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September 23
"Butte, America"
Film screening and discussion with the filmmakers
Smith-Buonanno Hall 106
7:00 - 9:00pm

This documentary, narrated by Gabriel Byrne, reveals the social and environmental costs of mining in Butte, Montana. First in the 2009-10 series, “Nature and Legacy: Humanists, Scientists and the Environment,” the film chronicles industrial exploitation and its effects on the people and the land. It is the New England film premiere.

The film screening will be followed by discussion with producer/director Pamela Roberts and co-producer/co-writer Edwin Dobb.

For more information on the entire “Nature and Legacy” series, click here.

To see a copy of the event poster, click here.

October 7
"Re-inscribing the Colonial Dilemma in a Conscript of Global Modernity: CLR James and Moby-Dick"
Pembroke Hall 305
5:30 - 7:00pm

Donald Pease, Professor of English and Avalon Foundation Chair of the Humanities at Dartmouth College is an authority on nineteenth and twentieth-century American literature and literary theory. Prof. Pease's lecture will lift C.L.R. James's Mariners Renegades and Castaways out of the field of superseded historiographical and ideological concerns in which it has been contextualized, and to address a different set of questions to this untimely work. In writing about Moby-Dick while interned on Ellis Island, James fashioned himself as a colonial conscript rather than an agent of global modernity. Prof. Pease hopes to bring to the fore the tragic colonial dilemma that James inscribed in Melville's classic modern text so as to demonstrate the ways in which Mariners Renegades and Castaways addresses concerns of the postcolonial present.

This lecture is part of a series sponsored by the Critical Global Humanities Initiative, a collaboration of the Cogut Center for the Humanities, Africana Studies, the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, and International Affairs.

To see a copy of the event poster, click here.

October 8
"Dreaming in Russian:  Recalling the Soviet Era in Contemporary Cuban Arts"
Watson Institute, McKinney Conference Room

Jacqueline Loss, Associate Professor of Spanish at the University of Connecticut, will speak.

This talk is co-sponsored by the Cogut Center, Comparative Literature, and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

October 19-November 6
"Let us imagine a straight line..."
Interactive sound-and-motion installation
Pembroke Hall 003

Opening Reception
October 16

Gallery Hours
Monday - Friday
1:00 - 5:00pm

"Let us imagine a straight line," by Butch Rovan, is an interactive work about movement. It takes inspiration from two great minds of late 19th-century France—Etienne-Jules Marey and Henri Bergson—and their respective visions of motion and time. Marey’s efforts to measure a beating heart and to capture birds in flight produced the technologies that led to the modern cinema. Bergson’s reflections on matter and memory produced a philosophy that re-imagined the relation of mind to body.

The installation invites participants to experience this scientific and humanistic legacy through a series of interactive pieces that explores the idea, and the beauty, of a single human body in motion.

Featuring dancer Ami Shulman.

To see a copy of the event poster, click here.

To see photos from the exhibit opening, click here.

October 21
"Autumn Gem"
Film screening and discussion with the filmmakers
Wilson Hall, Room 102
Main Green
4:00 - 6:00pm

"Autumn Gem" is a film documentary on China's first feminist. It explores the extraordinary life of the Chinese revolutionary heroine and women’s rights activist Qiu Jin (1875 – 1907). During the reign of the last dynasty in China, Qiu Jin boldly challenged traditional gender roles and demanded equal rights and opportunities for women. At a time when women’s lives were often marked by repressive practices such as footbinding, arranged marriages, and denial of education, she envisioned a future where women would free themselves from the confines of tradition and emerge as strong and active citizens of a new and modern nation.

Co-sponsored by the Cogut Center, East Asian Studies, the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and the Pembroke Center.

To see a copy of the poster, click here.

November 5
"Climate Change"
Lectures and panel discussion
Pembroke Hall 305
4:00 - 6:00pm

Speakers: Elijah Huge ( Wesleyan), Timmons Roberts ( Brown),
Hugh Ducklow
(Brown/Marine Biological Lab, Woods Hole). A noted architect, sociologist and scientist share their views of climate change.

