate Student Public Humanities Fellowships are a project of Humanities New York, in partnership with:
  • Binghamton University’s Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities
  • The City University of New York Graduate Center’s The Center for the Humanities
  • Columbia University’s Heyman Center for the Humanities
  • Cornell University’s Society for the Humanities
  • New York University’s The Center for the Humanities
  • State University of New York at Buffalo’s Humanities Institute
  • State University of New York at Binghamton’s Humanities Institute
  • Syracuse University’s Humanities Center / CNY Humanities Corridor
  • The University of Rochester’s Humanities Center
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[CANCELLED] All the Agents and Saints

Oct 9, 2017, 5:30 PM-7:00 PM

Bird Library

Stephanie Elizondo Griest (UNC-Chapel Hill)

Unfortunately, this public lecture has been cancelled, with no immediate plans to reschedule.

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Embodied Belongings: Exploring the Politics of ‘Queer’ in South Asia

Oct 5, 2017, 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

Kilian Room, 500 Hall of Languages

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Vivek Shraya (Toronto)
Multidisciplinary South Asian artist Vivek Shraya will show and discuss a range of media -- literature, song and film -- to highlight the complex relationship between belonging and the body itself.  Her work consistently tackles what it means to belong (and not belong) in relation to family, religion, community spaces, queerness and transness.

Shraya appears as part of the South Asia Center's Fall Symposium -- in collaboration with the Ray Smith Symposium.

Friday, October 6
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Kilian Room, 500 Hall of Languages
This session features a reading by widely published, award-winning author, Shyam Selvadurai. His novel Funny Boy draws on his experience of being gay in the violent 1980s of Sri Lanka.  


Additional supporters:
South Asia Center
Ray Smith Symposium
Anthropology
Religion
Women’s and Gender Studies
English
LGBTQ Program
Ford Maxwell Professor South Asian Studies

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Deadness: The Social Practices of Sound Reproduction

Oct 4, 2017, 2:00 PM-5:00 PM

304 Tolley Humanities Building

Benjamin D. Piekut (Cornell University)

Dr. Piekut leads a mini-seminar devoted to two works: his award-winning article “Deadness: Technologies of the Intermundane” (co-authored with Jason Stanyek) and a manuscript version of a second article on “deadness.” To request a copy of the readings and to RSVP for dinner following the event, please e-mail Sarah Fuchs Sampson by 9/27/17.

This event is organized by the CNY Humanities Corridor working group LLC10 "Sound & Media."

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Teach-in on Charlottesville

Oct 3, 2017, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Watson Theater, 316 Waverly Avenue

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Panelists:
Zachary Braiterman (Religion)
Kathleen Feyh (Communication & Rhetorical Studies)
Biko Gray (Religion)
Margaret Thompson (History / Political Science)
Meina Yates-Richard (English)

Moderator:
Amy Lutz (Sociology)

Join members of the Syracuse University community for discussion about, and reflections on, Charlottesville. Addressing historical and contemporary contexts and drawing from personal and academic insights, a panel of faculty come together for this teach-in to listen, learn, and jump-start important dialogues about resistance and forging solidarities within and across our communities, in the classroom and beyond.

Download the event flier here.


Additional supporters:
African American Studies
Cultural Foundations of Education
History
Jewish Studies Program
Sociology
Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition

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An Evening of Spanish Poetry: Aguado and Vilas

Oct 2, 2017, 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

446 Reilly Hall, Le Moyne College

All are invited to enjoy an evening with award-winning Spanish poets Jesús Aguado and Manuel Vilas as they read from and discuss their work.

This event is organized by the CNY Humanities Corridor working group "LLC13 Alguien al Otro Lado (SU)."

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Lipstick Under My Burkha

Sep 30, 2017, 7:00 PM-9:30 PM

Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Art Building

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15th Annual Syracuse University Human Rights Film Festival

LIPSTICK UNDER MY BURKHA
Alankrita Shrivastava (India, 2016, 116 min, Hindi with English subtitles)

Set in the crowded lanes of small town India, this film chronicles the secret lives of four women in search of freedom. A burkha-clad college girl struggles with issues of cultural identity and her aspirations to be a pop singer. A young, two-timing beautician seeks to escape the claustrophobia of her small town. An oppressed housewife and mother of three, lives the alternate life of an enterprising saleswoman. And a 55-year-old widow rediscovers her sexuality through a telephone romance. Challenging the prerogatives of the male gaze in popular Indian cinema, Alankrita Shrivastava’s exuberant feminist comedy drama has garnered critical acclaim and awards but also faced a high-profile struggle with the Indian film censorship board over its domestic release.

Visit the official SUHRFF website for more information.

FILMS WILL BE SCREENED with English closed captions or with English subtitles, as noted. Communication Access Real-Time Translation (CART) will be available at all screenings. If you require other accommodations, please contact Kristen Northrop (315-443-7358) by September 15, 2017.


Festival Presenters:
The Humanities Center
S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

Festival Sponsors:
David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics
School of Education
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center
South Asia Center
Citizenship and Civic Engagement Program
International Relations Program
Latino-Latin American Studies Program
Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC)
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Festival Supporters:
Disability Cultural Center
Office of Multicultural Affairs
Department of Anthropology
Department of Art & Music Histories
Department of Geography
Department of History
Department of Political Science
Department of Religion
Department of Sociology
Department of Women’s and Gender Studies
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies Program

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Plastic China

Sep 30, 2017, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM

Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Art Building

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15th Annual Syracuse University Human Rights Film Festival

PLASTIC CHINA
Jiu-liang Wang (Hong Kong/China, 2016, 82 min, Mandarin with English subtitles)

Director Jiu-liang Wang captures the striking, melancholic beauty of a vast and lifeless artificial landscape — a Chinese countryside covered almost entirely in imported plastic. Men and women build lives upon this waste, and children learn about the outside world through tattered western advertisements and tabloid images. Yet even within such a profoundly isolating and toxic atmosphere, hope and humanity find their way into the defiantly optimistic 11-year-old Yi-Jie. When she’s not building forts beneath massive plastic mounds, or constructing fake computers from magazine cutouts, Yi-Jie dreams of eating real fruits and raising healthy animals, as well as attending school and befriending kids her own age. She finds a kindred spirit in the young and optimistic Kun, the local recycling facility owner, who dreams, like she does, of one day escaping the plastic countryside and finding a better life. (Sundance Film Festival) 

Visit the official SUHRFF website for more information.

FILMS WILL BE SCREENED with English closed captions or with English subtitles, as noted. Communication Access Real-Time Translation (CART) will be available at all screenings. If you require other accommodations, please contact Kristen Northrop (315-443-7358) by September 15, 2017.


Festival Presenters:
The Humanities Center
S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

Festival Sponsors:
David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics
School of Education
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center
South Asia Center
Citizenship and Civic Engagement Program
International Relations Program
Latino-Latin American Studies Program
Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC)
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Festival Supporters:
Disability Cultural Center
Office of Multicultural Affairs
Department of Anthropology
Department of Art & Music Histories
Department of Geography
Department of History
Department of Political Science
Department of Religion
Department of Sociology
Department of Women’s and Gender Studies
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies Program

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The Good Postman

Sep 30, 2017, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM

Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Art Building

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15th Annual Syracuse University Human Rights Film Festival

THE GOOD POSTMAN
Tonislav Hristov (Finland/Bulgaria, 2016, 82 min, Bulgarian with English subtitles)

In an almost deserted Bulgarian village on the border with Turkey, known for centuries as “The Great Gate,” there are only 38 voters left. Among the candidates running for mayor is Ivan the postman. He has come up with an unconventional and generous-minded plan to breathe new life into his village. Since the times of the Roman and Ottoman Empires, refugees have been entering Europe through this “gate.” So why not offer the passing Syrian refugees a home and a new beginning in the empty village? In this tragicomic portrait of a sleepy village that suddenly finds itself at the center of current affairs, we see how the villagers’ fears and worries compete with their hope and compassion. Includes discussion with Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner.

Visit the official SUHRFF website for more information.

FILMS WILL BE SCREENED with English closed captions or with English subtitles, as noted. Communication Access Real-Time Translation (CART) will be available at all screenings. If you require other accommodations, please contact Kristen Northrop (315-443-7358) by September 15, 2017.


Festival Presenters:
The Humanities Center
S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

Festival Sponsors:
David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics
School of Education
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center
South Asia Center
Citizenship and Civic Engagement Program
International Relations Program
Latino-Latin American Studies Program
Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC)
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Festival Supporters:
Disability Cultural Center
Office of Multicultural Affairs
Department of Anthropology
Department of Art & Music Histories
Department of Geography
Department of History
Department of Political Science
Department of Religion
Department of Sociology
Department of Women’s and Gender Studies
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies Program

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Memories of a Penitent Heart

Sep 29, 2017, 7:00 PM-9:30 PM

Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, Newhouse 3

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15th Annual Syracuse University Human Rights Film Festival

MEMORIES OF A PENITENT HEART
Cecilia Aldarondo (USA, 2016, 77 min, closed-captioned in English)

Originating from filmmaker Cecilia Aldarondo’s suspicion that there was something ugly in her family’s past, this film charts her excavation of the buried family conflict around her uncle Miguel’s death, and her search for Miguel’s partner Robert a generation later. After two years of dead ends, Robert turns up: but he’s not the same man. He’s reinvented himself as Father Aquin, a Franciscan monk with twenty-five years of pent-up grief and bitterness. For the first time, a member of Miguel’s family wants to hear Aquin’s side of the story—but is it too little, too late? A story about the mistakes of the past and the second chances of the present, Memories of a Penitent Heart is a cautionary tale about the unresolved conflicts wrought by AIDS, and a nuanced exploration of how faith is used and abused in times of crisis. Includes introduction and Q&A with director Cecilia Aldarondo.

Visit the official SUHRFF website for more information.

FILMS WILL BE SCREENED with English closed captions or with English subtitles, as noted. Communication Access Real-Time Translation (CART) will be available at all screenings. If you require other accommodations, please contact Kristen Northrop (315-443-7358) by September 15, 2017.


Festival Presenters:
The Humanities Center
S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

Festival Sponsors:
David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics
School of Education
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center
South Asia Center
Citizenship and Civic Engagement Program
International Relations Program
Latino-Latin American Studies Program
Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC)
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Festival Supporters:
Disability Cultural Center
Office of Multicultural Affairs
Department of Anthropology
Department of Art & Music Histories
Department of Geography
Department of History
Department of Political Science
Department of Religion
Department of Sociology
Department of Women’s and Gender Studies
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies Program

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Through Film We Fight On!

Sep 28, 2017, 7:00 PM-9:30 PM

screenings in various locations

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15th Annual Syracuse University Human Rights Film Festival

Themes of “Belonging” weave throughout the program selections in this 15th anniversary year, September 28-30. Screenings are free and open to the public.

Visit the official SUHRFF website for the complete schedule and additional details.

There will also be a workshop opportunity on Friday:

Lunch Seminar with Festival Filmmakers
September 29,
11:30 - 1 p.m.
I3 Center, Room 432-434, Newhouse 3
Presenters: Jeremy Levine, Landon van Soest, Cecilia Aldarondo
RSVP by September 22 to Kristen Northrop (315) 443-7358; include any requests for accessibility accommodations

FILMS WILL BE SCREENED with English closed captions or with English subtitles, as noted. Communication Access Real-Time Translation (CART) will be available at all screenings. If you require other accommodations, please contact Kristen Northrop (315-443-7358) by September 15, 2017.


Festival Presenters:
The Humanities Center
S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

Festival Sponsors:
David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics
School of Education
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center
South Asia Center
Citizenship and Civic Engagement Program
International Relations Program
Latino-Latin American Studies Program
Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC)
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Festival Supporters:
Disability Cultural Center
Office of Multicultural Affairs
Department of Anthropology
Department of Art & Music Histories
Department of Geography
Department of History
Department of Political Science
Department of Religion
Department of Sociology
Department of Women’s and Gender Studies
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies Program

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For Ahkeem

Sep 28, 2017, 7:00 PM-9:30 PM

Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, Newhouse 3

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15th Annual Syracuse University Human Rights Film Festival: Opening Night Film and Reception

FOR AHKEEM
Jeremy Levine and Landon van Soest (USA, 2017, 89 min, closed-captioned in English)

Beginning one year before the fatal police shooting of a Black teenager in nearby Ferguson, Missouri, For Ahkeem is the coming-of-age story of Daje Shelton, a Black 17-year-old girl in North St. Louis. She fights for her future as she is placed in an alternative high school and navigates the marginalized neighborhoods, biased criminal justice policies and economic devastation that have set up many Black youth like her to fail. Over two years we watch as Daje struggles to maintain focus in school, attends the funerals of friends killed around her, falls in love with a classmate named Antonio, and navigates a loving-but-tumultuous relationship with her mother. Through Daje’s intimate coming of age story, For Ahkeem illuminates the challenges that many Black teenagers face in America today, and witnesses the strength, resilience, and determination it takes to survive. Includes introduction and Q&A with directors Jeremy Levine and Landon van Soest.

Themes of “Belonging” weave throughout the program selections in this 15th anniversary year, September 28-30. Screenings are free and open to the public.

Visit the official SUHRFF website for complete information.

FILMS WILL BE SCREENED with English closed captions or with English subtitles, as noted. Communication Access Real-Time Translation (CART) will be available at all screenings. If you require other accommodations, please contact Kristen Northrop (315-443-7358) by September 15, 2017.


