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Tuesday, January 10, 2017




May 1 - 5, 2017

Spring Faculty Seminar: Atmospheres and Inscriptions

John Durham Peters, Yale University

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM 

Humanities Center, 602 CL 



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Colloquium: “The Infrastructural Commons: The Creative Commons Licenses”


Johanna Hartelius (Department of Communication, University of Pittsburgh) 


Thursday, January 12, 2017 

12:30 - 2:00 PM

Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning


With responses by: Damien Pfister (University of Maryland) and Michael Madison (University of Pittsburgh Law School)


Humanities Center Colloquium Events typically involve conversations around a pre-distributed piece of writing. You can download the piece of writing for this event here.


First Meeting of John Durham Peters Reading Group


Led by Jonathan Arac (Humanities Center Director) and Brent Malin (Humanities Center Associate Director)


Friday, January 13, 2017

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning


This reading group meeting is the first in a series of preparatory discussions through the spring term to begin conversation on topics surrounding "Atmospheres and Inscriptions", the Humanities Center Spring Faculty Seminar with John Durham Peters (Yale University).


Please email Brent Malin with questions about the reading group. 


Colloquium: "Digital Peacekeeping in Sonic Diasporas: Liberians Creating a Transnational Community of Reconciliation through Online Radio"


Yolanda Covington-Ward (Department of Africana Studies, University of Pittsburgh)

Thursday, January 19, 2017
12:30 - 2:00 PM
Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning



With responses by: Imani Owens (Department of English, University of Pittsburgh) and Nicole Constable (Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh)

Humanities Center Colloquium Events typically involve conversations around a pre-distributed piece of writing. You can download the piece of writing for this event here.



Humanities Center Visiting Fellow: Robert Reid-Pharr


A Distinguished and Presidential Professor of English and American Studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, Robert Fitzgerald Reid-Pharr holds a Ph.D. in American Studies and an M.A. in African American Studies from Yale University and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


A specialist in African American culture and a prominent scholar in the field of race and sexuality studies, Reid-Pharr has published three books: Conjugal Union: The Body, the House, and the Black American (Oxford University Press, 1999); Black, Gay, Man: Essays (NYU Press, 2001); and Once You Go Black: Choice, Desire, and the Black American Intellectual (NYU Press, 2007). His essays have appeared in, among other places, American Literature, American Literary History, Callaloo, Afterimage, Small Axe, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Women and Performance, Social Text, Transition, Studies in the Novel, The African American Review, Feminist Formations, Art in America, and Radical America.



LECTURE:  "Archives of Flesh: African America, Spain, and Post-Humanist Critique"


Monday, January 30, 2017

5:00 - 7:00 PM 

Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning 


Robert Reid-Pharr is the recipient of a 2016 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship for his work, Archives of Flesh: African America, Spain, and Post-Humanist Critique, from which he will be reading during this event.  Copies of the book will be available for signing following the lecture.  



COLLOQUIUM: "Effective/Defective James Baldwin"


Thursday, February 2, 2017

12:30 - 2:00 PM

Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning


With response by: Autumn Womack (Department of English, University of Pittsburgh)

Humanities Center Visiting Fellow: Heonik Kwon



Heonik Kwon is professorial Senior Research Fellow at Trinity College, University of Cambridge, and an APJ associate. The author of The Other Cold War, he co-authored North Korea: Beyond Charismatic Politics (Rowman & Littlefield, 2012) and is currently engaged in a five year international research project Beyond The Korean War, funded by the Korean Sciences Academy.



LECTURE: "Remembering the Cold War"


Tuesday, February 14, 2017
5:30 - 7:30 PM
Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning



COLLOQUIUM: "Peace Under The Orange Tree: Civil War and The Amity of Kinship"


Thursday, February 16, 2017

12:30 - 2:00 PM 

Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning

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)



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


Monday, March 20, 2017
8:30 PM
William Pitt Union Ballroom 

Humanities Center Visiting Fellow: Dana Gioia



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/

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



"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, who will begin a position as Professor of Film and Media Studies at Yale University this month, January of 2017, is A. Craig Baird Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Iowa, where he has taught for the past 30 years.  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.


Graduate students who wish to receive credit for participation may enroll in a 1-credit ENGLIT course, "Studies in the Humanities," ENGLIT 2001, which is cross-listed with Cultural Studies.  The organizational meeting will take place at noon, Friday, January, 13, in 602 CL. Please email Brent Malin or Jonathan Arac if you wish to join this course but cannot make this time.



