Cogut Institute Events

2017-18

January 26
The Greg and Julie Flynn Cogut Institute Speaker Series
Terry Tempest Williams
in conversation with Mark Cladis

Pembroke Hall 305
4:00pm

Terry Tempest Williams has been called a "citizen writer," a writer who speaks and speaks out on behalf of an ethical stance toward life.  A naturalist and fierce advocate for freedom of speech, she has consistently shown how environmental issues are social issues that ultimately become matters of justice. Williams will be in conversation with Brooke Russell Astor Professor of Humanities Mark Cladis.

Williams is the author of Refuge:  An Unnatural History of Family and Place and When Women Were Birds.  Her most recent book, The Hour of Land:  A Personal Topography of America's National Parks, is a New York Times bestseller.

Book sales and author signing will be available after the event.


February 7
Creative Medicine Lecture Series
"From Introspection to Advocacy:  Writing, Medicine, and the Mind"
Pembroke Hall 305
172 Meeting Street
5:30pm

Psychiatrist and author Christine Montross, MD will use clinical anecotes from her literary nonfiction works to launch broader discussions about employing narrative to examine the challenges implicit in caring for the very ill.   Read more >


February 12
The Greg and Julie Flynn Cogut Institute Speaker Series
"Democracy and Disinformation"
Pembroke Hall 305
172 Meeting Street
5:30pm

Hyper-partisanship is growing, public debate is fragmenting.  New information networks have rapidly undermined not only the Western media's business model, but Western political institutions, too.  Can democracy survive?  Speaker Anne Applebaum is Washington Post columnist and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian.  She is the author of Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine (McClelland and Stewart, 2017), Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956 (McClelland and Stewart, 2012), and Gulag: A History (Doubleday, 2003).


  

February 23
Environmental Humanities, 2017-18
"Writing Climate Change:  A Roundtable with Public Scholars"
Pembroke Hall 305
172 Meeting Street
3:00pm

What are the implications of climate change for life on earth? How can we make sense of those changes if we are not trained scientists? Can we do something to slow — and ideally stop — the extinction of life forms as members of the public? Come join three writers who have taken up the challenge of answering these questions in their recent books. Moderated by Iris Montero, the panel will feature Cornelia Dean (Against the Tide: The Battle for America's Beaches, 2005; Making Sense of Science, 2017); Mary Ellen Hannibal (Citizen Scientist: Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction, 2017), and Elizabeth Rush (Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore, forthcoming, June 2018).


March 6, 2018
Politics in the Humanities (PITH)
Cornel West
Salomon Center for Teaching
De Ciccio Family Auditorium
Main Green | 79 Waterman Street
5:30pm

View the Cornel West talk here.


March 9, 2018
"Getting into Print:  Working in Publishing and with Publishers"
Pembroke Hall 305
172 Meeting Street
3:00 - 5:00pm 

Speakers include Laura Bannon (Senior Publisher, Journals, Oxford University Press), Timothy Barlett '90 (Executive Editor, St. Martin's Press), Susan Ferber '93 (Executive Editor, Academic and Trade Books, Oxford University Press). 

Part of a workshop series in the Department of History, "What History Looks Like:  The Skills and Work of the Historian."


March 12, 2018
"Black Flow and the Labor of Love"
Pembroke Hall 305
172 Meeting Street
5:30 - 7:00pm

Speaker Tina Campt (Barnard College-Columbia University) explores the forms of affiliation and affective kinship produced by visual enactments of black precarity.  She does so by engaging the work of black filmmaker and cinematographer, Arthur Jafa, an artist whose cinematic practice challenges us to think differently about the labor required by black visuality, the inseparability of black joy and black suffering, and the centrality of embodied performances to both. Focusing on the affective registers of black visuality that converge in still moving images – images that trouble the relationship between stillness, movement and motion – Professor Campt unpacks a series of cinematic, choreographic and documentary instantiations of still moving images that depict black visuality as 'flow', a term used to name the transformative ways black visual artists reckon with contemporary assaults on blackness and capture black practices of refusal in the afterlife of slavery. 


March 21, 2018 - CANCELLED
Creative Medicine Lecture Series
"Palpable Emotions:  Using Narrative to Understand Motherhood, Medical School and Mourning"

Fourth-year medical student, Cia Panicker, talks about her journey of understanding the intangibles of medicine - pain, guilt, and hope. Using the lens of her literary work about mothers who've experienced serious maternal-fetal complications, she'll explore how creative narrative makes palpable these emotions.


April 6-7, 2018
Conference
"Earth(ly) Matters:  New Directions in Environmental Humanities"
Pembroke Hall 305
172 Meeting Street

The environmental humanities have advanced a great number of vital projects that contribute to the diagnosis of ecological crises and to aspirations for the future. How can we bring a more-than-human perspective to bear on our understanding of history, power, and injustice? How are the environmental humanities changing today's intellectual, artistic, and political landscapes? The conference features writer Amitav Ghosh and a dozen scholars from a wide variety of disciplines that encompass comparative literature, cultural studies, English, gender studies, history, new media arts, philosophy, political theory, religious studies, and the social sciences. Read more >


April 11, 2018
The Greg and Julie Flynn Cogut Institute Speaker Series
"War, Fiction, and the Ethics of Memory"
Pembroke Hall 305
172 Meeting Street
5:30pm 

Viet Thanh Nguyen's novel The Sympathizer (Grove/Atlantic, 2015) is a New York Times best seller and won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Nguyen is also the author of Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America (Oxford University Press, 2002), Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War (Harvard University Press, 2016), and the short story collection The Refugees (Grove Press, 2017). At the University of Southern California, Nguyen is the Aerol Arnold Chair of English and Professor of English, American Studies and Ethnicity, and Comparative Literature. Among other awards, he received fellowships from the Guggenheim and the MacArthur Foundations in 2017.


