Spring 2011

Whither Contemporary Art

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Thomas Crow, Rosalie Solow Professor of Modern Art at New York University, will speak on "Whither Contemporary Art?" Tim Griffin, Editor-at-large at Artforum, will respond.

Christopher Ricks, Professor of English at Boston University, returns to Columbia to speak on Bob Dylan.

Joseph Koerner, Victor S. Thomas Professor of the History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University, will speak on "Enemy Painting: Carl Schmitt and Hieronymus Bosch."

Representations of Childhood

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Poet and Essayist James Fenton will deliver a lecture on "Representations of Childhood."

Poet and Essayist James Fenton returns to the Heyman Center for a second consecutive night to deliver reading of his selected poems.

Preeminent author Ahdaf Soueif, who spent much of the Egyptian revolution in Tahrir Square, will deliver the annual Edward Said Memorial Lecture on "Notes from the Egyptian Revolution."

In an age of global finance and neo-liberal policies, when powerful elites around the world are deeply allied by mutual self-interest, the idea that one nation exercises economic power over another is less relevant than other forms of emerging hegemonies.

Picking up on the previous two nights’ discussion of global finance, several of the world’s most renowned economists gather to discuss the financial crisis as it related to India.

Ngugi wa Thiong'o, novelist, theorist of post-colonial literature, and Distinguished Professor of the Departments of Comparative Literature and English at the University of California, Irvine, will deliver the Spring 2011 Lionel Trilling Seminar on "Globalectical Imagination: Reading the World in the Postcolonial."

The Annual History and Theory lecture will feature Joan Scott, Harold F. Linder Professor at the School of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study.

Stefan Collini, Professor of English Literature and Intellectual History at the University of Cambridge, will deliver a talk titled "The Idea of the University: Newman and Now."

What is Wisdom?

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Charles Larmore, who specializes in moral and political philosophy, Paul Audi, who has written extensively on Rousseau and Nietzsche, working chiefly on the relations between ethics and aesthetics, and Valérie Gérard whose philosophy is inspired by Hannah Arendt, will team up in their effort to find where wisdom lies.

Marx and the United States

Thursday, April 21, 2011

In advance of the publication of his latest book, An Unfinished Revolution: Karl Marx and Abraham Lincoln (2011), Robin Blackburn, Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex, will speak on the relationship that existed between Karl Marx and Abraham Lincoln.

Joanna Picciotto and Anne-Lise Francois, both Associate Professors of English at the University of California, Berkeley, will speak on “‘Thou Art My Sister’: Physico-Theology and the Peopling of Nature”

World famous playwright Edward Albee will visit the Heyman Center to converse with Evangeline Morphos, Professor of Film and Theater at Columbia University.

How is Obama Doing?

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

David Bromwich, Sterling Professor of English at Yale University, and Alan Brinkley, Allan Nevins Professor of American History at Columbia University, will speak on Obama's presidency thus far.

Shujaat Husain Khan is perhaps the greatest North Indian musician of his generation, and the son and disciple of the legendary sitarist Ustad Vilayat Khan.


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