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2012-13

 

September 28-29
"Music Between Nation and Form: Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco and the Boundaries of Italianità"
Conference
Pembroke Hall 305
9:00am - 5:00pm

The conference will investigate the life and work of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco as placed within the broader context of Italian musical modernity and—after his exile to Hollywood, with the passage of the fascist racial laws in 1938—the musical culture of California; the relationship in 20th-century Italy between music and national identity; the legacies of the Italian musical tradition from the Risorgimento, as well as the relationships between music and other aesthetic practices and forms; and the impact of Jewish culture in modern Italy and the exile community of Hollywood.

Keynote speaker is Leon Botstein, President of Bard College. Panelists include Deborah Amberson, Alessandra Campana, Diana Castelnuovo-Tedesco, John Champagne, Salvatore Champagne, Mila DeSantis, Giuseppe Ficara, Matthew Franke, Axel Körner, Dorothy Lamb Crawford, Assaf Shelleg, Antonella Sisto, and James Westby.


October 11
"Jews in Viennese Popular Culture Around 1900"
Lecture
J. Walter Wilson, Room 301
4:00pm

Scholar of Austrian and Central European Jewish culture, Klaus Hoedl is the speaker.


October 19-20
"Ruptures and Transgressions"
Graduate Student Conference

October 19: John Hay Library, 20 Prospect Street
9:00am - 6:15pm

October 20: Rochambeau House, 84 Prospect Street
9:30am - 5:30pm

The aesthetics of modernity have been governed by a successive series of formal and ideological ruptures which lead to continuous renovation. Furthermore, cultural production has always been derived from transgression, whether it be transgression of social norms or linguistic codes, or its own capacity to confront what is accepted, thus inaugurating new modes of thought.

This conference will initiate a dialogue around the concepts of rupture and transgression, understood in all their connotations: discontinuity, unconformity, fracturing, fragmentation, and the breakdown of precepts in any aesthetic, generic, discursive, or cultural category. Keynote speaker is Vicente Luis Mora, University of Cordoba, and Director of the Cervantes Institute, Marrakesh.

Talks delivered in English and in Spanish. Please consult the conference schedule.


October 20
"What is the Value of a Liberal Education?"
TEDx Seminar
Granoff Center for the Creative Arts
154 Angell Street
12:00 - 6:00pm

This afternoon-long seminar will feature Brown alumni who are leaders in the public and private sectors giving presentations in the dynamic TED format which includes brief, story-driven narratives told before a live audience without a podium or notes. Speakers include Jill Huchital '89, Google; Richard Morrill '61, Teagle Foundation; Katherine Chon '02, The Polaris Project; Nawal Nour, MD '88, Brigham and Women's Hospital; Tom Garner '90, The Motley Fool; Sonja Brookins Santelises '89, Baltimore City Public Schools; Brad Simpson '95, independent film producer; Art Matuziak '99, White House Business Council.


October 26-November 20
"Spillforth"
Exhibit
Granoff Center, Cohen Gallery
154 Angell Street
Opening event (October 26) 5:00 - 7:00pm

An exhibition of glass and ceramic arts by Richard Hirsch and Michael Rogers, with sound work by Gary Schnackenberg, featuring texts by C.D. Wright and Forrest Gander.


October 28
"Neighborhood Concert: Andrew Garland and Warren Jones"
Recital
Grant Recital Hall
105 Benevolent Street
8:00pm

Pianist Warren Jones has played with many singers, including Stephanie Blythe, Kathleen Battle, and Carol Vaness. A prominent teacher, collaborative pianist, and chamber musician, Jones performs at all the main concert halls and festivals around the world. Currently teaching at the Manhattan School of Music, he has also served as assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera and San Francisco Opera.

Baritone and Teaching Associate in Brown's Music Department Andrew Garland delivers performances from innovative recital collaborations with living American composers to classic, large-scale productions of Don Giovanni, La bohème, and Carmen. Garland brings drama to the stage today with an adventurous program called “The Quest: Don Quixote and Other Wanderers.”


