Film/Lecture: “The Ultimate Wish: Ending the Nuclear Age” Fri., Nov. 30, 4-6 p.m.

Fukushima and Nagasaki: Our film ties them together, as their links have become dangerously clearer. 

Sakue Shimohira was ten years old and hiding in a Nagasaki shelter when the nuclear bomb dropped on August 9, 1945. She survived and has dedicated her life to making sure that what happened to her will never happen to anyone again.  Today she continues to speak out and inspire people everywhere.

Sakue’s story of survival and its aftermath is the core of this powerfully moving documentary. We follow her, in the company of students Fumi and Haruka, as they talk to high school and college students in London, New York and Nagasaki, and we see Sakue in a gripping encounter with a Holocaust survivor. 






Lecture: “Impressionism and the Industrialization of Time — Prof. Andre Dombrowski, 11/28

The Art History Program, in conjunction with the Center for Humanities, the College of Letters, and Romance Studies, is pleased to announce a the following guest lecture and seminar:

“Impressionism and the Industrialization of Time”  

By André Dombrowski, Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Pennsylvania

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 6:30p.m.

41 Wyllys Avenue, Room 112 

Dombrowski specializes in the art and material culture of France, Germany and Britain in the mid to late nineteenth century. His work focuses on cross-national developments in the histories of science, politics, psychology, and sexuality. He has published articles and essays on the art of Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, and Hans von Marées. His book Cézanne, Murder, and Modern Life was published by the University of California Press in 2012.

For this lecture, Mr. Dombrowski considers the relationship between Post-Impressionism and the history of modern, industrial time-keeping, focusing in particular on the advent of universal time in 1884 and the serried order of Georges Seurat’s pointillist technique developed around the same time. This lecture further proposes new interpretative means for assessing some of the chronometric devices in impressionist criticism written by Jules Laforgue and Felix Feneon. 

A follow-up seminar will be held at the Center for Humanities on Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 4:30pm

Faculty and students are warmly invited to attend.  We hope to see you there!   Katherine Kuenzli and Ethan Kleinberg

CHUM Lecture Tonight at 6 p.m.



Monday, November 26
6 p.m.
Russell House


Tom Boellstorff

Department of Anthropology, University of California, Irvine

In this talk, I conduct a meta-analysis of my research in Indonesia and in virtual worlds, as well as the research of a number of other scholars, to address questions of temporality, repetition, and transformation. Drawing from a range of theoretical resources in queer studies, technology studies, linguistics, and other disciplines, I explore how the gap between the virtual and the actual provides a point of entry for considering how digital being—predicated on both constitutive discreteness and teleologies of locality, specificity, and difference—is powerfully shaping forms of everyday experience, community, and politics.

CHUM Lecture: Prof. Lisa Cohen–Only Minerals Escape It: Mourning Time 11/2, 6 p.m.


Monday, November 12
6 p.m.
Russell House



Assistant Professor of English, Wesleyan University

Lisa Cohen reads from work in progress, a multi-genre project about the temporalities of friendship, illness, grief, and activism in the context of the AIDS crisis. A book in three parts and three genres, it also dramatizes three different historical moments, their echoes and discontinuities.


Center for the Humanities · 95 Pearl Street , Middletown, CT 06459

Keynote Speaker for Latin@ Affirmation Month: Cherrie Moraga Nov. 7, 8 p.m.

Cherríe Moraga

November 7,  8pm

Woodhead Lounge (Exley Science Center)

Come listen to Cherríe Moraga, one of the most influential figures in Chicana/o, feminist, queer, and indigenous activism and scholarship, talk about her new book A Xicana Codex of Changing Consciousness!

Co-Sponsored by Ajúa Campos,  Office of Diversity and Institutional Partnerships,American Studies Department, Caribbean Student Association, Center for the Americas, English Department, Feminist Gender and Sexualities Program

La Casa, Latin American Studies Program, WesQuisqueya,

Women of Color Collective,

Romance Language and Literatures Department

Theory Lecture: Amy Hollywood, “Apophasis and Ecstasy, at the Limits of Gender” 11/8, 4:15 p.m.

Amy Hollywood, “Apophasis and Ecstasy, at the Limits of Gender”

Thursday, November 8, 4:15 p.m.   Downey House 113

Light refreshments will be served.   Sponsored by the certificate in Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory

Christian women write, and they write about religion. This might seem unexceptional, yet the fact that women have written over the course of the history of Christianity is surprising given the restrictions on women’s education and religious authority that emerge as early as the 1st century and continue to play a role in Christianity today. As if to harness the possibilities engendered by women’s writing,  modern scholarship repeatedly describes women’s theological production as differing in significant ways from men’s. Why? What’s at stake in insisting on these differences? And how do texts by medieval women, particularly those of the thirteenth century Dutch-speaking beguine, Hadewijch, both exemplify and resist such categorizations?

“From Science to Writing” Lecture — 11/6, 4:15 p.m.

Evelyn Lamb:  “From Science to Writing”

              Tuesday, Nov 6, 2012     4:15pm       311 Allbritton

Evelyn Lamb is a freelance science writer with a Ph.D. in math.  Or maybe she’s a mathematician who does freelance writing on the side.  She talks about her start in writing and how to incorporate writing into your career as a scientist or mathematician.

Evelyn received her Ph.D. in Math from Rice University in 2012.  In 2012 she was awarded the American Math Society’s Mass Media Fellowship.  She spent her fellowship at Scientific American, where she continues to write, blog and podcast.

CHUM Lecture: Prof. Amy Tang 11/5 — 6 p.m.


Monday, November 5
6:00 p.m.
Russell House


Assistant Professor of English and American Studies, Wesleyan University

This talk explores the concept of trauma and the cultural work it performs in Asian American Studies. While trauma provides a powerful language for exploring how histories of colonialism, imperialism, and racism continue to impact contemporary racial subjects, the prevalence of this framework also threatens to privilege historical recovery over social transformation. To consider how trauma might function not only as a technology for recovering the past, but also as a way of reconfiguring the present, I turn to Susan Choi’s 1999 novel The Foreign Student, where trauma helps to excavate the history of the Korean War but also offers suggestive insights into one of the most pressing concerns in contemporary critical race studies: the question of how to think race in comparative terms. 


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