Skip over navigation
Brown Home Brown Home Brown University Cogut Center for the Humanities Brown Home Brown Home Brown University

2007-08 Events History

All Sponsored and Co-Sponsored Events


Jump to the listings by month:
September     October     November   February    March    April
September 17

"Seduced by Plaques and Tangles: Alzheimer's Disease and the Cerebral Subject"

Smith-Buonanno Hall, Room 106a
4pm
Brown University

Speaker Margaret Lock is the Marjorie Bronfman Professor in Social Studies in Medicine, and is affiliated with the Department of Social Studies of Medicine and the Department of Anthropology at McGill University. A towering figure in the field of medical anthropology, her research is carried out primarily in Japan and North America. She has studied the 20th century revival of the indigenous Japanese medical system that continues to proliferate to the present day, and also has researched the cultural management and political meanings associated with life cycle transitions, including adolescence, female mid-life, and old age.

Co-sponsored by The Herbert H. Goldberger Lectureship Fund.


"Urban Transformations/Shifting Identities"

September 26
Elizabeth Diller, keynote speaker
Diller Scofidio + Renfro
MacMillan Hall, Room 117
5:30 pm
Brown University

The firm of Diller Scofidio + Renfro is particularly well known for its interdisciplinary approach to architecture. Its influence stems as much from its contributions to the theory and criticism of architecture as from its built works which can include installation art, video art or electronic art.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro was the first architectural firm to have won a MacArthur Prize.


September 27

"Traditore-Traduttore: Treason & Translation at Saint Elizabeth's"

70 Brown Street, Barker Presentation Room 315
5:00 pm
Brown University

Richard Sieburth holds a joint appointment in French and Comparative Literature at New York University. In the area of Pound studies, he has published Instigations: Ezra Pound and Remy de Gourmont (1978), an edition of Pound's 1912 Walking Tour in Southern France (1992), a comparative study of Pound's and Michaux's theories of Chinese ideogram, Signs in Action (1987), and editions of the Pisan Cantos (2003) and Pound's Poems and Translations (2003).


September 28

"Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures"

Smith-Buonanno Hall, Room 106
12:00pm
Brown University

Author Vincent Lam, MD, talks about medicine and those who practice it. He will also discuss his debut volume, Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures, a book Kirkus Reviews called "searing, perfectly paced...Tender insight into the fasinating emotional and social implications of a career that is, inherently, so much more than a job."


September 29

"Urban Transformations/Shifting Identities"

List Art Center, Room 120
9:30am - 4:30pm
Brown University

One of the central issues in the rich discourse on modern architecture since the beginning of the 20th Century has always been its relationship with the past. Often it was the perceived character of this relationship in certain buildings or urban environments that would help to endow them with significance for a particular group of citizens. By concentrating on three key junctures in the history of modern architecture (the era of European national consolidation, the interwar period, and post-WWII) this graduate student-organized conference will investigate how, during certain periods of perceived rapid political, social, and economic change, various groups understood their identity to be derived from or reflected in the urban landscape, its history and its transformations. 


October 4-7

"Reading Digital Literature"

Various locations
Brown University

A curtain of tiny screens with live quotations from Internet chat; stories generated by computer programs; narratives generated by their readers; words that disappear or reveal themselves depending on their readers’ position, texts that peels off the wall and require the 'reader' to push it back. How shall we read such moving letters? How do we catch their meanings? How might they make us feel? The conference convenes ten specialists from the USA and Germany to explore these and other questions in depth.


October 6

"The Burgess Variations: Theme and Thirty Variations on the Life and Works of Anthony Burgess"

List Art Center, Room 120
3:00pm
Brown University

This 1999 BBC documentary film about Anthony Burgess was produced and directed by David Thompson and is presented as part of "Hommage to AB: Words and Music of Anthony Burgess," two weekends of music, readings, live radio theatre, lectures and film screenings honoring the provocative 20th century writer and composer.