November 16
"The 'Principle' of Insufficient Reason: Immediate Heidegger"
Lecture
Smith-Buonanno 106
4:00pm

Speaker Jacques Lezra is Professor of Comparative Literature and Spanish, and Chair of the Department of Comparative Literature at NYU. He is a specialist in the literature of the Renaissance and Early Modern period, Cervantes and Shakespeare in particular, and in contemporary political philosophy. He is the author of Wild Materialism: The Ethic of Terror and the Modern Republic (2010) and Unspeakable Subjects: The Genealogy of the Event in Early Modern Europe (1997). Lezra’s 1992 translation into Spanish of Paul de Man's Blindness and Insight won the PEN Critical Editions Award. His forthcoming books are entitled Principles of Insufficient Reason: Mediation and Translation After Marx and Accidental Modernity.


November 27- December 4
"Close Encounters"

November 27
"Jazz at the Intersection of Performing and Visual Arts"
Master class (4:00 - 5:00pm) and performance (7:00 - 8:00pm) by pianist Jason Moran and drummer Charles Haynes

December 3
"Millennial Poetics from the New Garde"
Symposium with poets Kevin Young, Evie Shockley and Terrance Hayes
6:00 - 8:00pm

December 4
"Soundscapes from Late Jazz"
Master class on sonic innovation by pianist Vijay Iyer and hip hop artist Mike Ladd.
6:30 - 8:00pm

All events will take place at Martinos Auditorium, Granoff Center
154 Angell Street.


Spring semester

Spring Semester
"Aldus Journal"
Student translations journal

Aldus, Brown University's Undergraduate Journal of Works in Translation, publishes translations into English from any language, in any genre, from any time, and from any place, as well as essays on the art of translation.


February 1
"Remembering Edward W. Said"
Conversation and performance
7:00pm
Miller Theatre, Columbia University

This event is the first in a series of activities at Columbia University in 2013 remembering Edward W. Said on the 10th anniversary of his death. The evening begins with a conversation between maestro Daniel Barenboim and Ara Guzelimian, Dean and Provost of the Juilliard School. This talk will be followed by an 8pm performance by Maestro Barenboim and members of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.

For ticket information.

For a copy of the poster.


February 13
"Escaping the Frame-Up: Matching Eyelines and Black Relation in Paul Robeson's Big Fella"
Lecture
5:30pm
English Department, Barker Room 315
70 Brown Street

Speaker Michelle A. Stephens, Rutgers University, is currently working on two projects: “Skin Acts:... New World Black Male Performance and the Desire for Difference,” in which she uses both psychoanalysis and the study of race as a discourse to analyze select performances of four twentieth century Black actors and singers, Bert Williams, Paul Robeson, Harry Belafonte, and Bob Marley. A second project, “Women in Worlds of Color,” explores writing by and about women in the societies created at the convergence of race, sexuality and labor in the New World.

Part of the International Graduate Colloquium Spring 2013 "Mobilizing Performance: Identity and Self-Making in Black Women's Aesthetic Practices"


February 26
"The Long Conscious Look. Attention as a Burning Topic in the Humanities and the Neurosciences"
Lecture
4:30pm
Wilson Hall 102

Speaker Barbara Stafford, University of Chicago and Georgia Institute of Technology, is an eminent art historian whose work has focused on the theory and history of vision, always in conversation with the sciences and optical technologies.

This talk is part of "Beyond the Two Cultures: The Future of Science and Technology Studies" lecture series.


February 27
"The Daily Planet"
Lecture
5:30pm
Brown/RISD Hillel, Winnick Chapel

A modern world is a self-reporting world. If, prior to the nineteenth century, society could not describe itself, now it cannot stop describing itself.

Speaker Mark Seltzer, University of California/Los Angeles, will focus on the "official world" --our daily planet-- and its three primal scenes: the scene of the crime, the space of the game, and the form of the work of art.


