Join us for a lecture on Martin Manalansan‘s book in progress, “Queer Dwellings.” Deploying his framing of “queer as mess,” Manalansan argues for a capacious yet recalcitrant notion of queer caring and togetherness that goes beyond scripted ideals of solidarity, empathy and concern. Manalansan is associate professor of American Studies at University of Minnesota. His books include Global Divas: Filipino Gay Men in the Diaspora; Eating Asian America: A Food Studies Reader; and Queer Globalizations: Citizenship and the Afterlife of Colonialism.
Date: Thursday, April 4 Time: 4:30-6 PM Place: Russell House
Abosede George, Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies at Barnard College, will be speaking about female activism in Nigeria from a historical perspective and how to make sense of the recent kidnappings of girls by Boko Haram.
Her recent book Making Modern Girls: A History of Girlhood, Labor, and Social Development in Colonial Lagos (2014) was awarded the Aidoo-Snyder Prize from the African Studies Association. The book looks to girls as critical social actors in the city and in emerging global discourses of development. She also directs the Ekopolitan Project, a digital archive of family sources on migrant communities in nineteenth and twentieth century Lagos, Nigeria.
Date: Wednesday, November 11 Time: 6 PM – 8 PM Place: Center for African American Studies lounge
Explosions! American Studies! “Thinking Mythologically: Black Hawk Down, the ‘Platoon Movie,’ and the War of Choice in Iraq,” an event courtesy of Laura Borhman:
Inaugural lecture in the annual Richard Slotkin American Studies Lecture Series, by Richard Slotkin, Olin Professor of American Studies and English, Emeritus.
Richard Slotkin’s classic American Studies histories include his award-winning trilogy, Regeneration Through Violence: The Mythology of the American Frontier, 1600–1860; The Fatal Environment: The Myth of the Frontier in the Age of Industrialization, 1800–1890; and Gunfighter Nation: The Myth of the Frontier in the Twentieth Century; and also Lost Battalions: The Great War and the Crisis of American Nationality. His novels include The Crater: A Novel of the Civil War, The Return of Henry Starr, and Abe: A Novel of Young Lincoln. He won Wesleyan’s Binswanger Award for Excellence in Teaching twice and is the founder of the American Studies Department.
Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014 Time: 4:15-6PM Place: Powell Family Cinema, Center for Film Studies
“You’ve all been very good. I’m sorry, I’m a bit traumatized.”
Neither snow nor ice nor free speech restrictions could stop her: as planned, Judith Butler, famed Professor of Rhetoric and Literature at University of California Berkeley, spoke in Memorial Chapel yesterday to a full-capacity crowd about the writings of philosopher Martin Buber and the promise they may hold for reinstating open dialogue about peace in the Middle East.
Butler was introduced by President Roth, who pointed out that she embodied the Wesleyan mission statement to a tee as a practitioner of “courageous responsibility, which is difficult to carry out to the street and back to the academy.” Professor of Anthropology and American Studies Margot Weiss, who provided background on her for a few minutes afterward, was greeted by a enthusiastic wave of applause when she rose to the stage. Realizing what had happened due to her faintly resembling Butler, she shouted, “I am not Judith Butler, but thank you!” She went on to draw connections between Butler’s current work and the work on gender that she is best known for, saying that her most recent book, Parting Ways, sees Judaism as a kind of “anti-identitarian project.”
Butler’s approach to critiquing Israeli policies was so carefully measured and focused on separating the Jewish people from the idea of the Jewish state that she paused halfway through to assure people she wasn’t a robot. She also thanked the audience for their patient listening and respect for her views, saying, “You’ve all been very good. I’m sorry, I’m a bit traumatized.” Laughter ensued.
The Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory Certificate, here represented by the magnificent and bald Professor Uli Plass, wants you to know that their weekly lecture series will be kicking off today with Lucy Guenova’sintroduction to her homeboy Immanuel Kant. Future speakers will include Judith Butler (!), the Real MRoth, and the series will finish up with Miri Nakamuraon Otakuology (What is Okatuology? I have no idea. Let’s find out.)
