past conferences & events
lecture series
interdisciplinary campus initiatives

2010-11 Academic Year

Master Class: Hugh Haughton on W.H. Auden's "In Memory of W.B. Yeats" April 18, 2011
Politeia:Greek Citizenship in the Hellensitic and Roman Periods April 15 and 16, 2011
Master Class: Ewa Lajer-Burcharth on Francois Boucher's "Breakfast" April 4, 2011
Conference on "Intangibles: Immaterial Vectors, Agents and Effects" April 1 and 2, 2011
Svetlana Boym on Another Freedom: The Alternative History of an Idea March 29, 2011
20 Questions for James Kloppenberg on Reading Obama: Dreams, Hope, and the American Political Tradition March 10, 2011
Conference: In The Life of Cities...Parallel Narratives of the Urban March 4-5, 2011
Panel Discussion on Prometheus Bound March 2, 2011
Digital Humanities 2.0 February 10, 2011
Post-Performance Discussion of The Blue Flower December 7, 2010
Caregiving: A Medical Humanities Symposium December 6, 2010
Conference: "After Brown, What's Next?" December 4, 2010
Ronald Dworkin on "Truth in Interpretation" December 3, 2010
"20" Questions for Charles Fried and Gregory Fried November 8, 2010
Undergraduate Committee Event: Coffee + Tea with Professor Marjorie Garber November 3, 2010
Serge Gruzinski on "America and Islam at the End of the XVIth Century" November 2, 2010
Alan Riding on his book, And the Show Went On: Cultural Life in Nazi-Occupied Paris October 25, 2010
Panel Discussion on Stanley Cavell October 14, 2010
Master Class: Richard Tuck on Jeremy Bentham October 13, 2010
Geoffrey Harpham on "How America Invented the Humanities" September 30, 2010
Undergraduate Event: Linda Schlossberg on "Dystopias in Recent Young Adult Fiction" September 29, 2010
Panel Discussion on Cabaret September 20, 2010

2009-10 Academic Year

Deconstructing the Dumpling: China and Foreign Consumption May 10, 2010
Symposium: Cultural Transfer in the Mediterranean, 5th-9th Centuries May 8, 2010
Guantanamo on Trial: A screening of the film "The Response" followed by a panel discussion May 4, 2010
The Church of What's Happening Now: New Art, New Artists: Allan Sekula April 28, 2010
Mary Jacobus on "Achilles' Horses, Twombly's War: Monuments, Mourning, and Mars" April 19, 2010 Watch
Jeannie Suk on "The Trajectory of Trauma: Bodies and Minds in Abortion Discourse" April 14, 2010 Watch
The Next Movement: A Discussion on Contemporary Music, Politics, and Ethics April 12, 2010
The Environmental Turn in Literary and Cultural Studies April 8, 2010
"20" Questions for Michael Sandel April 6, 2010
Arundhati Roy on "Can We Leave the Bauxite in the Mountain?: Field Notes on Democracy" April 1, 2010
Symposium: Early Modern Reformationists: Religion, Literature, Aesthetics March 27, 2010
The Church of What's Happening Now: New Art, New Artists: Andrea Fraser March 24, 2010
Symposium: Ideas and Practices of Commonwealths February 26, 2010
The Church of What's Happening Now: New Art, New Artists: Lorna Simpson February 23, 2010
James Simpson on "Under the Hammer: Iconoclasm and the Enlightenment" February 16, 2010 Watch
Symposium: Amartya Sen discusses The Idea of Justice December 2, 2009 Watch: Part I & Part II
Panel Discussion on Alex Voorhoeve's "Counter-Composition: Conversations on Ethics" November 30, 2009 Watch
Tanner Lectures with Jonathan Lear, Seminar November 6, 2009 More information
Tanner Lectures with Jonathan Lear, "Ironic Soul" November 5, 2009 More information
Tanner Lectures with Jonathan Lear, "Becoming Human Is Not That Easy" November 4, 2009 More information
Norton Lectures with Orhan Pamuk, "The Center" November 3, 2009 More information
Norton Lectures with Orhan Pamuk, "Museums and Novels" October 26, 2009 More information
Norton Lectures with Orhan Pamuk, "Pictures and Things" October 20, 2009 More information
A conversation with Orhan Pamuk on "With the Museum in Mind" October 14, 2009 Watch
Norton Lectures with Orhan Pamuk, "Character, Time, Plot" October 13, 2009 More information
A conversation with Ulrich Beck on "Multiculturalism or Cosmopolitanism?" October 5, 2009
Norton Lectures with Orhan Pamuk, "Mr. Pamuk, Did You Really Live All This?" September 29, 2009 More information
"20" Questions for Greil Marcus and Werner Sollors September 25, 2009 Watch
Norton Lectures with Orhan Pamuk, "What Happens to Us as We Read Novels" September 22, 2009 More information

