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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Rock Stardom and Listening

Rock Star: The Making of Cultural Icons from Elvis to Springsteen is an informal history of rock stardom. It looks at the careers and cultural legacies of seven rock stars—Elvis Presley, James Brown, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, the Grateful Dead, Joni Mitchell, and Bruce Springsteen. MORE
Thursday, October 9, 2014

Phonographc Music

Alex Ross writes about classical music, covering the field from the Metropolitan Opera to the downtown avant-garde. He has also written essays on pop music, literature, 20th century history and gay life. MORE
Thursday, September 11, 2014

Decolonizing the Ear

It is a study of the dramatic transformations in vernacular musics that take place around the world in the years between 1925 and 1931 in the wake of electrical recording... MORE
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Faces of the Humanities

How might a focus on race and ethnicity in the postcolonial world be articulated to the "crisis" in the humanities we keep hearing about in the media today? What kinds of faces does the humanities have, and how do these faces speak? MORE
Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Humanities as the source of Restless Freedom

When we attended more carefully and seriously to the motto, “Liberty-Work-Dignity,” pronounced by the under-employed university graduates who inaugurated the Tunisian Revolution in 2010...
Thursday, March 20, 2014

Delinking From the Global University

Walter Mignolo lectures on the meaning of today’s responses to the coloniality of knowledge (in general terms, including art, religions, the disciplines) created and maintained by Western universities from the Renaissance through the Enlightenment to the Global/Corporate University. MORE
Tuesday, March 4, 2014

MOOCs From Many Angles

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are often posed as a means to fix the problems of higher education. The best education money can buy seems to be only a click away for students all over the globe. Not surprisingly, this new model of higher education has generated great controversy for the teachers and students in more traditional programs and universities.
Thursday, December 5, 2013

Origins of the American Campus

The unique spatial form of the modern American campus originates as a product of the late nineteenth century socio-economic struggle between labor and capital. MORE
Thursday, October 24, 2013

Humanities on the Edge

The spread of Western knowledge in the age of globalization that began in the nineteenth century was in its own way as powerful a force as the political and economic transformations of imperialism. MORE
Thursday, September 26, 2013

Global or World Universities?

At the height of the millennial frenzy announcing the imminent advent of globalization and the reign of a knowledge economy, a number of universities launched expansion projects, entering into partnerships with foreign universities, and, increasingly, building new campuses, from Asia to the Middle East. MORE
Thursday, April 11, 2013

Imprisoned in a Luminous Glare: Photography and the African American Freedom Struggle

Raiford analyzes why activists chose photography over other media, explores the doubts some individuals had about the strategies, and shows how photography became an increasingly effective, if complex, tool in representing black political interests. MORE
Monday, March 4, 2013

Neuroscience and the Literary History of Mind: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Attention in Jane Austen

Natalie Phillips, Assistant Professor of English at Michigan State University, specializes in 18th-century literature, the history of mind, and cognitive approaches to narrative. MORE
Thursday, February 7, 2013

Too Big to See: The Visual Culture of Economic Rights

This talk features the work of our 2012-2013 CMU Humanities Center Senior Research Fellow, Leshu Torchin. MORE
Friday, November 9, 2012

When Homeland Terror Passes for Bureaucratic Security: The Wire Meets The Office

Do you know what the NBC comedy The Office has in common with the HBO series, The Wire? The idea that in a hierarchy every employee rises to his or her level of incompetence. MORE
Monday, October 8, 2012

The Media are a Force…but for What?

Brooke Gladstone is managing editor and co-host of On the Media. After working in print media, she joined NPR in 1987 as senior editor of Weekend Edition. MORE
Thursday, April 26, 2012

Anne Balsamo Lecture

In response to the “Imagining Planetarity” project, Anne Balsamo will address one of its key questions:  “how might the world to come be thought into existence constructively?” MORE
Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Right to Look; Or, Why We Occupy

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Istvan Csicsery-Ronay

Friday, October 14, 2011

The Ecology of Everyday Life

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Arts of the Planet: National Conference, October 27-30, 2011

ASAP LogoAs part of its program for 2011-2012 on the them of Imaging Planetarity, the Humanities Center will a host the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present MORE