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Explorations in the Medical Humanities

Monday, September 11, 2017

This lecture series will explore the enigma of how what we write relates back to the experience of bodies, healthy and unwell. Our speakers will explore how the medical humanities build on and revise earlier notions of the “medical arts.” At stake are the problem of representation and the interpretation of cultural products, past and present, through medical models

In The Mediterranean Incarnate, anthropologist Naor Ben-Yehoyada takes us aboard the Naumachos for a thirty-seven-day voyage in the fishing grounds between Sicily and Tunisia. He also takes us on a historical exploration of the past eighty years to show how the Mediterranean has reemerged as a modern transnational region. From Sicilian poaching in North African territory to the construction of the TransMediterranean gas pipeline, Ben-Yehoyada examines the transformation of political action, imaginaries, and relations in the central Mediterranean while detailing the remarkable bonds that have formed between the Sicilians and Tunisians who live on its waters.

Explorations in the Medical Humanities

Monday, September 25, 2017

This lecture series will explore the enigma of how what we write relates back to the experience of bodies, healthy and unwell. Our speakers will explore how the medical humanities build on and revise earlier notions of the “medical arts.” At stake are the problem of representation and the interpretation of cultural products, past and present, through medical models.

Jamaican 1970s

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Explorations in the Medical Humanities

Monday, October 2, 2017

This lecture series will explore the enigma of how what we write relates back to the experience of bodies, healthy and unwell. Our speakers will explore how the medical humanities build on and revise earlier notions of the “medical arts.” At stake are the problem of representation and the interpretation of cultural products, past and present, through medical models.

Uprising 13/13

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Feminist to the Core: Puccini’s La Bohème features Naomi André (Associate Professor of Women’s Studies and Afroamerican and African Studies, University of Michigan), Mary Birnbaum (Juilliard School), Professor Suzanne Cusick (Professor of Music, NYU), and Annie Randall (Professor of Music, Bucknell University) in conversation about this year’s Music Humanities opera, Puccini’s La Bohème. "Feminist to the Core" is a lecture series that seeks to transform the conversation in and around the Columbia core curriculum.   

A symposium at the Heyman Center at Columbia University, to mark three decades since the publication of Barbara Harlow's Resistance Literature --and to mark the passing of Barbara as a teacher, mentor, interlocutor, and comrade.

Seven films about forms of resistance.

Pious Technologies and Secular Designs

Friday, October 13, 2017 - Saturday, October 14, 2017

For over a decade, scholars in sociology, anthropology, and religious studies have been engaged in a heated debate about the role of religion in modern politics and society, a discussion formerly absent from most canonical accounts of modernization and globalization. For too long, a simplistic view of the Enlightenment reigned: one in which religious regimes were quickly and completely displaced by new rational structures. The work of Charles Taylor, José Casanova and Talal Asad, among others, has been crucial in undermining such notions, revealing the religious as anything but absent from the public sphere, the secular as a notion all too intertwined with Christianity, and Western narratives about reason and progress as tenaciously—and at times violently—enchanted. To better understand the secular, therefore, one must also understand the ways in which the religious has been historically transformed and dislocated.

Seven films about forms of resistance.

Explorations in the Medical Humanitites

Monday, October 16, 2017

This lecture series will explore the enigma of how what we write relates back to the experience of bodies, healthy and unwell. Our speakers will explore how the medical humanities build on and revise earlier notions of the “medical arts.” At stake are the problem of representation and the interpretation of cultural products, past and present, through medical models.

Seven films about forms of resistance.

Seven films about forms of resistance.

America as Theatre of Spanish Modernity

Monday, October 23, 2017 - Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Seven films about forms of resistance

Seven films about forms of resistance

Seven films about forms of resistance

Memory Laws: Criminalizing Historical Narrative

Friday, October 27, 2017 - Saturday, October 28, 2017

Explorations in the Medical Humanitites

Monday, October 30, 2017

This lecture series will explore the enigma of how what we write relates back to the experience of bodies, healthy and unwell. Our speakers will explore how the medical humanities build on and revise earlier notions of the “medical arts.” At stake are the problem of representation and the interpretation of cultural products, past and present, through medical models.

This book challenges the ways we read, write, store, and retrieve information in the digital age. Computers—from electronic books to smart phones—play an active role in our social lives. Our technological choices thus entail theoretical and political commitments. Dennis Tenen takes up today's strange enmeshing of humans, texts, and machines to argue that our most ingrained intuitions about texts are profoundly alienated from the physical contexts of their intellectual production. Drawing on a range of primary sources from both literary theory and software engineering, he makes a case for a more transparent practice of human–computer interaction. Plain Text is thus a rallying call, a frame of mind as much as a file format. It reminds us, ultimately, that our devices also encode specific modes of governance and control that must remain available to interpretation.

Trump and Truth

Monday, November 6, 2017 - Friday, November 10, 2017

November 6-7 and 9-10; first portion of the event is in Dublin, the second portion is at Columbia.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Maya Jasanoff Talk

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Explorations in the Medical Humanities

Monday, December 11, 2017

This lecture series will explore the enigma of how what we write relates back to the experience of bodies, healthy and unwell. Our speakers will explore how the medical humanities build on and revise earlier notions of the “medical arts.” At stake are the problem of representation and the interpretation of cultural products, past and present, through medical models

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