Events

Upcoming Events for the Department
 

  • Language and Resistance: The Continuing Struggle for Freedom in Ireland

    3/04/15
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    Walker Building
    Classroom 520

    Born into a family of activists, Feargal Mac Ionnrachtaigh's father was a political prisoner in Long Kesh in the 1970s, and his brother was murdered by British state agents in 1998, just before the signing of the Good Friday Peace agreement. Ionnrachtaigh was the first in his family to attend an Irish language school in Belfast during the bloody military occupation by the British army in the 1980s. Reflecting on his ground-breaking and unique research with Republican former prisoners, Ionnrachtaigh's book Language, Resistance and Revival: Republican Prisoners and the Irish Language in the North of Ireland analyzes the politics of incarceration in Long Kesh throughout the conflict in the North of Ireland, and reveals the centrality of the Irish language to prisoners' resistance in their bitter struggle against the British State and its policies of criminalization. A first generation Irish speaker, Ionnrachtaigh explores the lasting legacy beyond the prison walls of the Irish language revival within the Nationalist community, and the ongoing battle for social justice, through the 'insider' accounts of its main protagonists.

     

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  • 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

  • "Unanticipated: New Strategies for Dealing with the Future"

    3/26/15
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    Little Building
    Beard Room

    Honors Lecture with David Weinberger, Senior Researcher, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University

    Every now and then our idea of how the future works changes. Our old idea of progress is coming undone as we see the virtues of open platforms, remixing culture and forking code. Big Data and step-by-step algorithms are giving us a very different idea of what makes the world predictable. In these ways and more, we are now beginning to view the future very differently -- less like a path through possibilities and more like a network. We'll explore some of these changes, looking at their origins and what they might mean for our basic way of dealing with the future.

    Sponsored by Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies with the Honors Program

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  • Book Celebration for David Kishik, Assistant Professor, Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies

    4/07/15
    5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    Walker Building
    Iwasaki Library

     

    The Manhattan Project: A Theory of a City

    Walter Benjamin did not commit suicide in 1940. Escaping the Nazis, he managed to sail to New York, where he lived a long and solitary life until his death in 1987. During his anonymous, posthumous existence, while he was haunting and haunted by his new city, Benjamin composed a sequel to his Arcades Project. Just as his incomplete masterpiece revolved around Paris, capital of the nineteenth century, this spectral text was dedicated to New York, capital of the twentieth. This, at least, is the premise of The Manhattan Project. A sui generis work of experimental scholarship or fictional philosophy, it is a study of a manuscript that was never written.

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  • 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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