2008-09 Academic Year

Symposium: In Pursuit of Invisible Forces: Servants in History and Today May 15, 2009
Symposium: Maintaining Peace and Interstate Stability in the Greek World May 9, 2009
The Church of What's Happening Now: New Art, New Artists: Phil Collins April 30, 2009
Homi Bhabha in conversation with Maria Tatar on "Enchanted Hunters: The Mystery of Beauty and Horror in Childhood Reading April 27, 2009
Sylvia Molloy on "Unfinished Homecomings: Dislocated Memory and the Urge to Return" April 23, 2009
Medicalization, A Symposium April 22, 2009 Watch
Reflections on Biography: Kenneth Silverman on John Cage April 15, 2009
Master Class: Peter Galison and Robb Moss on the film "Secrecy" April 13, 2009 Watch
Dominick LaCapra on "Trauma, the Sacred, and the Sublime: Looking Awry at Zizek" April 7, 2009
Objects of Knowledge, Objects of Exchange: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference April 3-4, 2009
Master Class: Louis Menand on "A Man Is Shot: The Content of a Cinematic Technique" April 2, 2009
Michael Sandel and Charles Taylor on "The Persistence of the Sacred in a Secular Age" March 31, 2009
Elaine Scarry on "Imagining Color in Proust and Murasaki" March 5, 2009
Witness:Arts, Humanities, and Human Rights March 3, 2009
Master Class: Peter Burgard on Caravaggio's The Incredulity of St. Thomas February 25, 2009
Gillian Beer on "Darwin and the Consciousness of Others" February 23, 2009
Simone de Beauvoir: A Centennial Symposium February 20, 2009
Master Class: Claire Messud on Thomas Bernhard's The Loser February 12, 2009
Undergraduate Symposium: Careers in the Arts and Humanities February 6-7, 2009
The Church of What's Happening Now: New Art, New Artists: Kerry James Marshall and Luc Tuymans February 2, 2009
Undergraduate Event on Groundhog Day February 2, 2009
60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights December 10-11, 2008 Watch: Part I & Part II
Lewis Gordon and Paulin Hountondji on "Philosophy and the Black World" December 8, 2008
The Church of What's Happening Now: New Art, New Artists: Paul Chan November 21, 2008
Chandani Lokuge on "Feeling After the Way" Across Borders November 21, 2008
Susan Ware and Donna Lopiano on Billie Jean King and Second Wave Feminism November 17, 2008
The Language Murderer: Gwyneth Lewis in conversation with Catherine McKenna November 3, 2008
Conference: Andy Eighty? October 31-November 1, 2008
Master Class: Helen Vendler on W.B. Yeats' "Vacillation" October 29, 2008
Donald Fanger on "The Observer Observed: Gorky and the Art of the Literary Memoir" October 16, 2008
"20" Questions for Tarun Khanna October 15, 2008
Alice Waters, Josh Viertel, and Anna Deavere Smith on "A Delicious Revolution" October 14, 2008
"20" Questions for Kiku Adatto October 7, 2008
Luca Giuliani on "Infanticide as Patriotism? The Prokne Statue on the Athenian Acropolis" October 6, 2008
Undergraduate Committee Event: "The [dis]Advantages of an Elite Education" October 2, 2008
Wang Ning on "Reconstructing (Neo)Confucianism in a 'Glocal' Postmodern and Postcolonial Context" October 1, 2008
Grace in the Dark: A Series of Three Conversations with Anna Deavere Smith September 16, 23, and 30, 2008

2007-08 Academic Year

"Cardenio" event with Stephen Greenblatt and Charles L. Mee May 5, 2008
Jonathan Franzen in conversation with James Wood April 28, 2008
Decomposition, Destabilization, and Commonality: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference April 25-26, 2008
"20" Questions for Drew Faust April 24, 2008
"Age of Terror" Series: Screening of the film "No End In Sight" April 24, 2008
Pieter-Dirk Uys in conversation with Homi Bhabha April 14, 2008
"20" Questions for Anthony T. Kronman April 1, 2008
Lecture by Alma Guillermoprieto March 17, 2008
Book Event: Ruth Wisse on Jews and Power March 17, 2008
"20" Questions for Charles Rosenberg March 3, 2008
Guilt: Science, Religion, and Literature (An Undergraduate Committee event) February 27, 2008
"20" Questions for Tony Lewis February 20, 2008
Drawing the Line with Jack Goldsmith and Ron Suskind February 6, 2008
Poetry reading by Elizabeth Alexander February 4, 2008
Panel Discussion on Sartre and Camus December 11, 2007
Book Event: Helen Vendler on Our Secret Discipline: Yeats and Lyric Form November 28,2007
Tango! Dance the World Around: Global Transformations of Latin American Culture October 26-27,2007
Digital Humanities Series: Innovative Computing for the Humanities October 17, 2007

