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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

UPCOMING March 31st DEADLINE: Public Humanites Fellows Program




TODAY: The Russian Media Scene: Beyond Kremlin Control at 2:00 PM 


Today's 5:30 PM Blues and Verse Lecture is CANCELLED! 



THIS WEDNESDAY: Discussion-based Colloquium with Professor Jane Ward on her Book "Not Gay" at 2:30 PM 



THIS THURSDAY: Allen MacDuffie Colloquium: "Seriality and Sustainability in Breaking Bad" at 12:30 PM


Lecture by Jane Ward: "The Tragedy of Heterosexuality" at 4:00 PM




**See more information on our news and events below**


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This week in the humanities Center

The Russian Media Scene: Beyond Kremlin Control


A Talk by Maria Lipman (Indiana University, Bloomington)

Visiting Professor, Indiana University Bloomington

Editor-in-chief of Counterpoint, Washington Post contributor, author of “Constrained or Irrelevant: The Media in Putin’s Russia,” and “Putin and the Media”


Tuesday, March 14, 2017
2:00 PM
Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning

Click here to read more.


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

CANCELLED: Blues and Verse Lecture taking place in the Humanities Center TODAY



We regret to inform you that the Blues and Verse Lecture, taking place TODAY at 5:30 PM in the Humanities Center, has been CANCELLED due to weather-related travel delays.


Questions? Contact Elizabeth Rodriguez Fielder at ELF71@pitt.edu

Discussion-based Colloquium with Professor Jane Ward on her Book "Not Gay"


Jane Ward (University of California, Riverside)

Sponsored by the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
2:30 - 4:00 PM
Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning
For Graduate Students and Faculty




Although the U.S. media has recently been abuzz with commentary about sexual fluidity, most accounts have focused on “girls who kiss girls” for the pleasure of male spectators, or men of color “on the down low” who are presumed to be gay and in the closet.  But where do white men—the dominant culture’s most normalized and idealized figures—fit in to these narratives?


​In this provocative book, Jane Ward follows straight white men’s homosexual encounters across numerous sites—from biker gangs and public bathrooms to college fraternities and the United States military—illustrating the unique ways that whiteness and masculinity converge to circumvent the cultural surveillance applied to men of color.  Ward shows that the homosexual contact of straight white men is hardly an accident; instead, it does a good deal of productive work for white heteromasculinity.  When white men approach homosexual sex in the “right” way—when they make a show of imposing it and enduring it—it functions to bolster not only their heterosexuality, but also their masculinity and whiteness. By taking sex between straight white men as its point of departure, Not Gay offers a new way to think about heterosexuality—not as the opposite or absence of homosexuality, but as its own unique mode of engaging homosexual sex, a mode characterized by pretense, disidentification and racialized heteronormative investments.



Co-sponsored by the Humanities Center and the Year of Diversity.

Allen MacDuffie Colloquium: "Seriality and Sustainability in Breaking Bad"


Allen MacDuffie (University of Texas at Austin)



Thusday, March 16, 2017

12:30 - 2:00 PM

Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning

Allen MacDuffie is an assistant professor in the English Department. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 2007. His first book, Victorian Literature, Energy, and the Ecological Imagination, won the 2014 Sonya Rudikoff Prize. His work appears or will appear in PMLA, Representations, and ELH. He is currently at work on two book projects, one on Lamarckian evolutionary tropes in nineteenth-century British literature, the other on the eco-politics of contemporary serial fiction. In 2013 he received the UT System Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award.

With response by Brent Malin (Humanities Center Associate Director and Department of Communication, University of Pittsburgh)



Colloquium reading available here.

Lecture by Jane Ward: "The Tragedy of Heterosexuality"


Jane Ward (University of California, Riverside)

Sponsored by the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program.

Thusday, March 16, 2017
4:00 - 5:30 PM
Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning

In this work in progress, Jane Ward revisits early lesbian feminist theory to interrogate one of the basic premises of the gay rights movement—that heterosexuality is easier than queerness. Ward asks: for whom, and under what conditions, is straightness easier?  Mapping the 20th century emergence of the “heterosexual repair industry”, she illuminates the seemingly obvious but unrelentingly ignored possibility that while being straight is largely beneficial for men, the same is often not true for women, for whom the institution of heterosexuality has been a site of violence, control, diminishment, and disappointment. Evoking rage as a queer methodology, Ward unmasks straightness as an institution that is erotically uninspired, given shape by the most predictable and punishing gender roles, emotionally scripted by decades of inane media, and outright illogical as a set of intimate relations anchored in a complaint-ridden swirl of desire and misogyny.