For more information on the entire “Nature and Legacy” series, or abstracts of the talks, click here.

November 12
“The Charms of Assumption”
Sarah Cutts Frerichs Lecture in Victorian Studies
Pembroke Hall 305
5:00 - 6:30pm

Speaker Andrew Miller, Director of the Victorian Studies Program at Indiana University will present a paper based on a larger project titled “On Not Being Someone Else.”  It studies the distinctly modern moral psychology of counterfactual narratives in literature, taking as its point of departure Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations. In studying these counterfactuals, the paper raises questions about both aesthetic form and literary-critical method.

For more information on the Sarah Cutts Frerichs Lecture, click here.

To see the event poster, click here.

To see photos from the event, click here.

November 20
Critical Thought and the Humanities Today
Two Lectures
Pembroke Hall 305
4:00 - 6:00pm

“Airing Dirty Laundry: African-American Critique and Natal Community"
Hortense J. Spillers
Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor, Department of English, Vanderbilt University

Prof. Spillers examines the claim that “analysis is paralysis” and the general view that to be critical of the black life world is dubiously valuable. Prof. Spillers is a leading scholar in literary criticism and theory. She has written about psychoanalysis and race, how linguistics have failed black women, and crucial essays on authors including Zora Neale Hurston, Margaret Walker, Toni Morrison, Ralph Ellison, Gwendolyn Brooks and William Faulkner.


“From Negro to African and Back, on the Way to Radical Humanism”
Ronald A.T. Judy
Professor, Department of English, University of Pittsburgh

Prof. Judy teaches literary and cultural theory. His current work involves exploring the ways in which particular "popular cultural movements" engage in thinking about the problems of authenticity and sovereignty in relation to an emerging global economy. This work focuses specifically on Islamist projects of communal identity in North America, Europe, and Africa, as well as the globalization of Hip Hop science.

These lectures are part of a series sponsored by the Critical Global Humanities Initiative, a collaboration of the Cogut Center for the Humanities, Africana Studies, the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, and International Affairs.

To see the event poster, click here.

To see photos from the event, click here.

To hear a recording of these lectures, click here. This link will deliver you to the Cogut Center page at iTunes University. You will need iTunes loaded on your computer to hear the lectures.

December 2
"Let us imagine a straight line..."
Panel discussion
Pembroke Hall 305 (note new location)

Jimena Canales, Associate Professor of the History of Science, Harvard University, will participate in an informal panel to discuss the groundbreaking installation "Let us imagine a straight line..." by Butch Rovan, located in Pembroke Hall.

Joining Prof. Canales will be Brown faculty Réda Bensmaia, French Studies; Mary Ann Doane, Modern Culture and Media; Butch Rovan, Music/MEME; and Michael Steinberg, Cogut Center.

December 3-5
"Animating Archives: Making New Media Matter"
Pembroke Hall 305

This three-day conference will critically interrogate the ways in which new media has affected traditional archives, as well as generated new vernacular archives, in order to foster ground-breaking scholarship that deploys new media in its own critique. Thirty scholars from Brown and around the world will convene to discuss modern media.

Co-sponsored by the Cogut Center and the Malcolm S. Forbes Center for Research in Culture and Media Studies.

For registration and complete conference schedule, click here.

February 5 - March 26
"MF Husain: Early Masterpieces, 1950-1970"
Art exhibit
Pembroke Hall
Gallery Hours: 9:00 - 5:00pm, Monday - Friday

A collection of early masterpieces by artist MF Husain, who has been referred to as the "Picasso of India," will be on display February 5-March 26. This exhibit is drawn from the collection of Brown alumna Amrita Jhaveri '91.

The exhibit opens with a reception on Friday, February 5 at 5pm.

February 16
"Public Events, Private Lives: Literature and Politics in the Modern World"
Salomon 101, Main Green

Famed author Salman Rushdie will give a public lecture at Brown on "Public Events, Private Lives: Literature and Politics in the Modern World."

