Spring 2013

Renowned poets Nick Laird and Timothy Donnelly will read from their work and converse with critic, translator, and scholar Robyn Creswell.

Sharon Marcus interviews Eric Klinenberg, the author of Going Solo--a book that the Atlantic calls "The Most Conversation-Generating Book About How We Live Now" of 2012.

Human rights activist and whistleblower Kathryn Bolkovac will discuss her work to stop human trafficking, as well as other topics with Tanya Domi, whose reporting broke Ms. Bolkovac's story.

Many economists and philosophers, ranging from Aquinas and Ibn Khaldun to Adam Smith and Marx, have declared deep connections between value and labor.  Is there such a connection?  And if so, what form does it take? Two of the most prominent economists on the Left—Prabhat Patnaik and John Roemer--respond to these questions and their relevance to the global political economy today.

About forty years ago, historians of women began to claim a place for their subject as a distinct scholarly field.  This movement emerged particularly powerfully in Britain, its early preoccupations and questions shaped by the Feminist Movement, the New Left, and especially by Thompsonian social history.  This conference will convene more than 30 historians to reflect on "The Moment of British Women's History."

Renowned authors Justin Torres and Marie Myung-Ok Lee speak about their work with Ellis Avery.

Award winning playwright David Henry Hwang will speak with theater director Gregory Mosher and theater scholar Jean Howard.

The field of inequality studies is relatively new but it is gaining increasing momentum as inequality grows not only in less developed countries but in advanced countries as well, and in the United States in particular. Download Professor Milanovic's paper here.

Adam Phillips, renowned psychologist and author of On Kissing, Tickling, and Being Bored, will join Andrew Miller, Professor of English at Indiana University, Bloomington, in conversation.

Infused with elements of Middle Eastern oral storytelling traditions and dance, The Strangest is an absurdist murder mystery about two Algerian brothers who vie for the love of the same woman.

This talk will consider both the evolution of development thinking and its underlying rationale, exploring how changes in development ‘facts,’ in thinking and in policy, are related.

Novelist, essayist, lyricist, and screenwriter Nick Hornby visits the Heyman Center.

The recent financial crisis has raised disturbing questions about our nation’s business elite.   To what extent can this crisis be traced to the pedagogy of our business schools?   Can business education promote the public good?  If not, then how might we go about re-envisioning the education of the next generation of business leaders?

The New York Consortium for Intellectual and Cultural History presents an open discussion on "Reconsidering 'Opposition.'"

This event will feature author and New Yorker theatre critic Hilton Als and acclaimed author Lisa Cohen in conversation with Heather Love, author and associate professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania.

Credulity: Enchantment and Modernity in the 19th-Century U.S.

Friday, March 29, 2013 - Saturday, March 30, 2013

What is the place of enchantment in nineteenth-century America?  Scholars of the secular have been accumulating a rich description of what it meant in this period to "aim for 'modernity,'" in Talal Asad's phrase. This conference asks about the persons and knowledges which appeared as excessive, even dangerous, to this project—while assuming that this excess cannot simply be described as "religion."

Despite the recognition of global changes driven by the rise of the South, key concepts and categories are under-theorized and some important aspects of this phenomenon remain at the periphery of discussions.

Jeanne Haffner and Anthony Vidler will investigate the lasting impact of novel techniques of vision and representation on the ways in which we have come to "see," analyze, and approach urban form--and to link it to social life.

Uzodinma Iweala is the author of Beasts of No Nation, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, and the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Taking “medical humanities” as its subject, this conference considers some of the investigations and interventions made by those who study illness and health from the perspectives of the arts, humanities, and human sciences.  Presentations by medical practitioners, historians, social justice advocates, medical journalists, disability studies and narrative studies scholars will be interspersed with readings by poets and novelists, reports from the field, and a theatrical performance. To register, please click here: http://fs24.formsite.com/heymancenter/form1/index.html

In this talk, Elizabeth Maddock Dillon will propose that a radical parting of ways between kinship and genealogy takes place in eighteenth-century novels of the West Indies.

Non-Violent Reading

Thursday, April 18, 2013

This evening will include talks by Leela Gandhi and Isabel Hofmeyr focused on the theme of "Non-Violent Reading."

Through a re-consideration of several classic instances, this lecture explores some of the ways in which the very excesses of polemical or satirical contributions to public debate may themselves be the main bearer of more adequate conceptions of human life.

Doxa in Aristotle: A Workshop in Ancient Philosophy

Friday, April 26, 2013 - Saturday, April 27, 2013

Aristotle often compares and relates doxa to other cognitive activities and attitudes. He uses cognates of doxa — such as, famously, endoxa — in any number of contexts. This suggests that he has a systematic view of doxa, else there would be little point in comparing the various other mental states to doxa.

Does the concept of security assume a distinctive cultural form in the midst of deafening patriotic calls for protection and precaution? This lecture explores the role of culture and the arts in cultivating an ethic and aesthetic of "living side by side" that contributes to our contemporary understanding of "cosmopolitan right" (Kant). 

Colm Tóibín, the author of many bestselling and critically acclaimed novels, will speak with Julie Orringer, author of The Invisible Bridge, on “Family Novels.”

Jonathan Schell, the author of the pioneering work "The Fate of the Earth," has turned his gaze recently on the urgencies of climate change today. He will be joined by James Tully, a political theorist and intellectual historian of the Cambridge school. To listen to an audio recording of this event please click here.

Cultivating the Economy: Literature, Politics, Economics, 1870-1940

Friday, May 24, 2013 - Saturday, May 25, 2013

The decades between 1870 and 1940 saw the emergence of energetic debates about the relationship between citizens, the economy and the state. This conference brings together literary scholars, economic historians and sociologists who explore the literary, political and economic developments that stimulated heated debates about the crisis of laissez-faire capitalism, market regulation, the common good and the rise of the welfare state.

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Cultural Economy and Intellectual Property

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - Friday, June 28, 2013

The term “cultural economy” has been employed by scholars interested in the cultural dimensions of financial and commercial activities as well as by those interested in the economics of culture in societies past and present. In pairing this term with intellectual property, the fifth annual ISHTIP workshop seeks to stimulate interdisciplinary discussion about the different ways culture and economy interact and how their interactions shape norms and regulations pertaining to IP.

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