Date: Wednesday, January 30th (but also every Wednesday) Time: 4:15 – 5:30 pm Place: Downey House 113
The prophecy has been fulfilled, says Virgil “Radio Head” Taylor ’15:
The WESU Lecture Series is now complete. Your favorite grandparent-aged Wesleyan entity has already brought Anthony Fantano to campus, and now we are ready to fill you in on our plans for Fall / Winter 2012! We are continuing this week with Ilya Marritz ’99(pictured/rendered, right) who will lecture tomorrow night at 8:00 – 9:30 in the CFA Hall. AND THEN… On November 1, Doug Berman ’84 of Car Talk and Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! will be on campus. AND THEN… November 8 will bring Radiolab‘s Lynn Levy ’05. We hope to see you then and there! Peep our site for updates.
“I’m, like, surprised people showed up to this. I’m, like, stoked for this.”
On Thursday, September 13th, Wesleyan invited Anthony Fantano, “the Internet’s busiest music nerd,” to inaugurate this year’s WESU Lecture Series. Nearly a hundred students and area music nerds crowded into CFA Hall to hear the prolific music review vlogger speak about “what I do, how I do it, how I started, why I do it, and who is Cal.” Catch the lecture and subsequent Q + A session in three YouTube vids: here, here, and here.
Fantano was frank about his rise to “semi-successful” vloggery: he admitted to being shocked that he can nearly make a living as an Internet music reviewer—his syndicated podcast The Needle Drop not being a source of revenue, although it is how he initially got into this line of work (and you can hear his show on WESU 88.1 every Wednesday at 5:05-6:00 pm). He explained to the audience that he primarily gets $ from hosting advertisements on his website and YouTube channel.
Join Government professors in a lecture about this year’s election and its consequences:
First Friday: How Obama Won
Please join Professor Elvin Lim and Professor Melanye Price, both assistant professors in government, discuss the election results and what happens next. Bring your excitement, your questions, your perspective.
First Friday is a series dedicated to creating community amongst those interested in service, activism and social change.
Date: Friday, November 7 Time: 4:30 pm Place: Center for Community Partnerships, 167 High Street
, which was made into an award-winning feature film, and the novel Anil’s Ghost, which was awarded France’s Prix Medicis, Canada’s Governor-General’s Award, and the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize. His other work includes the memoir Running in the Family and the novels In theSkin of a Lion and Coming Through the Slaughter.His most recent novel, Divisadero, was published in 2007.
A recent nonfiction work is The Conversations: Walter Murch & the Art of Editing Film. He is also the author of four collections of poetry including The Cinnamon Peeler, The Collected Works of Billy the Kid and, most recently, Handwriting.
Author’s remarks and a reading followed by question-and-answer period and book signing. Free and open to the public. No tickets needed.
Date: Wednesday, November 5 Time: 8 pm Place: Memorial Chapel (221 High Street)
Russell House lecture tonight with Jana Sawicki, Professor of Philosophy and Women’s Studies at Williams College. Part of this semester’s Center of the Humanities lecture series on human nature:
In an interview conducted just before his death in 1984, Michel Foucault suggested that homosexual activists might advance sexual freedom by turning away from the discourse of sex-desire and exploring the possibilities opened up within an ethics of pleasure. Cultivating pleasure, he claimed, was more likely to enhance sexual freedom than appeals to the trope of “desiring man.”
Professor Sawicki asks, what is the ontological status of the pleasures that Foucault invokes? Why turn to an ethics of pleasure? Finally, why refuse the discourse of desire? Insofar as queer theorists (Judith Butler, Leo Bersani, Michael Warner) rely heavily upon psychoanalytic theory, they appear to have rejected Foucault’s sustained critique of the discourse of desire. Are there good reasons to be wary of this reliance upon psychoanalytic thought? Or, must we burn Foucault?
Date: Monday, November 3 Time: 8-9:30 pm Place: Russell House – Millett Room, free