Festival Presenters:
The Humanities Center
S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

Festival Sponsors:
David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics
School of Education
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center
South Asia Center
Citizenship and Civic Engagement Program
International Relations Program
Latino-Latin American Studies Program
Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC)
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Festival Supporters:
Disability Cultural Center
Office of Multicultural Affairs
Department of Anthropology
Department of Art & Music Histories
Department of Geography
Department of History
Department of Political Science
Department of Religion
Department of Sociology
Department of Women’s and Gender Studies
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies Program

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Belonging to the International: Gender, Sexuality, and Communist Identity During the Spanish Civil War

Sep 28, 2017, 11:00 AM-12:20 PM

Peter Graham Room 114, Bird Library

Dr. Lisa A. Kirschenbaum (West Chester University, PA)
As an official "Syracuse Symposium" course, the combination of RUS/LIT 400 (Revolution and the Avant-garde in Russia) with SPA 400 (Revolution: Cultural Responses in Spain) welcomes Dr. Lisa A. Kirschenbaum, Professor of Russian History to present this public lecture, open to all.

Dr. Kirschenbaum’s talk will focus on communism as a way of life during the Spanish Civil War. She will explore how communist commitments shaped cultural and political identities as citizens sought to implement Soviet ideologies about class and gender. The incorporation of Communist iconography into Spanish daily life is read as transnational political solidarity during a time of national upheaval.

Kirschenbaum is the author of International Communism and the Spanish Civil War: Solidarity and Suspicion (Cambridge UP, 2015). This study won the Best Book by a Woman in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies awarded by The Association for Women in Slavic Studies.

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Working Between Worlds: Conversation with Janice Harrington and Oliver de la Paz

Sep 27, 2017, 9:00 AM-11:00 AM

304 Tolley Humanities Building

Janice Harrington
Oliver de la Paz
Following public readings the night prior, poets Harrington and de la Paz meet with interested writers and readers in a small group setting. Please RSVP by September 20 to Phil Memmer, 315-474-6851 (ext. 328) and include any requests for accessibility accommodations.
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Poetry and Belonging: Readings by Janice Harrington and Oliver de la Paz

Sep 26, 2017, 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

Jason Shinder Theater, YMCA Downtown Writers Center, 340 Montgomery Street

a photo related to the eventAcclaimed poets Janice Harrington and Oliver de la Paz have dealt with the idea of Belonging in interesting ways: Harrington through her unique explorations of the nursing home community, and the life of African American artist Horace H. Pippin; de la Paz through the themes of immigration and national/ethnic identity. Their reading will be followed by audience Q&A.
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14 Black Classicists: The Politics of American Learning

Sep 21, 2017, 5:30 PM-7:00 PM

Peter Graham Room 114, Bird Library

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Michele Ronnick (Wayne State University)

This public presentation is part of Syracuse University's African American Studies Department's Fall Colloquium, with a companion exhibit at the Community Folk Art Center. Ronnick's talk provides a historical framework for considering the meanings and purpose of higher education in black struggles for equality.  It maps experiences of black men and women who gained early access to American colleges and universities, including Latinist and activist William Bulkley - the first person of African descent to earn a Ph.D. at SU (1893).  These students, teachers, and scholars of Greek, Latin, ancient history, and pedagogy engaged classicism when it was the ultimate standard of being learned and educational opportunities for black people were limited.  Their endeavors are pertinent as intensified scrutiny of Affirmative Action raises (enduring) questions about whether people of African descent belong in “elite” educational institutions.

Michele Ronnick is author of many pioneering publications, articles, chapters, and reserach notes on black teachers and scholars in the field of classical studies.

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Processes of Translation: a Workshop in Photo Collage with Artist Suné Woods

Sep 16, 2017, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM

Light Work Lab, 316 Waverly Avenue

Space for this Suné Woods workshop is limited.  To register, contact mlhodgen@syr.edu by September 8 and include any requests for accessibility accommodations.
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'You are mine. I see now, I’m a have to let you go.'

Sep 13, 2017, 6:00 PM-7:30 PM

Watson Theater, 316 Waverly Avenue

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Exhibit, Reception and Conversation with Suné Woods, Fred Moten and James Gordon Williams 

Los Angeles-based artist Suné Woods creates multi-channel video installations, photographs, sculpture, and collage. Her practice examines absences and vulnerabilities within cultural and social histories. She also uses microcosmal sites such as family to understand the larger sociological phenomenon, imperialist mechanisms, and formations of knowledge. She is interested in how language is emoted, guarded and translated through the absence/presence of the physical body.  Poet Fred Moten and James Gordon Williams will join in conversation.

About the presenters:

Suné Woods has participated in residencies at Headlands Center of the Arts, Vermont Studio Center, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, and Light Work in Syracuse. Woods is a recipient of the Visions from the New California initiative, TheJohn Gutmann Fellowship Award, and The Baum Award for an Emerging American Photographer. Her work has been exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Lowe Art Museum, Miami; School of the International Center of Photography, New York; Time Life Building, New York; and The San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, and Koplin Del Rio, Los Angeles. She received her MFA from California College of the Arts in 2010.

Fred Moten lives in Los Angeles, where he teaches at the University of California, Riverside. He is author of Arkansas (Pressed Wafer); In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition (University of Minnesota Press); I ran from it but was still in it. (Cusp Books); Hughson’s Tavern (Leon Works); B Jenkins (Duke University Press); and The Feel Trio (Letter Machine Editions), which is a finalist for the National Book Award.

James Gordon Williams is an assistant professor of African American Studies in the College of Arts & Sciences. His research and teaching interests include: Practices of resistance in Afro-diasporic improvisation and composition; performance of racial identity through music technology; epistemologies of African American music; and digital humanities.

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An Outrage: Documentary Film About Lynching in the American South

Sep 12, 2017, 5:00 PM-6:15 PM

220 Eggers Hall

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Hannah Ayers and Lance Warren (Filmmakers)

All are invited to this free public screening. Filmed on-location at lynching sites in six states and bolstered by the memories and perspectives of descendants, activists, and scholars, this unusual historical documentary educates even as it serves as a hub for action to remember a long-hidden past.

An Outrage was co-directed, -produced, and -edited by Syracuse University alum Lance Warren (A&S, Maxwell ’04). Following its premiere at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in March 2017, the film is on a 20-state tour and in distribution to 500,000 teachers at K-12 schools across the country through the Southern Poverty Law Center.


Co-supporters:
Department of History
Department of Poitical Science
The Humanities Center

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Local and Global Contexts of World Englishes

Jun 30, 2017, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Syracuse University

Conference June 30 - July 2, 2017

This conference features lectures and workshops on a broad array of topics drawn from a variety of interdisciplinary fields ranging from Information Studies, Computer and Electrical Engineering, Linguistic and Cognitive Sciences to International Business, English, Composition and Rhetoric, Media, Global Affairs and Policy Studies. Link to complete details at the conference website.


Support comes from the Humanities Center in addition to these Syracuse co-sponsors:

Office of the Chancellor

Office of the Vice Chancellor and Provost

College of Arts & Sciences

Office of Research

S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

Newhouse Center for Global Engagement

IAWE

Kiebach Cener for International Business Studies

Moynihan Global Affairs Institute (The Maxwell School

Center for Advanced Systems and Engineering

Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics

Asian American Studies

Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition

Latino/Latin American Studies Programs

Communication and Rhetorical Studies

Office of Multicultural Affairs

Department of Psychology

SU Abroad and the Associate Provost for International Education

South Asia Center

Linguistic Studies Program

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Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison: Screening and Q&A with Film Writer/Producer Michael Streissguth

Jun 12, 2017, 7:00 PM-9:30 PM

Sutton Pavilion, Syracuse Stage

Michael Streissguth (Le Moyne College)
“Out of darkness comes light” was a pervasive theme for Johnny Cash in his music and personal life. Cash danced on the edge of illegal and illicit and understood the complexity of convicts who are not only perpetrators but also victims. 

In conjunction with its production of Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash, Syracuse Stage will screen the acclaimed documentary, Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison.  Immediately following, the film’s writer & producer, Michael Streissguth will give a talk and engage in Q & A with the audience.

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CNY Ancient Philosophy Spring Workshop

May 6, 2017, 10:30 AM-6:00 PM

304 Tolley Humanities Building

Jessica Gelber (University of Pittsburgh)
Krisanna Scheiter (Union College)
Ian Hensley (Cornell University)

This semi-annual workshop features presentations and in-depth discussion of current research on a variety of topics in ancient philosophy. Contact cinoble@syr.edu for information or to request accessibility accommodations.

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Digital Spaces: 2nd Annual Cornell Graduate Student Digital Humanities Symposium

May 5, 2017, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Room 701, Olin Library, Cornell University

This half-day conference features roundtable panels, discussions and workshops, with an optional second-day co-working session (Saturday, May 6) in the new Olin Digital CoLab at Olin Library.

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Humanities NY Graduate Public Humanities Fellows Presentations

Apr 28, 2017, 9:30 AM-11:30 AM

Tolley 304 / Sainsbury Library

Jesse Quinn (Ph.D. candidate, Geography )
Kishauna Soljour (Ph.D. candidate, History)

This year's New York Public Humanities Graduate Fellows discuss the experiences and challenges of developing public humanities research projects with refugee communities in Syracuse and environmental groups in the Adirondacks.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS...

Jesse Quinn Ph.D. candidate in Geography, specializing in political geography and political ecology.
Project Title:  Precious Earth: Stories of Mining and Political Change in the Adirondack Mountains
Quinn's research investigates large industrial mining projects the adirondacks. He spent five years producing wildlife documentaries for National Geographic Television before returning to graduate school, and he plans to continue using these skills in this public humanities documentary.

Kishauna E. Soljour Ph.D. candidate in History, specializing in the modern African Diaspora and transnational history.
Project Title: The Road to Independence: Somali-Bantu Refugee immigration to Syracuse
Soljour's research interests include the use of multi-media in social justice efforts, public policy, immigration, racial identity, gender and citizenship. Her public humanities project will develop 3 short films exploring refugee experiences in the local area.

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Foucault to the Second Power: The Posthumous in the Present

Apr 22, 2017, 8:30 AM-5:00 PM

A.D. White House, Cornell University

This 2-day conference (April 21-22) proposes taking a closer look at the remarkable relevance of Michel Foucault’s posthumous work in relation to contemporary society.

For more information, please contact Timothy Campbell.

This working group event is supported by the CNY Humanities Corridor.

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Sounding Identities: Media and the Sonic Signification of Difference

Apr 21, 2017, 2:00 PM-5:00 PM

Humanities Center, Conference Room D, University of Rochester

Meina Yates-Richard (Syracuse University)

This mini-seminar will focus on the ways in which sound and media have inflected perceptions of differences, whether of race, ethnicity, class, gender, or sexuality.

This working group event is supported by the CNY Humanities Corridor.

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Foucault to the Second Power: The Posthumous in the Present

Apr 21, 2017, 8:30 AM-5:00 PM

A.D. White House, Cornell University

This 2-day conference (April 21-22) proposes taking a closer look at the remarkable relevance of Michel Foucault’s posthumous work in relation to contemporary society.

For more information, please contact Timothy Campbell.

This working group event is supported by the CNY Humanities Corridor.

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The Illinois Parables: Screening and Q&A

Apr 20, 2017, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM

Everson Museum of Art, Hosmer Auditorium (401 Harrison Street, Syracuse)

Urban Video Project (UVP) and parent organization, Light Work, are pleased to present this free public screening of Deborah Stratman’s award-winning film The Illinois Parables, followed by Q&A and a reception with the filmmaker. The artist's visit coincides with an ongoing exhibit of Stratman's work -- "Xenoi" -- on display through June 3.
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YOU ARE HERE: Expanding the Concept of Place - A Gallery Reception

Apr 20, 2017, 4:30 PM-6:00 PM

Special Collections, 6th floor - Bird Library

The Special Collections Research Center at Syracuse University Libraries presents an opening reception for the exhibit, "YOU ARE HERE: Expanding the Concept of Place." 

For most, the term “place” refers to a specific location or a singular state of mind. However, a shift in perspective can redefine “place” to include a vastly wider vocabulary that encompasses displacement, migration, and ways of moving through spaces that connect specifically to the Syracuse community: as in the geographical relevance of the Erie Canal and the imagined destination of the Underground Railroad. The physical manifestation of these historical events and social reform movements are often recorded and defined through handwritten notes, surveyor’s maps, personal photographs and journals. The exhibit “YOU ARE HERE” utilizes rare books, pamphlets, maps, manuscripts, photographs and other artifacts from the permanent collection of the Special Collections Research Center at the Syracuse University Libraries to reframe and expand the notions of what this “place” is, was, and what it can be.

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Screening Singapore, Booktalk and Workshop

Apr 20, 2017, 4:30 PM-6:30 PM

374 Rockefeller Hall, Cornell University

Sophia Harvey presents from her forthcoming book Screening Singapore: Sensuous Citizenship Formations and the National. The "Aromatic Images” talk engages with articulations of sensuous citizenship formations that emerge from the inter-sensorial dialogue between the distanced senses of sight and sound and the proximal senses of touch, taste, and smell.

This working group event is supported by the CNY Humanities Corridor.

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I Am Here: Affirmation as a Form of Resistance

Apr 20, 2017, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

319 Sims Hall

WORKSHOP WITH POET GABRIEL RAMIREZ

Writer, poet, playwright, educator, and activist Gabriel Ramirez conducts a small-group session to follow his evening of poetry (April 19). Ramirez is the 2012 Knicks Poetry Slam Champion and a member of the 2012 Urban Word NYC slam team. Featured in an off-broadway production of “Black Ink” he debuted “Sankofa” a one-man show he wrote and acted in himself, collaborating with award winning choreographer and director, Nicco Annan. Gabriel has performed on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre, United Nations, New York Live Arts, Lincoln Center, Apollo Theatre and other venues & universities around the nation. He has also been featured in the Huffington Post, Vibe Magazine, Blavity, Upworthy and at a TEDxYouth Conference.

Space is limited: please RSVP to pwberry@syr.edu by April 6. Include any requests for accessibility accommodations.


