Cornille Lecture with Jane Kamensky

Thursday, November 06, 2014, 4:30PM

Newhouse Center, Green Hall/Free and Open to the Public

"Copley's Wars" 

In "Copley's Wars," historian Jane Kamensky explores the life and art of the painter John Singleton Copley (1738-1815) in the geopolitical context of his times. Copley’s era was punctuated by almost ceaseless imperial warfare, including the Seven Years War, the Napoleonic wars, and two bloody conflicts between Britain and North America, the first of which we in the United States call the American Revolution. Those wars—and indeed the age of Atlantic revolutions—look different through Copley’s eyes. Copley's art, in turn, looks different when its broader contexts are recovered.

Jane Kamensky is the Mary Ann Lippitt Professor at Brown University and the 2014-15 Cornille Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Humanities at Wellesley College. Before joining the faculty at Brown in 2014, she taught for two decades at Brandeis University, where she won two awards for excellence in teaching, and chaired the Department of History. Born in Manhattan, she received her BA and PhD in History from Yale University. In 2007-08, a “New Directions” grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation allowed her to pursue advanced study in Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. In addition to the Mellon Foundation, her scholarship has been supported by from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study, the Charles Warren Center at Harvard, and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.  Kamensky’s major publications include The Exchange Artist: A Tale of High-Flying Speculation and America’s First Banking Collapse (Viking, 2008), a finalist for the 2009 George Washington Book Prize; and Governing the Tongue: The Politics of Speech in Early New England (Oxford UP, 1997). She is also the author of the novel Blindspot, written jointly with Jill Lepore (Random House, 2008), a New York Times editor’s choice and Boston Globe bestseller. With Edward G. Gray, she edited the Oxford Handbook of the American Revolution (Oxford UP, 2012). Her next book, Copley: A Life in Color, a history of painting and politics in the age of revolution centered on the life of John Singleton Copley, will be published by W. W. Norton. 


Jordan Lecture with Jenny Price

Monday, November 17, 2014, 4:30PM

Newhouse Center for the Humanities, Green Hall/Free and Open to the Public

Enact our Metropolis!:  Adventures in the Brave New World of Public Art Actions

While the more equitable and sustainable cities of our dreams will clearly require the efforts of planners, scientists, engineers, and policy makers of all kinds, they’ll also require us to fundamentally reimagine our connections to nature and to each other. That’s a job for the arts—and in this talk, Jenny Price chronicles the rapid emergence of art collectives that are creating playful, participatory public projects to grapple with our urban troubles. What particular powers do these collectives bring to the table? And how can these on-the-ground interactive projects mobilize people to envision and actually create the cities we long for?

Jenny Price is a public writer, artist, and historian, and the 2014 Barron Visiting Professor of the Environment & the Humanities at Princeton University. Author of Thirteen Ways of Seeing Nature in L.A. and Flight Maps: Adventures with Nature in Modern America, she's written also for Believer, GOOD, New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times, and pens the Green Me Up, JJ not-quite advice column. As a co-founder of the Project 51 collective, she is co-leading the current year-long Play the LA River project on L.A.’s concrete river; and as a founder of the L.A. Urban Rangers, she has been a resident artist at the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Orange County Museum of Art, and has co-created such projects as Trail System: Downtown L.A. and Public Access 101: Malibu Public Beaches. She is working on a new book, Stop Saving the Planet!--& Other Tips for 21st-Century Environmentalists.


"On Beauty" Book Discussion

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 12:30PM

Newhouse Center, Green Hall/Open to Wellesley College Faculty, Staff and Students

In preparation for Zadie Smith's on-campus reading on 12/1, the Newhouse Center will provide 50 copies of her book On Beauty to Wellesley College faculty, staff and students.  The book discussion will be facilitated by Anjali Prabhu (French) and Yu Jin Ko (English).  Lunch will be provided.


Cornille Colloquium

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 4:30PM

Newhouse Center, Green Hall
Event will be in a colloquium format with a pre-circulated paper.  If you wish to participate, please contact Carol Dougherty.

"From Family Lore to Historical Drama:  Writing Family Properties"

Beryl Satter, American Studies, Women's & Gender Studies, Rutgers-Newark


Cornille Colloquium

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 2:15PM

Newhouse Center, Green Hall
Event will be in a colloquium format with a pre-circulated paper.  If you wish to participate, please contact Carol Dougherty.

"Erased de Kooning:  Elaine as Author and Conjurer"

Pat Berman, Art Department, Wellesley College


“Walter Benjamin, Geoffrey Chaucer, and Writing Lives: A Conversation”

Wednesday, February 04, 2015, 4:30PM

Newhouse Center for the Humanities, Green Hall/Free and Open to the Public

A conversation with Ardis Butterfield (Yale University English Deparment) and Howard Eiland (MIT Literature Department)


These American Lives Colloquim | Jill Lepore

Thursday, February 05, 2015, 4:30PM

Newhouse Center for the Humanities, Green Hall/Free and Open to the Public

"These American Lives" with Jill Lepore

Jill Lepore is the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard University. Her books include Book of Ages, a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the Mark Lynton History Prize; The Mansion of Happiness, a finalist for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction; New York Burning, winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Award and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; and The Name of War, winner of the Bancroft Prize. Knopf will publish her next book, The Secret History of Wonder Woman, in October 2014.  Lepore is a staff writer at The New Yorker, where she covers American history, culture, and politics. A co-founder of the magazine Common-place, her essays and reviews have also appeared in the New York Times, the Times Literary Supplement, American Scholar, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, The Daily Beast, the Journal of American History and American Quarterly. Supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship, Lepore’s next project is an account of Charles Dickens’ 1842 American tour.