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Welcome to Syracuse Symposium, our annual public events series exploring the humanities through lectures, workshops, performances, exhibits, films, readings, and more. This year's programming engages the meaning and impact of “Silence” from diverse perspectives and genres across a range of locations, locally and globally. 

Look for the Circled S with waves following the lines. symbol next to Symposium offerings in our Events or Calendar listings, updated as details develop.

 Silence syracuse symposium banner spring 2020

"SILENCE" Spring 2020 Schedule


23 - Graphic Medicine: Can Comics Improve Our Health? (Burton Blatt Institute)
24 - Cultivating Care: A Graphic Medicine Workshop (Burton Blatt Institute)
24 - Intertwined Journeys exhibit/talk (WSCR)
30 - 'When I has my likeness took': Black Subjects and the Modernization of Photography (AAS / SUArt)


19 Black Music and Black Power in the Era of #BlackLivesMatter Mark Lomax (CFAC)
20 - The Black Composer as Jali: Composition, Improvisation, and the Afrikan Epic Mark Lomax (CFAC)


2 - Visibly Hidden: Exploring Queer Masculinities in 1950s Popular Music (AMH)
8 - American Spiritual Ensemble (VPA)
10 - Mother Music: How African-American Spirituals Shaped American Musical Styles (VPA)
11 - Lift Every Voice and Sing! (VPA)
26 - Tracing Memory,  History, Race, and the American Landscape with Lauret Savoy (EAR)
27 - Narrating Personal, Familial, and Historical Silences workshop with Lauret Savoy (EAR)
27 - Political Listening: the Forensic Turn in Art and Architecture (UVP)
30 - Seeing Drawing as Meditation workshop (FALK/Academic Affairs)
30 - Seeing, Drawing, Silence lecture (FALK/Academic Affairs)


22-29 - Avalokiteshvara Sand Mandala exhibit (ARC)
23 - Muslim Spaces, Jewish Pasts: Genealogies of the Split Arab / Jew Figure with Ella Shohat (LLL, ENG)

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"SILENCE" Schedule from Fall 2019


20 Intersections: Re-Thinking African American Literature and Culture in the 21st Century (English)
- Sculpting Silence (Society for New Music)
- 17th Annual Syracuse University Human Rights Film Festival (Newhouse, Arts & Sciences)
29 - On the Edge of Silence: Ecstatic Utterances and Inspired Breath (VPA)


7 - Words and Silence in Spiritual Inquiry: Going Beyond Opinion and Belief (Hendricks)
11 - Photography, Race, and Memory, with Nicola Lo Calzo (Light Work)
13 - Incriminating Silence: How the Unheard Defendant in 12 Angry Men Speaks to Our Now (Syracuse Stage)
29 - 'Cripping' Graphic Medicine: Psychiatric Disability, 'Crip' Culture, and the Health Humanities (Burton Blatt Institute)
30 - Drawing Out the Public Sphere: A Workshop on 'Cripping' Graphic Medicine (Burton Blatt Institute)


1 - Speaking Truths Unspoken: New Directions and New Voices in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies (English)
8 - Grief, Healing, and Creative Possibilities (VALS series)
9-10 -
TitBits: Breast Cancer Stories documentary theater (Newhouse) POSTPONED FROM OCT.


5 - What You Have Heard Is True: A Reading by Carolyn Forché (Downtown Writers Center)
6 - Against Silence: The Vital Work of Telling, workshop with Carolyn Forché (DWC)

The story behind Syracuse Symposium
Each year, the Humanities Center presents Syracuse Symposium, a public humanities events series focused around an annual theme. Syracuse Symposium engages wider publics with innovative, interdisciplinary work in the humanities by renowned scholars, artists, authors, and performers.

A call for Symposium proposals is typically issued in the fall to support events occurring in the next academic year. See our Forms page for additional details.  Annual themes and programming selection are reviewed and recommended by members of the Center’s Advisory Board.