Events

Upcoming Events for the Department
 

  • Adventures in Ethics Lecture Series: Screening of Michael Radford's Film 'Nineteen Eighty-Four'

    10/07/14
    4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Little Building
    Charles Beard Room

    George Orwell's novel of a totalitarian future society in which a man whose daily work is rewriting history tries to rebel by falling in love.

    Sponsored by Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies with School of Communication, School of the Arts

    For more information please contact:
    Pablo Muchnik

  • Book Celebration for Cher Knight, Associate Professor, Visual & Media Arts Department

    10/07/14
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    Walker Building
    Iwasaki Library, Presidents Room

    Power and Paradise in Walt Disney's World

    In this fascinating analysis, Cher Krause Knight peels back the actual and contextual layers of Walt Disney's inspiration and vision for Disney World in central Florida, exploring the reasons why the resort has emerged as such a prominent sociocultural force. Knight investigates every detail, from the scale and design of the buildings to the sidewalk infrastructure to which items could and could not be sold in the shops, discussing how each was carefully configured to shape the experience of every visitor. Expertly weaving themes of pilgrimage, paradise, fantasy, and urbanism, she delves into the unexpected nuances and contradictions of this elaborately conceived playland of the imagination.

    Sponsored by Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies

    For more information please contact:
    Jessica Phillips

  • How It Feels to Be Free: Black Women Entertainers and the Civil Rights Movement

    10/16/14
    4:00 pm - 5:45 pm
    Paramount Center
    Bright Family Screening Room

    Lecture with Ruth Feldstein

    Ruth Feldstein teaches History and American Studies at Rutgers University, Newark. In her research, writing, and teaching, she works to tell the stories of those whose voices have not been heard, and to make central those who are often at the margins of history. Her recent book is entitled How It Feels to Be Free: Black Women Entertainers and the Civil Rights Movement (OUP, 2013). The book explores the central roles that leading female stars of stage and screen -- Lena Horne, Nina Simone, Miriam Makeba, and Cicely Tyson, among others -- played in helping advance the goals of the freedom struggle. The book received the 2014 Benjamin Hooks National Book Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work on the American Civil Rights Movement and its Legacy. In addition to How It Feels to Be Free, Feldstein is the author of Motherhood in Black and White: Race and Sex in American Liberalism, 1930-1965, "'I Don't Trust You Anymore': Nina Simone, Culture, and Black Activism in the 1960s," which won the Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Prize and Best Article on Black Women's History in 2005, and other essays.

    Sponsored by Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies

    For more information please contact:
    Jessica Phillips

  • Adventures in Ethics Lecture Series: Todd May (Clemson University)

    11/04/14
    4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Little Building
    Charles Beard Room

    "State Violence, Structural Violence, and Nonviolence": States often commit overt violence against people, both from their own and other polities. But states also commit or support another sort of violence: structural violence. In contrast to violence that is more direct and easy to identify, structural violence works in more insidious ways. Nevertheless, it has many of the same effects as other forms of violence, particularly those that involve psychological abuse. The task of this talk is to investigate the character of structural violence, particularly when it is supported by the state, and then turn to ask about the character of nonviolent responses to it.

    Sponsored by Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies with School of Communication, School of the Arts

    For more information please contact:
    Pablo Muchnik

  • Defying Boundaries - Being an Artist in the 21st Century

    11/10/14
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    Paramount Center
    Bright Family Screening Room

    Honors Lecture with Laura Karpman

    What does it mean to be an artist in the 21st century? How can I make work that is thoughtful, that reflects my time, but emerges out of a great past? How can I engage technology to serve me, rather than serve it? And how can I create work that is socially responsible? Finally, how can I support myself and my family in a changing economy?

    Composer Laura Karpman will discuss her life, work and balancing act that is the challenge and joy of being an artist today.
     

    Sponsored by Honors Program

    For more information please contact:
    Jessica Phillips

  • Adventures in Ethics Lecture Series: Jay Bernstein (New School for Social Research)

    2/10/15
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Little Building
    Charles Beard Room

    "Democratic Bodies: The Abolition of Torture and the Uprising of the Rule of Law"

    Sponsored by Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies with School of Communication, School of the Arts

    For more information please contact:
    Pablo Muchnik

  • Adventures in Ethics Lecture Series: Screening of Errol Morris's Film 'Standard Operating Procedure'

    3/24/15
    4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Little Building
    Charles Beard Room

    A blockbuster of a documentary, Errol Morris's Standard Operating Procedure is an inquiry into the prisoner abuse scandal at Abu Ghraib.

    Sponsored by Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies with School of Communication, School of the Arts

    For more information please contact:
    Pablo Muchnik

  • Adventures in Ethics Lecture Series: Lisa Guenther (Vanderbilt University)

    4/14/15
    4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Little Building
    Charles Beard Room

    "Life of Death Row: A Critical Phenomenology of State Execution"

    Sponsored by Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies with School of Communication, School of the Arts

    For more information please contact:
    Pablo Muchnik

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