Additional support comes from:

  1. Writing Rhetoric Student Organization
  2. Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition
  3. Creative Writing Program
  4. Harvey Teres, Dean's Professor for the Public Humanities in English
  5. Verbal Blend
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An Evening of Poetry with Gabriel Ramirez

Apr 19, 2017, 7:00 PM-8:00 PM

Maxwell Auditorium

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Acclaimed spoken-word poet Gabriel Ramirez comes to Syracuse for a public performance (and a writing workshop) on affirmation as a form of resistance. His work has been featured in Huffington Post, Vibe Magazine, and at a TEDxYouth Conference. Ramirez uses powerful language to tackle controversial subjects such as white privilege and what it means to be Afro-Latino.

Requests for accessibility accommodations should be directed to pwberry@syr.edu by April 6.


Additional support comes from:

  1. Writing Rhetoric Student Organization
  2. Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition
  3. Creative Writing Program
  4. Harvey Teres, Dean's Professor for the Public Humanities in English
  5. Verbal Blend

 

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2nd Annual Books in the Humanities Reception

Apr 18, 2017, 4:30 PM-6:00 PM

Goldstein Alumni & Faculty Center

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The Humanities Center celebrates Syracuse University faculty/staff authors whose humanities-related publications were released in 2016. This year's three-dozen releases include fascinating new research, essays, novels, translations and more.  Syracuse University Bookstore staff will be on hand to transact any featured purchases or pre-orders, all at 10% University discounts (except where restricted), and many of these celebrated scholars will be on hand to sign copies of their work. Stop by the reception to browse, buy, and pick-up a commemorative bookmark!

Click to view a reading list from Syracuse University Libraries in support of the SU Humanities Center Book Signing Reception 2017.


The Humanities Center wishes to thank our co-sponsors:

Syracuse University Bookstore

Syracuse University College of Arts & Sciences

Syracuse University Libraries

Syracuse University Office of Research

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Comparison as Relation: From World History to World Literature

Apr 18, 2017, 3:45 PM-5:00 PM

214 Hall of Languages

Shu-mei Shih (UCLA)

Contemporary globalization has spurred new conceptualizations of the objects of our research in terms of both scope and scale across the humanities and the social sciences. World literature, as one of the disciplines in the emergence of what can be called global or world studies, is one such example. This lecture will explore how certain world historical approaches would be useful to think along for world literature, and offer relational comparison as a method to better theorize and study world literature.

This working group event is supported by the CNY Humanities Corridor.

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Living Large in a Waning Public Realm: Intellectual Engagement in a Neoliberal World

Apr 14, 2017, 2:30 PM-3:30 PM

104 Tolley Humanities Building

Catherine Tumber (Northeastern University)

Historian, journalist, urban analyst, and independent writer and editor, Professor Tumber is currently Senior Research Associate at the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University.  She is the author of Small, Gritty, and Green: The Promise of America’s Smaller Industrial Cities in a Low-Carbon World (MIT Press, 2012) and articles for the Boston Review, Book Forum, Wilson Quarterly, the Nation, Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, Architectural Record, Raritan, the Baffler, and the Boston Phoenix.    

Sponsored by the Dean’s Professor for the Public Humanities in English, the Department of English, and the Humanities Center

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DH Lunch Talk: How to #Decolonize the Digital Humanities

Apr 14, 2017, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM

Rush Rhees Library, University of Rochester

Dorothy Kim (Vassar College)

This talk seeks to make space for broader perspectives in DH and to bring otherwise marginalized voices to the fore.

This working group event is supported by the CNY Humanities Corridor.

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School-based Mindfulness Interventions for At-risk Youth

Apr 14, 2017, 12:30 PM-1:30 PM

123 Sims Hall

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Dr. Joshua Felver hosts this "brown bag" presentation providing a background in the use of mindfulness-based interventions in public school settings.

Teenagers raised in high-poverty neighborhoods are less likely to succeed in school and are often exposed to maladaptive social behaviors such as community violence and crime. Emerging research suggests that school-based mindfulness practices improve academic and social-emotional outcomes, offering exciting directions for supporting the needs of at-risk youth. This "brown bag" presentation provides a background in the use of mindfulness-based interventions in public school settings and will illustrate these practices by detailing the results from a randomized-control trial of a mindfulness curricula being delivered to Syracuse City School District high school students.

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Teaching in Real Time: A Participatory Workshop on Teaching in Music and the Humanities, with Eric Usner

Apr 7, 2017, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM

309 Bowne Hall

This collaborative dialogue aims to foster reflection and lead to renewed resolution about what we are as music educators and why we are called to the work we each do. The goals are thoughtful listening, spirited dialogue, and further collaborative and dialogic pedagogical techniques (concrete activities) and strategies (ideas and theories that techniques enact) to transform our classrooms and courses into encounters in real-time.

 “Humanism is not about withdrawal and exclusion. Quite the reverse: its purpose is to make more things available to critical scrutiny as the product of human labor, human energies for emancipation and enlightenment, and, just as importantly, human misreadings and misinterpretations of the collective past and present.” - Edward Said, Humanism and Democratic Criticism, 22.

What is the work you do? What does it mean to teach? Should our teaching be engaged, site-specific—responsive to the lives of our students, resonating with local, national, and global realities? Perhaps, but only if it has curricular relevance? Or do our responsibilities as teachers extend beyond curricular concerns? Do events beyond the “ivory tower” compel a change in how we act in our roles within? What is higher education’s responsibility in the present moment—in how we arrived here and how we progress? Amidst the constant noise of crises of civil society, democratic governance, forced global migration, continuous war, environmental ruptures, is there a moral imperative to examine why and how we do what we do?

If the humanities are expressions of the human condition, we study them to understand what it has meant to be human, to use them as resource and inspiration in our specific individual and collective explorations of universal questions. What does it mean to teach them—to teach perhaps the most profound expression of all—music. How can music respond to our daily lives, while continuing to foster moments of transformation and hope that nurture the individual and communal capacities to live our lives?

This workshop will not be a lecture, but a collaborative dialogue between participants and guest professor Eric Usner that fosters reflection and leads to renewed resolution about what we are and why we are called to the work we each do. The goals are thoughtful listening, spirited dialogue, and further collaborative and dialogic pedagogical techniques (concrete activities) and strategies (ideas and theories that techniques enact) to transform our classrooms and courses into encounters in real-time. This event is organized primarily by and for those who teach in music, but is open to anyone working in the arts and humanities. We will meet over brunch; reservations required.

 To reserve space or request disability accommodations, please contact Professor Sydney Hutchinson.

ERIC USNER
A teacher, writer, and ethnographer of expressive culture, Eric Martin Usner earned a BA from Dickinson College, an MA from University of California-Riverside, his Ph.D. from New York University. He held a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Chicago and has taught at Riverside & NYU as well as at Sarah Lawrence College, the University of Vienna, the University of Chicago, West Chester University of Pennsylvania, The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, and in Departments of American Studies and Music at Franklin & Marshall College where he is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music. He has designed surveys of Western Art, World, American, & popular music, and an array of seminars from a cultural-historical and ethnographic approach to music that integrate fields of musicology, ethnomusicology, jazz studies, and American music. He has also developed courses on critical food studies, the US food system, and material culture within an American Studies curriculum.

This working group event is supported by the CNY Humanities Corridor.

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THATCamp CNY 2017

Apr 7, 2017, 9:00 AM-4:30 PM

Lower Level, Bird Library

THATCamp CNY 2017 is a day-long "un-conference" open to any interested undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty. THATCamp ("The Humanities and Technology Camp") provides a great opportunity for humanists and technologists of all skill levels to learn and build together in sessions proposed on the spot. Register online or contact jpwill03@syr.edu for information, or to request accessibility accommodations.
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Doing Antiracist Assessment: Confronting Our Own White Supremacy in the Judgments of Writing

Apr 6, 2017, 2:00 PM-3:30 PM

Kilian Room, 500 Hall of Languages

Asoa Inoue (University of Washington - Tacoma)

Dr. Inoue offers a brief history of the racism and white supremacy inherent in dominant academic discourses and dispositions of teachers toward language. From this history, he explores possibilities for antiracist writing assessment practices in college classrooms.

Click to view or download the event flier.


Additional support comes from Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, and Communications and Rhetorical Studies.

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Problem-Posing as a Way to Assess Writing with Students

Apr 6, 2017, 10:00 AM-11:30 AM

Kilian Room, 500 Hall of Languages

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Asoa Inoue (University of Washington - Tacoma)

Professor Inoue’s workshop explores issues of race, the importance of responding to student diversity in our classrooms, and the assumptions that undergird our assessment practices.  

Contact kjohnson@syr.edu for information or to request accessibility accommodations.


Additional support comes from Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics and Communications and Rhetorical Studies.

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Meet The Scholar Coffee Hour

Apr 5, 2017, 10:00 AM-11:00 AM

Tolley Library / Tolley 304

Mauro Novelli (University of Milan, Italy)

This casual gathering provides an opportunity to meet Mauro Novelli, visiting SU for a 3-day series of classroom discussions and a public presentation related to his work focusing on the Fascist years in Italy.

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Places of Resistance: Simulation and Dissimulation in Modern Italian Provincial Literature

Apr 4, 2017, 3:30 PM-4:50 PM

Peter Graham Scholarly Commons at Bird Library

Simulation and dissimulation are two rhetorical practices that – despite the more common negative acceptation – hold also positive traits. In "Places of Resistance...," Mauro Novelli (University of Milan, Italy) explores how characters who inhabited the peripheral places of the Italian province during the Fascist years were able to fight the oppressive political regime thanks to dissimulation of their intents.
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The Place of Religion in Film: What Now? Remind Me

Apr 1, 2017, 1:30 PM-5:30 PM

Watson Auditorium

Ray Smith Symposium

Joachim Pinto (Director)

A two-day “Place of Religion in Film” conference (March 31st - April 1st) culminates with Portuguese director Joachim Pinto introducing and facilitating a talkback on his 2013 documentary, What Now? Remind Me, a film that intimately reveals life with HIV, and offers poetic reflections on medicine, human evolution, art, and religion.

•    1:30 - 4:15 p.m., Film screening, Watson Auditorium
•    4:30 - 5:30 p.m., Plenary featuring Joaquim Pinto, director, and Nuno Leonel, cinematographer, Watson Auditorium

View or download the official event flier.


Primary sponsors include the Syracuse University Humanities Council, Humanities Center and Religion Department. 

Additional Syracuse University sponsors include the Jewish Studies Program; Office of Research; Graduate School; English Department; Television, Radio & Film Program; Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Department; and Philosophy Department.

Joaquim Pinto’s plenary session is made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts’ 2017 Electronic Media and Film Presentation Funds Grant program, administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.

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Speculation in Latin America

Apr 1, 2017, 9:30 AM-4:30 PM

Demotte Conference Room in the Campus, IC, Cornell University

Speculation in Latin AmericaSpeculative fiction provides complex reflections on the changes that are produced in the subject and society by technological advances.  For information, please contact Debra Castillo.

This working group event is supported by the CNY Humanities Corridor.

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The Place of Religion in Film: Son of Saul

Mar 31, 2017, 2:00 PM-6:00 PM

Newhouse

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Ray Smith Symposium

June Hwang (University of Rochester)
Sara Horowitz (York University) 

Presented as part of the Ray Smith Symposium, this two-day “Place of Religion in Film” conference (March 31st - April 1st) this public plenary features York University Professor Sara Horowitz and University of Rochester Professor June Hwang discussing Jewishness, trauma and memory in their lectures on Lázló Nemes’s 2015 film, Son of Saul.

  • 2 - 3:45 p.m., Film Screening, 141 Newhouse 3
  • 4 - 6 p.m., Plenary lectures with Professors Horowitz and Hwang, 141 Newhouse 3
  • 6 - 7 p.m., Reception, Lobby, Newhouse 1

View or download the official event flier.  


Primary sponsors include the Syracuse University Humanities Council, Humanities Center and Religion Department. 

Additional Syracuse University sponsors include the Jewish Studies Program; Office of Research; Graduate School; English Department; Television, Radio & Film Program; Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Department; and Philosophy Department.

Joaquim Pinto’s plenary session is made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts’ 2017 Electronic Media and Film Presentation Funds Grant program, administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.

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Onondaga Lake: Visualizing the Natural/Historical Continuum

Mar 31, 2017, 9:00 AM-3:30 PM

304 Tolley Humanities Building

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This workshop explores digital methods and tools to visualize the natural and historical continuum of the indigenous, industrial, and post-industrial history of Onondaga Lake. Participants will come away with ideas for how to use digital technologies to layer together and tell stories about seemingly incompatible features, such as the sacred spaces, post-industrial wastebeds, and lost, secret, effaced or poisoned landscapes that make up Onondaga Lake. Includes a visit to Onondaga Lake and Ska-Nonh Great Law of Peace Center.  Participants may choose to attend all day, just morning or just afternoon sessions.

Please contact Jane Read (443-4279) by March 24 to register for the full or half day workshop; include any requests for accessibility accommodations.

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The Welikia Project: Discovering a Natural Sense of Place in New York City

Mar 30, 2017, 4:00 PM-5:30 PM

100 Falk

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In this presentation by Dr. Eric Sanderson of the Wildlife Conservation Society, we'll learn how he and his many collaborators have rediscovered the enormous richness and diversity of nature of the place that, through a long process of social-cultural-and natural transformation, has become New York City.  Sanderson describes his process of discovery and how these findings are being used by teachers, government officials and everyday citizens to transform their experience of place, not just with respect to what was, but with an eye toward what can be.

Additional support for Sanderson's visit comes from the SU Departments of Geography, Religion, Ska-Nonh Great Law of Peace Center, and Sustainability Initatives.

PHOTO CREDIT: Historical view: Markley Boyer / The Mannahatta Project / Wildlife Conservation Society; Modern view: Yann-Arthus Bertrand / CORBIS

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Food and Identity - Out Here: A Documentary Film about Queer Farmers in the U.S.

Mar 28, 2017, 5:00 PM-7:00 PM

Heroy Auditorium

The Food Studies Program in Falk College hosts this screening and Q&A with filmmaker Jonah Mossberg.


