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Valuing the Humanities

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May 3, 2017

First in four-part series about humanities research at Syracuse

Article by: Rob Enslin

Michael Ebner anticipates a busy summer. When not in his office in Eggers Hall, fulfilling his duties as chair of the Department of History, the Syracuse University professor will spend two months in Rome, conducting archival research for a book on Italian Fascism.

Thanks to a $6,000 Summer Stipend from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Ebner will study how Italian Fascists ruled colonies in Africa...

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Humanities Center Fellowships Underscore University Commitment to High-Impact Research

April 26, 2017

Article by Rob Enslin

Every year, the Humanities Center in the College of Arts and Sciences offers a range of highly competitive fellowships to Syracuse University faculty and graduate students. These awards, which directly align with the University’s commitment to high-impact research, encompass semester-long Faculty Fellowships and yearlong Dissertation Fellowships and Graduate Student Public Humanities Fellowships.

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Syracuse Symposium to Unveil 'YOU ARE HERE' April 20

A bird's-eye view of Syracuse, NY (c. 1850), engraved by Lewis Bradley, lithographed by D. W. Moody and published by the Smith Brothers of New York. (Courtesy of the Special Collections Research Center.)

A bird's-eye view of Syracuse, NY (c. 1850), engraved by Lewis Bradley, lithographed by D. W. Moody and published by the Smith Brothers of New York. (Courtesy of the Special Collections Research Center.)

April 17, 2017

Article by: Rob Enslin

Syracuse Symposium concludes its yearlong examination of “Place” with an art exhibition of local relevance.

On Thursday, April 20, the Humanities Center and the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) in Syracuse University Libraries will co-host an opening reception for the show “YOU ARE HERE: Expanding the Concept of Place” from 4:30-6 p.m. on the sixth floor of Bird Library.

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Humanities Center Hosts Faculty, Staff Book Reception April 18

April 12, 2017

Article by Rob Enslin

The Syracuse University Humanities Center will host its second annual Books in the Humanities Reception on Tuesday, April 18, from 4:30-6 p.m. Goldstein Alumni and Faculty Center.

Free and open to the public, the event will feature books broadly conceived in the humanities and published in 2016 by 37 scholars in 25 academic departments and programs at Syracuse. Many authors will be on hand to sign copies of their work...

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School-Based Mindfulness Is the Topic of April 14 Brown Bag Session

April 12, 2017

Article by Kelly Homan Rodoski

The 
Syracuse University Humanities Center and the Contemplative Collaborative will present a brown bag session, “School-Based Mindfulness Interventions for At-Risk Youth,” on Friday, April 14, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Room 123 of Sims Hall. Joshua Felver, assistant professor of psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences, will lead the session.

Read the full article at Syracuse University News.

Syracuse Symposium to Host Scholar of Modern Italian Literature April 4-5

Mauro Novelli

Mauro Novelli

March 28, 2017

Article by Rob Enslin

Syracuse Symposium
 continues its yearlong study of “Place” with a visit by a scholar of modern Italian literature.

Mauro Novelli, associate professor of contemporary Italian literature at The University of Milan, will discuss “Places of Resistance: Simulation and Dissimulation in Modern Italian Provincial Literature” on Tuesday, April 4, from 3:30-4:45 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons (114 Bird Library)...

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Syracuse Symposium to Present Conservation Ecologist Eric Sanderson March 30-31

Eric Sanderson

Eric Sanderson

March 22, 2017

Article by Rob Enslin

Syracuse Symposium continues its yearlong look at “Place” with a visit by an expert in ecosystem and landscape ecology.

Eric Sanderson, senior conservation ecologist of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), will present “The Welikia Project: Discovering a Natural Sense of Place in New York City,” on Thursday, March 30, from 4-5:30 p.m. in 100 Falk. The following day, he will lead a workshop titled “Onondaga Lake: Visualizing the Natural/Historical Continuum” from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in 304 Tolley..

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Syracuse Symposium, Urban Video Project to Present ‘Haunted Ethnography’ Screening, Artist Q&A

March 3, 2017
Article by: Rob Enslin

Syracuse Symposium continues its yearlong look at “Place” with an evening of video and experimental film.

Urban Video Project (UVP) will present a program titled “Haunted Ethnography: new experimental documentary” on Thursday, March 9, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Hosmer Auditorium of the Everson Museum of Art (401 Harrison St., Syracuse).  

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Cherríe Moraga to Serve as Watson Distinguished Visiting Professor Feb. 20-March 3

Cherríe Moraga

Cherríe Moraga

February 16, 2017

Article by Rob Enslin

Cherríe Moraga
—a prominent figure in Chicana, feminist, queer and indigenous activism, art and scholarship—is participating in a two-week residency at Syracuse.

Moraga is this year’s Jeannette K. Watson Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Humanities. In this capacity, she will headline a dozen lectures, performances and dialogues on campus from Monday, Feb. 20, to Friday, March 3. All events are free and open to the public...

