Humanities on the Edge: Past Seasons

Speakers and Topics since our inception

2019-2020 Season

All events are free of charge and open to the public.

Thursday, September 5 - Annie McClanahan

Associate Professor of English, UC Irvine

“Tipwork, Gigwork, Automation”
5:30-7:00pm, Sheldon Museum of Art, Ethel S. Abbott Auditorium

Thursday, October 31 - Claire Colebrook

Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English, Philosophy, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Penn State University

“What would you do (and who would you kill) in order to save the world?: Post-Apocalyptic Cinema and Extinction”
5:30-7:00pm, Sheldon Museum of Art, Ethel S. Abbott Auditorium

Thursday, March 5 - Sayak Valencia

Professor and Researcher in the Department of Cultural Studies, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte

“From Gore Capitalism to Snuff Politics: The Body as Mass Media”
5:30-7:00pm, Sheldon Museum of Art, Ethel S. Abbott Auditorium

**Postponed** - Lauren Berlant

George M. Pullman Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago

“Being in Life Without Wanting the World; Suicideation, Dissociation, Survival”

2018-2019: Post-Truth Futures

All events are free of charge and open to the public.

Thursday, October 11 - Kent A. Ono

Professor in the Department of Communication, University of Utah

“The Rhetoric of Sanctuary in the Post-Truth Era”
5:30-7:00pm, Sheldon Museum of Art, Ethel S. Abbott Auditorium

Thursday, October 25 - Lee McIntyre

Research Fellow, Center for Philosophy and History of Science at Boston University and Instructor in Ethics, Harvard Extension School

“Post-Truth in the Internet Age”
5:30-7:00pm, Sheldon Museum of Art, Ethel S. Abbott Auditorium

Thursday, March 7 - Wendy Hui Kyong Chun

Professor of Modern Culture and Media, Brown University

5:30-7:00pm, Sheldon Museum of Art, Ethel S. Abbott Auditorium

Thursday, April 18 - Charlotte Biltekoff

Associate Professor of American Studies and Food Science and Technology, UC Davis

“Real Food / Real Facts: Truth, Politics, and Power in the U.S. Food and Information Landscape”
5:30-7:00pm, Sheldon Museum of Art, Ethel S. Abbott Auditorium

2017-2018: Post-Revolutionary Futures

Thursday, Sep 28 - Timothy Scott Brown

Professor of History, Northeastern University

“Is Revolution Still Possible? The Crisis of Capitalism and the Meaning of 1968”

Thurs Oct 19 - Ronald Judy

Professor of Critical and Cultural Studies in the Department of English, University of Pittsburgh

“Restless Flying from Haiti to Tunisia: What is ‘After Revolution’ Anyway?”

Fri Feb 9 - João Salles

Documentary Filmmaker and President of the Instituto Moreira Salles, Brazil

No Intenso Agora (In the Intense Now, 2017) Film Screening and Q&A

Thurs Mar 15 - Tim Dean

Professor of English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

“Hatred of Sex”

Thurs Apr 19 - Bridget R. Cooks

Associate Professor of African American Studies and Art History, University of California, Irvine

“Black Artists and Activism: Harlem on My Mind, 1969”

2016-2017: Post-Racial Futures?

Thursday, Sep 22 - Milton S.F. Curry

Associate Dean of Academic and Strategic Initiatives and Associate Professor of Architecture, University of Michigan

“The Racial After-Image of Architecture Ideology”

Thurs Oct 13 - Sue J. Kim

Co-Director of the Center for Asian American Studies, and the Nancy K. Donahue Endowed Professor in the Arts,
University of Massachusetts Lowell

“Postmodern Fatigue: Post-Racial Fallacies”

Thurs Mar 2 - Alexandre Da Costa

Assistant Professor of Educational Policy Studies, University of Alberta

“Towards a Hemispheric Critique of the Post-racial”

Thurs Apr 13 - Kirsten Pai Buick

Professor of Art History, University of New Mexico

“Slavery Makes the Woman: Historical and Racial Linkages in the Creative Practices of Mary Edmonia Lewis and Kara Walker”

2015-2016: Posthuman Futures

Thurs Sept 17 - Debra Hawhee

Professor of English, Penn State University

“Aristotle and Animal Feeling”

Thurs Oct 29 - Zakiyyah Iman Jackson

Assistant Professor of English, George Mason University

“The Blackness of Space Between Matter and Meaning”