Co-sponsored by the Humanities Center and the Year of Diversity.


Upcoming Humanities Center Events

The Jewish Studies Program, University of Pittsburgh Presents DENNIS B. KLEIN



Professor of History, Kean University 


Director of the Jewish Studies Program and the Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Kean University



SUNDAY, MARCH 19, 2017 from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon


Lecture: Did Holocaust Survivors Forgive?

Dor Hadash Congregation (5898 Wilkins Ave, Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh, PA 15217)

For more information visit dorhadash.net




MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017 from 12:00 noon - 2:00 pm


Jewish Studies Brown-Bag Colloquium: Abandonment: The Refugee Crisis, 1938/2017
William Pitt Union (Dining Room B)



Dr. Dennis B. Klein is Kean University Professor of History and director of the Jewish Studies Program and the Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies. He is author or editor of five books, including Jewish Origins of the Psychoanalytic Movement (University of Chicago Press, 1985), Hidden History of the Kovno Ghetto (Little, Brown in cooperation with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 1997), The Genocidal Mind (Paragon, 2005), and The Second Liberation: Moral Survival After Atrocity (forthcoming, Rowman & Littlefield). He is founding editor in chief of Dimensions: A Journal of Holocaust Studies and founding director of the Anti-Defamation League’s Braun Center for Holocaust Studies.  In 2006 he was a Research Fellow at the University College London and Resident Fellow at Oxford University. He was appointed a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University in 2014. His current work on post-atrocity testimonies and forgiveness theory is anthologized in Memory, Narrative, and Forgiveness (Cambridge Scholars Press), the 10th anniversary Truth and Reconciliation Commission conference volume, and Jean Améry and the Philosophy of Torture (Lexington Books). He guest-edited a special issue of Historical Reflections/Reflexions Historiques on witnesses’ accounts of violence and violations, to which he contributed an article on the local theater of the destruction process, and published articles on narratives of betrayal in The Annual of Psychoanalysis.


Made possible by the Sittsamer Fund for Holocaust Studies. 

Humanities Center Visiting Fellow: Ta-Nehisi Coates



Ta-Nehisi Coates is the author of The Beautiful Struggle and Between the World and Me, which won the 2015 National Book Award, the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay, and was a finalist for the Book Critics Circle Award. A former writer for the Village Voice and a National Correspondent for The Atlantic, Coates has been awarded the Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism and the George Polk Award for his 2012 article “The Case for Reparations." He is the recipient of a 2015 MacArthur Fellowship, and was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2016. He recently wrote eleven issues of Marvel Comics's Black Panther series, which when it first appeared in the 1960s was the first comic book to feature a black superhero.



COLLOQUIUM: “Mythic Register: Political Contradictions and the Battle Between Good and Evil in Ta-Nehisi Coates' Black Panther


Monday, March 20, 2017
3:00 PM

Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning


With responses by: Yona Harvey (Department of English, University of Pittsburgh) and Tony Norman (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)


As there is very limited space in the Humanities Center, at this time, this colloquium is only for invited guests. If additional space becomes available, we will open up RSVP's to the university and public on a first come, first serve basis. If you would like to add your name to the wait list, please email humctr@pitt.edu.



LECTURE: "Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series Presents: Ta-Nehisi Coates"'


Monday, March 20, 2017
6:30 PM
William Pitt Assembly Room 


This event is free and open to the public. No tickets, reservations or RSVPs are needed. For more information, click here

Humanities Center Visiting Fellow: Dana Gioia


Dana Gioia (Poet Laureate of California)



Dana Gioia is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning poet. Former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, Gioia is a native Californian of Italian and Mexican descent. He received a B.A. and a M.B.A. from Stanford University and an M.A. in Comparative Literature from Harvard University. Gioia currently serves as the Poet Laureate of California. (Gioia is pronounced JOY-uh.)