Sir Salman Rushdie has influenced a generation of writers and received a Queen's Knighthood for "services to literature." He stands as both a pop culture icon and one of the most thought-provoking proponents for free speech today. Recently, Foreign Policy named him one of the top 100 public intellectuals in the world.

Rushdie's novels include Midnight's Children, for which he received the Booker Prize and the Best of the Booker; The Satanic Verses; The Moor's Last Sigh; The Ground Beneath Her Feet and The Enchantress of Florence. Rushdie has served for two years as president of The PEN American Center, the world's oldest human rights organization.

Limited seating; please arrive early. This event will be simulcast in Salomon 001 for overflow audiences.

February 26
"Future Foucault: On the Anniversary of Bodies and Pleasures"
Pembroke Hall 305
9:00am - 5:00pm

It has been twenty-five years since the death of Michel Foucault, one of the last century's most crucial philosophers, as well as twenty-five years since the publication of the final two volumes of Histoire de la Sexualité. Since then, an extraordinary body of interdisciplinary scholarship has emerged around the work of Foucault, with much attention recently focused on his writings on ethics, governmentality, biopolitics, and war. Future Foucault invites six distinguished scholars to address the timeliness of these topics, and to reflect upon the abiding presence of Foucault in their own critical thought.

For complete conference schedule, click here.

"The Future of Thinking: Learning Institutions in a Digital Age"
Panel Discussion
Pembroke Hall 305
4:30 - 6:30pm

Guest speakers Cathy N. Davidson, the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Ruth F. Devarney Professor of English at Duke University, and David Theo Goldberg, the Director of the University of California Humanities Research Institute and Professor of Comparative Literature and of Criminology, Law, and Society at the University of California, Irvine, discuss their recent collaborative work, The Future of Thinking: Learning Institutions in a Digital Age.

These lectures are part of a series sponsored by the Critical Global Humanities Initiative, a collaboration of the Cogut Center for the Humanities, Africana Studies, the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, and International Affairs.

March 9
"Blue Vinyl" (2002, 98 minutes, in English)
Film screening
Smith-Buonanno 106
4:30 - 6:00pm

A toxic comedy look at vinyl, the world's second largest selling plastic. With humor, hope and a piece of vinyl siding firmly in hand, Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Judith Helfand and co-director Daniel B. Gold travel from Helfand’s hometown to America’s vinyl manufacturing capital and beyond in search of answers about the nature of polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Her parents’ decision to “re-side”
their house with this seemingly benign cure-all for many suburban homes turns into a toxic odyssey with twists and turns that most ordinary homeowners would never dare to take. The result is a humorous but sobering and uniquely personal exploration of the relationship between consumers and industry in the feature-length documentary Blue Vinyl, which won the cinematography award in the documentary competition at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival.

The filmmaker, Judy Helfand, will be on campus on March 18 to participate in the "Toxicity" panel (see below).

March 18
Lectures and panel discussion
Pembroke 305
Time: 4:30 - 6:30pm

Speakers: Brown faculty Kim Boekelheide and Phil Brown, and filmmaker Judy Helfand ("Blue Vinyl").

The speakers on this panel will address the problem of environmental toxicity from the standpoints of a scientist involved in a superfund clean-up project and who uses a model system in the laboratory to study the effects of multiple toxicant exposure; a sociologist who works with scientists and community activists to improve communication about the potential dangers of chemicals in the environment; and a filmmaker who uses her art to engage the public with the problems of toxicity.

For more information about the entire "Nature and Legacy" series, click here.

March 22
"MF Husain and Indian Modernism"
Pembroke Hall 305

Amrita Jahveri '91 is a specialist in twentieth-century Indian Art and the author of A Guide to 101 Modern and Contemporary Indian Artists. The Husain exhibit, "MF Husain: Early Masterpieces, 1950-1970", on display at Pembroke Hall from February 5 - March 26 is drawn from Ms. Jhaveri's private collection.

