Humanities Institute

2011-2013 Distinguished Visiting Lectures

Dr. Ann Cvetkovich: “The Secret Life of the Counterarchive: Queer Artists and their Archives”

The Humanities Institute continues its lecture series on the theme “Public & Private” with a talk by cultural studies scholar Ann Cvetkovich. Dr. Cvetkovich’s talk addresses the current state of LGBTQ archives and the creative use of these archives by artists to create counterarchives and interventions in public history.  Discussion will follow.

Dr. Cvetkovich teaches in the English Department at the University of Texas, where she is the Ellen Clayton Garwood Centennial Professor. She also holds an appointment in Women’s and Gender Studies. She is the author of numerous publications, including Mixed Feelings:  Feminism, Mass Culture, and Victorian Sensationalism (Rutgers 1992) and An Archive of Feelings:  Trauma, Sexuality, and Lesbian Public Cultures (Duke 2003). Her most recent book is Depression:  A Public Feeling (Duke 2012). She has been coeditor, with Annamarie Jagose, of GLQ:  A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies. Her work has been recognized by many grants and honors, including a Rockefeller Fellowship from Columbia University, the Gilbert Teaching Award and Contributor of the Year Award from the University of Texas Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, and the University of Texas College Research Fellowship. She was also the co-Principal Investigator for the Ford Foundation Difficult Dialogues Grant received by the University of Texas.

Post-9/11, Dr. Cvetkovich organized the Public Feelings research group. Dedicated to the exploration of the role of feelings in public life and the effort to give feminist perspectives wider impact, the interdisciplinary group includes scholars from the University of Texas and other institutions

Dr. Elaine Scarry: "On Beauty and Social Justice"

The Humanities Institute is pleased to welcome Dr. Elaine Scarry of Harvard University as the next guest for its Distinguished Visiting Lecture Series.  Dr. Scarry is Harvard’s esteemed Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value.   She is an instructor of English and American Literature and Language.

Dr. Scarry has published six books and numerous articles.  Her first book, The Body in Pain: The Making and Unmaking of the World (1985) highlighted the impossibility of expressing pain through words.  This highly lauded book went beyond an analysis of classic literary texts with an examination of philosophy, medical case studies, personal injury trial transcripts, and documents of torture compiled from Amnesty International.  With a concern for empathy and a commitment to civic duty, her subsequent writings have continued to explore the relationship between pain and creation through topics such as warfare, surveillance, social consent and governmental threats to democracy.  Her other writings include Literature and the Body (1988), Resisting Representation (1994), Fins de Siecle (1995), Dreaming by the Book (1999), and Thinking in an Emergency (2011). 

Dr. Scarry’s expansive writings have garnered her numerous accolades. She has received the esteemed Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism as well as honors from the American Academy of Science, National Humanities Center, Guggenheim Fellowship and the Berlin Institute for Advanced Studies. Her talk will examine how beauty presses individuals to be concerned with symmetry and more specifically social justice.  It is the third in the Humanities Institute’s series on "Public & Private."

Dr. Kathleen Stewart: “Worldings: Scenes of Life in the U.S. Now”

As part of our lecture series on the theme of “Public & Private” we are happy to announce a lecture by anthropologist Kathleen Stewart. Stewart’s talk, “Worldings: Scenes of Life in the U.S. Now,” is the second public lecture in our series.

On October 17, Kathleen Stewart, Professor and Chair of Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin, will speak about the forms and sensibilities of contemporary life. The talk draws on Stewart’s many years of ethnographic research in Appalachia, Las Vegas, and Texas. The lecture engages the fields of cultural studies, geography, and American Studies as well as anthropology. A recipient of fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation and The National Endowment for the Humanities, Stewart has given numerous lectures throughout North America and Europe.

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