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Louise Glück is the author of many books of poetry, including The Triumph of Achilles, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award, and The Wild Iris, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent collection, Faithful and Virtuous Night, received the National Book Award. She is also the author of two books of essays, American Originality and Proofs and Theories, winner of the 1993 PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Non-Fiction. The recipient of many other awards and distinctions, including the Wallace Stevens Award, the Bollingen Prize, the National Humanities Medal, and the United States Poet Laureateship from 2003–2004, Glück currently teaches at Yale University, where she is the Rosencranz Writer in Residence. She lives in Cambridge. 

In Critique 13/13, we turn to 13 critical texts—ranging from Althusser, Beauvoir, Foucault, and Freire to Adorno, Arendt, Sartre, Lorde, and Said.

New Books in the Arts & Sciences: Celebrating Recent Work by Eliza Zingesser

This panel uses examples drawn from early modern and modern European history to explore new directions for using sexuality as an analytic category in intellectual history. Drawing on current research in the histories of the book, of scholarship, and of educational institutions, Paul Babinski, Benjamin Bernard, and Emily Rutherford—collaborators in the ongoing project Histories of Sexuality and Erudition—survey the roles of sexuality in the conditions of knowledge-making in three historical moments: among German Orientalists in early modern Istanbul; in the collèges of Enlightenment Paris, and in modern British universities. As an introduction, Alan Stewart will reflect on this field of inquiry since the publication of his Close Readers: Humanism and Sodomy in Early Modern England (Princeton UP, 1997). Camille Robcis will provide comment, placing these efforts in the context of the field of intellectual history today.

New Books in the Arts & Sciences: Celebrating Recent Work by Jennifer Lena

Join us for an online conversation with Chris McGreal, author of "American Overdose: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts"

This Public Humanities environmental walk will mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day by exploring the history of the Harlem River as it manifests itself on-site. The Harlem River has been shaped by tide patterns and climate change, and like the Hudson River, it contains a legacy of toxic pollution. Despite the fact that the Harlem River is a man-made river—New York City engineers rerouted its channel—most people who live along the river have no access to the waterfront. This walk, free and open to the public, will spatially explore the ways people have been disconnected from the river and the role river history, and a public humanities approach to the site, can play in rebuilding the connections between people and their river.  By engaging the river’s wide public and staging an interdisciplinary conversation about the river’s histories of disconnection—with walkers experienced in urban planning, climate change, photography, and community activism—we will come away with an inclusive and compelling history of the Harlem River that may begin to draw new connecting threads to its publics.

How did Beethoven influence the other arts? And how did literature shape the composer’s reputation? In an exploration of Beethoven’s literary afterlife through the lens of chamber performance, this event will examine the formation of a musical legacy. The event will feature faculty lectures by professors Nicholas Dames (Columbia), Arden Hegele (Columbia), and Nicholas Chong (Rutgers), as well as a performance of Beethoven’s violin sonata no. 7 (Op. 30, no. 2) by Chad Hoopes and Anne-Marie McDermott.

Written in the 1950s and discovered by family members years after her death, Margaret Brown Kilik’s shocking coming-of-age novel of the emotional and sexual brutality of young women’s lives in wartime San Antonio deserves a place on the shelf alongside classic novels like Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar and Carson McCullers’s The Member of the Wedding. The Duchess of Angus reworks Kilik’s unusual personal history (her mother spent the 1930s running flophouse hotels all over the United States, leaving Margaret to be brought up by a host of relatives) into a riveting portrait of a young woman navigating a conflicted and rapidly changing world, one in which sex promises both freedom from convention and violent subjection to men’s will. Strikingly modern in its depiction of protagonist Jane Davis and her gorgeous, unreadable friend Wade Howell, The Duchess of Angus covers some of the same emotional territory as novels like Emma Cline’s The Girls and Robyn Wasserman’s Girls on Fire.

Contextualizing Prokofiev: The Interwar Years and their Legacy - CANCELLED

Thursday, April 23, 2020 - Friday, April 24, 2020

"Contextualizing Prokofiev: The Interwar Years and their Legacy" investigates the cultural, historical, and political contexts that defined composer Serge Prokofiev’s years in emigration (1918-1936), and their impact on his subsequent career and legacy. On Thursday April 23, music historian Richard Taruskin (UC Berkeley) will present a keynote talk “Prokofiev’s Problems– and Ours” where he will discuss the musical and personal implications of Prokofiev’s return to the Soviet Union in 1936.  On Friday April 24 there will be a day-long scholarly symposium featuring international musicology experts.

A day of workshops with scholars, artists, students, curators, and educators who are working to bridge arts education and incarceration and, in the process, render visible the hidden histories of mass incarceration and radicalize arts pedagogies for a more just society. 

New Books in the Arts & Sciences: Celebrating Recent Work by Deborah Paredez

Widely recognized during his own lifetime as the pre-eminent Anglophone codicologist, M. R. James spent much of his life in libraries.  His scholarly output, over a period of some forty years, was prodigious, and at the heart of it is the series of descriptive catalogues he produced of the manuscript holdings of various libraries and collections.  He also wrote ghost stories, as a kind of imaginative surplus or byproduct of the formal scholarship, to which they are intimately connected.  This talk will discuss James’s many libraries, and the horrible things he found lurking in them.

In Critique 13/13, we turn to 13 critical texts—ranging from Althusser, Beauvoir, Foucault, and Freire to Adorno, Arendt, Sartre, Lorde, and Said.

Urban environments and infrastructures play crucial roles in defining and mediating health and care. From the effects of metropolitan experience on mental health to the medical apartheids construed through urban segregation, from the healing or toxic powers of high-rise building and high density living to the racialized and gendered networks of care, health is as much a problem of the polis as the city is a category of modern medical history. Meanwhile, urgencies and policies of contagion raise the stakes of contemporary conditions of city living at a global scale. The on-going crises of public health and urban inequality only put further pressure on the ways in which architectural and urban design inform the economics, sciences, politics, and public experiences of health. 

In recent years, demands for historical justice have intensified in several national contexts in the form of claims to right the historical wrongs of European colonialism and the transatlantic slave trade by means of reparations. These demands have primarily been met with skepticism and distrust from national governments and a number of sections of civil society. In a context of growing grassroots activism primarily from black and indigenous communities around the world, an increasing number of political representatives are nevertheless starting to come out in support of material reparations. Reparations for the racialized descendants of European colonialism and transatlantic slavery is now a conversation in both  Global North and Global South in a potentially unprecedented manner.



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