February 28
"Gandhi's Printing Press: An Experiment in Slow Reading"
Lecture
5:30pm
English Department, Barker Room 315
70 Brown Street

Speaker is Isabel Hofmeyr, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, discusses Mahatma Gandhi's practices of reading, writing, and publishing, situating them in both his Indian nationalist career and his early South African context.


March 14
"Engineered Worlds" Terraforming and the Future of Science and Technology Studies"
Lecture
4:30pm
Wilson Hall 101

Speaker is Joe Masco from the University of Chicago.

This talk is part of "Beyond the Two Cultures: The Future of Science and Technology Studies" lecture series.


March 14
"Performing Empathies: Sociality and Futurity in the Art of Saya Woolfalk and Tracey Rose"
Lecture
6:30pm
Smith-Buonanno G12
95 Cushing Street

This talk is part of the International Graduate Colloquium Spring 2013 Mobilizing Performance: Identity and Self-Making in Black Women's Aesthetic Practices.


March 19
"Religious Pluralism and Socratic Self-Examination: Countering Cultures of Fear"
Lecture
5:00 - 7:00pm
Salomon 001

Why did Switzerland, a country of four minarets, vote to ban those structures? How did a proposed Muslim cultural center in lower Manhattan ignite a fevered political debate across the United States? In this lecture, speaker Martha Nussbaum, Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago, surveys such developments and identifies the fear behind these reactions. Drawing inspiration from philosophy, history, and literature, she suggests a route past this limiting response and toward a more equitable, imaginative, and free society.


March 21-23
"Habits of Living: Networked Affects, Glocal Effects"
Conference
See schedule for times and locations

An international, interdisciplinary collaboration located at Brown University and traveling through different international locations in Bangalore, Oslo and London. It is an inquiry into the networked conditions of our times, and how they produce ways, conditions and habits of life and living which need to be unpacked beyond mapping and analyzing networks as producing seamless globalizations. Through a series of workshops, art residences, and dialogues, Habits of Living seeks to change the focus of network analyses away from catastrophic events or their possibility towards generative habitual actions that negotiate and transform the constant stream of information to which we are exposed.


April 3
"Episcience: The End of Scientific Exceptionalism"
Lecture
4:30pm
Wilson Hall 101

The speaker is Ken Alder from Northwestern University.

This talk is part of "Beyond the Two Cultures: The Future of Science and Technology Studies" lecture series.


April 12
"Empire Comes Home"
Colloquium
All day
Faunce House, Petteruti Lounge

This colloquium will bring together graduate students and scholars with interdisciplinary perspectives for an extended conversation on empire as a category of analysis and in particular the ways in which empire is experienced and practiced at "home."


April 18
"Pedagogies of Nation: Repertoires of Post/colonial Jamaican Performance"
Graduate colloquium
12:30pm
Smith-Buonanno Hall 201

Speaker is Honor Ford-Smith, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, York University. This talk is part of the International Graduate Colloquium Spring 2013 Mobilizing Performance: Identity and Self-Making in Black Women's Aesthetic Practices.


April 12-13
"Umwege--Detours in German Thought and Literature"
International graduate student conference
All day event
Smith-Buonanno Hall 201
95 Cushing Street

Carol Jacobs, professor of Comparative Literature at Yale University, delivers the keynote address "Around the Rings, a Detour (W.G. Sebald's Rings of Saturn)."


April 24
"The Second Coming"
Lecture
5:30pm
Brown/RISD Hillel, Winnick Chapel

Speaker Kaja Silverman, Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, writes and teaches on photography, time-based visual art and painting.

A copy of the flyer.


April 26-27
"The Art of Living"
Conference
Brown Faculty Club
One Magee Street

Speakers include John Cooper (Princeton University); Alexander Nehamas (Princeton); Jonathan Lear (University of Chicago); George Vaillant (Harvard University); Jan Zwicky (Poet and scholar); Martha Nussbaum (University of Chicago).

A copy of the flyer.


May- June
"Ships of Bondage, Freedom, and the Knowledges of the Enslaved"
Exhibits, film screenings, lectures
Various venues on campus