The exhibition and events are sponsored by the Year of India, the Cogut Center for the Humanities and the David Winton Bell Gallery.

To see the poster for this event, click here.

April 2 - 30
"Mountaintop Removal: A Legacy of Human Suffering and Environmental Devastation"
Photojournalism exhibit
Pembroke Hall - lower level hallway
9:00am - 5:00pm M-F

Olivia French traveled to West Virginia in March 2009 to witness and document the devastating toll that the coal mining technique known as mountaintop removal is taking on the environment and people of Appalachia. Then a high school junior, Olivia spent several days meeting activists and residents of coal country, chronicling their stories to bring back to her school community in Connecticut. Her photographs, research and personal experiences are exhibited as part of the Cogut Center's focus on "Nature and Legacy" in 2009-10.

To see the poster for this exhibit, click here.

For more information on the creation of this exhibit, click here.

April 16
"Now Available Online and in Print: Publishing Your First Academic Book in the Digital Age”
Talk and conversation
Pembroke Hall 305
12:00noon - 2:00pm

Acquisitions editor for Stanford University Press, Emily-Jane Cohen will offer her thoughts and advice on getting first publications from manuscript to book form.

To see the poster, click here.

April 22
"Nature and Legacy: Humanists, Scientists and the Environment"
Pembroke Hall 305
5:00 - 6:30pm

"Schwarzenegger, Silver Buckshot, and the Outback — the Keys to a Sustainable Future”

Terry Tamminen, Operating Advisor Pegasus Capital Advisors & former Secretary of the EPA of California

In the final installment of our year-long series "Nature and Legacy" we explore timely issues on a sustainable future with leading policy maker Terry Tamminen.

For more information on the entire “Nature and Legacy” series, or a biography of the speaker, click here.

June 13-15
"Whose Global Humanities?"
Pembroke Hall

The Cogut Center hosts the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI). With panel discussions, lectures, tours and film screenings, the conference's ambitious schedule will engage, inform and enlighten the CHCI membership, from 23 countries around the world, on issues ranging from Education and the Environment to the Humanities and the New China to Funding in the Humanities.

Distinguished speakers include the Hon. James Leach, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (pictured, right); Bonnie Reiss, Secretary of Education for California; and Mieke Bal, cultural theorist and filmmaker.

To see the meeting photo gallery, click here.

Co-Sponsored Events

October 7
"The Art of Literary Memoir and Biography"
Smith-Buonanno Hall 106
Pembroke Green
6:30 - 8:00pm

Biographer, memoirist and teacher Susan Cheever '65 will speak. Ms. Cheever, daughter of author John Cheever, teaches with the MFA program at Bennington College and the New School. She is the author of American Bloomsbury, My Name is Bill and Home Before Dark.

Part of the Great Brown Nonfiction Writers Lecture Series 2009-10.

November 11
"Literary Investigative Journalism"
David Shenk, speaker
Smith-Buonanno Hall 106
Pembroke Green
6:30 - 8:00pm

David Shenk '88 is an award-winning author and a contributor to National Geographic, Slate, The New York Times, Harper's, NPR and PBS. He has written about pandemics, music, technology, chess, politics, bioethics, the brain, corporate malfeasance and kids' toys. He frequently lectures on health, education and technology. Mr. Shenk is author of The Immortal Game, The Forgetting and Data Smog.

Part of the Great Brown Nonfiction Writers Lecture Series 2009-10.

November 12
"Writing the Biography of Clarice Lispector: Why This World"
Benjamin Moser '98, speaker
Watson Institute, Joukowsky Forum
111 Thayer Street

Moser has written a pioneering biography of Brazilian writer, diplomatic wife and character in her own right, Clarice Lispector (1920–1977).

December 8 - 22
"Miniature Worlds"
Exhibition of short films
John Nicholas Brown House, Carriage House Gallery
Gallery hours: 1:00 - 4:00pm

"Miniature Worlds" features seven short films produced by students in "From Worlds in Miniature to Miniature Worlds: Theming and Virtuality"(HIAA 1890). This course was taught by Cogut Center Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow Ipek Tureli.