April 16
"Thinking with Resurgence" --CANCELLED
Pembroke Hall 305
172 Meeting Street

This talk will relay Anna Tsing’s proposition that we have to face the question of livability in capitalist ruins and this may mean, for us, academics, to accept that we are in a situation calling for William James’ speculative pragmatism, casting our lot with what might be possible against the probability of barbarity. The notion of resurgence, very different from a utopic return to a lost wisdom, offers no warrant, as witnessed by its reference to ecological but also to epidemiological studies. It signals however the way a new generation of activists invents new possibilities of living and thinking which might demand that we suspend our critical gesture and learn how to relay them with our own means, accepting what William James defined as the ‘great question’ associated with pragmatism: does what we relay‘with our additions, rise or fall in values? Are the additions worthy or unworthy?

Isabelle Stengers, professor of the Université Libre de Bruxelles, has written numerous books, among which have been published in English translation Order out of Chaos with Ilya Prigogine, A Critique of Psychoanalytical Reason with Léon Chertok, A  History of Chemistry with Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent, Power and Invention: Situating Science, The Invention of Modern ScienceCapitalist Sorcery : Breaking the Spell with Philippe Pignarre, Thinking with Whitehead, Cosmopolitics I and II, Women who Make a Fuss with Vinciane Despret and Catastrophic Times. Starting with the defence of the passionate adventure of physics against its enrolment as model of rationality and objectivity, she has developed the concept of an ecology of practices affirming a speculative constructionism in relation with the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze, Alfred North Whitehead and William James, and the anthropology of Bruno Latour.


April 19, 2018
"A Litany for Survival:  Black Lives Matter in the Age of Trump"
Pembroke Hall 305
172 Meeting Street
5:30pm 

In 2015, veteran political organizer and NYU professor Frank Leon Roberts began teaching the nation's first Black Lives Matter course on a college campus. Based on the award-winning pedagogy of his original curriculum #BlackLivesMatterSyllabus, Roberts provides audiences with tools for engaging BLM in the context of our contemporary politically charged climate. In this talk, Roberts not only makes the argument that #BlackLivesMatter is a human rights movement that is making the world a better place for all people (not just black people)—he also shares insights about how progressives can resist (and survive) the resurgent "backlash" of neo-fascism and white nationalism currently shaping American politics. Roberts will discuss how to conceptualize BLM as a movement—as well as how students, educators, and college campuses can contribute to political resistance movements. 


April 26, 2018
"Immediacy, Loss and Romantic Micro-melancholia"
Pembroke Hall 305
172 Meeting Street
5:30pm

For all its investment in futurity and progress, romantic-period discourse is preoccupied with loss, frequently for a specific “object”—innocence, childhood, revolutionary promise—which is the basis, on many accounts, for a characteristic disenchantment or solipsism. But, speaker William Galperin (Rutgers University) notes, there is a melancholic strain to romanticism as well, issuing paradoxically in versions of immediacy, where loss is both nonspecific and time-stamped and where the “now,” however shocking or fragile, is suddenly—in anticipation of our present moment—the thing that matters. Such instances call for reading practices that are neither distant nor close but an amalgam of surface and depth, where self-regard prevails but to remind us, as only romanticism can, that loss is unique to the loser and phenomenologically, affectively, an acquisition.


April 27, 2018
"Romanticism and the Everyday"
12:00 - 2:00pm
By registration only (see below).

“The everyday,” writes Maurice Blanchot, “is what we never see a first time, but only see again.” During the romantic period, when it emerged as a distinct category of experience, the everyday was not just seen again, in this case for the first time, but viewed, by condition of its emergence, as a missed opportunity: a possible, indeed parallel, world to which only history provided access or, quoting Jane Austen, “a retrospect of what might have been.”

Speaker William Galperin is a Distinguished Professor of English at Rutgers University and the author of four books: Revision and Authority in Wordsworth: The Interpretation of a Career (1989), The Return of the Visible in British Romanticism (1993), The Historical Austen (2012) and The History of Missed Opportunities: British Romanticism and the Emergence of the Everyday (2018).  He received his PhD at Brown University.

Attendance by registration only.  You must be logged into your Brown email to register.  Seminar location will accompany pre-circulated reading material.


April 27, 2018
Spring Concert
Pembroke Hall 305
172 Meeting Street
7:00 - 8:30pm

Pianist Benjamin Nacar '12 offers a program that includes selections from Johann Sebastian Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier Book II, Ludwig van Beethoven's Sonata no 28 in A major, op. 101 and Frédéric Chopin's Ballade no. 4 in F minor, as well as Ben's original work.



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