Category Humanities Forum


In Comis Veritas: The Principles of Ancient Roman Hairdress

Humanities Forum, Ancient Studies Week
Janet Stephens, independent scholar and hairstylist
Wednesday, October 14 | 4 pm
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Through her groundbreaking research, professional hairdresser and self-trained experimental archaeologist Janet Stephens rediscovered the methods used to recreate ancient Roman hairstyles using only natural hair rather than wigs, as was previously believed to have been worn. In this lecture and demonstration she will explain the universal rules governing hair behavior so that you too may recognize the truth in any hairstyle, ancient Roman or modern. (Click heading for full description.)


The Republic of the Unlettered: Intellectual History, the Enlightenment, and the Law in the Spanish Empire

Humanities Forum, Webb Lecture
Bianca Premo, associate professor of history, Florida International University
Wednesday, October 21 | 4 pm
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

This talk explores what it means to write an intellectual history of the Enlightenment among people who could not read or write—namely enslaved people, women, and the indigenous inhabitants of the colonial Spanish America who sued in royal courts during the eighteenth century. (Click heading for full description.)

Dinaw Mengestu, Paris, 06/2007 © Mathieu Zazzo

W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture: Linked Fates and Great Expectations: Revisiting Post-Colonial Africa and African-American Life through Diasporic Literature

Humanities Forum
Dinaw Mengestu, MacArthur Fellow, acclaimed novelist, and professor of English, Brooklyn College
Wednesday, November 11 | 7 pm
Performing Arts and Humanities Building, Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall

The author of three novels, Dinaw Mengestu was named a “20 under 40” writer by The New Yorker magazine and received the National Book Award Foundation’s “5 under 35” award for his debut novel, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears. (Click heading for full description.)


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