2006-07 Academic Year

Provostial Lecture: Steven Hyman May 9, 2007
Claire Messud in Conversation with Homi Bhabha April 27, 2007
Book Event: Sari Nusseibeh, Once Upon a Country: A Palestinian Life April 27, 2007
Environment In An "Age of Terror" April 23, 2007
Mellon Seminars on Cultural Mobility: Nilufer Gole April 18, 2007
"20" Questions for Michael Sandel April 16, 2007
Bodily Proof: Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference April 6 and 7, 2007
A Conversation on Existentialism and Religion March 15, 2007
Book Event: Susan Suleiman, Crises of Memory and the Second World War March 12, 2007
Freud--Found in Translation March 3, 2007
Barry Gewen, The New York Times Book Review as Cultural Gatekeeper February 20, 2007
Strangers in a Strange Land: Questions on Travel February 15, 2007
Book Event: Theda Skocpol, What A Mighty Power We Can Be: African American Fraternal Groups and the Struggle for Racial Equality February 13, 2007
"20" Questions for Louise Richardson February 1, 2007
Secrecy In An "Age Of Terror" December 11, 2006
Charles Fried, Modern Liberty and the Limits of Government November 30, 2006
"20" Questions for Stanley Hoffman November 21, 2006
A Conversation with Glenn Lowry October 25, 2006

2005-06 Academic Year

Book Event: Caroline Elkins, Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of BritainŐs Gulag in Kenya May 23, 2006
Book Event: Arthur Kleinman, What Really Matters: Living a Moral Life Amidst Uncertainty and Danger May 9, 2006
Book Event: David Damrosch, Scriptworks: Global Scripts and the Formation of World Literature May 3, 2006
Rob Storr in conversation with Homi Bhabha April 19, 2006
Economics in an "Age of Terror" April 10
Mirrorings: Graduate Student Conference April 7 and 8, 2006.
Martyrdom in an "Age of Terror" March 9, 2006.
Otherwise, America: Expatriate Writers in the United States February 21, 2006.
Elaine Scarry, "Undoing Democracy: Military Honor and the Rule of Law" (Humanities Center 'Age of Terror' series) February 8, 2006.
Amartya Sen in conversation with Homi Bhabha December 6, 2005.
Mellon Seminars on Cultural Mobility: Horst Bredekamp November 15, 2005.
Roundtable: Hurricane Katrina November 29, 2005.*UPDATE*
Salman Rushdie in conversation with Homi Bhabha November 7, 2005.
Mellon Seminars on Cultural Mobility: Joseph Koerner October 17, 2005.

2004-05 Academic Year

Humanities Open Forum April 21, 2005.
Culture and Modernity: George Simmel in Context (Graduate Student Conference) April 16-17, 2005.
Roundtable: Artaud, An End to Masterpieces March 21, 2005.
Open Forum: The Future of the Humanities March 17, 2005.
Open Forum: The Future of the Humanities February 17, 2005.
Open Forum: The Future of the Humanities December 16, 2004.
Remembering Monique Wittig: A Memorial Conference December 11, 2004.
Roundtable: Jacques Derrida (1930-2004) December 6, 2004.
Open Forum: The Future of the Humanities November 18, 2004.
20/20: Looking Back, Looking Forward (Humanities Center 20th Anniversary Conference) October 22, 2004.
63rd English Institute September 10-12.

2003-04 Academic Year

Addressing Dialogue: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference April 8 - April 9, 2004.
The Wordly Earth: An Ecological Conference (Graduate Student Conference) March 19-20, 2004.
Roundtable: Performance and Culture, and Clifford Geertz, Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight March 8, 2004.
Local Theory/Local Practice: Musical Culture in South Asia and Beyond February 27, 2004.
Roundtable: Edward Said, Orientalism. November 17.
Four Contributions to Library History and Cultural History October 4.
Slavoj Zizek: a reading at the Brattle Theatre September 26.
63rd English Institute September 19-21.

2002-03 Academic Year

Thinking Sexually Across the Disciplines: A Queer Symposium May 16.
Alphabetics (Graduate Student Conference) April 26-27.
Erasmus Lecture Series: Philologists and Fatherland March 18, April 8 and 15.
Roundtable: Citizenship and Hannah Arendt's On Violence April 7.
Professing Early Modernisms April 4-5
Still Life: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference March 20-21.
CHCI Annual Conference March 13-15.
Roundtable: Nietzsche, On the Utility and Liability of History for Life December 2.
Bad Modernisms Colloquium October 18.
The 61st English Institute September 20-22.

2001-02 Academic Year

Reading Literacy Conference April 13-14.
Fixed | Ideas Graduate Student Conference March 1-2.
The 60th English Institute December 15-16.

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