Gioia has published five full-length collections of poetry, most recently 99 Poems: New & Selected. His poetry collection, Interrogations at Noon, won the 2002 American Book Award. An influential critic as well, Gioia’s 1991 volume Can Poetry Matter?, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award, is credited with helping to revive the role of poetry in American public culture. In 2014 he won the Aiken-Taylor Award for lifetime achievement in American poetry.


Gioia’s many literary anthologies include Twentieth-Century American Poetry, 100 Great Poets of the English Language, The Longman Anthology of Short Fiction, Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing, and Literature for Life. His poems, translations, essays, and reviews have appeared in many magazines including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Washington Post Book World, The New York Times Book Review, Slate, and The Hudson Review. Gioia has written three opera libretti and is an active translator of poetry from Latin, Italian, and German.



COLLOQUIUM: “Poetry Reading and Conversation with Dana Gioia”


Thursday, March 23, 2017

12:30 - 2:00 PM
Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning



LECTURE: "Dana Gioia at the 2nd Pittsburgh Humanities Festival" 


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Trust Arts Education Center in Downtown Pittsburgh


For more information: www.trustarts.org/pct_home/events/festivals/humanities/

TEDx University of Pittsburgh: "Reach"




Sunday, March 26, 2017 

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM 

William Pitt Union 



TEDxUniversityofPittsburgh will be hosting the 3rd annual TEDx event at the William Pitt Union on Sunday, March 26th! Join us as we hear local speakers from different fields give their perspective on the ways in which the city of Pittsburgh is reaching forward in the realm of technology, entertainment, and design.

The theme for this year’s conference is: “REACH!”, where we explore how to reach in to achieve our own potential, reach up to raise the bar on innovation, and reach out and connect ideas around the city of Pittsburgh.

Tickets are split for each session. All Pitt student tickets are subject to a $10 (cash) deposit per session that will be refunded the day of the event when you arrive and check in! Current undergraduate and graduate Pitt students should go to the WPU ticket office on the main floor between 9am-5pm to pick up their ticket. Be sure to bring your student ID. Graduate and professional students who cannot make these hours can email communications.gpsg@pitt.edu to arrange to purchase tickets on a case-by-case basis.

More information can be found at: http://www.tedx.pitt.edu

Medical Humanities Lecture: "Just the Facts versus the Whole Truth: Medicine, Poetry, and Healing"


Rafael Campo (MD, Physician, Poet, Essayist) 



It is difficult
to get the news from poems
yet men die miserably every day
for lack
of what is found there.

—Asphodel, That Greeny Flower
     William Carlos Williams



Monday, March 27, 2017 

5:30 – 7:00 PM 
Scaife Hall Conference Center, 1105A-C



About the speaker: Rafael Campo, MD, a graduate of Amherst College and Harvard Medical School, currently teaches and practices general internal medicine at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. His practice serves mostly Latinos, gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgendered people and people with HIV. A poet and author of essays, he is also on the faculty of the Lesley University Creative Writing MFA program.


Campo is the author of The Other Man Was Me (1994), which won the 1993 National Poetry Series Award; What the Body Told (1996), which won a Lambda Literary Award for poetry; a collection of essays, The Desire to Heal (1997), which won a Lambda Literary Award for memoir; and Landscape with Human Figure (2002), which won the Gold Medal from ForeWord in poetry. With the support of a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation fellowship, he wrote Diva (1999), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Paterson Poetry Prize, and Lambda Literary Awards for poetry.  His work has been featured on National Public Radio and the National Endowment for the Arts website and published in the Boston Review, Commonweal, JAMA, Kenyon Review, The Lancet, Los Angeles Times, The Nation, New England Journal of Medicine, The New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, The Paris Review, Poetry, The Progressive, Salon.com, Slate.com, Threepenny Review, and Yale Review.



Medical Humanities Lectures are free and open to the public.  For more information contact bioethics@pitt.edu.

Vaughn Rasberry Lecture & Book Reading


Vaughn Rasberry (Stanford University)



Tuesday, March 28, 2017

5:00 - 7:00 PM 

Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning



Vaughn Rasberry studies African American literature, global Cold War culture, postcolonial theory, and philosophical theories of modernity. As a Fulbright scholar in 2008-09, he taught in the American Studies department at the Humboldt University Berlin and lectured on African American literature throughout Germany. His new book, Race and the Totalitarian Century: Geopolitics in the Black Literary Imagination (Harvard University Press) questions the notion that desegregation prompted African American writers and activists to acquiesce in the normative claims of postwar liberalism. Challenging accounts that portray black cultural workers in various postures of reaction to larger forces--namely U.S. liberalism or Soviet communism--his project argues instead that many writers were involved in a complex national and global dialogue with totalitarianism, a defining geopolitical discourse of the twentieth century.