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Marcelle Haddix to Examine Healing Power of Writing Feb. 17

February 14, 2017

Professor will discuss writing practices of urban youth within, beyond school contexts

Article by: Rob Enslin

The healing power of writing is the subject of an upcoming “Brown Bag” event, co-sponsored by the Humanities Center and the Contemplative Collaborative.   

Marcelle Haddix, Dean’s Associate Professor and chair of the Reading & Language Arts (RLA) Department in the School of Education (SOE), will discuss “Writing Our Lives as a Space of Healing in Troubling Times” on Friday, Feb. 17, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in 123 Sims Hall... 

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Syracuse Symposium Announces Spring Schedule

February 6, 2017
Series resumes yearlong study of ‘Place’ with public events, activities

Article by: Rob Enslin

Syracuse Symposium continues its yearlong examination of “Place” with events through the end of April. The schedule includes nearly a dozen lectures, workshops, exhibitions and performances. 

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Vivian May, Visionary Humanist

January 10, 2017

Article by: Rob Enslin

Humanities Center director an expert on black feminist educator Anna Julia Cooper

The director of the Humanities Center is bringing national distinction to Syracuse University, thanks to a recent flurry of scholarly activity. 

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Syracuse Symposium to Host Mohawk Artist Alan Michelson Nov. 1-2

October 26, 2016

Article by: Rob Enslin

Syracuse Symposium continues its yearlong exploration of “Place” with a visit by Alan Michelson, a Mohawk member of the Six Nations of the Grand River and an award-winning artist, Nov. 1-2.

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Syracuse Symposium Invites People to Discover USC Visual History Archive

October 5, 2016

Online database features interviews with survivors, witnesses of Holocaust and other genocides

Article by: Rob Enslin

Syracuse Symposium continues its yearlong examination of “Place” with a special visit by an audiovisual historian from the University of Southern California (USC).

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North Indian Musicians, USC Visual Historian Part of Syracuse Symposium Lineup, Oct. 4-14

October 3, 2016

Article by Rob Enslin

Syracuse Symposium continues its theme of “Place” with a robust series of events in early October.  Upcoming events feature a workshop and concert by North Indian musicians, on Tuesday, Oct. 4; a workshop and lecture by place-conscious educator Robert Brooke, Thursday, Oct. 6; a lecture by visual artist Todd Gray, Friday, Oct. 7; the Skä·noñh—Great Law of Peace Center’s Wooden Stick Festival, Saturday, Oct. 8; a workshop by visual historian Emilie Garrigou-Kempton, Monday, Oct. 10; and a reading and workshop by poets Adrian Matejka and Stacey Lynn Brown, Thursday and Friday, Oct. 13-14.

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2016-17 Syracuse Symposium Addresses Questions of 'Place'

September 6, 2016

Article by: Rob Enslin
The Syracuse University Humanities Center announces its lineup for the 2016-17 Syracuse Symposium, whose theme is “Place.” The popular series highlights innovative, interdisciplinary work in the humanities by renowned scholars, artists, authors and performers.

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Intellectual, artistic festival officially expands to full academic year

August 25, 2016

Article by: Rob Enslin

The Syracuse University Humanities Center announces its lineup for the 2016-17 Syracuse Symposium, whose theme is “Place.” The popular series highlights innovative, interdisciplinary work in the humanities by renowned scholars, artists, authors and performers.

Read the full article at AS News.

Humanities Center Ends Year on High Note

April 13, 2016

Upcoming guests include Barefoot College’s ‘Bunker’ Roy and Megan Fallone

The Syracuse University Humanities Center in the College of Arts and Sciences concludes its spring series with appearances by several luminaries, including social entrepreneurs Sanjit “Bunker” Roy and Meagan Fallone and multimedia artist Saya Woolfalk.

“We’re ending our season on a high note,” says Vivian May, director of the Humanities Center and associate professor of women’s & gender studies in A&S. “In addition to extending the Syracuse Symposium series, this year’s spring schedule is breaking ground with bold, new lectures, workshops, and seminars. Common to all of them are issues of broad societal concern, worthy of public and academic attention.”

All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. For more information, visit syracusehumanities.org or call 315-443-7192.

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Laura Freixas to Serve as Jeanette K. Watson Distinguished Visiting Professor in Humanities March 29-April 8

Laura Freixas (Photo by Sylvain Cherkaoui)

Laura Freixas (Photo by Sylvain Cherkaoui)

March 16, 2016

The Syracuse University Humanities Center will host one of the most important feminist voices in Spanish literature.

Laura Freixas, a world-renowned author, teacher-scholar, critic, translator, and proponent of women's literature, will serve as the Humanities Center's 2016 Jeanette K. Watson Distinguished Visiting Professor, March 29-April 8. The Barcelona-born writer is known for her best-selling anthology Mothers and Daughters (Anagram, 1996).

The Humanities Center is based in the College of Arts and Sciences.

"To have Laura Freixas in residence is a rare opportunity for students and scholars alike," says Vivian May, director of the Humanities Center and an associate professor of women's & gender studies. "Known for her pure, unapologetic writing style, she is not afraid to put forward basic existential questions about love, friendship, marriage, and children. There is probably no one else like her in all of modern Spanish fiction."