For a complete list of Burgess events, click here.


October 7

Lecture, 7:30pm
"Anthony Burgess as Composer: The Postmodernist Always Swings Nice"

A talk by Burgess biographer and composer Paul Phillips, Brown University.

§§§

Film screening, 9:00pm
"A Clockwork Orange"

(1971, 136 minutes)

Stanley Kubrick's iconic film of Burgess's novel.

List Art Center, Room 120
Brown University

The lecture and film screening, both presented at List Art Center, are part of "Hommage to AB: Words and Music of Anthony Burgess," two weekends of music, readings, live radio theatre, lectures and film screenings honoring the provocative 20th century writer and composer. Both events are open to the public and free of charge.

For a complete list of Burgess events, click here.


October 11

The Messiaen Lectures

"The Shock of the Positive: Messiaen, St. Francis and Redemption through Modernity"
Robert Sholl, Thames Valley University / King’s College, London

and

"Technics, Religion and Music"
Sander van Maas, University of Amsterdam

"Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992) is often regarded as the most important French composer of the twentieth century after Debussy and is one of the most influential composers of the century in any country. His music redefined the avant-garde yet is often tonal, accessible, and beautiful. Messiaen’s music is known for its devoted adherence to Catholic theological subjects and for its transcriptions of birdsong." —Boston University Messiaen Project

Grant Recital Hall
5-7pm
Brown University

A reception will follow.


October 18-20

"The Flowering of Baudelaire"

Brown University, various locations

The program will include a scholarly colloquium, poetry reading, concert and a companion exhibit at the John Hay Library.

Colloquium participants will include Emily Apter (New York University), Jonathan Culler (Cornell University), Michèle Hannoosh (University of Michigan), Françoise Lionnet (University of California, Los Angeles), Mireille Rosello (University of Amsterdam), Ann Smock (University of California, Berkeley), Abigail Solomon-Godeau (University of California, Santa Barbara) and Judith Surkis (Harvard University). From Brown University, participants include Edward Ahearn, Réda Bensmaia, Katherine Bergeron, Susan Bernstein, Kevin McLaughlin, Thangam Ravindranathan, Pierre Saint-Amand and Gretchen Schultz.

For more information, click on Baudelaire.


October 20

"Nature's Disciplines"
2007 New England Renaissance Conference

Various locations
Brown University

Springing from the groundwork laid by the Cogut Center's Humanities Research Grant Group by the same name, Nature's Disciplines has expanded its scope to host the 2007 New England Renaissance Conference. This conference will provide a venue for discussing the borders that defined nature’s disciplines before they looked like the ones we recognize today.  Participants will come together to test the limits of their own disciplines as they explore structures of knowledge in the Renaissance and early modern period.

For a full schedule of events, click here.


October 22

"Inside/Out: Race, Sex, and Tattoos"

Multiracial Heritage Week Convocation
Salomon 101
7:00pm
Brown University

Speech and spoken word performance by Kip Fulbeck, Professor of Arts at University of California, Santa Barbara and author of Part Asian, 100% Hapa. Student reflections and performance by WORD.

A reception and book signing will follow.


October 8 - November 2

"Baudelaire and the Arts"

Monday - Friday (and Saturday, October 20) 9:00am - 5pm
John Hay Library
Brown University

An exhibition in conjunction with the colloquium The Flowering of Baudelaire. Curated by Dominique Coulombe, Sharon Larson, Jennifer Phillips and Pauline de Tholozany.


October 31

"The Black Hole of Empire"

Foxboro Auditorium
4pm
Brown University

Prof. Partha Chatterjee is the guest of the Anthropology Dept. Prof. Chatterjee is an internationally known Subaltern Studies and Postcolonial Scholar. He is the current director of the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, and a Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University.


