Category Humanities Forum

Carolina Guerrero

Radio Ambulante

Humanities Forum
Carolina Guerrero, CEO and co-founder of Radio Ambulante: “Breaking the Language Barrier One Story at a Time”
Monday, September 17, 4 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

What does it take to build a loyal and growing audience for a US-based Spanish-language podcast? How can Latino and Latin American stories told in Spanish overcome the language barrier and have maximum impact on the wider culture? In this talk, Carolina Guerrero, CEO and co-founder of Radio Ambulante, will discuss her podcast’s mission, its challenges, and its extraordinary growth. (Click heading for full description.)

Daniel Mendelsohn by Matt Mendelsohn

An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic

Humanities Forum — Ancient Studies Week
Daniel Mendelsohn, Charles Ranlett Flint Professor of Humanities, Bard College
“An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic”
Thursday, October 11, 4 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Internationally bestselling author, critic, and classicist Daniel Mendelsohn reads from and comments on his new award-winning memoir about a father and son’s journey through Homer’s great epic. (Click heading for full description.)

Jonathan Hsy

Visualizing Deafness

Humanities Forum — MEMS Colloquium Lecture
Jonathan Hsy, Associate Professor of English, George Washington University
“Visualizing Deafness: Language Manuals and Manual Languages in Premodern Archives”
Thursday, October 18, 4 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Building on research on manual-kinetic communication in medieval and early modern Europe, this presentation suggests possibilities for a prehistory of Deaf culture prior to the development of fully expressive sign languages. (Click heading for full description.)

Simon P. Newman

Thinks Himself Free: Escaped Slaves in 18th Century Britain

Humanities Forum — Webb Lecture
Simon P. Newman, Sir Denis Brogan Professor of American History, University of Glasgow
“Thinks Himself Free: Escaped Slaves in 18th Century Britain”
Tuesday, October 23, 4 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

There were thousands of enslaved people in eighteenth-century Britain, brought from around the world by colonists, merchants, planters, clergymen, government officials, and officers. While valued for their labor, these enslaved men, women, and, most especially, children, served as symbols of the success of their masters. This lecture will explore the attempts at escape of some of those enslaved men, women, and children. (Click heading for full description.)

Dorothy E. Roberts

Race, Racism, and the New Racial Science

Humanities Forum — W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture
Dorothy E. Roberts, the 14th Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor, George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology, and Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights, University of Pennsylvania
“Race, Racism, and the New Racial Science”
Wednesday, November 14, 6 p.m.
University Center Ballroom

Recent advances in scientific research have included a renewed interest in biological concepts of race and explanations of racial inequality. The science that emerged from sequencing the human genome has been marked by investigations of race-based genetic difference and the redefinition of race as a genomic category. The genomic era has generated collaborations between biological and social scientists that seek to link social outcomes to genetic traits. Even some researchers who study the impact of social inequality on biological outcomes have explained racial disadvantage in biological terms. And the biological and social scientists developing a new racial science avoid the political implications of their research by distinguishing their objectivity and socially beneficial aims from scientific racism of the past. This lecture will critically examine the new racial science and propose a more just way for social and biological scientists to study race and racism. (Click on heading for full description.)

Amy Bhatt

High-Tech Housewives and H-4 “Dreamers”

Humanities Forum
Amy Bhatt, Associate Professor, Gender + Women’s Studies; and Affiliate Associate Professor in the Language, Literacy, and Culture and Asian Studies Programs
“High-Tech Housewives and H-4 ‘Dreamers’: South Asian Immigration in a Changing Landscape”
Wednesday, December 5, 4 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

In this talk based on her ethnographic research, Amy Bhatt shines a spotlight on Indian IT migrants and their struggles to navigate family obligations, career paths, citizenship, and belonging as they move between South Asia and the United States. (Click heading for full description.)