Additional support comes from these SU units:

  • Sociology
  • Women's & Gender Studies
  • Anthropology
  • LGBT Studies & Brain Feeders FST student organization
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Kathak: A Dance Concert Featuring Labonee Mohanta

Mar 25, 2017, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Marshall Hall, SUNY ESF [1 Forestry Drive, Syracuse]

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Kathak is a classical dance form from North India. In its 300+ year history, it has influenced the cultures of Asia, Africa and Spain.  Labonee Mohanta, a Kathak dancer of international renown, will be accompanied by Indradeep Ghosh on the violin, Jay Gandhi on the flute, and Indranil Mallick on the Tabla. This performance takes place on the nearby SUNY ESF campus.  Click here to view or download the event flier.


Additional support for this GSO-organized (SPIC MACAY) event comes from South Asia Center, Art & Music Histories, Hendricks Chapel, and the School of Education.

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Absurd? Obama, Camus, and the Politics of Hope

Mar 23, 2017, 7:00 PM-8:00 PM

Emerson Auditorium, Palamountain Hall, Skidmore College

David Newheiser (Australian Catholic University)

This talk explores Obama’s politics of hope—a hope that acknowledges its vulnerability but presses forward nonetheless—in the context of the current moment in American political life.


This working group event is supported by the CNY Humanities Corridor.

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Annual Digital Humanities Lecture: Strategic Desire

Mar 15, 2017, 4:30 PM-6:00 PM

Guerlac Room, A.D. White House, Cornell University

Patrick Keilty (University of Toronto)

How do different industries design for desire? Does design work in pornography differ from similar practices in other industries? What can​ theories of desire add to our understanding of how such systems operate?


This working group event is supported by the CNY Humanities Corridor.

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Haunted Ethnography: new experimental documentary

Mar 9, 2017, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM

Everson Museum of Art, Hosmer Auditorium, 401 Harrison Street, Syracuse

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This group exhibition and related indoor screening showcases six works from an international selection of artists whose work explores the rich but problematic genre of ethnographic documentary as a locus of aesthetic and conceptual innovation in the medium, with an emphasis on the role of places, dislocation, and haunting. Q&A with attending artists and a reception follows the screening. The group exhibition will also be on view in the Everson Plaza.

Featured works / artists:

I’ll Remember You as You Were, Not as What You’ll Become + JaajiApprox., Sky Hopinka
Vague Images at the Beginning and End of the Day + Project Gasbuggy, Carl Elsaesser
Ghost Children + Toré, João Vieira Torres

Learn more at the UVP website.

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Playwright Workshop with Cherríe Moraga (Session 4-of-4)

Mar 3, 2017, 6:00 PM-8:00 PM

Sims Hall 319

Toward a Theater of Consciencia

This 4-session playwriting workshop will introduce students to the basic elements of writing for staged performance, including solo work. Exercises will encourage creative experimentation and critical (political) consciousness drawn personal and embodied experience. The workshop will emphasize the physicalization of character study, dialogue and monologue work drawn from oral traditions, and scene development through improvisation.

Participants should plan to attend all four sessions in the series:

Session 1: February 22 (6-8 p.m.), 319 Sims Hall
Session 2: February 24 (6-8 p.m.), 319 Sims Hall
Session 3: March 1 (6-8 p.m.), 319 Sims Hall
Session 4: March 3 (6-8 p.m.), 319 Sims Hall

UPDATE: These workshops have filled to capacity - registration is now closed.


This event is part of the 2017 Jeannette K. Watson Distinguished Visiting Professorship in the Humanities series.

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Elements of Common Cause: Land and Water in Native and Indigenous Struggles

Mar 3, 2017, 11:00 AM-2:00 PM

Skä•noñh - Great Law of Peace Center, 6680 Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool

Cherríe Moraga will read briefly from A Xicana Codex of Changing Consciousness to open up a trans-national and cross-cultural conversation on land, water, sovereignty, spirit-practice, and community.  This community dialogue is hosted by Native American Studies.


This event is part of the 2017 Jeannette K. Watson Distinguished Visiting Professorship in the Humanities series.

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The Humanities as Profession and Practice

Mar 2, 2017, 3:30 PM-5:00 PM

114 Bird Library (Peter Graham Room)

Teresa Mangum (University of Iowa)

Many humanities departments ask how they can prepare their graduate students for diverse careers. In many cases, graduate students are quietly going rogue, creating their own opportunities. However, some departments are also threading an “applied” approach to the humanities through students’ scholarly studies. Professor Mangum, a national leader in the public humanities, presents successful examples while reflecting on the challenge of maintaining the intellectual values of humanities departments while also expanding students’ opportunities.  

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Theory in the Flesh: Insurgent Knowledge and Radical Praxis

Mar 2, 2017, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM

Kilian Room (500 Hall of Languages)

Conveners for this conversation with Cherríe Moraga include Pedro Javier DiPietro (WGS), Kathryn Everly (LLL), Myrna Garcia-Calderon (LLL/LAS), Aja Martinez (WSRC), and Silvio Torres-Saillant (ENG).


This event is part of the 2017 Jeannette K. Watson Distinguished Visiting Professorship in the Humanities series.

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Playwright Workshop with Cherríe Moraga (Session 3-of-4)

Mar 1, 2017, 6:00 PM-8:00 PM

Sims Hall 319

Toward a Theater of Consciencia

This 4-session playwriting workshop will introduce students to the basic elements of writing for staged performance, including solo work. Exercises will encourage creative experimentation and critical (political) consciousness drawn personal and embodied experience. The workshop will emphasize the physicalization of character study, dialogue and monologue work drawn from oral traditions, and scene development through improvisation.

Participants should plan to attend all four sessions in the series:

Session 1: February 22 (6-8 p.m.), 319 Sims Hall
Session 2: February 24 (6-8 p.m.), 319 Sims Hall
Session 3: March 1 (6-8 p.m.), 319 Sims Hall
Session 4: March 3 (6-8 p.m.), 319 Sims Hall

UPDATE: These workshops have filled to capacity - registration is now closed.


This event is part of the 2017 Jeannette K. Watson Distinguished Visiting Professorship in the Humanities series.

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The Native Country of a Heart: A Geography of Desire

Feb 28, 2017, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

001 Life Science Building

Cherríe Moraga reads from her forthcoming memoir.


This event is part of the 2017 Jeannette K. Watson Distinguished Visiting Professorship in the Humanities series.

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Colloquium Disrupting Genre, Gender, and Generation: Conversations with Maestra Cherríe Moraga

Feb 27, 2017, 2:15 PM-5:00 PM

Peter Graham Scholarly Commons at Bird Library

This panel discussion moderated by SU's Myrna García-Calderón includes:

Presenters
Mary Pat Brady (Cornell)
Helena María Viramontes (Cornell)
Michelle Martin-Baron (Hobart & William Smith)
Eddy Alvarez (SUNY-Oneonta)

Respondents
Cristina Serna (Colgate)
Aja Martinez (Syracuse)
Pedro DiPietro (Syracuse)


This event is part of the 2017 Jeannette K. Watson Distinguished Visiting Professorship in the Humanities series.  Additional support comes from the CNY Humanities Corridor.

 
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Caribbean Cinematic Festival

Feb 25, 2017, 11:00 AM-5:00 PM

Community Folk Art Center, 805 E. Genesee Street, Syracuse

The Community Folk Art Center highlights the richness of Caribbean culture through a series of film screenings, performances, workshops and discussions, February 23-26, thanks to support from African American Studies and the College of Arts & Sciences.

The Humanities Center is pleased to provide support for Saturday's film festival. The tentative schedule includes:

11 a.m.
Songs of Redemption (Jamaica) – 1 hour 18 minutes
A group of inmates at the General Penitentiary in Kingston, Jamaica are involved in a rehabilitation program based in music.

1:30 p.m.
Murder in Pacot (Haiti) - 2 hours 10 minutes
After the terrible January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, a privileged couple struggles to reinvent a life amid the rubble of their villa in Port-au-Prince's upscale neighborhood of Pacot. Destitute and in desperate need for money to repair their home, the couple decides to rent the remaining habitable part of the villa to Alex, a high-level foreign relief worker, accompanied by Jennifer, aka Andrémise, his sassy, ambitious Haitian girlfriend.

4 p.m.
Dominica – 45 minutes
This is part 2 of a domentary depicting the aftermath of the earthquake that hit Dominica in October of 2016. 

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Media Studies and Popular Culture in Contemporary Japan Conference

Feb 25, 2017, 10:30 AM-5:00 PM

Kilian Room (500 Hall of Languages)

Joanne Bernardi (University of Rochester)
Aaron Gerow (Yale University)
Ogawa Hitoshi (Yamaguchi University, Japan)
Josh Romphf (University of Rochester)
Paul Roquet (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Fukuya Toshinobu (Yamaguchi University, Japan)
Rebecca Xu (Syracuse University) 

The Media Studies and Popular Culture in Contemporary Japan Conference brings together leading scholars from the U.S. and Japan to discuss emerging questions and recent research related to Japanese film, media, and culture studies.  Mixing structured scholarly presentations with open-ended dialogue and exhibitions of creative work, the conference connects a range of perspectives in Japan Studies to broader dialogues in the humanities writ large.  

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Playwright Workshop with Cherríe Moraga (Session 2-of-4)

Feb 24, 2017, 6:00 PM-8:00 PM

Sims Hall 319

Toward a Theater of Consciencia

This 4-session playwriting workshop will introduce students to the basic elements of writing for staged performance, including solo work. Exercises will encourage creative experimentation and critical (political) consciousness drawn personal and embodied experience. The workshop will emphasize the physicalization of character study, dialogue and monologue work drawn from oral traditions, and scene development through improvisation.

Participants should plan to attend all four sessions in the series:

Session 1: February 22 (6-8 p.m.), 319 Sims Hall
Session 2: February 24 (6-8 p.m.), 319 Sims Hall
Session 3: March 1 (6-8 p.m.), 319 Sims Hall
Session 4: March 3 (6-8 p.m.), 319 Sims Hall

UPDATE: These workshops have filled to capacity - registration is now closed. 


This event is part of the 2017 Jeannette K. Watson Distinguished Visiting Professorship in the Humanities series.

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Humanities Book Publishing Workshop with SUNY Press and SU Press

Feb 24, 2017, 9:30 AM-11:30 AM

304 Tolley Humanities Building

Those interested in learning more about publishing a book in the humanities can brush up on best practices in a workshop led by:

Beth Bouloukos, Senior Acquisitions Editor, SUNY Press
Suzanne E. Guiod, Editor-in-Chief, Syracuse University Press

Through brief presentations and Q&A, participants will learn...

• How to effectively connect with an editor and find the press that is best for you
• Qualities of compelling book proposals and what editors look for
• What authors should consider when publishing their first book
• Tips and strategies for publishing in mid-career

Download the event flier to print or post.

Contact humcenter@syr.edu to request accessibility accommodations.


About the speakers…

Beth Bouloukos holds a Ph.D. from Cornell and taught at Fairfield University before pursuing editorial work, with particular interest in Latin American literatures and cultures, gender and queer studies. Beth is currently a senior acquisitions editor at SUNY Press and an affiliated member of the Languages, Literatures and Cultures Department at SUNY Albany.

Suzanne E. Guiod was appointed editor-in-chief at Syracuse University Press in 2012, after serving many years as editorial director of the University of Rochester Press. She has more than 15 years’ editorial experience in scholarly, professional, and trade publishing, and currently acquires projects in Middle East Studies, Arab American Studies, peace and conflict resolution, disability studies, and the history of sport.

About the presses…

A publisher of distinguished research and notable works of general interest since 1966, SUNY Press supports the commitments of the State University of New York to teaching, research, and public service. The press sponsors nationally recognized publication lists in African American studies, Asian studies, environmental studies, Indigenous studies, Italian American studies, Jewish studies, philosophy, political science, queer studies, religion, transpersonal psychology, and women’s studies. Through its Excelsior Editions imprint, the press produces exceptional works for all readers and showcases the peoples, histories, and natural beauty of the New York region.

Founded in 1943 by Chancellor William Pearson Tolley, Syracuse University Press is committed to serving scholars, promoting diverse cultural and intellectual expression, and preserving the history, literature, and culture of our region. SU Press produces rigorously edited, beautifully designed, and critically acclaimed books in specialized areas including Middle East Studies, Irish Studies, Native American Studies, Jewish cultural and literary history, peace and conflict resolution, television and popular culture, sports and entertainment, and New York State topics.

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Speaking in Tongues

Feb 23, 2017, 6:00 PM-8:00 PM

La Casita Cultural Center, 109 Otisco Street, Syracuse

This multi-faceted event includes a public reception, a screening of "En Memoriam," and a performance of Gloria Anzaldúa's "Speaking in Tongues" with choreography by Cherríe Moraga.


This event is part of the 2017 Jeannette K. Watson Distinguished Visiting Professorship in the Humanities series.

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Roundtable: Remembering This Bridge Called My Back

Feb 23, 2017, 2:00 PM-5:00 PM

Peter Graham Scholarly Commons at Bird Library

Maria Lugones (Binghamton University)
Vivien Ng (University at Albany)
Margo Okazawa-Rey (Hamilton College) 
Susy Zepeda (UC-Davis)
Gwen Pough (Syracuse University)


Chandra Talpade Mohanty (SU Women's and Gender Studies Chair) moderates a panel of speakers on This Bridge Called My Back, an anthology of writings by women of color, co-edited by Cherríe Moraga, this year's Watson Distinguished Visiting Professor.


This event is part of the 2017 Jeannette K. Watson Distinguished Visiting Professorship in the Humanities series.

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Playwright Workshop with Cherríe Moraga (Session 1-of-4)

Feb 22, 2017, 6:00 PM-8:00 PM

Sims Hall 319

Toward a Theater of Consciencia

This 4-session playwriting workshop will introduce students to the basic elements of writing for staged performance, including solo work.  Exercises will encourage creative experimentation and critical (political) consciousness drawn personal and embodied experience.  The workshop will emphasize the physicalization of character study, dialogue and monologue work drawn from oral traditions, and scene development through improvisation. 

