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2008-09 Fall Humanities Weekend
was set aside to celebrate the rededication of Pembroke Hall, new home to the Cogut Center.

A look at
2007-08 Fall Humanities Weekend

The Flowering of Baudelaire

This important conference commemorates the 150th anniversary of the publication of Les Fleurs du mal, probably the most important book of poems published in modern times.  The unparalleled impact of Baudelaire’s poems was felt both internationally and across an extraordinarily wide range of aesthetic media.

The invited speakers, from leading universities in the United States and Europe, are among the most important scholars working on Baudelaire, 19th-century literature and the arts. 

All events are free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible. "The Birth of a Recital" Seminar and lunches require registration. Click here for a map of event locations. To see the colloquium poster in detail, click here.

To see the photo gallery from this event, click here.

Thursday, October 18
Crystal Room, Alumnae Hall

12:00 - 2 pm
Special Fellows' Seminar

The Birth of a Song Recital
Soprano Lucy Shelton presents a seminar about her process
in learning a new work, the circumstances of how new works come into being, and her October 19 concert featuring the world premiere of Elliott Carter's "La musique." Lunch provided.

Registration required.

Grant Recital Hall

8:30 pm
A Baudelaire Reading
Introduced by CD Wright, Brown University
Keith Waldrop, Brown University, and poet Michael Palmer

Reception to follow.

Seating is limited; please arrive early.

Michael Palmer's reading sponsored by Literary Arts, Brown University. For more information on Keith Waldrop and Michael Palmer, click here.

Friday, October 19
Lownes Room, John Hay Library

9:00 am                                 
Kevin McLaughlin, Brown University

9:15 - 10:45 am                       
Baudelaire and the Arts
Chair: Gretchen Schultz, Brown University
Ann Smock, University of California, Berkeley
Susan Bernstein, Brown University

10:45 - 11:30 am
Coffee Break & a Visit to the “Baudelaire and the Arts” Exhibit
Dominique Coulombe, John Hay Library, Brown University

11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Baudelaire and the Arts II
Chair: Thangam Ravindranathan, Brown University
Michèle Hannoosh, University of Michigan
Katherine Bergeron, Brown University

1:00 - 2:30 pm
Lunch Break*
Rhode Island Historical Society

Grant Recital Hall

2:30 - 4:30 pm
Pornography, Censorship and the Legacy
of Les Fleurs du mal:  A Roundtable
Michael Steinberg, Director, Cogut Center for the Humanities
Carolyn Dean, Brown University
Abigail Solomon-Godeau, University of California, Santa Barbara
Judith Surkis, Harvard University

Grant Recital Hall

8:00 pm

L'Invitation au voyage: A Concert of Musical Translations of Baudelaire from the 19th to the 21st Centuries

Music by Duparc, Charpentier, Chabrier, Becker, Plamenac, Grechaninov, Harvey and a new video work by Butch Rovan, Brown University.

Also featuring the world premiere of Elliott Carter's "La Musique."
Lucy Shelton, soprano
Angelina Gadeliya, piano

Reception to follow.

Seating is limited; please arrive early.

For more information on Lucy Shelton, Angelina Gadeliya and Butch Rovan, click here.

Saturday, October 20
Smith-Buonanno Hall, 106            

9:30 am
Morning Coffee

10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Baudelaire and Ethics
Chair:  Pierre Saint-Amand, Brown University
Jonathan Culler, Cornell University
Emily Apter, New York University
Kevin McLaughlin, Brown University

12:30 - 2:30 pm
Lunch Break*
Smith-Buonanno Hall Atrium

12:30 - 2:30 pm
Master Class with Lucy Shelton

Grant Recital Hall

2:30 - 5:00 pm
Baudelaire and Colonialism
Chair: Réda Bensmaia, Brown University
Françoise Lionnet, University of California, Los Angeles
Mireille Rosello, University of Amsterdam
Edward Ahearn, Brown University

5:00 - 6:00 pm

Co-sponsored by the Office of Cultural Services of the Consulate General of France (Boston), the CV Starr Foundation Lectureships Fund and the Departments of Comparative Literature, French, Music, English, Modern Culture and Media, History of Art and Architecture, Literary Arts and the Pembroke Center of Brown University