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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

TODAY: Louis-Philippe Dalembert Lecture: "Between Haiti and Europe: A Literature of Migration" at 12:30 PM in the Humanities Center






THIS FRIDAY: John Durham Peters Reading Group at 12:00 PM in the Humanities Center





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This week in the humanities Center

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.



For questions or to request readings, email Professor John Patrick Walsh at JPW64@pitt.edu



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.

John Durham Peters Reading Group



Friday, April 14, 2017 

12:00 - 1:30 PM 

Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning



This reading group is in anticipation of the Spring Faculty Seminar, led by John Durham Peters. The discussion will focus on the reading Doors: On the Materiality of the Symbolic by Berhard Siegert, translated by John Durham Peters. 



Email Brent Malin at bmalin@pitt.edu with any questions. 


Pat McCabe Irish Film Screenings & Discussions



Friday, April 14 and Saturday, April 15, 2017 

Carnegie Museum of Art 


You are invited to a screening series and conversation with award winning novelist and scriptwriter Patrick McCabe April 14/15 at the Carnegie Museum of Art.

Pat McCabe has been a long time collaborator with Neil Jordan on celebrated projects. McCabe's novels and their adaptations to film have gained critical and popular acclaim--often pushing the envelop in representations of sexuality, gender, violence. Indeed Jordan's adaptations of Pat McCabe's novels have provided one of the most significant explorations of Irish history in cinema.

Pat is currently Distinguished Visiting Faculty at the University of Pittsburgh teaching courses on Irish film and fiction writing.

Each screening will be followed by a Q&A with Pat lead by Colin MacCabe and Jennifer Keating-Miller.

Each ticket includes an autographed book.



To view the full film screening schedule, and to learn more about Patrick McCabe and the films, click here



Patrick McCabe is the author of five novels, including The Dead School, Breakfast on Pluto, and The Butcher Boy, which won the Irish Times' Irish Literature Prize for fiction. Author of the children's book The Adventures of Shay Mouse, McCabe also wrote the play Frank Pig Says Hello, which was first performed at the Dublin Theatre Festival in 1992 and has been published in the compellation Far from the Land: Contemporary Irish Plays (Methuen, 1998). The British Broadcasting Company has aired McCabe's work and his short stories have been published in the Irish Times and the Cork Examiner.



Co-sponsored by CMOA; the Film Studies Program, the Department of English, and the University Center for International Studies, University of Pittsburgh; in cooperation with Carnegie Mellon University.


Upcoming Humanities Center Events

Robert Pippin Lecture: The Philosophical Hitchcock: Vertigo and the Anxieties of Unknowingness


Robert B. Pippin (University of Chicago) 



Monday, April 17, 2017

5:00 - 7:00 PM 

Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning 



Robert B. Pippin is the Evelyn Stefansson Nef Distinguished Service Professor in the Committee on Social Thought, the Department of Philosophy, and the College at the University of Chicago. He is the author of several books and articles on German idealism and later German philosophy, including Kant's Theory of Form; Hegel's Idealism: The Satisfactions of Self-Consciousness; Modernism as a Philosophical Problem; and Idealism as Modernism: Hegelian Variations.  In addition he has published on issues in political philosophy, theories of self-consciousness, the nature of conceptual change, and the problem of freedom. He also wrote a book about literature and philosophy: Henry James and Modern Moral Life. A collection of  his recent essays in German, Die Verwirklichung der Freiheit appeared in 2005, as did The Peristence of Subjectivity: On the Kantian Aftermath, and his book on Nietzsche, Nietzsche, moraliste français: La conception nietzschéenne d'une psychologie philosophique appeared in 2006. His most book, Fatalism in American Film Noir: Some Cinematic Philosophy, was published on February 17, 2012 by the University of Virginia Press. He was twice an Alexander von Humboldt fellow, is a winner of the Mellon Distinguished Achievement Award in the Humanities, and was recently a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is a member of the American Philosophical Society. He is also a member of the German National Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Cultural Studies Annual Distinguished Lectures: "Modernity and Its Others"




Wednesday, April 19 and Thursday, April 20, 2017 

501 Cathedral of Learning 



The Cultural Studies Program invites all faculty and students to its signature event of the year: a lecture series featuring distinguished speakers which runs in conjunction with the CLST Common Seminar and which shares this year's theme of "Modernity and Its Others." The Common Seminar Instructor Professor Mohammed Bamyeh (Sociology), has brought to together an exciting program of three speakers representing departments of history, anthropology, and AfroAmerican and Africana studies. 