Participants should plan to attend all four sessions in the series:

Session 1: February 22 (6-8 p.m.), 319 Sims Hall
Session 2: February 24 (6-8 p.m.), 319 Sims Hall
Session 3: March 1 (6-8 p.m.), 319 Sims Hall
Session 4: March 3 (6-8 p.m.), 319 Sims Hall

UPDATE: These workshops have filled to capacity - registration is now closed.


This event is part of the 2017 Jeannette K. Watson Distinguished Visiting Professorship in the Humanities series.

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Welcome Reception: An Evening with Cherríe Moraga

Feb 21, 2017, 4:30 PM-5:30 PM

Goldstein Alumni & Faculty Center

Members of the campus community are invited to welcome Cherríe Moraga to Syracuse for her two-week residency as this year's Jeannette K. Watson Distinguished Visiting Professor.  Enjoy refreshments, a book-signing, and introductory remarks from and about Moraga, a poet, playwright-director, writer-essayist, educator and cultural activist.
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The Mathematics of Love, Play Reading

Feb 20, 2017, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Syracuse Stage

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The Department of Drama hosts a reading of The Mathematics of Love (written by Cherríe Moraga, Directed by Misha Chowdhury).


This event is part of the 2017 Jeannette K. Watson Distinguished Visiting Professorship in the Humanities series.

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Disadvantage and Discipline: Jackiem Joyner's Artistic Journey

Feb 20, 2017, 12:00 PM-1:30 PM

Peter Graham Scholarly Commons at Bird Library

a photo related to the eventJackeim Joyner, Billboard #1 saxophonist and emergent author, describes his path from emancipated student (having attended Fowler High School in Syracuse) to renowned artist. Joyner's sounds and stories mix with panel discussion from Sydney Hutchinson (Art and Music History) and Meina Yates-Richard (English), moderated by Kal Alston, Executive Director of the Community Folk Art Center.
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Watson Distinguished Visiting Professor: Cherríe Moraga

Feb 20, 2017, 12:00 AM-8:00 PM

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This year's Jeannette K. Watson Distinguished Visiting Professor is Cherríe Moraga, Artist-in-Residence in the Department of Theater and Performance Studies and the Comparative Program of Race and Ethnicity at Stanford University.

Moraga’s body of work contributes centrally to an inclusive humanities horizon for the twenty first century. She is widely recognized for groundbreaking interventions in literature, drama, and feminist activism and theory. An array of lectures and workshops will connect Moraga to students and interested publics during her two week residency in Syracuse.  View or download the announcement of Watson events.

Scheduled activities:

February 20, 7 - 9 p.m.
The Mathematics of Love, Play Reading
Hosted by the Department of Drama / Syracuse Stage

February 21, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Welcome Reception
Goldstein Alumni & Faculty Center

February 22, 6 - 8 p.m.
Playwright Workshop (Session 1-of-4)
319 Sims Hall

February 23, 2 - 5 p.m.
Roundtable: Remembering This Bridge Called My Back
Peter Graham Scholarly Commons at Bird Library

February 23, 6 - 8 p.m.
Screening / Performance: Speaking in Tongues
La Casita Cultural Center

February 24, 6 - 8 p.m.
Playwright Workshop (Session 2-of-4)
319 Sims Hall

February 27, 2:15 - 5 p.m.
Colloquium Disrupting Genre, Gender, and Generation: Conversations with Maestra Cherrie Moraga
Peter Graham Scholarly Commons at Bird Library

February 28, 7 - 9 p.m.
The Native Country of A Heart, public lecture
001 Life Science Building

March 1, 6 - 8 p.m.
Playwright Workshop (Session 3-of-4)
319 Sims Hall

March 2, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Theory in the Flesh, Undergrad Dialogue
500 Hall of Languages

March 3, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Elements of Common Cause: Land and Water in Native and Indigenous Struggles
Skä•noñh - Great Law of Peace Center

March 3, 6 - 8 p.m.
Playwright Workshop (Session 4-of-4)
319 Sims Hall

Partners and Co-Sponsors include:
Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies, Democratizing Knowledge Collective, Department of Drama, English Department, Goldring Arts Journalism Program, La Casita Cultural Center, State University of New York Press, LaLUCHA (Latino Undergraduates Creating Change in America), Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Latino and Latin American Studies Program, LGBT Studies Program, Native American and Indigenous Studies Program, Skä•noñh Great Law of Peace Center, Syracuse Stage, Women’s and Gender Studies, Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition, The Writing Program. 


The Jeannette K. Watson Distinguished Visiting Professorship in the Humanities is a preeminent lectureship established by the Watson family to support the visits of prominent humanities scholars, writers, and artists. Previous holders of the professorship include: Saul Bellow, Laura Freixas, Noam Chomsky, Angela Davis, Hans Mommsen, Toni Morrison, Mario Vargas Llosa, Leo Steinberg, Teresa de Lauretis, Stephen Greenblatt, Anthony Grafton, and Margaret Atwood.

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Vision of Sound: (making) PLACE

Feb 17, 2017, 7:30 PM-9:15 PM

Carrier Theater, Civic Center, Syracuse

The award-winning Society for New Music celebrates its 45th season by gathering an impressive roster of upstate composers and choreographers to collaborate on new works focused on what "place" has meant in their lives.

Choreographers:
Rose Pasquarella Beauchamp (Alfred University)
Brandon Ellis (Syracuse University)
Nanako Horikawa Mandrino (SUNY-Brockport)
Edward Murphy (SUNY-Brockport)
Cheryl Wilkins-Mitchell (SUNY-Oswego)
Kaitley Wozer (Hobart-William Smith Colleges)

Musicians:
Rob Auler (SUNY-Oswego)
John Friedrichs (Syracuse University)
Ahreum Kim (Liverpool)
Jennifer Vaughn (Syracuse University)

Find complete details at the official website.

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Writing Our Lives as a Space of Healing in Troubling Times

Feb 17, 2017, 12:30 PM-1:30 PM

123 Sims Hall

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Marcelle HaddixChair of Reading and Language Arts; Dean's Associate Professor, Director of RLA Doctoral Programs

Young people are increasingly dealing with violence and experiencing trauma in their everyday lives.  Schools and communities must be prepared to help students deal with these lived realities.  This Contemplative Collaborative "brown bag" presentation and discussion highlights the experiences of young writers, teachers, parents, artists, and community members who partner together to cultivate spaces for authentic writing practices through the Writing Our Lives youth writing project for students in grades 6-12 in the greater Syracuse area.

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Juan Juarez: Corpus

Feb 16, 2017, 5:00 PM-8:00 PM

Point of Contact Gallery, Nancy Cantor Warehouse, 350 W. Fayette Street, Syracuse

Corpus is a multi-media exhibition and presentation by Syracuse University professor and artist Juan Juarez. The collection includes photographs and videos that explore the meaning of space/place and a human desire to leave tangible remains after death, providing context to a larger physical existence.
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Queering Sexy B(l)ack: Queer Youth and Pedagogies of Sexual Agency

Feb 9, 2017, 5:30 PM-7:00 PM

Maxwell Auditorium

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Edward Brockenbrough, Ph.D. (University of Rochester)

Despite growing concerns in recent years over the plight of queer students in American schools, efforts to make schools more responsive to the needs of queer youth continue to fall short of queer-inclusive sexual health education. For Black queer youth in particular, the limited access to sex education in public schools persists as the stakes surrounding their sexual health have intensified. This presentation will draw upon findings from multiple scholarly projects to explore how Black queer youth engage in pedagogical acts that nurture their sexual agency, and it will consider how P-12 educators and other select stakeholders can support Black queer youth and other queerly identified young people in ways that are culturally responsive and socially just. 

Dr. Edward Brockenbrough, Associate Professor of Teaching and Curriculum in the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester, focuses on negotiations of identity, pedagogy, and power in urban educational spaces, particularly through the lenses of Black masculinity studies and queer of color critique.  Dr. Brockenbrough's visit is hosted by the School of Education within this year's Douglas P. Biklen Landscape of Urban Education Lecture Series

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University Lectures: Jhumpa Lahiri

Feb 7, 2017, 7:30 PM-9:00 PM

Hendricks Chapel

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Jhumpa Lahiri was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 2000 for Interpreter of Maladies (Houghton Mifflin, 1999) her debut story collection exploring issues of love and identity among immigrants and cultural transplants. She delved further into the immigrant experience with The Namesake (Houghton Mifflin, 2003), which was made into a Fox Searchlight feature film in 2007.

Her book of short stories, Unaccustomed Earth (Alfred A. Knopf, 2008), won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award -- the world’s largest prize for a short story collection -- and was a finalist for the Story Prize. Lahiri’s The Lowland (Alfred A. Knopf/Random House, 2013) won the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Award for Fiction.

Lahiri's most recent work, In Other Words (Alfred A. Knopf, 2016) explores the often emotionally fraught links between identity and language.

This appearance is part of SU's University Lectures series, with additional support from the College of Arts and Sciences and the Syracuse University Humanities Center, as part of its Syracuse Symposium series.

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Place and Displacement: Staging Diverse Cultural Geographies in American Theater

Jan 29, 2017, 3:30 PM-5:00 PM

Sutton Pavilion, Syracuse Stage, 820 E. Genesee St., Syracuse

Christian DuComb (Colgate University)
M. Gail Hamner (Syracuse University)
Clea Hupp (University of Arkansas)
Emad Rahim (Kotouc Family Endowed Chair and Professor at Bellevue University)

In conjunction with its production of Disgraced, Syracuse Stage will host a panel of cultural scholars, theatre artists, and community members for an in-depth public discussion following the matinee performance on Sunday, January 29.

If we understand cultural geography as the study of cultural products and norms and their variations across and relations to spaces and places, what is the theatrical meaning of cultural geographies? How have contemporary writers such as Ayad Akhtar used the stage to explore and interrogate one’s relationship to place. And when does theatre become a provocative act of cultural displacement? This panel discussion is indented for community-wide audiences interested and eager to engage important and relevant questions about the role of art, especially theatre, in problematizing issues and discussion of race, religion, culture and place.

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Humanities Center Dissertation Fellows Presentations

Jan 27, 2017, 9:30 AM-11:30 AM

Tolley 304

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This year's Humanities Center Dissertation Fellows briefly discuss their work and engage in a Q&A / feedback session. Coffee and light breakfast will be available. [View / download a postable / shareable flier for this event.]

Amy Burnette, Ph.D. Candidate, English
Good on-set boads good end: Poetics of Origin in Edmund Spenser's Two Cantos of Mutabilitie
The fragmentary nature of Edmund Spenser’s Two Cantos of Mutabilitie, an apparently unfinished book of his epic poem The Faerie Queene (1590; 1596), has been a subject of extensive debate. Published posthumously in 1609, it is unclear as to whether the Cantos were intended as a final installment to Spenser’s epic, part of a continuation thereof, or if they constitute a standalone poem. Drawing on English Renaissance ideas about memory, Burnette shows what the poem reveals, self-reflexively, about its incomplete status, arguing that the Cantos are crafted as a miniature analog of Spenser’s larger poetic process in The Faerie Queene.

Jessica Pauszek, Ph.D. Candidate, Composition and Cultural Rhetoric
Access, Inclusion, and Preservation: Building The Federation of Worker Writers and Community Publishers Archive
This presentation focuses on the collaborative, transnational print and digital archive which documents a network of community writing groups known since 1976 as The Federation of Worker Writers and Community Publishers (FWWCP). Through a discussion of access, inclusion, and preservation, Pauszek argues that such collective work encourages us to consider the discursive boundaries and material conditions of embodied labor. Collaboration shifts how we understand knowledge production and literacy practices across community and university spaces.

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Humanities Research Roundtable: Archival Methods

Dec 9, 2016, 9:30 AM-11:30 AM

304 Tolley Humanities Building

The Humanities Center aims to foster intellectual community, highlight humanities scholarship at SU, and support humanities research.  A range of humanities scholars, working in different disciplines, eras, and cultural contexts, assembles in this roundtable to discuss how they engage in archival research. Enjoy coffee and a light breakfast as we hear more about our colleagues’ fascinating work!

Presenters include:
Joan Bryant (African American Studies)
Norman Kutcher (History)
Scott Stevens (Native American Studies & English)
Patrick Williams (Digital Humanities & SU Libraries)
Sascha Scott (Art History & Native American Studies)
Stephen Parks (Writing Studies, Rhetoric, Composition)
Beth Ferri (Disability Studies)
Wayne Franits (Art History)
Mario Rios Perez (Cultural Foundations of Education)
Amanda Winkler (Music History and Cultures)

Contact humcenter@syr.edu with any requests for accessibility accommodations.

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Inside the Brain: Synapses Lost and Found in Development and Alzheimer's Disease

Dec 8, 2016, 4:00 PM-5:30 PM

Lyman 132

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Kameshwar C. Wali Lecture in the Sciences and Humanities

The 2016 Kameshwar C. Wali Lecture will be presented by distinguished neuroscientist Dr. Carla Shatz, Director of Bio-X at Stanford University and most recently recipient of the 2016 Kavli Prize in Neuroscience. 

In her talk, Shatz explains how connections in the adult brain are precise, but do not start out that way. Precision emerges during critical developmental periods as synapses - the delicate contacts between neurons that relay and store information - are either pruned away or grow in a process driven by learning. An unexpected set of molecules once thought only to function in the immune system was discovered in neurons and found to regulate pruning. Blocking the function of these molecules not only reopens a critical period for vision in adult brain, but also protects against memory loss in mice models of Alzheimer’s disease. New avenues for treating developmental disorders and AD may come from understanding the function of these molecules in the brain.

