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Cogut Center for the Humanities
Humanities Take Center Stage at Brown During Nov. 4-7 Celebration
Architects, scholars and performers blazing new trails in interactive media will gather at Brown University to celebrate Fall Humanities Weekend Nov. 4-7, sponsored by the University’s new Cogut Center for the Humanities. Many of the symposia, performances and workshops are open to the public without charge.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Architects, scholars, and performers blazing new trails in interactive media will gather at Brown University to celebrate Fall Humanities Weekend Nov. 4-7, sponsored by the University’s new Cogut Center for the Humanities. Unless otherwise noted, the symposia, performances and workshops are open to the public without charge.
The Cogut Center, established by the University earlier this year, supports research and collaboration among scholars in the humanities, focusing on interdisciplinary and comparative work across cultural and linguistic boundaries. Its mission is achieved through fellowship programs, faculty working groups, conferences, symposia, seminars, lectures, exhibits, performances, and screenings.
“There’s nothing more exciting than being a part of a conversation in which new ideas take shape from the energy exchanged between creative, adventurous thinkers,” said Michael Steinberg, Brown University professor of history and music and the inaugural director of the center. “The Cogut Center’s first Humanities Weekend is designed to produce just that. The array of leading figures who will be with us is really quite dazzling.”
Fall Humanities Weekend November 4-7
Friday, November 4
5 p.m. – Leeds Theatre, Lyman Hall, 77 Waterman
Panelists include Toshiko Mori, principal with the New York firm Toshiko Mori Architect; Frances Halsband, partner in the New York firm R.M. Kliment & Frances Halsband Architects; Svetlana Boym of Harvard University; and Brown University faculty members Sheila Bonde, Dietrich Neumann, Patrick Malone and Dian Kriz.
A reception will follow in Leeds Theatre lobby.
Saturday, November 5
4 p.m. – Reading Room, The John Carter Brown Library, George and Brown streets
Symposium – Reinvigorating the Humanities:
Brown University President Ruth Simmons will preside. Panelists will include President Leon Botstein, Bard College; Provost Biddy Martin, Cornell University; and Brown University faculty members Susan Bernstein, Sheila Bonde, Bernard Reginster, Pierre Saint-Amand, Rebecca Schneider and Nelson Vieira.
9 p.m. – Grant Recital Hall, 1 Young Orchard
A concert featuring Associate Professor of Music Joseph Rovan’s interactive monodrama Vis-á-Vis (2002), based on a text by Rainer Maria Rilke. Vis-á-Vis is a dramatic musical reading for a solo singer who performs against an electronic landscape of live and recorded sound and video. The performance will be followed by a conversation about the work with Rovan and soloist Katherine Bergeron, professor of music. Co-sponsored by the Department of Music.
Sunday, November 6
1:30 p.m. – Room 120, List Art Center, 64 College
Brown University Provost Robert J. Zimmer will preside. Panelists will include President Leon Botstein, Bard College; David Botstein, director of the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, Princeton University; Provost Biddy Martin, Cornell University; and Brown University faculty members Eli Adashi, Anne Fausto-Sterling, Mary Anne Doane and Leon Cooper.
Monday, November 7
3-5 p.m. – Joukowsky Room, Watson Institute for
International Studies, 111 Thayer St.
Susan Bielstein, executive editor at the University of Chicago Press, will lead a workshop geared for Brown University graduate students and junior faculty in the humanities. Space is limited and registration by e-mail to the Cogut Center (Humanities_Center@brown.edu) is required.