November 1

"Contemporary Issues: Politics, Economy and Religion"

Wilson Hall, Room 104
12:00 Noon
Brown University

Prof. Partha Chatterjee, Columbia University, has written extensively on the development of disciplinary boundaries, the difficulties of categorization in social and political arenas, as well as the problematic nature of definitions imposed from Western thought on others.


November 3-10

"Emerging SEAs: Unweaving Southeast Asian Myths, Summoning a Collective Voice"

Various times, days and locations
Brown University

Student-run activities including talks, film screenings, art exhibits and food events.


November 9-10

"Theories of the Novel Now:
A Conference in Celebration of Forty Years of NOVEL"

Conference
Biltmore Hotel, Providence

This conference honors the 40th anniversary of NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction and will feature a keynote address by Franco Moretti, a plenary panel chaired by Nicholas Brown with Roberto Schwarz and Ato Quayson, and twenty-five sponsored panel sessions. Panels and workshops on a variety of topics, organized by major scholars and critics across the field, will present work at the intersection of the novel and contemporary theory. More than 120 scholars will be participating and providing their unique insights in these sessions. For more information on the agenda and registration, click here.


November 9

"Listening to the World: Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra at Brown"
Film premiere and conversation

Grant Recital Hall
5:00 pm
Brown University

World-premiere of this short documentary about the December 2006 residency of Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, produced by the Cogut Center for the Humanities and Udris Film. After the screening pianist Saleem Abboud Ashkar, Dean of the College Katherine Bergeron and Cogut Director Michael Steinberg will share their thoughts about that historic visit and the role of the humanities in bridging cultural differences on an international level.

A reception will follow.

For more information on Saleem Abboud Ashkar, click here.
To read the press release, click here.


November 10

Concert Recital: Saleem Abboud Ashkar

Sayles Hall
8:00 pm
Brown University

Internationally acclaimed pianist Saleem Abboud Ashkar will perform a program of Brahms, Hayden, Beethoven and Chopin. Having made his New York Carnegie Hall debut at the age of 22, Mr. Abboud Ashkar performs regularly with conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Daniel Barenboim, Riccardo Muti, Lawrence Foster, Sebastian Weigle and Vladimir Fedoseyev.

In December 2006, Mr. Abboud Ashkar was on campus with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and rehearsed Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 ("Emperor") with the Brown Orchestra. He is the piano soloist featured in the documentary "Listening to the World: Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra at Brown."

A reception will follow.

For more information on Saleem Abboud Ashkar, click here.


November 11

Master Class: Saleem Abboud Ashkar

Grant Recital Hall
2:00 pm
Brown University

Featuring students in the Applied Music Piano Program. This event it free and open to the public.


November 12

"Colour of Olives"
2006, color, 97 min., Arabic with English subtitles

Smith-Buonanno 106
8:00 pm
Brown University

Film screening of this documentary about the daily lives of a Palestinian family, followed by discussion with Daoud Sarhandi, the film's producer, cinematographer and film editor. Part of student-run events related to "Palestine Solidarity Week 2007: Behind the Wall: An Assertion of Palestinian Presence."


November14

"Divine Intervention"
2002, color, 92 min., Arabic/Hebrew/English with subtitles

Salomon 001
8:00 pm
Brown University

Screening of this drama/romance/comedy about Palestinian lovers from Jerusalem and Ramallah, separated by a checkpoint, arranging clandestine meetings and other vignettes of life at this contentious border. This film has won several awards including two at the Cannes Film Festival. Following the screening will be a discussion moderated by the student group Common Ground. Part of events related to "Palestine Solidarity Week 2007: Behind the Wall: An Assertion of Palestinian Presence."


February 13
Panel Discussion
"Fishes and Loaves"

Smith-Buonanno Hall, Room 106
Pembroke Campus
Brown University
7:00 - 9:00pm

Panel discussion, accompanied by film clips, about the politics, ethics, and science of food production.

Co-sponsored by: Science and Technology Studies, part of the Program in Bridging the Sciences and Humanities.


