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Tuesday, April 25, 2017




There is still time to sign-up to participate in Atmospheres & InscriptionsPlease RSVP today for the May 1st - 5th Humanities Center Spring Faculty Seminar with John Durham Peters!






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This week in the humanities Center

The Film Market in Russia and the CIS: Statistics, Analytics, Politics


A Workshop by Kseniia Leont'eva

Associate Professor, Saint-Petersburg State Institute of Cinema and Television


Senior Analyst, Nevafilm Research

Editor-in-chief, Cinemascope

Saturday, April 29, 2017
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
407 Cathedral of Learning

Sponsored by: The Center for Russian and East European Studies, The Humanities Center, The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, The Film Studies Program, and The Graduate Program for Cultural Studies.


Upcoming Humanities Center Events

Spring Faculty Seminar with Humanities Center Visiting Fellow: John Durham Peters


John Durham Peters (Yale University) 


"Atmospheres and Inscriptions"


May 1 - 5, 2017
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM each day

Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning



If you are interested in participating in this seminar, please RSVP to the Humanities Center to confirm.  Although all are welcome, these seminars have filled in the past, so an early confirmation is recommended to help guarantee your space in the seminar.



This year’s visiting fellow and seminar leader, John Durham Peters, Professor of Film and Media Studies at Yale University, is an intellectual historian and philosopher of media and communication. Professor Peters has published books and essays on such varied topics as the history of communication research, the philosophy of technology, pragmatism, the public sphere, and media and religion.  His first book, Speaking into the Air: A History of the Idea of Communication was published by the University of Chicago Press in 1999.  The winner of the James A. Winans-Herbert A. Wichelns Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Rhetoric and Public Address from the National Communication Association, Speaking into the Air has been translated into eight different languages and earned Professor Peters wide recognition as an intellectual and cultural historian.  His second book, Courting the Abyss: Free Speech and the Liberal Tradition, was published by University of Chicago Press in 2005.  His most recent book, The Marvelous Clouds: Toward a Philosophy of Elemental Media, which explores a range of media infrastructures—from television transmitters to the sun—was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2015.



Email Humanities Center Associate Director, Brent Malin at bmalin@pitt.edu with any questions. 


John Durham Peters Lecture: “Projection and Protection: On the Deep Optical and Ballistical Intersections of Screens”


John Durham Peters (Yale University)



Tuesday, May 2, 2017 

5:00 - 7:00 PM 

501 Cathedral of Learning 



The ubiquity of screens today invites us to recast the ways we think about the history of media.  In particular, the dual optical and environmental aspects of the screen concept since the early nineteenth century invite reflection on a longer genealogy of media practices that both project and protect, that both show and shield.  In this paper, I outline a lineage of the screen concept that emphasizes the intertwined history of optics and ballistics.  I do this first via a sketch of historical convergences between cultural practices of targeting and visualizing in western history and second via a more focused look at postwar practices that combine detonation and image-making in photography, film, and television, especially around the atomic bomb.



This public lecture by John Durham Peters is part of the Humanities Center Spring Faculty Seminar "Atmospheres and Inscriptions". 







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CARNEGIE NEXUS EVENT: Barkskins: An evening with Annie Proulx


In partnership with Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures. 



Thursday, April 20, 2017 

7:00 PM 

Carnegie Music Hall 



For the closing event of Strange Times: Earth in the Age of the Human, join us for a night with National Book Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Shipping News and Brokeback Mountain, Annie Proulx. In conversation with Carnegie Museums President Jo Ellen Parker, Proulx will share the historic and moving landscapes of her new epic masterwork, Barkskins, about the taking down of the world’s forests. “For the past decade, artists have been responding to what they see in a human-damaged world of the Anthropocene,” Proulx notes, “and part of my intention with Barkskins was to make a literary comment in the same vein.”


“Annie Proulx is on the side of the angels. We need more writers like her to hammer home the message that we had better stop mistreating one another and our planet.” -THE NEW YORK TIMES



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