1-31-13 7:00 PM Public Lecture:
Different Kinds of Minds
2-1-13 9:00 AM Seminar for UM Students
Temple Grandin is one of the world’s most accomplished and well known adults with autism. In 2010, she was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of the Year. She lectures to parents and teachers throughout the U.S. on her experiences with autism.
“Every school, large or small, with the responsibility of educating children with autism or Asperger’s
needs the guidance this book [The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger's] offers...”
— Ruth Christ Sullivan, former president
of the Autism Society of America
Dr. Grandin is the author of four books, including the national bestsellers Thinking in Pictures and Animals in Translation. Her most recent book is The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger’s. The 2010 HBO movie based on her life, starring Claire Danes, received seven Emmy Awards.
Shakespeare in Miami: Delpha Charles
A Caribbean Accent to Shakespeare's Voice
2-7-13 5:00 PM
A Caribbean Accent
A Caribbean Accent to Shakespeare’s Voice is a book of quotations, stories, “translations” of many of Shakespeare’s famous utterances and topics—from love and friendship to the supernatural—embellished by riveting Caribbean characters and scenes.
Born in Montserrat and having grown up in Antigua, Dr. Delpha Charles coined the word AfroCaro to describe herself and Caribbean natives of African descent. She holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Miami; she received her M.A. from NYU and her B.A. from Howard. She was a Professor of English for twenty years at Miami-Dade College and a Professor of English at Oakwood College, Huntsville.
Shakespeare in Miami: Gail Kern Paster
Director Emerita, Folger Shakespeare Library
Looking at Lear:
Images from the Folger Picture Archive
Air and Passion in King Lear and MacBeth
2-13-13 4:30 PM
Looking at Lear
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2-14-13 4:30 PM Air and Passion
UM Students & Faculty
3rd Floor Conference Room
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King Lear is replete with arresting stage tableaux: the aged king himself and his Fool, the naked body of Edgar disguised as Poor Tom of Bedlam, the mad Lear buffeted by the storm, Lear holding the dead body of Cordelia.
The 10,000 digitized Shakespeare images of the Folger picture archive provide an illustrated history of interpretation and reception including many examples from King Lear. What these images show us, however, is that in their efforts to render a true portrait of Shakespeare's Lear, every theatrical age ends up representing itself.
Gail Kern Paster was Director of the Folger Shakespeare Library from 2002 to 2011. The Folger houses the world’s largest collection of Shakespeare materials; as director, Paster made the Folger's materials more accessible to the public and strengthened its educational mission. She is the author of The Idea of the City and the Age of Shakespeare and Humoring the Body: Emotions and the Shakespearean Stage; she served as president of the Shakespeare Association of America and editor of Shakespeare Quarterly.
Shakespeare in Miami: King Lear
2/20/13 - 3/2/13 Ring Theatre
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Post-performance discussions with UM Shakespeare professors, the director, and actors on Sunday, February 24 and Tuesday, February 26 (free for UM students on Tuesday, Feb 26th)
Mary D. Garrard
Art versus Nature:
A Renaissance Competition in the Key of Gender
2-21-13 7:00 PM Public Lecture:
Art vs. Nature
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In her provocative book, Brunelleschi's Egg: Nature, Art and Gender in Renaissance Italy, Mary D. Garrard brings an art historical perspective to the transition that was underway during the Renaissance in the idea of nature —the physical universe and its operations — from an organism imbued with a mind or a soul to a "scientific" conception of the world as a machine that lacks intelligence. This transition was accompanied and assisted by the metaphorical equation of nature with the female, lending rational support to the objectification and exploitation of nature. Taking her examples from the works of the major artists of Florence, Rome, and Venice, such as Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Titian, Garrard shows that the elevation of male-dominated visual arts and the idea of art and culture as masculine spheres depended upon the representation of nature as a female Other to be overcome.
“Brunelleschi’s Egg is an immensely stimulating, thought-provoking book that represents a major contribution to Renaissance studies.”
Professor Garrard is best known for her groundbreaking feminist scholarship that has illuminated art of the Italian Renaissance-Baroque period. Her publications include two books and other writings on Artemisia Gentileschi, work that pioneered modern scholarship on a major 17th-century Italian artist. With Norma Broude, she co-edited four books on feminism and art history that have become basic texts in American universities. Garrard has lectured extensively on Renaissance art and feminist issues in universities, colleges and museums across the country.