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Performance/History: Remembering the Dérive: Attunement, Mimesis, and Performance in the City

Nov 18, 2016, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM

Little Hall 201, Colgate University

Professor Elin Diamond (Rutgers University) is best known for her book, Unmaking Mimesis: Essays on Feminism and Theater, and her edited volume, Performance and Cultural Politics. She's also the author of Pinter's Comic Play and numerous articles that explore theater and performance through the lens of feminist and critical theory. Her seminar will be followed by a casual dinner. Professor Diamond will share a few texts for attendees to read in preparation; To RSVP, please contact Mary Simonson.
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The sonic mask: Digging up ethnicity and racism through music – The Dominican case

Nov 18, 2016, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

304 Tolley Humanities Building

Mini-Seminar with Darío Tejeda 

Visiting scholar, member of the Academy of Sciences of the Dominican Republic and director of the Instituto de Estudios Caribeños (INEC, Santo Domingo and New York City) Darío Tejeda, will explore the topics of music, race, and activism in the Dominican Republic and beyond. Participants are encouraged to attend the performance by New York City-based Afro-Dominican music group Pa’lo Monte on Tuesday, November 15 at 7 PM at the Community Folk Art Center.

Space for the mini-seminar is limited; please RSVP to Sydney Hutchinson. Include any requests for accommodations.

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Alguien al Otro Lado: Fall Roundtable on Poetry

Nov 15, 2016, 4:00 PM-6:00 PM

340G Huntington Beard Crouse Hall

Three poets from Spain will discuss the theme of happiness in contemporary poetry with comments from Professor Josefa Alvarez and Professor Kathy Everly. 

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Early Modern Spanish: Literature, Politics and the Public Sphere in the Early Modern Mediterranean

Nov 11, 2016, 9:30 AM-4:00 PM

Kilian Room (500 Hall of Languages)

This workshop brings together scholars from the Central New York area and other nearby regions in order to discuss topics related to the relationship between Spain and the Mediterranean in the Early Modern period. Presentations will focus on a variety of Spanish literary and historical texts, as well as key individuals and events, that illustrate the complex cultural and political reality of the Mediterranean world, and how the different peoples of the region interacted with the dynamics of the Spanish Habsburgs empire. Presentations will be in Spanish and English.

For more information, contact Alejandro Garcia-Reidy.

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African American Studies Colloquium: Black Lives Matter in Art, History, and Literature

Nov 9, 2016, 5:30 PM-7:00 PM

Slocum Hall 214

This colloquium features scholars in art, history, and literature whose interdisciplinary research intersects with the current social and political conversations surrounding the modern civil rights movement, Black Lives Matter. Discussion focuses on the importance of the Humanities in shaping “Black World” responses to freedom, civil rights, and justice movements. Participants on the panel include: Clemmie Harris, Ph.D., African American Studies, Meina Yates-Richard, Ph.D., English and Casarae Gibson, Ph.D., African American Studies.
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Galician Landscapes in The Winterlings, by Cristina Sánchez Andrade

Nov 8, 2016, 2:00 PM-3:30 PM

Tolley 304 / Sainsbury Library

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Award-winning bilingual author, Cristina Sánchez Andrade, stops in Syracuse to present the recent translation of her 2014 novel, The Winterlings (in English). In this meet-and-greet setting, Andrade will sell and sign copies of her book as she talks about her craft and current Spanish literature.

Space is limited; please RSVP to Kathy Everly by 11/1/16.  Include any requests for accessibility accommodations.

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The Chinese Quest for Modernity from the Religious Perspective: When Sacred Space Becomes a Heritage Place: Pilgrimage, Worship, and Tourism in Contemporary China

Nov 7, 2016, 2:10 PM-3:30 PM

341 Eggers Hall

Professor Robert Shepherd (George Washington University) co-presents this talk with Professor Shin-yi Chao of the University of Rochester. For more information, contact Gareth Fisher. gfisher@syr.edu

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Jewish Studies: Technologies of Memory Series “Memory and Post-Memory”

Nov 5, 2016, 5:30 PM-7:30 PM

Barnes Hall, Cornell University

This presentation on memory and post-memory features Marianne Hirsch (Columbia) and Leo Spitzer (Dartmouth). For more information, contact Ayla Cline.

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New York Public Humanities Graduate Fellowship: Info Session about Applying for 2017-18 Fellowships and Presentation by Scarlett Rebman, 2015-16 Fellow

Nov 4, 2016, 10:30 AM-12:00 PM

Tolley 304 / Sainsbury Library

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2015-2016 Graduate Student Public Humanities Fellow Scarlett Rebman (History) and colleagues discuss working with the Southwest Community Center on her project, “Time Travelers: A Local History Summer Camp.”  In the camp project, students explored local struggles for human rights by taking field trips throughout central New York.

Following her presentation, Rebman and representatives from the CNY Corridor provide information and answer questions about the Graduate Student Public Humanities Fellowship Rebman served, and about the application process for the upcoming selection.  

The next application deadline is February 17, 2017.  Click to browse the fellowship FAQs and download the call for applicants.

A joint initiative between the Humanities Center and the Central New York Humanities Corridor, these fellowships are supported in partnership with the New York Council for the Humanities supported in part by Daniel and Joanna Rose and a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Gustav Deutsch and Hanna Schimek present Shirley: Visions of Reality (2013)

Nov 3, 2016, 7:00 PM-9:30 PM

Huntington-Beard Crouse, Kittredge Auditorium

Gustav Deustch and Hanna Schimek will accompany a screening of their film, Shirley: Visions of Reality. Shirley is constructed of shots that are composed to closely replicate Edward Hopper using remarkable trompe l'oeil effects. All are welcome to join film studies students in this opportunity to meet and work with the visiting filmmakers.
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Workshop with Filmmakers Gustav Deutsch and Hanna Schimek

Nov 3, 2016, 3:30 PM-5:00 PM

Tolley 304

Viennese artists Gustav Deutsch and Hanna Schimek lead a small group discussion prior to a screening of their film Shirley: Visions of Reality (2013), based on the work and life of American painter Edward Hopper. Drawing from the lives of Hopper and his wife, painter Josephine Nivison (who was sometimes called “Shirley” when modeling for Hopper), the film intimately explores a narrative of recollections and shifting social and cultural norms in the U.S. from the 1920s to the early 1960s.  Space is limited; contact cphanson@syr.edu for availability. Include any requests for accessibility accommodations.
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Site Specific Art and Native History

Nov 2, 2016, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Tolley 304

New York based Mohawk artist, Alan Michelson, conducts a small-group workshop for students from the visual arts and art history as well as those interested in the Native American aspect of his work.  He'll discuss the associated challenges, opportunities, and meditation on how a Native American visual artist draws on historical notions of place and its intimate relationship to the indigenous peoples connected to it.

Advanced registration required. RSVP to humcenter@syr.edu by 10/24/16. Include any requests for accessibility accommodations.

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Seeing Place Through Indigenous Histories

Nov 1, 2016, 4:30 PM-6:00 PM

Peter Graham Scholarly Commons at Bird Library

a photo related to the eventNew York based Mohawk artist, Alan Michelson, who recently won a commission to create a permanent monument to the Native nations of what is now the Commonwealth of Virginia, will talk about his art and the issues that inform its creation.  Michelson’s artwork is perfectly suited for a meditation on how a Native American visual artist draws on historical notions of place and its intimate relationship to the indigenous peoples connected to it.
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The Chinese Quest for Modernity from the Religious Perspective: Lecture on Islam in Tibet

Oct 27, 2016, 5:00 PM-6:00 PM

Rush Rhees Library, Room 442, University of Rochester

Professor David Atwill (Penn State) explores the roots of Muslims in Tibet and offers an overview of their central role in the diplomatic tensions between India and China in 1960.  [Download the event flier here.]

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Anna Karenina

Oct 23, 2016, 5:00 PM-8:00 PM

Crouse-Hinds Hall 101

This free, public screening of the 2012 film Anna Karenina, directed by Joe Wright, includes a panel discussion on the roles of place and space in Tolstoy’s novel and the movie’s use of stage sets to capture or subvert those roles. Panelists include Dr. Rachel May, former professor of Russian literature at Macalester College and SUNY Stony Brook, and Karel Blakely, professor of scenic design and stagecraft at Le Moyne College. Refreshments will be provided. 

Space is limited; please RSVP to Rachel May.

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American Sisters: Sarah and Angelina Grimke and the First Fight for Human Rights

Oct 21, 2016, 3:00 PM-5:00 PM

Eggers 151

Louise Knight, author of two biographies of Jane Addams, will discuss her book-in-progress, a dual biography of the Grimke sisters, pioneering 19th c. American abolitionists and feminists.

The sisters, born in Charleston, S.C. to a wealthy slaveowning family, fled north in the 1820s to Philadelphia to escape life in a slave state. But their horror at slavery did not translate into social action until the new, immediate abolition movement persuaded them that the institution of slavery could end. They joined the campaign, lecturing widely, organizing abolition societies and gathering petition signatures on slavery.  They were the first American women to travel, lecture and organize for a secular cause. The opportunities the movement gave them and its emphasis in these years on human rights helped the sisters reinterpret their lives as women, while friendships with African American Quaker abolitionists deepened their understanding of racism.

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Interested in Pursuing Humanities Funding & Fellowships? Learn about Support Tools and Resources Available for Research!

Oct 21, 2016, 9:30 AM-11:00 AM

Tolley 304 / Sainsbury Library

Faculty and graduate students are invited to learn more about a range of University resources for pursuing Humanities grants, fellowships, and awards.

In this workshop we will cover:

• Using "Pivot" for tailored / curated searches
• Using "Grants Advisor" to identify humanities funding
• Other guides to funding in the humanities and interpretive social sciences
• Research support from SU Librarian specialists in the Humanities

Specialized staff from the Office of Sponsored Projects and the Libraries will introduce these tools and engage in Q&A with participants. Coffee and light breakfast available. Download the flier to post or share with interested colleagues.

Hosted by the Humanities Center, this event is supported by the Office for Research, OSP and the Syracuse University Libraries.

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Urban Video Project's Screening + Q&A with Apichatpong Weerasethakul: Cemetery of Splendor

Oct 20, 2016, 6:30 PM-9:00 PM

Everson Museum of Art, Hosmer Auditorium, 401 Harrison Street, Syracuse

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Fresh from the Cannes Film Festival, experience the latest feature-length film by celebrated Thai filmmaker, Apichatpong Weerasethakul at this screening of Cemetery of Splendor. The filmmaker conducts a live-stream Q&A following the screening. Attendees are invited to stay for a reception.


The screening of Cemetery of Splendor and Q&A with the filmmaker is made possible through the generous support of CNY Humanities Corridor and the Syracuse University Visiting Artist Lecture Series. This event is part of the official program of the 2016 Syracuse International Film Festival

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Syracuse International Film Festival

Oct 19, 2016, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

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a photo related to the eventThe Humanities Center is a co-sponsor of the 13th annual Syracuse International Film Festival.  Screenings take place October 19-23 at various locations throughout the Syracuse area.  

Visit the official festival website for details or download the schedule here.
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Critical Asian Cinematic Spaces Seminar: “Is Art Lighthearted?”

Oct 18, 2016, 5:30 PM-7:00 PM

325 Slocum Hall

Led by Una Chung, PhD, Assistant Professor of Modern and Classical Literatures (Sarah Lawrence College) this seminar on Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Cemetery of Splendor (2015) explores its unusual film semiotics, which not only puts into play compositional elements of visual representation but also directly incorporates thresholds of wakefulness and rhythms of awareness to produce an immersive cinema. The group investigates the aesthetics of lightness and the affective register of humor in this film for what they tell us about the changing conditions of knowledge and experience of art today.

Participants should RSVP to Lawrence Chua lachua@syr.edu for copies of the readings.

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Workshop: The Poetry of Place with Writers Adrian Matejka and Stacey Lynn Brown

Oct 14, 2016, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

304 Tolley Humanities Building

Serious writers and writing teachers, adult writing students from the Downtown Writers Center, and creative writing MFA students are encouraged to register for this mini-seminar with poets Matejka and Brown, a follow-up to their evening of readings at the YMCA Downtown Writers Center the night prior. 

Advanced registration required. RSVP to pmemmer@syracuseymca.org or 315-474-6851 (ext. 328) by 10/7/16. Include any requests for accessibility accommodations.

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The Poetry of Place: Readings by Adrian Matejka and Stacey Lynn Brown

Oct 13, 2016, 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

YMCA Downtown Writers Center, 340 Montgomery Street, Syracuse

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National Book Award finalist Adrian Matejka and acclaimed poet Stacey Lynn Brown are two writers for whom place (Matejka’s Indianapolis, Brown’s American South) has served as a crucial influence, affecting the subject matter, texture, and even form of their work. Their reading will be followed by a Q&A and book-signing.

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Perspectives on Europe from the Periphery: Fall Lecture and Workshop on Language, Culture, and Writing

Oct 13, 2016, 4:30 PM-6:30 PM

Falk 275

Algerian/Italian author Amara Lakhous speaks about his relationship with language and culture as evidenced in his award winning fiction.
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Introduction to the USC Shoah Foundation's Visual History Archive: Conducting Research with Audiovisual Testimonies of Genocide Survivors

Oct 10, 2016, 9:00 AM-11:30 AM

Peter Graham Scholarly Commons at Bird Library

Presented by Emilie Garrigou-Kempton (Center for Advanced Genocide Research, University of Southern California), this gathering serves as an introduction, for researchers and teachers, to the USC Shoah Foundation's Visual History Archive database, a repository of over 50,000 video testimonies from survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides. Initially a repository of Holocaust testimony, the VHA has expanded to include testimonies from the Armenian Genocide of World War I, the 1937 Nanjing Massacre in China, the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, and the Guatemalan Genocide of 1978-1996. Collected interviews span 63 countries and 41 languages.

In a vast majority of VHA survivor testimonies, interviewees speak of matters related to “place,” e.g., beloved family homes from which they had to flee or from which they were forcibly removed because of persecution; places of incomprehensible suffering; and places of refuge. The USC Shoah Foundation is “dedicated to making audio-visual interviews with survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides a compelling voice for education and action.” The VHA workshop will familiarize attendees with the database interface and search engine; showcase examples of testimony use in innovative research and teaching by scholars from a wide range of disciplines; and allow attendees to start exploring material relevant to their own research and/or teaching.


