“Walter Benjamin, Geoffrey Chaucer, and Writing Lives: A Conversation”
Wednesday, February 04, 2015, 4:30PMNewhouse Center for the Humanities, Green Hall/Free and Open to the Public
Ardis Butterfield (Yale University English Deparment) and Howard Eiland (MIT Literature Department) in conversation with Arthur Bahr (Newhouse Resident Fellow and MIT Literature Deapartment)
These American Lives Colloquim | Jill Lepore
Thursday, February 05, 2015, 4:30PMCollins Cinema, Wellesley College/Free and Open to the Public
Paradise Island: From Herland to Wonder Woman
In an illustrated lecture, Lepore recounts the startling biography of William Moulton Marston, the creator of Wonder Woman, to argue that Wonder Woman is the missing link in a chain of events that begins with the woman- suffrage campaigns of the 1910s and ends with the troubled place of feminism a century later.
Jill Lepore is the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard and a staff writer at The New Yorker. Her 2013 biography of Jane Franklin, Book of Ages, was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her most recent book is The Secret History of Wonder Woman.
Jordan Lecture with Achille Mbembe
Tuesday, March 03, 2015, 4:30PMNewhouse Center for the Humanities, Green Hall/Free and Open to the Public
"South of Theory"
Achille Mbembe is a philosopher, political scientist, and public intellectual. He was born near Otélé in French Cameroon in 1957. He obtained his Ph.D. in History at the University of Sorbonne in Paris, France, in 1989. He subsequently obtained a D.E.A. in Political Science at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in the same city. He has held appointments at Columbia University in New York, Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., University of Pennsylvania, University of California, Berkeley, Yale University, Duke University and Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) in Dakar, Senegal. Mbembe is a Research Professor in History and Politics at the Witwatersrand Institute for Social and Economic Research (WiSER) and the Convenor of The Johannesburg Workshop in Theory and Criticism (JWTC). He is also the Editor of the online magazine, The Johannesburg Salon. His latest book is Critique de la raison negre (Paris, La Decouverte, 2013).
The Harry Halverson Lecture on American Architecture: Eric Avila
Thursday, March 05, 2015, 5PMJewett Arts Center, Room 450/Free and Open to the Public
"Chocolate Cities and Vanilla Suburbs: Race, Space and American Culture After World War II"
Eric Avila is an urban cultural historian, studying the intersections of racial identity, urban space, and cultural representation in twentieth century America. He began his undergraduate education at UC Berkeley in 1986 and left that institution with a Ph.D. in History in 1997. Since then, he has taught Chicano Studies and History at U.C.L.A. and holds an affiliation with the Department of Urban Planning. He is the author of Popular Culture in the Age of White Flight: Fear and Fantasy in Suburban Los Angeles, published by the University of California Press in 2004. His latest book, The Folklore of the Freeway: Race and Revolt in the Modernist City, was published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2014.
Cornille Colloquium with Hilton Als
Wednesday, April 01, 2015, 4:30PMNewhouse Center, Green Hall/Free and Open to the Public
"Diane Arbus in Manhattan"
Hilton Als became a staff writer at The New Yorker in October, 1994, and a theatre critic in 2002. Before coming to The New Yorker, Als was a staff writer for the Village Voice and an editor-at-large at Vibe. He has also written articles for The Nation and collaborated on film scripts for “Swoon” and “Looking for Langston.” His first book, The Women, a meditation on gender, race, and personal identity, was published in 1996. In 2010, he co-curated “Self-Consciousness,” at the Veneklasen Werner Gallery in Berlin, and published “Justin Bond/Jackie Curtis,” his second book. His collection of essays, White Girls, was published in 2013, and you can read the New York Times review HERE.
Als has taught at Yale University, Wesleyan, Wellesley College, and Smith College, and he currently teaches at Columbia University. He lives in New York City.
House and Home Conference
Friday, May 01, 2015 - Saturday, May 02, 2015
House and Home: Theories, Texts, Metaphors
The conference will bring an interdisciplinary group of scholars together to explore the many ways that the related notions of house and home are constructed both literally and figuratively in art, literature, film, and on stage. How does the physicality of a house – its architecture, spatial configuration and design, even the furniture within –intersect with the more intangible emotions, aspirations, and sense of ownership we associate with the place we call home?
The Wilson Lecture
Friday, May 01, 2015, 8PMHoughton Chapel, Wellesley College/Free and Open to the Public
Doors will open at 7:30pm
Michael Ondaatje in conversation with Pico Iyer
Ondaatje was born in Sri Lanka, the former Ceylon, of Indian/Dutch ancestry, he went to school in England, and then moved to Canada. From the memoir of his childhood, Running in the Family, to his Governor-General’s Award-winning book of poetry, There’s a Trick With a Knife I’m Learning To Do, to his classic novel, The English Patient, Michael Ondaatje casts a spell over his readers. He is the author of four collections of poetry including The Cinnamon Peeler and most recently, Handwriting. His works of fiction include In the Skin of a Lion, The English Patient, Anil's Ghost, Divisadero. and The Cat’s Table. His bestselling novel, The English Patient, was later made into an Academy Award-winning film. Michael Ondaatje has garnered several literary prizes including The Booker Prize for Fiction, The Irish Times International Prize for Fiction, the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize, the Prix Medicis, the Governor-General’s Award, and the Giller Prize.
Pico Iyer is the author of twelve books, on subjects as varied as Cuba, globalism, Graham Greene, Canada and the XIVth Dalai Lama, and writes up to 100 articles a year for magazines from The New York Review of Books to Harper’s, and Vanity Fair to Wired. He delivered popular TED talks in both 2013 and 2014—his most recent book is a small TED Original on the theme of stillness, and his talk on the nature of home attracted millions of viewers—and has written a film script for Miramax, done liner notes for Leonard Cohen and written introductions to roughly 50 other books, among them The English Patient, by Michael Ondaatje. Born in Oxford, England, and educated at Eton, Oxford and Harvard, he has been based, since 1987, in Western Japan.
Cornille Colloquium with Michael Jeffries
Thursday, May 07, 2015, 12:30PMNewhouse Center, Green Hall
"Feel Like Atlanta Adopted Us:" Drake's "American" Life
Event will be in a colloquium format with a pre-circulated paper. If you wish to participate, please contact Carol Dougherty.
Michael Jeffries, Wellesley College, American Studies Department