February 5
"Reading, Translating, and Performing Italian Renaissance Literature"
Readings and performance
Annmary Brown Memorial, 21 Brown Street
10:00am - 7:00pm

David Slavitt reads and discusses his new translation of Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso; Ann Mullaney reads and discusses her recent translation of Folengo’s macaronic epic Baldo; Dennis Looney reads and discusses his translation of Ariosto’s prose Erbolato;a roundtable on translation and performance of narrative poetry; performance of an operatic scene by Francesca Caccini with members of the Newport Baroque Orchestra.

Sponsored by Italian Studies, the Elana Horwich Italian Arts and Culture Fund, Literary Arts, Hispanic Studies, French Studies, Comparative Literature, Classics, Theatre and Arts, English, Renaissance and Early Modern Studies Program and the Cogut Center for the Humanities.

March 2
"Kangamba" (2008, 95 min. Spanish/Portuguese with English subtitles)
190 Barus & Holley
Manning Walk
6:30 - 8:00pm

A film by Rogelio París, "Kangamba" recreates the history of a group of Cuban military advisors and a brigade of the People’s Armed Forces for the Liberation of Angola (FAPLA), posted in Kamgamba village, who are ordered to fortify themselves as quickly and effectively as possible to become a front against the rival National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA).

Followed by a discussion with Cogut Center Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow Adrián López Denis, Hispanic Studies.

Part of "Cuba, the West and the Rest,"a lecture series on recent trends and future developments in the relationship between Cuba and the world. Co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and Hispanic Studies.

March 4
"Ethnic Irony: Tawada, De Man and the Poetics of Migrating Borders"
Maddock Alumni Center, Brian Room
Brown and George Streets

John Namjun Kim, professor of Comparative Literature at the University of California/Riverside, will speak as part of the German Studies Lecture Series. Prof. Kim specializes in critical theory and modern German and Japanese literature and philosophy. His specific areas of research include Kant and German Idealism, German Classicism and Romanticism, as well as Heidegger and the Kyoto School.

Co-sponsored by German Studies, the Cogut Center for the Humanities, East Asian Studies and Comparative Literature.

March 5
"The Biopolitics of Translation in the Poetry of Yoko Tawada"
Marston Hall 209
Manning Walk
12:00noon - 2:00pm

John Namjun Kim (see above) will lead the workshop in reading and discussion of some pre-circulated poems by Tawada in translation and original (German and Japanese), along with one theoretical essay on biopolitics and translation.

Lunch provided, and pre-registration required with

Co-sponsored by the Cogut Center for the Humanities, Departments of Comparative Literature, East Asian Studies, German Studies, Literary Arts, and Slavic Languages.

See also events related to Yoko Tawada's visit to campus in April.

March 11
"The Cuban Drumbeat: Cuba and Southern Africa, 1975-88"
Watson Institute, Joukowsky Forum
111 Thayer Street

Piero Gleijeses, Professor of American Foreign Policy at the School of International Studies at John Hopkins University will speak as part of "Cuba, the West and the Rest,"a lecture series on recent trends and future developments in the relationship between Cuba and the world.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the Cogut Center for the Humanities, Africana Studies and Comparative Literature.

March 17
"Literary Investigative Journalism"
Salomon Hall 001
Main Green
6:30 - 8:00pm

David Shields '78 is the author of nine books, including The Thing About Life is That One Day You'll Be Dead, which was a New York Times bestseller. This talk is the third lecture in the Great Brown Nonfiction Writers Lecture Series 2009-10, presented biennially by the Nonfiction Writing Program in the Department of English, which features four prominent Brown alumni writers this academic year.

Part of the Great Brown Nonfiction Writers Lecture Series 2009-10.