Sponsors:
Humanities Center
University Libraries

Co-sponsors:
School of Education - Holocaust & Genocide Education Program
Maxwell School - Department of History, with the Newhouse School, Documentary Film & History
College of Arts & Sciences - Department of Languages, Literature, & Linguistics

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Wooden Stick Festival

Oct 8, 2016, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM

Skä·noñh - Great Law of Peace Center, 6680 Onondaga Lake Pkwy, Liverpool

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Lacrosse descends from games played by various Native American communities. This festival celebrates its history in Onondaga Nation territory through Haudenosaunee speakers, music, dancing, stickmaking, crafters and food.

NOTE: This was originally scheduled as a two-day event and was publicized as such in our October mailer. While the Skä·noñh Center welcomes visitors all weekend, the festival itself runs Saturday only.

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Todd Gray: A Place That Looks Like Home

Oct 7, 2016, 6:00 PM-8:00 PM

Watson Theater, 316 Waverly Avenue

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In his exhibition, Todd Gray presents a series of collages that juxtapose images of pop culture, documentary photographs, portrait and visions from the Hubble telescope. His complex layered imagery generates a dialogue about the current state of identity politics, race relations, the African Diaspora and colonialism. In this lecture, Gray discusses his career that spans over 40 years of documentary photography, performance, sculpture and installation. Gray's 6pm lecture will be followed by a reception at 7pm.

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Writing Suburban Citizenship: Place-conscious Education and the Conundrum of Suburbia

Oct 6, 2016, 4:30 PM-5:45 PM

Schine Student Center 304 ABC

In this public talk, Robert Brooke (John E. Weaver Professor of English at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln) will discuss theories and practices of place-conscious education in relation to suburban geographies.

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Workshop: Designing Place-Conscious Courses

Oct 6, 2016, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

304 Tolley Humanities Building

Prior to his public afternoon lecture, Robert Brooke (John E. Weaver Professor of English at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln) presents a small-group workshop to help participants design and coordinate interdisciplinary place-conscious assignments, activities, and projects.

Advanced registration required. RSVP to rverity@syr.edu (315-443-1091) by 9/29/16. Include any requests for accessibility accommodations.
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Finding Their Place: Performance by Merasi Musicians

Oct 4, 2016, 8:00 PM-9:30 PM

Slocum Auditorium

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The music and traditions of the Merasi, a group of former untouchable Muslim performers, are deeply rooted in place -- the district of Jaisalmer in the Thar desert of Rajasthan, India.  The Merasis have carried on a tradition that they received from thirty-eight generations of musicians who performed for Rajput maharajas and at temple festivals, where Muslim musicians, Hindu devotion, and rich local culture blend with striking results. Merasi performances embody the ecstatic lyrics of their Sufi and Hindu mystic songs. Dr. Sarwar Khan anchors an ensemble of seven to nine virtuoso musicians spanning three generations. 

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Workshop: Finding Their Place: Social Change and Merasi Identity

Oct 4, 2016, 12:30 PM-2:00 PM

341 Eggers

For generations, the Merasi of northwest Rajasthan, India have been scorned as "Manganiyars", meaning beggars. Considered "untouchable", they have been denied access to education, healthcare, and political representation. Traditional folk music is the Merasi's only recognized means of social worth and today despite on-going caste prejudice, they persist in their roles as oral genealogists, storytellers, and musicians. With the assistance of two non-governmental organizations (NGOs), US-based Folk Arts Rajasthan (FAR) and India-based Lok Kala Sagar Sansthan (LKSS) the Merasi envision a tomorrow where they can live in peace and celebrate their heritage with dignity. In this presentation, Merasi performers and NGO staff will discuss the challenges that the Merasi face and how they are working toward social change. 

Advanced registration recommended. RSVP to elbridge@syr.edu by 9/26/16. Include any requests for accessibility accommodations.

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Syracuse University Human Rights Film Festival: various screenings

Oct 1, 2016, 1:00 PM-9:00 PM

Shemin Auditorium at Shaffer Art Building

The 14th annual Syracuse University Human Rights Film Festival concludes with a trio of features and a bonus presentation on Saturday, October 1, to feature interaction with filmmakers.

1:00 pm

The Crossing (George Kurian, 2015, Norway, Arabic and English with English subtitles, 55 min )

Following one of the most dangerous journeys of our time with a group of Syrian refugees fleeing war and persecution, this vivid documentary offers an intimate perspective into their harrowing experiences. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with new immigrant students from local high schools.

4:00 pm

Koza (Ivan Ostrochovský, 2015, Slovakia/Czech Republic, 75 min)
Skype Q&A with filmmaker

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In a subtle fusion of documentary and fiction, Koza follows a young Roma boxer as he embarks on a tragicomic return to the ring in order to pay for his girlfriend's abortion. Ivan Ostrochovský's debut narrative feature casts Peter "Koza" Baláz as "himself," mixing details of Baláz's real life with invented situations to illuminate the grinding poverty and social marginalization experienced by Europe’s Roma communities.

Plus: a sneak-preview of a short film in progress by Lida & Mišo Suchý (2016, USA/Ukraine/Slovakia, closed captioned in English)

7:00 pm

Aligarh (Hansal Mehta, 2015, India, 120 min)
Skype Q&A with filmmaker

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Based on a true-life story, this groundbreaking feature follows a young journalist in Aligarh as he uncovers a homophobic conspiracy behind the case of an Indian college professor who is caught by the press in bed with his lover.

Plus:

Reluctantly Queer (Akosua Adoma Owusu , 2016, Ghana, 8 min.)
A young Ghanaian man struggles to reconcile his love for his mother with his same-sex desire amid the increased tensions of sexual politics in Ghana.


Download the festival poster or find more info at the official festival website.

Festival Presenters:
Syracuse University Humanities Center (Arts & Sciences)
S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

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Syracuse University Human Rights Film Festival: Trick or Treaty?

Sep 30, 2016, 7:00 PM-9:30 PM

Shemin Auditorium at Shaffer Art Building

Legendary Canadian and Abenaki filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin’s inspiring documentary reveals how collective challenges to settler colonialist interpretations of key treaties can bring political empowerment to indigenous communities as they fight for the protection of their lands and their natural resources. Screening features introduction and Q&A with filmmaker.

Trick or Treaty? (Alanis Obomsawin, 2014, Canada, 85 min, closed-captioned in English)

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Download the festival poster or find more info at the official festival website.


Festival Presenters:
Syracuse University Humanities Center (College of Arts & Sciences)
S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

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Workshop with Filmmaker Trisha Ziff

Sep 30, 2016, 11:30 AM-1:00 PM

The Dressler Room - Room 305 Newhouse 1

Writer, editor, curator and documentary filmmaker Trisha Ziff [The Man Who Saw Too Much, 2015] hosts a small group seminar, during her visit to SU for the Human Rights Film Festival.

Advanced registration required: RSVP to kmnorthr@syr.edu or 315-443-7358 by 9/21/16. Include any requests for accessibility accommodations.

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Syracuse University Human Rights Film Festival: The Man Who Saw Too Much

Sep 29, 2016, 7:00 PM-9:30 PM

Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, Newhouse 3

Winner of two Ariels (Mexican Academy Awards), Trisha Ziff’s enthralling documentary follows Enrique Metinides, who has spent his life documenting death in Mexico City as one of its most renowned and notorious photojournalists. This opening night screening and reception includes an introduction and Q&A with filmmaker.

The Man Who Saw Too Much (Trisha Ziff, Mexico, 2015, 88 min., Spanish and English with English subtitles)

Watch trailer

Download the festival poster or find more info at the official festival website.


Festival Presenters:
Syracuse University Humanities Center (College of Arts & Sciences)
S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

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Atelier 17: A Gathering Place for Avant-Garde Artists [Print Fair]

Sep 25, 2016, 12:00 PM-4:00 PM

SUArt Galleries at Shaffer Art Building

Atelier 17 was a collaborative print center located in Paris that had a major impact on contemporary printmaking.  Organized and operated by Stanley William Hayter, the Atelier was relocated to New York City during World War II where it became a meeting place for European artists escaping persecution by the Nazi regime. These artists had a profound impact on American thinking about the graphic arts and helped usher in the Abstract Expressionist movement.

SUArt's series of events features guest speakers and print sellers Susan Teller Gallery, Dolan Maxwell, The Annex Galleries, The Old Print Shop and Thomas French Fine Art. 

SYMPOSIUM DISCUSSIONS at Shemin Auditorium at Shaffer Art Building:
Friday, September 23, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 24, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 
Presenters include:  Domenic Iacono (Director, SUArt Galleries), Joann Moser (Smithsonian Museum), Christina Weyl (Freelance Curator), Andrew Raffery (RISD Professor)

PRINT FAIR HOURS at Shaffer Art Building Galleria:
Friday, September 23, Noon to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 24, Noon to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 25, Noon to 4:00 p.m. 
Presenters include: Susan Teller Gallery (NYC), Annex Galleries (San Jose, CA), Old Print Shop (NYC), Dolan Maxwell (Phila, PA), Thomas French Gallery (Akron,OH)


ONGOING (through May 2017)...

On display in SUArt Galleries' Print and Photo Galleries are two exhibitions that explore the 2016-17 Syracuse Symposium theme of "Place." Wanderlust: Travel Photography from the Syracuse University Art Collection investigates how artists from the late 19th century until today have been captivated by the potential of landscape images and its ability to transport our imagination whether the locale be exotic or not. Curated by exhibition and collection manager Emily Dittman, this display brings together historic albumen prints, travel albums, and contemporary black and white and color images from a variety of photographers working in the photographic medium over the past 120 years.

21 Etchings and Poems, a landmark publication that had a profound impact on contemporary art and culture, will be presented in its entirety in the Print Study Room. Curated by College of Visual and Performing Arts, Museum Studies graduate student Courtney Spencer Eppel, this exhibition presents twenty-one paired artists and authors to create unique works of art. The partnerships for this project included well-known artists and poets Peter Grippe and Dylan Thomas, Willem de Kooning and Harold Rosenberg, Letterio Calapai and William Carlos Williams, and Franz Kine and Frank O’Hara, among others. Many of the artist represented in this portfolio are also represented in the main gallery special exhibition About Prints: The Legacy of Stanley William Hayter and Atelier 17.

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Atelier 17: A Gathering Place for Avant-Garde Artists [Symposium and Print Fair]

Sep 24, 2016, 10:00 AM-6:00 PM

SUArt Galleries at Shaffer Art Building

Atelier 17 was a collaborative print center located in Paris that had a major impact on contemporary printmaking.  Organized and operated by Stanley William Hayter, the Atelier was relocated to New York City during World War II where it became a meeting place for European artists escaping persecution by the Nazi regime. These artists had a profound impact on American thinking about the graphic arts and helped usher in the Abstract Expressionist movement. 

EXHIBITION DATES: August 18 through November 20, 2016

SYMPOSIUM DISCUSSIONS at Shemin Auditorium at Shaffer Art Building:
Friday, September 23, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 24, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 
Presenters include:  Domenic Iacono (Director, SUArt Galleries), Joann Moser (Smithsonian Museum), Christina Weyl (Freelance Curator), Andrew Raffery (RISD Professor)

PRINT FAIR HOURS at Shaffer Art Building Galleria:
Friday, September 23, Noon to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 24, Noon to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 25, Noon to 4:00 p.m. 
Presenters include: Susan Teller Gallery (NYC), Annex Galleries (San Jose, CA), Old Print Shop (NYC), Dolan Maxwell (Phila, PA), Thomas French Gallery (Akron,OH)


ONGOING (through May 2017)...

On display in SUArt Galleries' Print and Photo Galleries are two exhibitions that explore the 2016-17 Syracuse Symposium theme of "Place." Wanderlust: Travel Photography from the Syracuse University Art Collection investigates how artists from the late 19th century until today have been captivated by the potential of landscape images and its ability to transport our imagination whether the locale be exotic or not. Curated by exhibition and collection manager Emily Dittman, this display brings together historic albumen prints, travel albums, and contemporary black and white and color images from a variety of photographers working in the photographic medium over the past 120 years.

21 Etchings and Poems, a landmark publication that had a profound impact on contemporary art and culture, will be presented in its entirety in the Print Study Room. Curated by College of Visual and Performing Arts, Museum Studies graduate student Courtney Spencer Eppel, this exhibition presents twenty-one paired artists and authors to create unique works of art. The partnerships for this project included well-known artists and poets Peter Grippe and Dylan Thomas, Willem de Kooning and Harold Rosenberg, Letterio Calapai and William Carlos Williams, and Franz Kine and Frank O’Hara, among others. Many of the artist represented in this portfolio are also represented in the main gallery special exhibition About Prints: The Legacy of Stanley William Hayter and Atelier 17.

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Terra Sangue Mare: Sicilian Folk Music and its Roots

Sep 23, 2016, 7:30 PM-9:00 PM

Setnor Auditorium

Sicilian Folk singer Michaela Musolino and her group, Terra Sangue Mare perform a collection of traditional and contemporary Sicilian folk music with elements of various world music traditions woven throughout the compositions. Narration throughout the concert will help explain and translate the represented experiences, history and culture of Sicily.

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Workshop: Sicilian Folk Music with Terra Sangue Mare

Sep 23, 2016, 3:30 PM-5:00 PM

Hall of Languages 114

Sicilian Folk singer Michaela Musolino and her group, Terra Sangue Mare present a workshop on Sicilian music and its roots, in which Ms. Musolino teaches dances from Southern Italy and Sicily and explains their origins and history.

Advanced registration required due to space limitations: RSVP to jtsorci@syr.edu by 9/16/16. Include any requests for accessibility accommodations.