February 23
Conference
"Fascism, Nazism & Sexuality"

Vartan Gregorian Quad Lounge
101 Thayer Street
Brown University
9:00am - 4:00pm

Speakers and roundtable discussion. For more specific information on the talks, click here.

Co-sponsored by: Departments of Italian Studies, German Studies, History, Comparative Literature and the Pembroke Center.


March 13
Screenings
"Wagner and Scandal"
Grant Recital Hall
Brown University
7:30 - 9:30 pm

March 14
Panel discussions and workshop
"Wagner and Scandal"
Grant Recital Hall
Brown University
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

For more details, click here.


March 28 - 30
Conference
"Empires and Science"

Watson Institute, Joukowsky Forum
111 Thayer Street
Brown University

This series of workshops examines how an exciting new field in historical studies – the cross-cultural study of empire – can shed new light on the cultural bonds that tie the sciences and the humanities together. By bringing together a diverse body of scholars from different regions across the globe, it will show how the history of science is not purely the province of western Europeanists. For more information, click here.


April 3
Concert recital
"Spiritual Resistance: Music from Theresienstadt"
First Unitarian Church of Providence
Benefit and Benevolent Streets
Providence, RI
7:30 pm

Austrian baritone Wolfgang Holzmair (noted by New York Times critic Vivien Schweitzer for his “rich, sensitive and charismatic voice") and pianist Russell Ryan will perform a recital of the music of Pavel Haas, Karel Bermann, Hans Krása, Viktor Ullmann, Ilse Weber, Zikmund Schul and Gideon Klein.

A reception will follow.

This program is free and open to the public.

For more information, click here.


April 4
Seminar
"Seminar: Music from Theresienstadt"

Grant Recital Hall
behind Orwig Music Building
Brown University
10:00 - 11:30am

Singer Wolfgang Holzmair and pianist Russell Ryan will be joined by noted scholar Christopher Hailey in a musicological and historical conversation on the music from Theresienstadt.

This seminar is free and open to the public.

For more information, click here.


April 4-5
Conference
"Reassessing the Foreign Language Curriculum in the Age of Globalization"

Brown University

Keynote speaker will be the distinguished Chinese-American novelist, Ha Jin.

Other speakers will include Scott McGinnis, the Defense Language Institute; Clara Yu, Monterey Institute for International Studies; Hans Lauge Hansen, Aarhus University in Denmark; Elizabeth Welles, formerly with the MLA; Damon Rarick, University of Rhode Island; Roger Allen, University of Pennsylvani; Rick Donato, University of Pittsburgh; and Katherine Arens, University of Texas.


April 9
Lecture
"'Noisy Jews': Between Cultural Reality and Vocal Fictions"
Smith-Buonanno Hall, Room 106
Brown University
5:30 - 7:00 pm

Speaker Ruth HaCohen, Artur Rubinstein Chair in Musicology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, is a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Cogut Center during April 2008.

The lecture and following seminar deal with the historical categorization of the Jew as a producer of noise in a sonic Christian universe conceived as harmonious. Originated in early Christianity, it is apparently only in the second millennium, and mainly in Western Europe, that this derogatory accusation surfaced in cultural contexts that became dynamic for both accusers and accused. Prof. HaCohen will explore the repercussions of the revival of this old accusation in the struggle of several Jewish authors (composers and writers), between the 18th and the 20th centuries, to enter into what they believed had become by their time an inclusive, if not fully emancipatory, sonic space. The main focus will be given to symbolic configurations of noises and voices in imaginary worlds created by these authors as they plot archetypal stories of vocal inclusion and exclusion or contest them.


April 10
Seminar 
"Modern Aesthetic and Psychoanalytic Strategies of Working through the Noise Accusation"
Watson Institute, McKinney Room
Brown University
12:00 - 2:00 pm

This is a follow-up seminar to the April 9 lecture by Distinguished Visiting Scholar Ruth HaCohen.

Lunch will be provided. Pre-registration is required.