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Humanities Center Announces March Lineup

March 1, 2016

The Humanities Center, based in the College of Arts and Sciences, continues its spring series of lectures, workshops and performances. Special guests include former Public Enemy member Harry Allen, Spanish author and critic Laura Freixas, British-Nigerian singer and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador nominee Ola Onabulé and cultural theorist Cary Wolfe.

“This spring is one of the Humanities Center’s most ambitious to date,” says Vivian May, director of the center and associate professor of women’s and gender studies. “We’re excited to support a rich array of scholars and artists who engage with the humanities as a public good. Many of them are committed to addressing issues of broad societal concern in the public and scholarly realms.”

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.syracusehumanities.org or call 315-443-7192.

Read the full article at AS News.

Humanities Center Closes out Month with High-Profile Events

February 17, 2016

Lineup features ethnomusicologist Jonathan Dueck (Feb. 22), social activist Alicia Garza (Feb. 23), digital humanist Lori Emerson (Feb. 25-26), black feminist Gloria Joseph (Feb. 29)

The Syracuse University Humanities Center, based in the College of Arts and Sciences, wraps up February with a quartet of high-profile events. It features visits by Jonathan Dueck, an award-winning ethnomusicologist at The George Washington University (GW); Alicia Garza, founder of the Black Lives Matter movement; Lori Emerson, a media archeologist at the University of Colorado Boulder; and Gloria Joseph, a legendary black feminist.

All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. For more information, visit syracusehumanities.org or call 315-443-7192.

Read the full article at AS News.

Humanities Center Presents Renowned ‘Information Designer’ Feb. 10-11

Clay Spinuzzi

Clay Spinuzzi

February 2, 2016
UT Austin’s Clay Spinuzzi to discuss how information moves throughout workplace

Syracuse Symposium continues its yearlong theme of “Networks” with a visit by an expert on rhetoric, technology, and research.

Clay Spinuzzi, an associate professor at The University of Texas at Austin, will deliver a lecture titled “Three Networks Walk into a Bar … ” on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 2:15 p.m. in The Kilian Room (500) of the Hall of Languages. The following day from 9 a.m. to noon, he will lead a mini-seminar on “Modeling Qualitative Data” in room 304 of the Tolley Humanities Building.

Both events are free and open to the public; however, registration is required for the mini-seminar. Please RSVP to jpwill03@syr.edu by Thursday, Feb. 4.

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Humanities Center Announces Ambitious Spring Lineup

Bettina Love

Bettina Love

January 26, 2016

The Syracuse University Humanities Center, based in the College of Arts and Sciences, announces its most ambitious spring lineup to date, supporting more than 30 events and activities taking place between Jan. 29 and April 20. Click here for the complete Spring 2016 schedule.

Special guests include the following:

  • Bettina Love, renowned hip-hop-based educator and feminist (Feb. 4)
  • Alicia Garza, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement (Feb. 23)
  • Harry Allen, hip-hop activist, journalist and former member of Public Enemy (March 23)
  • Jacqueline Woodson, award-winning author of books for young adults (April 5)
  • Laura Freixas, renowned Spanish writer and the 2016 Jeanette K. Watson Distinguished Visiting Professor (March 29-April 5)
  • Sanjit “Bunker” Roy, founder of India’s Barefoot College (April 21-22)

Read the full article at SU News.

Gregg Lambert to Step Down from Syracuse University Humanities Center

Gregg Lambert

Gregg Lambert

August 7, 2014
Lambert, Dean's Professor of Humanities, to Focus on Advancing the CNY Humanities Corridor to the 'Next Level of Success'

Gregg Lambert, Dean’s Professor of the Humanities, has informed Karin Ruhlandt, interim dean of Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences, that he has stepped down as founding director of the Syracuse University Humanities Center to focus solely on his continued leadership of the Central New York Humanities Corridor.

Since 2008, Lambert has served as director and principal investigator of the Corridor, which involves nine New York State institutions, including Cornell University and the University of Rochester. The Corridor is funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Giving Peace a Chance

The Perpetual Peace Project explores how to move the world away from a constant state of war.

The Perpetual Peace Project explores how to move the world away from a constant state of war.

December 13, 2013
Although the Perpetual Peace Project’s (PPP) coming-out party was the 2010 Syracuse Symposium, Professor Gregg Lambert says the initiative can trace its roots to an event some 13 years earlier in South Africa.

The event in question was the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the death of anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko. The speaker that day was 79-year-old Nelson Mandela, who deemed it time to “redress the legacy of oppression.”

“[It] will be achieved by each of us respecting ourselves … and respecting the humanity in each one of us,” he told a rapt audience in the coastal town of East London. “It means an attitude of mind and a way of life that appreciates the joy in the honest labor of creating a new society.”

Mandela would retire from active political life less than three months later, but not before his Biko speech went down in history. Many consider it one of the high-water marks of his presidency.

Read the full article at SU News.