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Atelier 17: A Gathering Place for Avant-Garde Artists [Symposium and Print Fair]

Sep 23, 2016, 10:00 AM-6:00 PM

SUArt Galleries at Shaffer Art Building

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Atelier 17 was a collaborative print center located in Paris that had a major impact on contemporary printmaking.  Organized and operated by Stanley William Hayter, the Atelier was relocated to New York City during World War II where it became a meeting place for European artists escaping persecution by the Nazi regime. These artists had a profound impact on American thinking about the graphic arts and helped usher in the Abstract Expressionist movement. 

EXHIBITION DATES: August 18 through November 20, 2016

SYMPOSIUM DISCUSSIONS at Shemin Auditorium at Shaffer Art Building:
Friday, September 23, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 24, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 
Presenters include:  Domenic Iacono (Director, SUArt Galleries), Joann Moser (Smithsonian Museum), Christina Weyl (Freelance Curator), Andrew Raffery (RISD Professor)

PRINT FAIR HOURS at Shaffer Art Building Galleria:
Friday, September 23, Noon to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 24, Noon to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 25, Noon to 4:00 p.m. 
Presenters include: Susan Teller Gallery (NYC), Annex Galleries (San Jose, CA), Old Print Shop (NYC), Dolan Maxwell (Phila, PA), Thomas French Gallery (Akron,OH)


ONGOING (through May 2017)...

On display in SUArt Galleries' Print and Photo Galleries are two exhibitions that explore the 2016-17 Syracuse Symposium theme of "Place." Wanderlust: Travel Photography from the Syracuse University Art Collection investigates how artists from the late 19th century until today have been captivated by the potential of landscape images and its ability to transport our imagination whether the locale be exotic or not. Curated by exhibition and collection manager Emily Dittman, this display brings together historic albumen prints, travel albums, and contemporary black and white and color images from a variety of photographers working in the photographic medium over the past 120 years.


21 Etchings and Poems, a landmark publication that had a profound impact on contemporary art and culture, will be presented in its entirety in the Print Study Room. Curated by College of Visual and Performing Arts, Museum Studies graduate student Courtney Spencer Eppel, this exhibition presents twenty-one paired artists and authors to create unique works of art. The partnerships for this project included well-known artists and poets Peter Grippe and Dylan Thomas, Willem de Kooning and Harold Rosenberg, Letterio Calapai and William Carlos Williams, and Franz Kine and Frank O’Hara, among others. Many of the artist represented in this portfolio are also represented in the main gallery special exhibition About Prints: The Legacy of Stanley William Hayter and Atelier 17.

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Radical Healing in Schools and Communities, Dr. Shawn Ginwright (San Francisco State University)

Sep 22, 2016, 5:30 PM-7:00 PM

Maxwell Auditorium

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The Douglas P. Biklen Landscape of Urban Education Lecture Series

This year's series, hosted by the School of Education, begins with Shawn Ginwright, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Education and African American Studies, who weaves his years of research into touching examples to illustrate how strategy, logic, and plans seldom produce the transformation we seek. Schools, city governments and businesses can adjust their policies and practices but true change only happens when people’s hearts are transformed. Bold and nuanced, Dr. Ginwright’s talk inspires fresh, exciting views on how to transform schools from empty places of learning into hubs for social change.

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Mande Strings - Music and Place around the Black Atlantic

Sep 20, 2016, 8:00 PM-9:30 PM

Setnor Auditorium

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Mande Strings consists of three Malian artists, Kokanko Sata Doumbia, Assaba Dramé, and Lamine Soumano, playing guitar, kora, and two types of ngoni stringed instruments —the lute-styled jeli ngoni, and the harp-styled kamelen ngoni. Their performance demonstrates the connection of musical instruments to a Mande sense of place, as well as how aspects of Mande tradition (including techniques like slides, bends, pulls, and hammers) live on across the Black Atlantic in African American musical performance. 

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The Chinese Quest for Modernity from the Religious Perspective (LLC2): The Book of Changes: from Confucian Classic to Counterculture Icon

Sep 16, 2016, 12:00 PM-1:30 PM

Rush Rhees Library, Room 456, University of Rochester

Professor Hon Tze-ki (SUNY Geneso) will discuss how I Ching (The Book of Change), a canonized Confucian classic, was translated into German and English, and eventually became a popular text in the counter-culture movement in the United States in the 1950s. For more information, contact Elya Zhang.
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Jewish Studies (LLC17) Technologies of Memory Series: Concert by Julia Wolfe and Michael Gordon

Sep 15, 2016, 8:00 PM-10:00 PM

Sage Chapel, Cornell University

Composers Julia Wolfe (2015 Pulitzer Prize) and Michael Gordon, co-founders of the renowned NYC-based group, Bang on a Can, team up for a concert of their works that focuses on spirituality and music. Features music for choir, string quartet, amplified rock ensemble, and the premiere of Wolfe’s duo for cello and double bass by John Haines-Eitzen and guest bassist Tomoya Aomori. For information, contact jewishstudies@cornell.edu.
 
Co-sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program and the Department of Music, and funded in part by a grant from the Cornell Council for the Arts.

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Fulbright Fellowships for Faculty: A Strategic Approach

May 6, 2016, 9:30 AM-11:00 AM

304 Tolley

Recently tenured faculty will gain tips and strategies for pursuing support, placing particular emphasis on projects of broad scope and high significance

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Fulbright Fellowships for Faculty: A Strategic Approach

May 5, 2016, 2:30 PM-4:30 PM

Peter Graham Scholarly Commons(Bird Library)

Understand key factors for developing successful Fulbright proposals, including review panels and their expectations. Suitable for faculty in all fields (Humanities, Social Sciences, Science, Law, Arts, Journalism, Education, Business)

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A First Step in Humanities Competitions: Short-Term Fellowships at Humanities Research Libraries

May 5, 2016, 9:00 AM-11:00 AM

304 Tolley

Explore the importance of pursuing short term residencies as a pivotal step in effectively pursuing larger awards and appointments.

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Effective Applications for Humanities Funding & Fellowship:A Substantive Approach

May 4, 2016, 2:30 PM-4:30 PM

Peter Graham Scholarly Commons(Bird Library)

Alan Rutenberg presents strategies for conceptualizing then crafting compelling, competitive proposals for Humanities funding and fellowships (NEH, ACLS, Guggenheim, Rome Prize)

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CNY Humanities Corridor Seminar: Graduate Student Public Humanities Fellow Paul Arras

Apr 27, 2016, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

304 tolley

Advanced Registration Required

RSVP by April 25 to mmditmar@syr.edu. Include any requests for accessibility accommodations.

2015-2016 Graduate Student Public Humanities Fellow Paul Arras(History) discusses working with near Westside initiative to produce stories with neighborhood residents. The fellowship is supported in part by Daniel and Joanna Rose and a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Barefoot Solutions: A Mini-Seminar. Syracuse Symposium Networks Series

Apr 22, 2016, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

304 tolley

Advanced Registration Required

To get on the waitlist contact:elbridge@maxwell.syr.edu

In this small group session, Bunker Roy delves deeper into the 'Barefoot' solutions that have become agents of change for millions of rural villagers in India. NOTE: this session has filled to capacity.

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Barefoot Solutions: Networking Rural India and a Global Initiative. Syracuse Symposium Networks Series

Apr 21, 2016, 5:30 PM-6:30 PM

Maxwell Auditorium

'Bunker' Roy, founder of internationally acclaimed Barefoot College in India, helps empower rural communities through efficient use of solar energy, water, education, women’s empowerment, and wasteland development. Principal partners for Roy’s visit include the South Asia Centre at Syracuse University, South Asia Program at Cornell University, and SUNY ESF with additional support from SU’s college of Arts and Sciences. School of Architecture, School of Education, Whitman School of Management, WiSE(Women in Science and Engineering), Democratizing Knowledge Project, Renee Crown University Honors Program.
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Humanities Book Signing Reception

Apr 20, 2016, 4:30 PM-6:00 PM

Goldstein Faculty and Alumni Center

In what may become an annual signature event, the Humanities Center invites the campus community to celebrate books in the humanities published by SU faculty and staff in 2015.

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Saya Woolfalk: Chimeras, Empaths, and Utopias. VPA Visiting Artist Lecture Series

Apr 14, 2016, 6:00 PM-8:30 PM

Everson Museum, 401 Harrison Street

Advanced Registration Required

Multimedia artist Saya Woolfalk talks about her fictional utopian universe that blends science fiction, fantasy and cultural anthropology, imagining plant-human hybrids and their society.

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The Pitfalls and Promises of Translation

Apr 8, 2016, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

304 tolley

Advanced Registration Required

RSVP to keverly@syr.edu by March 31. Include any requests for accessibility accommodations.

Participants gain insight into the process of professional translation from English to Spanish through close textual readings from Elizabeth Smart’s novel By grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept, translated by Laura Freixas. Registrants will receive materials before the workshop.

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Implications of Embodied Neuroscience for Understanding of the Self. Contemplative, Collaborative, Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Group, Syracuse Symposium Networks Series

Apr 6, 2016, 5:30 PM-7:00 PM

Kittredge Auditorium at Huntington Beard Crouse(Opening reception at 5 p.m.)

Supported by recent neuroscience studies, Kerr argue for a view of the self that is rooted in multisensory integration and embodied feelings, posing important implications for humanistic scholarship, interdisciplinary inquiry, and understanding of a sense of well-being.

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Brown Girl Dreaming: Landscape of Urban Education Lecture Series

Apr 5, 2016, 5:30 PM-7:00 PM

Gifford Auditorium at Huntington Beard Crouse

The school of Education hosts Jacqueline Woodson, celebrated author of Brown Girl Dreaming (2015 Newbury honor) and Miracle Boys(2001 Coretta Scott King Award), who visits SU to share stories about growing up as an African American in the 1960s and ‘70s.

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Women Writers and Autobiography: A Gendered Genre

Apr 5, 2016, 3:30 PM-5:30 PM

Peter Graham Scholarly Commons(Bird Library)

Advanced Registration Required

It is generally supposed that women’s literature is prone to using autobiographical material. Are there similar tendencies in other subaltern groups(e.g, African Americans, Latino/as, Jews, gays)? Freixas explores the social and political implications of these ideas.

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Conversation with Writer, Critic, and Feminist Laura Freixas

Apr 4, 2016, 6:30 PM-7:30 PM

202 Hall of Languages

The creative Writing Program hosts this engaging small group conversation with Spanish writer Laura Freixas

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Moving For Social Justice: Putting Your Whole Self In

Apr 1, 2016, 12:00 PM-1:30 PM

123 Sims

Attendees should wear comfortable clothes.

Although many of us grew up treating our minds and bodies as separate, they are one entity. This participatory session explores ways (and music) to move our bodies as part of building community, challenging oppression, and creating new vision.

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The First Page: The Importance of Beginning a Novel

Apr 1, 2016, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

304 Tolley

Advanced Registration Required

RSVP to keverly@syr.edu by March 24. Include any request for accessibility accommodations.

The first page of a novel is crucial. It needs to grab the reader and present the principal elements of the story. In this workshop, participants qill produce the first page of their novel and move from a vague idea to a concrete beginning.

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Internet, Darknet, Alternet // The Past, Present, and Future of Cooperatively Run Networks

Feb 26, 2016, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

304 tolley

Advanced Registration Required

RSVP to awinkler@syr.edu by February 16, 2016. Include any requests for accessibility accommodations.

Emerson leads the group in imagining what a cooperatively owned/run network might look like.

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Other Networks: Hands-on History in the Media Archaeology Lab (Lori Emerson)

Feb 25, 2016, 5:00 PM-7:00 PM

Peter Graham Scholarly Commons(Bird Library)

Emerson directs the Media Archaeology Lab, a facility providing access to obsolete but functional media from the early 20th century to the 21st century for research and educational purposes.

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Black Lives Matter - Black History Month Commemorative Lecture

Feb 23, 2016, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Hendricks Chapel

Garza, co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter, is a writer and community organizer who advocates for black people and queer communities, fights against racial profiling and police violence, and campaigns for improved working conditions for all underserved minority communities.

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Musical Methods for Teaching and Researching Movement in Sport

Feb 22, 2016, 4:00 PM-5:15 PM

304 tolley

Advanced Registration Required

RSVP to drjustic@syr.edu by February 15, 2016. Include any requests for accessibility accomodations.

This participatory workshop explores strategies for understanding kinetic ethnography through social media, video interview, motion captures.

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Players on the Field: Thinking about Musical Humanity through Sport

Feb 22, 2016, 2:15 PM-3:35 PM

Killian Room, 500 Hall of Languages

What can music scholars learn from studying sport? Using ethnography, Dr. Dueck connections to the music- and dance like- social textures in sports.

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Modeling Qualitative Data

Feb 11, 2016, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

304 Tolley

Advanced Registration Required

RSVP to jpwill03@syr.edu by February 4, 2016. Include any request for accessibility accommodations.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own qualitative data(field notes, interviews and texts) to practice techniques for analyzing patterns and claims.

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Three networks walk into a bar...

Feb 10, 2016, 2:15 PM-3:45 PM

Killian Room, Hall of Languages

What is network? in social science research, there are at least three answers to that question...
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Imagining Mattering: Hip Hop Civics Ed, Intersectionality, & Black Joy

Feb 4, 2016, 5:30 PM-7:00 PM

Maxwell Auditorium

Dr. Love describes creating a space where black lives matter and students become engaged in the work of fighting for visibility, inclusion and justice.
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For Those Who Cant be Here Today: Prison Mindfulness. Contemplative Collaborative Brown Bag Series

Jan 29, 2016, 12:00 PM-1:30 PM

123 Sims Hall

This moderated discussion considers mindfulness as a form of social justice, integrating the spoken words of incarcerated people.

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Public Humanities Fellowships Info Session

Jan 29, 2016, 10:30 AM-11:30 AM

Tolley Library(301 Tolley)

This informal dialogue highlights the work of current and prior and NYS Public Humanities Fellows and provides guidance for grad students interested in pursuing a 2016-2017 Public Humanities Fellowship before the February 12th application deadline. Light refreshments available.

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