Thurs Mar 3 - Saya Woolfalk

Independent Artist

“Saya Woolfalk: World Builder”

Thurs Mar 31 - John Durham Peters

Professor of Communication Studies, University of Iowa

“Do Clouds Have Meaning? On the Relation Between Media and Nature"

2014-2015: States of Exception

Thurs Oct 2 - Ursula Heise

Professor, Department of English/Institute of the Environment & Sustainability, UCLA

“BioCities: Urban Futures and the Reinvention of Nature”

Thurs Nov 6 - Gregg Lambert

Dean’s Professor of the Humanities, Syracuse University

“To Have Done with the State of Exception”

Thurs Mar 19 - Adam Kotsko

Assistant Professor of Humanities, Shimer College

“The Prince of This World: The Devil and Political Theology”

Thurs Apr 2 - Siva Vaidhyanathan

Robertson Professor in Media studies, University of Virginia

“The Operating System of Your Life: How Tech Companies and Big Data Govern Your Identity, Knowledge, and Refrigerator”

Mar 13 - Cristina Rodríguez

Professor of Law, Yale Law School

“Immigration Reform and the Political Value of Manufactured Crises”

2013-2014: Economies of Crisis/Crises of Economies

Oct 24 - Carsten Strathausen

Professor of German and English, University of Missouri

“Bio-Capitalism and the Crisis of Economics”

Nov 7 - Joshua Clover

Professor of English, University of California - Davis

“Is Crisis Theory?”

Feb 27 - Dierdre McCloskey

Distinguished Professor of Economics, History, English, and Communication, University of Illinois-Chicago

“Humanomics: Or, Why Neo-Classical, Neo-Marxist, and Neo-Institutionalist Views of History and the Economy are Wrong”

Mar 13 - Cristina Rodríguez

Professor of Law, Yale Law School

“Immigration Reform and the Political Value of Manufactured Crises” (rescheduled for Spring 2015)

Apr 10 - Imre Szeman

Canada Research Chair in Cultural Studies and Professor of English, Film Studies, and Sociology at the University of Alberta

“On Empty: The Cultural Politics of Oil”

Poster for 2013-14

2012-2013: Aesthetics/Performance/Politics

Oct 11 - Mark Greif

Assistant Professor of Literary Studies, New School University, and editor of N+1 Magazine

“Reality in America: A Counter-Aesthetic for the Present”

Nov 29 - Lutz Koepnick

Professor of German, Film and Media Studies, and Comparative Literature, Washington University in St. Louis

“Cave/Cinema: Werner Herzog’s Cave of Forgotton Dreams and the Politics of Time”

Feb 21 - E. Patrick Johnson

Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies, Northwestern University

“Going Home Ain't Always Easy: Performance and Ethics in the Black Gay South”

Mar 28 - Kristin Ross

Professor of Comparative Literature, New York University

“Communal Luxury”

Poster for 2012-13

2011-2012: Biopower/Biopolitics

Oct 13 - Sara Guyer

Associate Professor of English, University of Wisconsin

“‘A Poet is born not made:’ John Clare’s Grave and the Politics of Life”

Nov 17 - Jodi Dean

Professor of Political Science, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

“Communicative Capitalism: This is what Democracy Looks Like”

Mar 29 - Michael Hardt

Professor of Literature and Italian Studies, Duke University and Professor of Political Literature, European Graduate School

“What to Do in a Crisis: A Biopolitical New Deal”

Apr 12 - Cesare Casarino

Professor of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, University of Minnesota

“Universalism of the Common”

Poster for 2011-12

2010-2011: The Political Turn

Nov 11 - Dr. Steven Shaviro

DeRoy Professor of English, Wayne State University

“'Despite everything I am still not ashamed of my Communist past:' Some Revolutionary Thoughts on Eastern European Film”

Nov 18 - Dr. Jeffrey T. Nealon

Liberal Arts Research Professor of English, Penn State

“Can Literature Be Equipment for Post-Postmodern Living?”

Mar 31 - Dr. Sande Cohen

Emeritus Professor of Critical Studies, California Institute for the Arts and Distinguished Visiting Professor

“Criticism in the Age of Anti-Intellectualism”

Apr 21 - Dr. Ernesto Laclau

Emeritus Professor of Politics, University of Essex and Distinguished Visiting Professor

“The Discursive Construction of Social Antagonisms”

Poster for 2010-11