Professor Bamyeh will host the three lectures, all of which will take place in 501 Cathedral of Learning:

April 19, 12:00-1:30 PM: Michelle Moyd, Associate Professor of History, Indiana University, "Global South Modernities in World War I."


April 20, 12:15-1:45 PM: Kamran Asdar Ali, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin, "On Female Friendships: Saheli and Sexual Politics in 1960s Pakistani Cinema."


April 20, 5:00-5:30 PM: Event reception: food and nonalcoholic beverages.


April 20, 5:30-7:00 PM: Angela Dillard, Earl Lewis Collegiate Professor of Afroamerican & African Studies, "Civil Rights Conservatism in an Anxious Age."



Email Ronald J. Zboray at zboray@pitt.edu with any questions. 

The University of Pittsburgh Department of Religious Studies & the Department of Africana Studies Present the Symposium: DIVERSE SPIRITUALITIES





Thursday, April 20 - Saturday, April 22, 2017

630 William Pitt Union & 501 Cathedral of Learning 



The 3 LECTURES listed below are part of the Diverse Spiritualities Symposium. These lectures are open to the public and all welcome! 



LECTURE 1: The Embodied Power of Sankofa

Stephanie Y. Mitchem (University of South Carolina)


Thursday, April 20, 2017 

6:00 - 7:30 PM 

630 William Pitt Union 

Pre-keynote reception from 5:00 - 6:00 PM 



LECTURE 2: Seeing into the Unseen: Embodied Knowledge & Disembodied Spirits in Islamic West Africa

Rudolph Ware (University of Michigan)


Friday, April 21, 2017 

5:00 - 6:00 PM 

630 Wlliam Pitt Union 

Pre-keynote reception from 4:00 - 5:00 PM 



LECTURE 3: Embodiment, Relationality, and Materiality in African Religion and the African Diaspora Traditions

Jacob K. Olupona (Harvard University Divinity School)



Saturday, April 22, 2017 

2:00 - 3:30 PM 

501 Cathedral of Learning 

Post-keynote reception from 3:30 - 4:15 PM



For more information, please contact the Diverse Spiritualities Symposium Organizers Yolanda Covington Ward (YDC1@pitt.edu) and Jeanette Jouili (JOUILI@pitt.edu).



This symposium is sponsored by the Year of Diversity, the Humanities Center, the Faculty Research Scholarship Program, the Dept. of Africana Studies, the African Studies Program, the Dept. of  Religious Studies, the Center for Latin American Studies, the Global Studies Center, the World History Center, the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program, the Dept. of History, the Cultural Studies Program, and the Dept. of Theatre Arts.

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




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.


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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Talking About Asia: From Missionary Cook to Counterrevolutionary: The Saga of a Chinese Christian Family


Jennifer Lin 

Journalist and author of Shanghai Faithful, Betrayal and Forgiveness in a Chinese Christian Family



Tuesday, April 11, 2017 

12:00 PM 

4130 Posvar Hall 



Journalist Jennifer Lin examines the tumultuous past and present of Christianity in China through five generations of her family. A former Beijing correspondent for The Philadelphia Inquirer, Lin chronicles 150 years of family history in the recently-published “Shanghai Faithful: Betrayal and Forgiveness in a Chinese Christian Family” (Rowman & Littlefield). The book includes a compelling cast: a doctor who treated opium addicts; a Penn-educated Chinese pastor; and the influential independent religious leader Watchman Nee, imprisoned after 1949 as a “counterrevolutionary.” Author Orville Schell called Lin’s book “a beautifully written elegy to that generation of foreign educated, humanist and often Christian Chinese who had begun to form a cosmopolitan class in China that was comfortable on both sides of the East/West divide and might have successfully led China from its cultural traditionalism into modernity.”



This event is sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh Asian Studies Center. Questions? Email asia@pitt.edu

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 Professor Junyoung Verónica Kim (Hispanic Languages and Literatures, and Film Studies).



Film subtitled, free, and enjoy free pizza!

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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