March 18
"Lovers Parting at Sunrise: Roland Barthes and the Modern Aubade"
Brown/RISD Hillel
80 Brown Street

Diana Fuss '88, professor of English at Princeton University, is the author of Essentially Speaking and The Sense of an Interior: Four Writers and the Rooms that Shaped Them. Fuss is currently writing a collection of essays on the poetry of mourning.

This lecture is presented by the Graduate Students of the English Department.

April 5
Two events with award-winning poet Yoko Tawada

Poetry Workshop
190 Hope Street, Room 103

The poetry workshop participants will discuss Tawada’s texts in the original and translations into Czech, English, German, Japanese, and Russian, and observe with the author fascinating processes such as shifts in perception, conceptual mutation, and creation of new meaning.


"Translated Faces, Liquefied Letters"
Poetry Reading
190 Hope Street, Room 103

Tawada's reading will be a collage of poems and prose texts on the theme of polyphony and multilingualism. Different texts will be read in Chinese, Czech, English, French, German, Japanese, French and Russian. The audience will experience and participate in the sounds of familiar and unfamiliar voices and languages and will observe how texts communicate with one another and give rise to newer meanings and images.

Yoko Tawada was born in Tokyo in 1960, educated at Waseda University and has lived in Germany since 1982, where she received her Ph.D. in German literature. She received the prestigious Akutagawa Prize – Japan’s equivalent of a Booker or a Pulitzer – for The Bridegroom Was a Dog. She writes in both German and Japanese, and in 1996, she won the Adalbert-von-Chamisso Prize, a German award recognizing foreign writers for their contributions to German culture. She also received the Goethe-Medal, an official decoration of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Co-sponsored by the Cogut Center for the Humanities, Departments of Comparative Literature, East Asian Studies, German Studies, Literary Arts, and Slavic Languages.

April 5
“Beirut Normal”
List Art Center, 110

Speaker Hashim Sarkis is the Aga Khan Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. His publications on Lebanon include Circa 1958; Lebanon in the Pictures and Plans of Constantinos Doxiadis and Projecting Beirut (co-editor with Peter Rowe). Sarkis is a practicing architect between Beirut and Boston.

Sponsored by funds in part from the Kenneth List Endowment, Funds for Internationalizing the Curriculum; Department of History of Art and Architecture;  the Cogut Center for the Humanities; Urban Studies Program.

April 5
"New Ruralism in Post-Urban Modernity "
Pembroke Hall 305
9:00am - 5:30pm

The multiplicity and heterogeneity of the city experience as opposed to country life, and its specificity in the Hispanic world, will be explored in this all-day conference. Pinpointing precisely when the urban milieu became the de rigueur setting for both literary production and its corresponding criticism is a difficult task. Speakers will discuss topics such as creation and interpretation of country life, the longing for lost nature, and its theoretical framework.  The eight speakers, well-known writers and/or scholars, will present unique insights on the topic, from aesthetic, literary, and sociological perspectives.

Convened by Enric Bou, Hispanic Studies.

April 7
"Music and the Political Economies of Order, Disorder, and Violence”
Grant Recital Hall
Young Orchard and Hope Streets
6:00 - 7:00pm

Richard Leppert is Regents Professor and Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor in Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota. His PhD is in musicology, with art history as his cognate field. He holds undergraduate degrees in music, English literature, and German literature.

Leppert's work is concentrated on the relations of music and imagery to social and cultural construction, principally revolving around issues of gender, class, and race. Most of his work concerns European high culture from early modernity to the present, though he has also published on American music and art and popular culture. He has specific interests in critical theories of the arts and culture from the Frankfurt School to postmodernism, Adorno in particular.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Music and the Cogut Center for Humanities.

April 10
"Cityscapes in Fiction"
Pembroke Hall 202
9:00am - 5:00pm

More than a dozen scholars meet to discuss urban literature. Keynote speaker Michael D. Rubenstein, University of California, Berkeley, speaks on “Infrastructuralism” from 9:00 - 10:00am.        

Sponsored by Brown University’s Office of International Affairs; English; Comparative Literature; Portuguese and Brazilian Studies; and the Cogut Center for the Humanities.