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The Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Symposium celebrates the first issue of Early Modern Women: An International Journal produced by the new editorial team under the auspices of the Center for the Humanities and the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Miami. This symposium is supported by the John Carter Fund, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures; the Center for the Humanities; the Departments of History, Art History, English; the Lowe Art Museum; and the Miller Center / Feldenkreis Program in Judaic Studies.
University Professor and Dean Emerita of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, New York University
"Bathing in Reeking Wounds":
The Liberal Arts and the Arts of War
2-28-13 5:00 PM
Bathing in Reeking Wounds
— Miller Center
Focusing on Macbeth, Professor Stimpson will discuss how the humanities are crucial in arriving at complex understandings of war in its multifarious manifestations. Wars inspire documentation, invention, and creativity; and historical and literary analysis as well as interdisciplinary and transdiscplinary work in Trauma Studies — bringing together psychoanalysis and psychology, history, law, and medicine — helps us in healing the wounds of war. With new tools of research and communication — e.g., electronic and digital — the practitioners of the liberal arts are more prepared than ever to explore, describe, and explain war, as well as to widely distribute the resulting ideas and information, enabling us to arrive at a deeper awareness of history and self-recognition through such endeavors.
China and the Making of Modern India
Speaking of Babel:
The Risks and Rewards of Writing About Polyglot Worlds
3-19-13 4:30 PM Public Lecture:
China and India
3-21-13 7:00 PM
Speaking of Babel
Amitav Ghosh is one of India's best-known writers. Born in Calcutta, he studied in Delhi, Alexandria, and Oxford, where he earned a doctorate in Anthropology. Ghosh’s books include The Circle of Reason, The Shadow Lines, In An Antique Land, Dancing in Cambodia, The Calcutta Chromosome, The Glass Palace, Incendiary Circumstances, The Hungry Tide, as well as Sea of Poppies and The River of Smoke which are the first two volumes of the Ibis trilogy.
Among the awards that Amitav Ghosh’s books have received are India’s Sahitya Akademi Award, the Ananda Puraskar, the IndiaPlaza Golden Quill Award, and the Crossword Book Award, Britain’s Arthur C. Clarke Award as well as France’s Prix Médicis.
“...a writer with a historical awareness and an appetite for polyphony that are equal to the immense demands of the material he seeks to illuminate...”
— Chandrahas Choudhury,
The New York Times Book Review
Amitav Ghosh’s work has been translated into more than twenty languages. His essays have been published in The New Yorker, The New Republic and The New York Times. He has taught in many universities in India and the USA, including Delhi University, Columbia, Harvard, and Queens College. He was the recipient of a Dan David Award for 2010, which recognizes achievements that shape and enrich society today.
March 21-22, 2013
This conference, organized and funded by the University of Miami School of Law and the College of Arts and Sciences Center for the Humanities, and co-sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and the Program in American Studies, aims to explore existing and possible relations between linguistic pluralism and democratic governance from a variety of scholarly perspectives, and in diverse geographic, national, and historical contexts.
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How Jesus Celebrated Passover:
The Renaissance Discovery of the Jewish Origins of Christianity
Apocalypse in the Stacks:
The Transformation of Books, Libraries, and Reading
4-9-13 4:30 PM Public Lecture:
4-11-13 7:00 PM Public Lecture:
Apocalypse in the Stacks
4-12-13 10:00 AM Seminar on Professionalization for
UM Humanities Faculty + Graduate Students
Anthony Grafton is Henry Putnam University Professor of History at Princeton University. His special interests lie in the cultural history of Renaissance Europe, the history of books and readers, the history of scholarship and education in the West from antiquity to the 19th century, and the history of science from antiquity to the Renaissance.
“...Anthony Grafton is the acknowledged master
of his craft. We look to him to set standards for
the rest of us to follow.”
— Keith Thomas, The New York Review of Books
Professor Grafton is the author of ten books and the coauthor, editor, coeditor, or translator of nine others. He has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (1989), the Los Angeles Times Book Prize (1993), the Balzan Prize for History of Humanities (2002), and the Mellon Foundation’s Distinguished Achievement Award (2003), and is a member of the American Philosophical Society and the British Academy. In 2011 he served as President of the American Historical Association.
"Foundation Fundraising: Opportunities, Resources, and Strategies" Humanities Faculty Workshop
Humanities Faculty Only
3rd Floor Conference Room