Vaughn Rasberry will be discussing and reading portions of his book Race and the Totalitarian Century: Geopolitics in the Black Literary Imagination during this public lecture. 



This lecture is free and open to the public with a reception to follow. Copies of Race and the Totalitarian Century: Geopolitics in the Black Literary Imagination will be available for purchase and signing.

Colloquium with Professor Huey Copeland


Huey Copeland (Department of Art History, Northwestern University) 



Wednesday, March 29, 2017 

5:30 - 7:00 PM 

Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning 



Huey Copeland is an art historian, critic, and sometime curator who is the author of Bound to Appear: Art, Slavery, and the Site of Blackness in Multicultural America (UC Press, 2013), about four contemporary African American artists. He has published widely in a variety of literary reviews, art-critical publications, and academic journals, much of it on the issue of slavery and its aftermath in contemporary art.


Selections from Bound to Appear and one other essay are available as advanced readings for the colloquium. Click here and here to view the readings. 


This event follows a lecture Huey Copeland is giving at Carnegie Mellon University on March 28th. More information can be found here

Lisa Wakamiya Lecture: "Philology and Mimicry: Vladimir Nabokov’s The Song of Igor’s Campaign"


Lisa Wakamiya (Florida State University)



Thursday, March 30, 2017 

4:00 PM

Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning 



This presentation treats the “philologization” of Nabokov’s practice of translation. Drawing on new manuscript collations and findings in the Roman Jakobson Papers at MIT, the Vladimir Nabokov Papers at the Library of Congress and the Berg Collection at the NYPL, it examines the early variant manuscripts of Nabokov’s translation of The Song of Igor’s Campaign, the anonymous Old Rus epic whose antiquity remains the subject of scholarly debate. Nabokov’s decade-long collaboration with Roman Jakobson was intended to produce a scholarly edition of the “Song.” Instead, it resulted in an acrimonious ideologized rift: Nabokov went on to publish his translation of the “Song” with his own commentary; Jakobson’s book was never finished.


Where Jakobson sought to eliminate all doubts concerning the “Song” and its twelfth-century provenance, Nabokov sidestepped the authenticity debate to define the epic (whatever its origin) as a work of Great Art. Despite these fundamental differences, Nabokov’s published translation of the “Song” advances a text and a model of scholarly activity that owes much to Jakobson. If Nabokov’s earliest drafts adapt translation to philology in a performance that is at once “reverent” and “ironic,” terms that might also metatextually describe Nabokov’s relationship to his then mentor, his published edition reveals not the displacement of Jakobson’s work by his own, but a condensation of the two in which philological discourse cannot be distinguished from a performance of it.



Sponsored by the Humanities Center, Russian and Eastern European Studies, Cultural Studies, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, the Department of English, and Slavic Languages and Literature.

Aaron Cowan Lecture: "History Happened Here: Heritage Tourism and Modernist Renewal in Postwar Pittsburgh"


Aaron Cowan (Slippery Rock University)



Wednesday, April 5, 2017
4:00 PM 
Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning



A native of southwest Virginia, Aaron Cowan has been teaching at Slippery Rock University since 2008. His research and teaching interests include urban, environmental and public history. He is author of A Nice Place to Visit: Tourism and Urban Revitalization in the Postwar Rustbelt, published in 2016 by Temple University Press. The book examines the rise of tourism as a revitalization strategy in struggling "Rustbelt" cities, and the effects that development on cities' political, economic, and social dynamics. Dr. Cowan is also founder and co-coordinator of Slippery Rock University's Stone House Center for Public Humanities, an initiative that seeks to build partnerships between university and community that expand appreciation of the humanities.



This lecture is free and open to the public. Reception to follow.



Co-sponsored by the Urban Studies Program.