April 16-17
18th Annual Graduate Conference
Rochambeau House
84 Prospect Street

Two days of panel discussions leading up to the keynote address by speaker Christopher Miller, Yale University. The title of his talk will be "The Revised Birth of Negritude: Communist Revolution and 'the Immanent Negro' in 1935."

Co-sponsored by French Studies, Graduate Student Council, Africana Studies and Renaissance and Early Modern Studies.

April 16-17
"Material and Imagined Bodies"
5th Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference
Smith-Buonanno Hall
For times and speaking schedule, click here

Keynote speaker Dagmar Herzog, City University of New York, will speak on "The Religious Right's Body Politics." The graduate students of History have organized this conference to generate new perspectives and showcase what the next generation of scholars is saying about "the body" as an analytical category. Body Scholarship emerged largely out of studies on gender and sexuality, but has expanded to engage many other issues including race, ethnicity, health, reproduction and medicine. Panels and discussion sessions will provide a forum for the exchange of ideas between graduate students from around the world and the Brown academic community.

Co-sponsored by the Cogut Center for the Humanities, History Department and German Studies.

April 21
"Alphabet Soles: Language as Ground"
Performance art
Pembroke Hall 305
1:00 - 3:00pm

"Alphabet Soles: Language as Ground" is a multi-media performance project conceived by Hollis Mickey '10, concentrator in Theatre Arts and Performance Studies. The work explores language to mark the opening of artist Ann Hamilton’s public artwork at Brown University—a carpet imitating letterpress— on the third floor of Pembroke Hall. The project mobilizing the grid of the carpet for events at various sites in an attempt to activate the sensual qualities of the carpet and involve the Providence community in questioning how language structures our lives. Taking inspiration from the grid of the carpet, movements of the letterpress machine, and various systems of the alphabet, the performance communicates the labor of language and meditates upon how that labor inscribes our individual and collective worlds.

To read the press release, click here.

April 29
"Palestine in Crisis: What We Can Learn from Gandhi"
Barus & Holley 168
Manning Walk

Mustafa Barghouti, MD is General Secretary of the Palestinian National Initiative and co-founder of the Palestinian Medical Relief Society. A social, political, human rights and peace activist, Dr. Barghouti is one of the most active grassroots leaders in Palestine. He is a leading figure in the nonviolent struggle against the ongoing Israeli Occupation of the Palestinian Territories. In February 2010, Dr. Barghouti was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Hosted by Brown Students for Justice in Palestine. Co-sponsored by Middle East Studies Program; Cogut Center for the Humanities; Office of the Dean of the College; Program in Liberal Medical Education Student Senate; and the Office of International Affairs.

April 30
"The Glamour Factor in the Cities of the Arabian Gulf"
List Art Center 110

Nasser Rabbat is the Aga Khan Professor and the Director of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT.  He is an architect and a historian, with a focus on Islamic architecture, urban history, and post-colonial studies. 

The cities of the Arabian Gulf experienced an extraordinary boom in the last two decades, which found its ideal prospect in building luxury housing and hotels and gargantuan business, cultural, and entertainment complexes.  Prof. Rabbat will review the history of the urban boom in the Arabian Gulf in order to understand the effects of glamour not only on its development but on the development of the entire region.

Sponsored by the Cogut Center for the Humanities, Funds for Internationalizing the Curriculum, Department of History of Art and Architecture, and the Urban Studies Program.

April 30 - May 2
"Theoretical Archaeology Group: The Location of Theory"
Rhode Island Hall, Main Green

Theoretical Archaeology Group (TAG) 2010 is a conference to explore and debate the implications of theoretical issues for archaeological practice and interpretation, worldwide. ‘The Location of Theory’, hosted by the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, is the third annual meeting of TAG in North America. Sessions will meet Saturday and Sunday (5/1-2), with performances, screenings, and exhibitions throughout  the weekend. 

All are welcome. Registration is required.