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October 1
"When Settlers Become Native"
Lecture
5:30 - 7:00pm
Pembroke Hall 305
172 Meeting Street

Speaker Raef Zreik is an Associate Professor at Carmel College/Haifa and co-director at the Minerva Center for the Humanities/Tel Aviv University.


October 8
Creative Medicine Series
"Practicing Compassionate Creativity from Neonatal to Geriatric"
Lecture and performance
5:30 - 7:00pm
Pembroke Hall 305
172 Meeting Street

Speaker Kali Quinn, theatre artist and compassionate creativity facilitator, creates a multi-media experience to explore empathy in the perceptions of and practice around intergenerational care. Her talk, performance and multi-media presentation will follow three generations of women from an infant home in the 1950s to a present day nursing home including all the grief and gifts that come from family secrets and aging.

This Creative Medicine event will give attendees the opportunity to connect to personal creativity and think about compassionate and innovative ways to increase understanding in the medical profession and in daily life.


October 17
"Missing Links: Islamic Civilization and the Formation of the Modern West"
Colloquium
1:00 - 5:00pm
Pembroke Hall 305
172 Meeting Street

There is now a critical mass of innovative scholars in the US, Europe, and the Arab world who argue that the formation of the Modern West was influenced by Islamic civilization. The field has grown quantitatively and qualitatively, with new lines of inquiry pushing in several new directions simultaneously. This colloquium brings together scholars in an informal setting to take stock of research trends, identify promising new questions and sources, exchange experiences and insights, and set the stage for more symposiums and conferences on the topic.

Some questions addressed by the speakers: What were the influences on the modern west of Islamic civilization? Why has mainstream scholarship been slow and/or resistant to embrace research on these Islamic influences as a core part of the history of philosophy, social theory and science in the modern world? What could and should be done to develop this area of research and to extend its broader academic and public influence and impact? 

Speakers include: Muhammad Ali Khalidi, Department of Philosophy and Cognitive Science Program, York University; Karla Mallette, Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Michigan/Ann Arbor; Jamil Ragep, Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University; and Shaden Tageldin, Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, University of Minnesota/Twin Cities.

Convened by Cogut Center Postdoctoral Fellows in International Humanities Mayssun Succarie (Middle East Studies) and Rafael Nájera (Philosophy).


October 24
The Brown Romanticism Workshops
"Imagined Sovereignties"

Workshop
12:00 - 2:00pm

Speaker Kir Kuiken, English Department, State University of New York/Albany, discusses his new book Imagined Sovereignties (2014, Oxford University Press). This book argues for a new understanding of the relationship between the Romantic imagination and the modern forms of political sovereignty emerging during the period. Its central claim is that, rather than turn away from politics, British Romanticism reinvented it through the imagination, opening up an alternative to the secularization of political-theological concepts. It thus uses the long-established notion that romanticism replaces divine power with poetic creation to greatly rework our contemporary obsession with sovereignty.

Pre-registration is required. Information on seminar location will accompany pre-seminar reading material.


November 11
"Frankfurt Modern: Corporate Europe, Urbanism, and Sustainability - Weimar and Now"
Lecture
5:30 - 7:00pm
Pembroke Hall 305
172 Meeting Street

Speaker Thomas Elsaesser, professor emeritus from the University of Amsterdam and visiting professor at Columbia University, takes a wide-ranging look at the cultural topography of Frankfurt, a city with grand ambitions, intent on becoming a European hub, especially in the years between 1925 and 1931. "Frankfurt Modern" will evoke aspects of this rich cultural topography in the 20th and 21st century, retracing an ambitious plan from the mid-1920s that wanted to create a Greater Frankfurt at the heart of Europe, by a combination of landmark buildings, extensive social housing projects, and a modern transport infrastructure of rail, air and water.


November 12
"The New Frankfurt - Building and Dwelling in Film, Design and Photography"
Master seminar
12:00 - 1:30pm

This follow-up seminar to Thomas Elsaesser's public lecture "Frankfurt Modern: Corporate Europe, Urbanism, and Sustainability - Weimar and Now" will look at traces of the visual culture by which leading figures of Das Neue Frankfurt (notably Ernst May, Ferdinand Kramer Grete and Hans Leistikow) promoted the new lifestyle of urban modernism by way of instructional films, design prototypes and photography. Special attention will be given to the visual representation of Grete Schütte-Lihotsky's Frankfurt Kitchen.

Pre-registration is required. Information on seminar location will accompany pre-seminar reading material.


November 12
"Thinking about Thinking: Art Museum Experiences in Medical Education"
Lecture
5:30 - 7:00pm
Pembroke Hall 305
172 Meeting Street

This talk focuses on the collaboration between the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Museum and Brown Medical School that facilitiates extended experience observing and discussing works of art. This work focuses on metacognition--the habits of mind, personal biases and individual bodies of knowledge individuals each bring to making interpretations and decisions--and communication. This collaboration seeks to support the development of physicians and future physicians by enriching critical thinking, cultivating creativity and nurturing the capacity to envision innovative healthcare solutions.

Speakers include S. Hollis Mickey, Assistant Educator, Gallery Interpretation, RISD Museum; Kevin Liou, a 4th-year medical student, Warren Alpert Medical School; and Bonnie Marr, MD PGY-4, Emergency Medicine Residency, Warren Alpert Medical School.


December 6
Community MusicWorks Concert
Performance
4:00pm
Pembroke Hall 305
172 Meeting Street

Musicians from Community MusicWorks will perform. Program TBD.