The Pitt Inside-Out Prison Education Initiative


An Informal Meeting for Faculty and Graduate Students 



Monday, April 10, 2017 

4:00 - 5:30 PM 

501G Cathedral of Learning 



Several faculty members will pilot an Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program at the State Correctional Institute at Fayette (SCI Fayette) in 2017-2018, and we are hoping to get approval to continue and expand the program. We would like to identify other faculty members in the Dietrich School who might be interested in being part of the program and gauge the extent of faculty support for this initiative. We would also like to identify graduate students in the Dietrich School who support this initiative and who might like to participate in the program as volunteer tutors in the coming year or who might be involved as tutors or train to be instructors if the program continues.


The Inside-Out program (http://www.insideoutcenter.org) is an educational program that brings together Pitt undergraduates (the outside students) and incarcerated people (the inside students) in classes taught at a correctional facility. The program began at Temple University more than 20 years ago, and since then more than 100 academic institutions and correctional institutions have partnered to offer Inside-Out courses. SCI Fayette is about an hour’s drive from Pittsburgh and is one of the nearest correctional facilities aside from SCI Pittsburgh, which will be closing its doors this year. The administration at SCI Fayette welcomes the program, and we look forward to this partnership.



For more information, contact anyone from the Inside-Out group at Pitt:

Chris Bonneau (Political Science) -  cwbonneau@gmail.com

Nancy Glazener (English) - glazener@pitt.edu

Cory Holding (English) – coryholding@gmail.com
Shalini Puri (English) – spuri@pitt.edu

Hannah Johnson (English) - hrjohn@gmail.com

Between Haiti and Europe: A Literature of Migration


Haitian poet and novelist, Louis-Philippe Dalembert


A Humanities Center Colloquium with an introduction by John Walsh (FRIT) and response by Felix Germain (Africana Studies). 



Tuesday, April 11, 2017 

12:30 - 2:00 PM 

Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning 



Louis-Philippe Dalembert’s latest novels, Ballade d’un amour inachevé (2013) and Avant que les ombres s’effacent (2017), are tales of migration. The former takes the reader between Haiti to Italy, while the latter goes from Poland to Haiti. Both novels reimagine journeys of migrants and refugees amidst earthquakes and war, respectively. The colloquium will feature Dalembert’s readings of selected passages, followed by a discussion of the ways the literature mediates the impact of political and natural disasters.


About the speaker: Author of prize-winning novels, short stories, and collections of poetry, Louis-Philippe Dalembert is a self-described vagabond. He has held numerous writer-in-residence fellowships all over the world, including Rome, Paris, Berlin, Tunis, Kinshasa, and Jerusalem. Holder of a doctorate in Comparative Literature from the Sorbonne, Dalembert has also taught at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Bern Universität in Switzerland.



Sponsored by: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, Humanities Center and Year of Diversity; University Honors College; European Studies Center; Center for Latin American Studies; Departments of French & Italian and Africana Studies. 

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

Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning



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.


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. We will hold a series of preparatory discussions through the spring term to begin conversation on its topics.  Please address questions about the seminar to Brent Malin, the center’s Associate Director.



Public Humanities Fellows Program



Application materials are due by Friday March 31, 2017


Please click here for a full description of this new opportunity for Pitt PhD students beginning in the summer term, 2017. 







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Pitt Science Policy Group Meet and Greet




Wednesday, March 15, 2017

5:00 - 7:00 PM
Hemingway's Cafe



As a new group on campus, Pitt Science Policy Group is inviting students, faculty and staff who are interested in Science Policy to join us at our Meet and Greet on March 15th from 5-7pm at Hemingways Cafe. With over 50 graduate students, faculty and post docs on our email list in less than two months, our group is rapidly growing! Come have a beer and get to know others interested in science policy from across the University as well as the board and faculty panel members for our Kick off Event on March 30th where we will be discussing introductory topics such as "What is Science Policy?", "How is Science Policy relevant to students, scientists and academics?" and "What challenges lay ahead.


Questions? Contact pittsciencepolicy@gmail.com

Encounters with the Amazon's Visionary Vine With Dr. Luis Eduardo Luna



Presenter: Dr. Luis Eduardo Luna 



Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

6:30 PM
304 Cathedral of Learning 



Click here for more information.  

The Center for Latin American Studies Presents: 21st Latin American Social and Public Policy Conference



March 16-18, 2017 
Twentieth Century Club (4201 Bigelow Boulevard) 



Teleconference: “ The future of Colombia’s Peace Agreement” with faculty at the University of los Andes, Colombia.


