3:30–4:30 P.M.

Benjamin Callard

Benjamin Callard is a philosopher with specializations in ethics, metaphysics, and epistemology. He also has strong interests in the philosophy of mathematics, philosophy of the mind, and the philosophy of language. In June 2017, he received the Division of the Humanities’ 2017 Janel M. Mueller Award for Excellence in Pedagogy. Callard is Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy.

Guided Tour of Public Art on Campus

Join the staff of UChicago Arts for a tour of public art on the campus of the University of Chicago.

Media and Power in the Age of Putin and Trump

For the past year we've been transfixed by the news—but also by the way the news has been reported. Longstanding practices have been questioned or abandoned as our media have grappled with how to cover a changing political landscape.  A similar situation unfolded in late and post-Soviet Russia, where regime change was accompanied, but also anticipated, by radical questioning of the validity of the news. 

Materials, Objects and Technology: Ways of Knowing South Asia

What can an anthropologist, a literary scholar, and a sociologist tell us about material culture and technology in India? This panel of three advanced PhD students will discuss how everyday objects like cars, ceramics, or literary texts are not simply markers of culture but determine and shape how we view India’s past and contemporary life in India. Learn how archaeologists and philologists read the remains of ceramic wares, how modern India’s energy needs inform popular culture, and about the fascinating relations people have with their automobiles.

1000 Victims of the Chinese Cultural Revolution: An Unreported History of Persecution, Imprisonment, and Murder (1966-1976)

Over the last 30 years, I have interviewed hundreds of survivors of the Cultural Revolution in order to uncover the victims who have been systematically neglected in China’s historical literature. Violent attacks were particularly common against teachers and occurred in every school without exception, for example, 14 Chinese scholars who studied at the University Chicago between 1913 to 1950 were tortured to death. Though these narratives come from Chinese history, I believe the injustice and death that the Cultural Revolution caused can serve as a lesson for the world beyond China. 

Youqin Wang

Youqin Wang is a scholar of Chinese history and culture. A language instructor, her research has focused on the victims of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. For decades her project, available online, has been to collect the names and locations of the many previously unnamed victims. Wang is Senior Lecturer in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations.

Illustration as Interpretation: Cornelius and Delacroix on Goethe's Faust

The Smart Museum has two masterpieces of illustration in its collection, one by the German artist Peter Cornelius, one by the great French romantic artist Eugene Delacroix. Both are devoted to Goethe's greatest play, his Faust. In this lecture from one of the world's leading scholars on Faust, learn how the illustrations illuminate the play by providing a unique visual rendering of key scenes. Both prove to be interpreters of keen insight and their contrasting styles of depiction enrich our understanding of the drama. 

New Publications in Creative Writing

From fiction to poetry, from the ghettos of Shanghai during World War II to the homeless underground in contemporary Philadelphia, from Marcel Duchamp conspiracies to rare medical conditions to poems about war reporting and natural disasters: Creative Writing faculty Rachel DeWoskin, Rachel Galvin, Will Boast, and Augustus Rose will read from and discuss their fascinating new books. Moderated by novelist Vu Tran, the panel will also consider the balance between teaching and pursuing creative work and how these two aspects of a writer's career complement and complicate each other.

Fake! Ancient and Modern Forgeries

Living in a world of fake news and counterfeit documents, it is fascinating to see that forgeries existed already long before our time. This talk will discuss how people protected themselves from forgery and identity theft more than 3000 years ago in ancient Mesopotamia (modern Iraq). I will show the methods scholars use nowadays to discover antique and modern forgeries of cuneiform tablets.

The Greek Civil War 1946–1949 and the American Intervention: A Greek Drama without Deus ex Machina

After World War II ended, people tried to find their ordinary life again through the ruins. The Greeks, however, continued the war, and this time the enemy was in the same country. What made the United States intervene in this remote country? This presentation follows briefly the events and focuses on the American intervention and the outcomes for Greece until 1974, when democracy was finally established in the country that gave birth to it.

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