Early Career Residential Fellows


Applications for the 2017-2018 Academic Year are due by Monday, January 16, 2017.


The Humanities Center welcomes one to two Early Career Fellows per academic year. During their stay, Fellows work on their book manuscripts and contribute to the Center's life. During their appointment, fellows are required to reside in Pittsburgh, to present one lecture and one colloquium, and to participate regularly in the Humanities Center's activities. Applicants must hold the PhD. Those expecting to complete the PhD in the current academic year should consider the Dietrich School Postdoctoral Fellows Program, which has a later application date.


To apply for the Early Career Fellowship, please fill out and submit our online form.

You can learn more about our current Early Career Fellow, Gabriel N. Rosenberg, on our website.

Faculty Collaborative Research Grants


Applications for the 2017-2018 Academic Year are due by Monday, January 30, 2017.


The Humanities Center supports projects that foster research across departments or institutions, including conferences, lectures, and more, bringing together faculty from different departments and/or institutions through Faculty Collaborative Research Grants. We seek collaboration that enriches intellectual activity on campus and leads to results which can be specified. We do not grant funding support for the purchase of equipment or travel from Pitt's campus.


To apply for the Faculty Collaborative Research Grant, please fill out and submit our online form.


There is a second application deadline for the 2017-2018 year which is Monday, September 28, 2017, but it is in the best interest of the applicant to plan in advance, since funds may be more limited in September than in January.

Postdoctoral Fellowship Program


Applications must be received by 5 p.m. EST on February 13, 2017. 


The University of Pittsburgh Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences is offering three postdoctoral fellowships in the humanities for the academic year 2016-2017. Fellows will teach one course each semester, complete scholarly work, and participate in the academic and intellectual communities of the departments with which they are affiliated and across the Dietrich School.

Find out more about the Dietrich School Humanities Center Fellowship here.

Applications must be received by 5 p.m. EST on February 13, 2017. Letters of recommendation must be received by 5 p.m. EST on February 20, 2017.


No exceptions to deadlines are granted!







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Tomorrow's Parties



A Carnegie Nexus "Strange Times" event. 


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

8:00 PM 

The New Hazlett Theater


Learn more and get tickets here!

Center for Russian and East European Studies January 2017 Events



The Central Asian Studies Reading Group hosts James Millward, Professor of History at Georgetown University


January 12th, 2017

1:30 - 3:00 PM 

4217 Posvar Hall


We will discuss Professor Millward's The Silk Road: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2013). Participants need to acquire the book themselves.


For more information about this event, email Patryk Reid



Silk Road Journeys of the Eurasian Lute


January 12th, 2017

4:00 - 6:00 PM

125 Frick Fine Arts Audiotorium


Georgetown University professor, Dr. James Millward, discusses the ancestors of the guitar, viola, mandolin and other members of the stringed instrument family that hail from Central Eurasia and traveled both east and west along what we call the “Silk Road.” This is part of the REES and Asian Studies sponsored "Exploration of Cultural Identity Along the Silk Road" series.


For more information abour this event, email Kiersten Walmsley

Lecture by Prof. Karen Frost-Arnold, "To Lurk or Not to Lurk: A Feminist Philosophy for the Internet"



An event by the University of Pittsburgh Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program. 


Thursday, January 12, 2017
4:00 - 5:15 PM
402 Cathedral of Learning (GSWS Classroom) 


Learn more and view the event flyer here

Lecture by Lawrence Liang, "Erotic Encounters of an Extra Judicial Kind: The Liminal Worlds of Law and Crime in Indian Cinema"



An event by the University of Pittsburgh Asian Studies Center South Asia Initiative 2017 Speaker Series. 


Friday, January 27, 2017
12:00 PM
501 Cathedral of Learning


Lawrence Liang is a professor of Law at Ambedkar University and currently Rice Scholar at Yale University. He co-founded Alternative Law Forum (ALF), a public interest and human rights lawyering group in Bangalore with whom he worked for fifteen years. ALF has engaged in strategic litigation on various socio-legal issues, and Liang's work lies at the intersection of law, technology, and culture. He is a member of the Kafila collective and a co-founder of two online video archives: indiancine.ma and pad.ma


Refreshments will be served. 

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