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A&S Events in Response - October 2017

Oct 5
Workshop on “Global Intellectual History and Political Thought”

Wilson 142 | 10:00 am

With scholars from South Africa, India, Egypt and the US: Dilip Menon, Aditya Nigam, Prathama Banerjee, Aishwary Kumar, Marwa Elshakry

Conveners: Murad Idris and Debjani Ganguly
Hosted by the Institute of the Humanities & Global Cultures


Oct 10

What Violence Has Torn Apart: Poets Rita Dove and Mark Doty on Writing Across the Lines

6 pm, Paramount Theater

The late John Berger wrote that the work of “every authentic poem” is to “bring together what life has separated or violence has torn apart.” At this moment, many American poets feel keenly the importance of writing across divides. What can our poems do to cross the lines of race, gender, class, or sexual identity? What obstacles — imposed by ourselves or others — get in the way?

Two poets — Rita Dove, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and Commonwealth Professor of English at UVA, and Mark Doty, National Book Award winner and Kapnick Distinguished Writer in Residence at UVA —  will discuss these questions with each other and with the audience, talk about what they have or haven’t been able to write, and why poetry feels necessary now.


Oct. 11

The Recent History of the Alt-Right: What You Should Know

A Public Conversation with Jamelle Bouie (Slate Magazine),  Dahlia Lithwick (Slate Magazine) & Nicole Hemmer (Washington Post and the Miller Center)

Wednesday, October 11, 5-6:30pm

Nau Hall 101, South Lawn

This event is free and open to the public; no registration required

Sponsored by the Corcoran Department of History

Oct 12

Deborah McDowell, The Carter G. Woodson Institute, Director, and Alice Griffin Professor of English

Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America

The Woodson Institute is co-sponsoring a lecture by Nancy McLean, William H. Chafe Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke.  Centered on her very controversial book, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America, the lecture is set for October 12. While it was planned well in advance of the events of August 11th and 12th, it deals with matters pertinent to them. This lecture is being co-sponsored by the History Department and the American Studies program.


Oct 18

Robert Vitalis – Lunch Talk:

White World Order, Black Power Politics: Race in the Making of American International Relations

12:30pm – 2:00pm
New Cabell Hall, Room 236

Robert Vitalis has taught political science at the University of Pennsylvania since 1999. The London Guardian named his America’s Kingdom: Mythmaking on the Saudi Oil Frontier, a book of the year in 2006. His last book, White World Order, Black Power Politics (Cornell University Press, 2015) moved away from the Middle East to explore the unwritten history of racism and imperialism in American disciplinary international relations and the recovery of its critical “Howard School” tradition. He is on sabbatical in 2017-2018 while working on a new book, Oilcraft: Folkways of Imperialism and Antiimperialism in the Twenty First Century, forthcoming from Stanford University Press.

Hosted by Power, Violence and Inequality Collective

Oct 23

"Sanctuary and Belonging" with Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times 

6:00pm - 7:30pm
Nau Hall, room 101.

Nicholas Kristof: Sanctuary and Belonging, Overcoming a Divided America. Co-sponsored by the Page-Barbour Interdisciplinary Scholarship Funds, Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Center for German Studies, Miller Center, Global Policy Center, Jewish Studies Program, Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures, and Department of Economics.This lecture is part of a speaker series that addresses the intersections of sanctuary, belonging, flight, refuge, and national identity before the background of the events of August 11/12, 2017.  


Oct 24

Anna Brickhouse, English, Professor, Director of American Studies

“Pizza and Praxis"

[one of two; other was on Sept 5] planned for Oct 24, tentatively in collaboration with Woodson. This one might be more public than the Sept 5th.