Keynote speaker:  Alisha Holland, Assistant Professor of Politics at Princeton University “ Forbearance as redistribution. The politics of informal welfare in Latin America.”


Panels on culture, politics, and public policy from Pitt students and other U.S. and international universities



Free and open to the public. 

A film and musical experience like no other: Kid Koala LIVE in Nufonia Must Fall!



Thursday, March 16, 8 pm
Carnegie Music Hall
Presented as part of The Warhol Sound Series


$10 Tickets

Use Offer Code: NEXUS



See Kid Koala live at Carnegie Music Hall in this magical adaptation of his graphic novel Nufonia Must Fall. Live puppet theater with a string quartet, video, and a nest of electric instruments come together to tell the story of a tone-deaf and completely unemployable robot who falls in love with its human creator, a brilliant but unwitting scientist. It’s 100% award-winning storytelling by internationally renowned Canadian DJ and musician Kid Koala, directed by KK Barrett (Being John Malkovich, Her).


“The film, small and tender, could stand strong on its own, but the heart of the production lies in watching it being created.”

Conference Announcement — Neoliberalism, Its Ontology and Genealogy: The Work and Context of Philip Mirowski



boundary 2: an international journal of literature and culture is pleased to present NEOLIBERALISM, ITS ONTOLOGY AND GENEALOGY: THE WORK AND CONTEXT OF PHILIP MIROWSKI, a conference taking place on March 17-18, 2017.


Professor Mirowski's keynote lecture, Hell is Truth Seen Too Late, is at 4:30pm on March 17 in Cathedral of Learning 501.


Critics and analysts of neoliberalism seem to miss one of its key tenets: that markets are better than people when it comes to thinking. This talk explores the consequences of this blind spot for modern Marxists, for ‘fake news’, and for the utopia of ‘open science.’


Click here to learn more and view the full schedule. 

’At One Point We All Rebelled’: Hip Hop Graffiti Grrlz and the Performance of Feminist Masculinity



Speaker: Jessica N. Pabón, SUNY New Paltz


Friday, March 24, 2017 

3:00 - 5:00 PM

Room 208-A Cathedral of Learning


Hip Hop masculinity has been theorized almost exclusively in relation to cisgendered men and shaped by the question: what does the performance of mainstream Hip Hop masculinity do to girls and women? Frequently focused on toxic hypermasculinities, the question predetermines the answer: girls and women in Hip Hop experience low self-esteem, low social status, and exploitation (in terms of sex and labor). In short, they are always already victims. Instead of asking what Hip Hop masculinity does to them, Dr. Jessica Pabón asks what graffiti grrlz do with masculine gender performance. In this talk, Pabón offers a critical re-imagining of gender performance in Hip Hop culture by examining the aesthetics, politics, and embodiment of graffiti grrlz from the USA, South Africa, Canada, and Australia. Analyzing masculinity with graffiti grrlz at the center reveals a gender performance that empowers rather than subjugates, one that allows for and values a complex enactment of gender within Hip Hop culture; this is what Pabón calls a “feminist masculinity.” Feminist masculinity attends to graffiti grrlz’ everyday experiences as cisgendered women who came into adulthood as part of the Hip Hop generation, an era increasingly marked by the neoliberal promise of “girl power” fueled by postfeminism. Rather than reproducing oppressive masculinity, hegemonic feminism, or a politically sterilized postfeminism, graffiti grrlz rebel—they take risks, deviate from norms, and play with the bold, brash, and brazen traits of masculinity to demand their visibility and belonging.

The Center for Latin American Studies and the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures Present Latin America in Motion: Pitt Latin American Films



The Club
Chile- 2015
Watch the trailer



Tuesday, April 11, 2017 
7:00 PM 
Parran Hall.Public Health Building -G23 (Corner of Fifth Ave and De Soto St)



Director: Pablo Larrain (Jackie,No)
Berlin International Film Festival 2015- Grand Jury Prize
Chicago International Film Festival 2015- Best Director
Havana Film Festival 2015- Best Film
Lima International Film Festival 2015-Best Director
Montreal Festival of New Cinema 2015-Best Director


Q&A and discussion following with PROF. Veronica Kim (HLL and Cinema Studies). 



Film subtitled, free, and enjoy free pizza!

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