Fall 2019

During the quarter of a century after the Second World War, the United Kingdom designated thirty-two new towns across England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Why, even before selling council houses or denationalising public industries, did Margaret Thatcher's government begin to privatise these new towns? By examining the most ambitious of these projects, Milton Keynes, Guy Ortolano recasts our understanding of British social democracy, arguing that the new towns comprised the spatial dimension of the welfare state. Following the Prime Minister's progress on a tour through Milton Keynes on 25 September 1979, Ortolano alights at successive stops to examine the broader histories of urban planning, modernist architecture, community development, international consulting, and municipal housing. Thatcher's journey reveals a dynamic social democracy during its decade of crisis, while also showing how public sector actors begrudgingly accommodated the alternative priorities of market liberalism.

The Novel & Its Discontents

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

A conversation between John Banville and Richard Ford.

New Books in the Arts & Sciences: Celebrating Recent Work by Nara B. Milanich

Produced by the Bunkuaneiuman Communications Collective of the indigenous Wiwa people of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in Colombia, Ushui is about women shamans, Sagas, their relation to water, and their wisdom; how to give birth to and bring up children, to sing to the spirits, and what to do when they turn against us like Shekuita, the bad thunder, that destroyed the town of Kemakúmake.  Featuring Wiwa filmmakers José Gregorio Mojica, Director of Photography Rafael Mojica Gil, and Producer Pablo Mora Calderón. 

New Books in the Arts & Sciences: Celebrating Recent Work by Sharon Marcus

Theater of War

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - Thursday, November 7, 2019

Theater of War Productions works with leading film, theater, and television actors to present dramatic readings of seminal plays—from classical Greek tragedies to modern and contemporary works—followed by town hall-style discussions designed to confront social issues by drawing out raw and personal reactions to themes highlighted in the plays. The guided discussions underscore how the plays resonate with contemporary audiences and invite audience members to share their perspectives and experiences, and, helping to break down stigmas, foster empathy, compassion, and a deeper understanding of complex issues.

Competing Truths: Art and the Objects of History after the Council of Trent

Friday, November 15, 2019 - Saturday, November 16, 2019

Competing Truths: Art and the Objects of History After the Council of Trent is a two-day symposium to be jointly held at the Italian Academy and the Frick Collection on November 15th & 16th, 2019. The event will bring together scholars and museum professionals in order to investigate how Italian art helped to formulate competing truths in the long aftermath of the Council of Trent, and how the strategies of that era continue to affect our understanding of historical truth today. Italian art of this period is often dismissed as propagandistic and derivative. This symposium instead fosters recent scholarship that shows the potency of art in shaping people’s beliefs during a time of deep political and spiritual divisions. Understanding how images and objects give shape to history and knowledge has never been more urgent. Thus, the aim of the symposium is not merely to advance scholarship, but to meet an acute contemporary need for perspective on how to navigate an era of competing truths.


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