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On April 1, 2016, the Heyman Center for the Humanities hosted the conference "1916: The Irish Rising" where scholars from Ireland and New York discussed the 1916 Easter Rising on its centennial. This video is of the afternoon segment, "1916 in Perspective, a Roundtable," featuring: Emily Bloom, Columbia University, Therese Cox, Columbia University, Sarah Cole, Columbia University, Gregory Londe, Cornell University, Janet Lyon, Pennsylvania State University, and Paul K. Saint-Amour, University of Pennsylvania. 

On Friday, April 1, 2016, the Heyman Center for the Humanities hosted a full-day conference entitled "1916:The Irish Rising at 100 Years" where scholars from Ireland and New York discussed the 1916 Easter Rising on its centennial. Conor McNamara, National University of Ireland Galway, participated in the first panel with his talk "The 1916 Rebellion and the Dream of America." John Cunningham, National University of Ireland, Galway, also presented his talk "Irish Labor and the Wider World, c. 1912-23."

March 22, 2016: This talk by renowned British photographer Andy Sewell launched a month-long exhibition of his work hosted by the Heyman Center. The Guardian called Sewell's first book "a classic of understated observation." The Financial Times Magazine said that Sewell "doesn’t want to shatter our illusions, merely quieten them – to allow us to see the complexity of what’s before us."

Robert Alter presented the next installment of the Lionel Trilling Seminar on March 7, 2016.  Herbert Marks and Michael Wood served as respondents. The David story and Stendhal's Charterhouse of Parma, the first narrative very early and the other relatively late in the Western literary tradition, are deeply instructive instances of how the vehicle of fiction can provide insights into the realm of politics. Each in its own way shows the role individual character plays in the gaining and maintaining of power and how the exercise of power affects or distorts character.  The biblical story is compellingly grave, Stendhal's novel satiric and sometimes comic, but both manifest an unblinking vision of man as a political animal.

March 7, 2016: Robert Alter presents the next installment of the Lionel Trilling Seminar.  The David story and Stendhal's Charterhouse of Parma, the first narrative very early and the other relatively late in the Western literary tradition, are deeply instructive instances of how the vehicle of fiction can provide insights into the realm of politics.  Herbert Marks and Michael Wood serve as respondents.

Radical Grace by Alain Badiou

December 14, 2015

December 14, 2015 "Radical Grace" by Alain Badiou on the role of art in response to present tragic circumstances. Introduction by Udi Aloni. Moderated by James Schamus.

December 8, 2015 a lecture on Identity and Universality by Alain Badiou in light of contemporary tragic events in Paris and elsewhere. December 8, 2015: Many forms of violence in the contemporary world are concerned with either the violent confrontation of different collective identities, or the exasperated resistance of certain of these identities against that which is presented as having a universal value. The central question in these cases is this: what is the historical and conceptual relationship between the feeling of belonging to an identity and the construction of a universal value? Alain Badiou teaches philosophy at the École Normale Supérieure and the Collège International de Philosophie in Paris, and was a founder of the faculty of Philosophy of the Université de Paris VIII. A politically engaged philosopher, his major philosophical works include Theory of the Subject, Being and Event, Manifesto for Philosophy, and Gilles Deleuze. He has also written several novels, plays and political essays. Co-sponsored by the Heyman Center for the Humanities, Maison Francaise, Center for Contemporary Critical Thought, and Film and Media Studies.

The Confined Arts

December 4, 2015

The launch of the third edition of The Confined Arts (TCA) series took place on December 4-6, 2015.  The 40-day art exhibition launched at an opening weekend consisting of art, poetry, motivational speaking, panel discussions, a promotional screening, hands-on workshops, and more.