November 27, 2017 - 12:00pm

Lecture "Death and Literature: Time, Sickness, and Writing"

Robert Tierney (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) CL 501 This talk will offer an overview of professor Robert Tierney's research on modern Japanese death literature. He defines "death literature" as a body of works defined by an existential encounter with sickness and death, rather than as a specific literary genre. He focuses on works by three writers from the Meiji period: Nakae Chōmin (1847-1901) ,Masaoka Shiki (1867-1902), and Natsume Sōseki (1867-1916). The philosopher Chōmin wrote One Year and a Half (Ichinen yūhan), and Sequel to One Year and A Half (Zokuichinen yūhan) in 1901 after a doctor discovered a cancerous tumor in his throat and told him he had a year and a half left to live. The poet Shiki, bedridden with spinal tuberculosis from 1896, wrote daily chronicles of his life that appeared in the Nihon Newspaper in 1901 and 1902: A Drop of Ink (Bokujū itteki) and A Sickbed Six Feet Long (Byōsho rokushaku). After a near-death experience in Shūzenji in 1911, the novelist Soseki came "back to life" and wrote Reminiscences and other matters (Omoidasu koto nado) in 31 installments in the Asahi Newspaper. He will look at similarities and differences in the way these writers approached sickness and time and found meaning through writing. Read More>
November 30, 2017 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Colloquium: "Afro-Atlantic Discourses of Race, Equality, and Humanity in the Age of Revolution"

Michele Reid-Vazquez (Africana Studies) with responses from Pernille Røge (History) and John Walsh (French & Italian)   Reading available here. Read More>
December 4, 2017 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Lecture: "Don't Forget to Remember: The Importance of Family Recipes, Holiday Traditions, and Stories in the Grieving Process"

Lori Jakiela (University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg) Read More>
December 6, 2017 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Colloquium: "Environmental Data Collection and Citizen Science after Chernobyl and Fukushima"

Olga Kuchinskaya (Communication) with a response from Andrew Meade McGee (CMU, History) Read More>
December 30, 2017 - 3:45pm

General Events in the Humanities

3rd Annual Stern Lecture   Balkan Film Festival   Screening of Khoon Diy Baarav​   Containment ​ Rodrigo Toscano: Poetry Reading   Warhol Sound Series    GSWS: The Secret Life of Pets   Why is Sexual Different Relevant for Philosophy?   Public Reading and Interview: "John Edgar Wideman in Conversation"   Special Collections   ¿Se Puede Cultivar la Curiosidad?   The Annual Commemoration of Kristallnacht ​ Visiting Fellow: Aamir Mufti   “The Labors in Landscape, or the False Protagonism of Globalization”   Daniel Beaty LIVE!   Ann Pellegrini   Lecture: "Death and Literature: Time, Sickness, and Writing"    Jodi Magness     Read More>
January 25, 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Seminar: "Biopolitics, Mobility, and the Politics of Migrant Dispersal"

Martina Tazzioli, [Swansea University, Geography] Read More>
February 15, 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Seminar: "Exiled Home: Salvadoran Transnational Youth in the Aftermath of Violence"

Susan Bibler Coutin, [UC Irvine, Criminology, Law & Society, and Anthropology] Read More>
March 15, 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Seminar: "Whose Golden Door? The Global Challenge of Migration"

Michael White, [Brown University, Robert E. Turner Distinguished Professor of Populations Studies and Sociology] Read More>
April 6, 2018 (All day) to April 7, 2018 (All day)

"Playing with Childhood in the Twenty-First Century"

Keynote Speakers: C.J. Pascoe (University of Oregon), Lauren Silver (Rutgers University), and Rebekah Sheldon (Indiana University) Read More>