April 10
Campus Forum
"International Education and Democratic Society"
Faunce Hall, Leung Gallery
Brown University
5:00 - 6:30 pm

Brown University's Vice-President for International Affairs David Kennedy will preside over a panel of distinguished scholars including Menachem Magidor, President of Hebrew University, Jerusalem; B. Anthony Bogues, Africana Studies, Brown; Elliott Colla, Comparative Literature, Brown; Yaron Ezrahi, Political Science, Hebrew University; and Ruth HaCohen, Musicology, Hebrew University.

For photo gallery from this forum, click here.


April 15
Lecture
“Melville’s Bibles and Victorian Perceptions of Motherhood”
Hillel Center
Brown and Angell Streets
Brown University
5:30 - 7:00pm

Speaker Ilana Pardes, Chair of the Department of Comparative Literature at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, will deliver the inaugural Sarah Cutts Frerichs Lecture.

A reception will follow.


April 16
Lecture
"The Political Imagination and the Production of Freedom"
Smith-Buonanno Hall, Room 106
Brown University
5:30 - 7:00 pm

Speaker Yaron Ezrahi, Professor of Political Science at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, is a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Cogut Center during April 2008. In this lecture he will address themes concerning the making of voluntary political agencies and the production of modern public facts.


April 17
Seminar
"The Making of Voluntary Political Agencies and the Production of Public Facts"
Alumnae Hall, Crystal Room
Brown University
12:00 - 2:00 pm

This follow-up seminar to the April 16 lecture by Distinguished Visiting Scholar Yaron Ezrahi will expand the argument beyond the liberal imaginary of agency to the way political causality is imagined with the ‘civic epistemology’ of modern democracy.

Lunch will be provided. Pre-registration is required.


April 18 - 19
Conference
Material Worlds Symposium 2008

Smith-Buonanno Hall
Pembroke Campus
Brown University

Keynote Address on April 18 is "Bringing Things Back to Life: Creative Entanglements in a World of Materials" by Timothy Ingold, University of Aberdeen.

For more information, click here.


April 15-22
Event Series
"David Amram:  Celebrating a Half-Century of Multi-Cultural Artistic Collaborations"

Brown University and Providence locations

A week long, interdisciplinary residency, with film screenings, lectures, concerts and talk backs, honoring David Amram, esteemed American symphonic composer, conductor, multi-instrumentalist, author and pioneer of world music.


April 24-25
Conference
"The Demon Melancholy: Genealogies, Modernities "

Various locations
Brown University

Is/was melancholy always already somehow “modern” or does every recourse to melancholy in modern critical discourse implicitly “reference” an older conceptual tradition? The objective of this conference is to bring together scholars who might want to address, directly or indirectly, the overlaps and shifts through which melancholy has variously stood at the intersection of problematics of the subject, of the body/mind relation, of art, time, space and history. The disciplinary breadth of this topic will be represented in the range of invited speakers and participants, making for a rare and immensely productive discussion around a concept whose diverse locations through time could be said to coincide with those of a history of Western (and more recently non-Western) thought.


April 25
Symposium
"City Lights. Literary Constructions and Urban Space in the Iberian Peninsula"

Rochambeau House
84 Prospect Street
Brown University

4:30 - 6:30pm

Convener: Enric Bou, Chair, Hispanic Studies, Brown University.
Speakers: Vincenzo Arsillo, Università di Venezia; Tom Harrington, Trinity College; Carlos Ramos, Wellesley College; Eduardo Mendoza, Spanish novelist.


April 30
Seminar
"Judging in a Lawless World: Hannah Arendt and the Eichmann Trial"

Alumnae Hall, Crystal Room
Brown University
5:00 pm

Lyndsey Stonebridge, Professor of Literature and Critical Theory
at University of East Anglia will speak as part of the multi-year Hannah Arendt Seminars series. Prof. Stonebridge’s research is on the inter-relations between literature, psychoanalysis and history.