Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 12:30PMNewhouse Center, Green Hall/Open to Wellesley College Faculty, Staff and Students
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
Thanks to the support of the Robert E. Garis Arthur Gold Fund, the Newhouse Center will provide copies of Elizabeth Kolbert's recently-published book to the first 50 students, faculty and staff who come by the Newhouse Center prior to the event. The discussion will be facilitated by faculty members from the Environmental Studies and Biology Departments and will be open to all members of the Wellesley College community. A light lunch will be served.
A Conversation with Antonio Monegal
Thursday, March 13, 2014, 12:30PMNewhouse Center for the Humanities, Green Hall
A conversation between Antonio Monegal and Mellon Visiting Artist Francesc Torres
Antonio Monegal is professor of literary theory and comparative literature at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona since 1994. He received his PhD from Harvard University in 1989, taught at Cornell University until his return to Spain, and has been a visiting professor at Harvard, Princeton and the University of Chicago. Among other publications, he is the author of Luis Buñuel de la literatura al cine (Anthropos, 1993) and En los límites de la diferencia: Poesía e imagen en las vanguardias hispánicas (Tecnos, 1998). He has edited Literatura y pintura (Arco Libros, 2000), En Guerra (CCCB, 2004), Política y (po)ética de las imágenes de guerra (Paidós, 2007), and García Lorca’s Viaje a la luna (Pre-Textos, 1994) and El público y El sueño de la vida (Alianza, 2000). His current research focuses on the politics of culture and on the representation of wars in literature and the visual arts. In 2004 he co-curated with Francesc Torres and José María Ridao an exhibition entitled “At War” at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona.Between 2009 and 2013, he was the vice president of the Arts Council of Barcelona and presided over its Executive Committee.
Mellon Visting Artist Francesc Torres and Antonio Monegal will be joined by José Maneul del Pino, Dartmouth College Spanish Department.
Jordan Lecture with Hayden White
Monday, March 31, 2014, 4:30PMNewhouse Center for the Humanities, Green Hall/Free and Open to the Public
"The Limits of Enlightenment: Enlightenment as Metaphor and as Concept"
Hayden White, Professor Emeritus at the University of California (Santa Cruz), has been described as "perhaps the premier academic essayist of our times." Compulsory reading for graduate students throughout the humanities, his essays on historical representation and narrative discourse have strongly contributed to a "narrative turn" in the study of historical thought. The author of Metahistory:The Historical Imagination in Nineteenth-Century Europe (1973), Tropics of Discourse (1978), The Content of the Form (1987), and Figural Realism(1999), Professor White has also published recent essays on historical fiction, witness literature, and Holocaust representation.
Wednesday, April 09, 2014, 4:30PMNewhouse Center for the Humanities, Green Hall/Free and Open to the Public
A Reading from Mr. Loverman
Barrington Walker is seventy-four and leads a double life. Born and bred in Antigua, he’s lived in hackney for years. a flamboyant character with a fondness for Shakespeare, Barrington is a husband, father, grandfather—and also secretly gay. Mr. Loverman explodes cultural myths and shows the extent of what can happen when people fear the consequences of being true to themselves.
An esteemed author in England, this poignant, yet laugh-out-loud novel is certain to win over American readers—indroducing Evaristo’s award-winning prose to book lovers on this side of the Atlantic.
Mary L. Cornille Lecture
Thursday, April 17, 2014, 4:30PMNewhouse Center for the Humanties, Green Hall/Free and Open to the Public
"Queen of the Muckrakers: The Life and Times of Jessica Mitford"
A talk by Carla Kaplan, Mary Cornille Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Humanities at Wellesley College and the Stanton W. and Elizabeth K. Davis Distinguished Professor of American Literature at Northeastern University
Since writing Zora Neale Hurston: A Life in Letters, Kaplan’s work has gravitated to hybrid forms (biography and letters; group biography and cultural history; theory and narrative), using extensive primary archives to illuminate people who walk away from lives which others covet, envy, and idealize. Her recent book, Miss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renaissance (HarperCollins, 2013), traces six unlikely lives as they cross rigid racial lines viewed as impermeable in the 1920’s Described by reviewers as “remarkable,” “clear-sighted,” “compelling,” “fascinating,” and “amazing,” it has been named one of the “Ten Best” books of the year (Publisher’s Weekly) and is a New York Times “Notable” book. Kaplan will speak about her next project, Queen of the Muckrakers: The Life and Times of Jessica Mitford: a biography of a woman who walked away from British aristocracy to become an American activist and eventually revitalize one of the oldest and most venerable forms of American narrative nonfiction: muckraking. The daughter of a wealthy British peer, Decca, as she was known, was the second-youngest and in many ways the most intriguing of the famous “Mitford Girls,” known also as the “Mad Mitfords.” Decca both adored her family and was determined to escape it. Kaplan’s biography follows Decca as she runs away from England with her second cousin, fights in the Spanish Civil War, makes her way to Miami and becomes a Communist, is trained as an activist by Virginia and Clifford, fights for racial and economic justice in Oakland, and becomes a celebrated writer.
Deep Listening Workshop
Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 12:30PMHay Amphitheater, Wellesley College/Rain Location: Houghton Chapel Multifaith Room
Free and Open to the Public
There’s more to listening than meets the ear. Deep Listening, as developed by Oliveros, explores the difference between the involuntary nature of hearing and the voluntary, selective nature – exclusive and inclusive -- of listening. The practice includes bodywork, sonic meditations, interactive performance, listening to the sounds of daily life, nature, one’s own thoughts, imagination and dreams, and listening to listening itself. It cultivates a heightened awareness of the sonic environment, both external and internal, and promotes experimentation, improvisation, collaboration, playfulness and other creative skills vital to personal and community growth. Please bring your own lunch.
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Pauline Oliveros Site-Specific Performance
Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 4:30PMSeverance Green, Wellesley College/Rain Location: Margaret C. Ferguson Greenhouse
Free and Open to the Public
PAULINE OLIVEROS is a senior figure in contemporary American music. In the '50s she was part of a circle of iconoclastic composers, artists, poets gathered together in San Francisco. Recently awarded the John Cage award for 2012 from the Foundation of Contemporary Arts, Oliveros is Distinguished Research Professor of Music at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, and Darius Milhaud Artist-in-Residence at Mills College. Since the 1960's she has influenced American music profoundly through her work with improvisation, meditation, electronic music, myth and ritual.
Pauline Oliveros will be performing site-specific improvised music on the accordion and electronics in Severance Green. As part of Making Space series programmed in collaboration with the Department of Music, this performance will activate the specific space on Wellesley campus and invite the audience to interact with the location by listening deeply to Oliveros' sonic offering, the surrounding environment, and to ourselves. There will be sweets and snacks available before and after the performance.
Jie Lee Talk
Thursday, April 24, 2014, 4:30PMNewhouse Center for the Humanities, Green Hall/Free and Open to the Public
Madame Mao and Cinema: Actress, Critic, Censor and Producer
Professor Jie Lee, from Harvard, will focus on Jiang Qing’s lifelong relationship to cinema, her personal cinephilia and cinephobia and its impact on Chinese film history.