"The Birth of a Nation" and the Origins of Cinematic VigilantismNov. 30th at 5:00, Steinberg Auditorium (BH A53)
The Machine That Would Catch Slaves Of Itself: 90 Years of the Anti-Somerset US Constitution and its Nemesis, Black SolidarityOct. 26th at 5:00pm
Frontier Rebels: The Vigilante Origins of the American Revolution, 1765-1776
Frontier Rebels: The Vigilante Origins of the American Revolution, 1765-1776Oct. 5th at 5:00, Steinberg Auditorium (BH A53)
Teaching the Deconstructive Moment: A History of the Yale School’s Pedagogical Project
Teaching the Deconstructive Moment: A History of the Yale School’s Pedagogical ProjectMarch 30th at 4:30pm, Posner Grand Room (Posner Hall 340)
Studying the Novel in the Climate Crisis
Studying the Novel in the Climate CrisisMarch 23rd at 4:30pm, Posner Grand Room (Posner Hall 340)
Feminist Criticism in the 1970s
Feminist Criticism in the 1970sFeb. 23rd at 4:30pm, Posner Grand Room
The End of Aesthetic History; or, The Weirdness of the Twentieth Century
The End of Aesthetic History; or, The Weirdness of the Twentieth CenturyDec. 1st at 4:30pm, BH A53, Steinberg Auditorium
Immediacy: Some Theses on Cultural Style
Immediacy: Some Theses on Cultural StyleSept. 22nd at 4:30pm; Sept. 23 noon-1:15pm
Climate Justice Lecture & Seminar with May Joseph
Climate Justice Lecture & Seminar with May JosephMar. 31 @ 4:30 p.m. ET
Alice Julier Lecture and Seminar
Alice Julier Lecture and SeminarOct. 21 @ 4:30 p.m. ET, Oct. 22 @ 12 p.m. ET
Panel Discussion: Communicating Climate Change
Panel Discussion: Communicating Climate ChangeTuesday, Oct. 12 @ 4:30 p.m. ET
America's Energy Gamble: People, Economy and Planet
America's Energy Gamble: People, Economy and PlanetMar. 17 @ 4:30 p.m. ET
COVID Conversations Part II – Visual Narratives
COVID Conversations Part II – Visual NarrativesThursday, April 22nd – Time TBD
COVID Conversations Part I -Oral Narratives from a Global Perspective
COVID Conversations Part I -Oral Narratives from a Global PerspectiveThursday, February 11th
Experiences of Hunger and Food Insecurity in College
Experiences of Hunger and Food Insecurity in CollegeMonday, November 9th
Vibrant Storytelling, or, How to Connect in a Pandemic
Vibrant Storytelling, or, How to Connect in a PandemicMonday, September 21
A Community Study of a Food Oasis in the East End of Pittsburgh
A Community Study of a Food Oasis in the East End of PittsburghWednesday, January 29
Urban Water Governance as a Wicked Problem
Urban Water Governance as a Wicked ProblemWednesday, October 23
Human Right to Water and Water Justice
Human Right to Water and Water JusticeWednesday, September 25
The Poisoned City: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy
The Poisoned City: Flint’s Water and the American Urban TragedyWednesday, September 11
Bread and Water: Access, Belonging, and Environmental Justice in the City
Bread and Water: Access, Belonging, and Environmental Justice in the CityBread and Water: Access, Belonging, and Environmental Justice in the City
Uncertainty, Information, and Narrative: A Statistical Perspective on Scientific Storytelling
Uncertainty, Information, and Narrative: A Statistical Perspective on Scientific StorytellingThursday, March 28
Empathy and Immersion Reading (on paper and on screen)
Empathy and Immersion Reading (on paper and on screen)Monday, October 8
Great Minds Don't Always Think Alike
Great Minds Don't Always Think AlikeA deep look at the hidden history of autism and the promise of a future in which everyone is given the support they need to reach their maximum potential.
Marx@200 Art Exhibition
Marx@200 Art ExhibitionKarl Marx is one of the most influential and controversial thinkers in history. To explore Marx’s continued influence at the time of his bicentennial, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Carnegie Mellon University’s Humanities Center will present Marx@200 from April 6 through June 3 at SPACE gallery in downtown Pittsburgh.
Love, Capital, and Writing Marx’s History
Love, Capital, and Writing Marx’s HistoryAt this event we will learn what it was like for Gabriel and Sperber to research and write about Marx, and how two prize-winning historians can see the same historical figure so differently.
Building Communities of Power and Resistance in the Age of Trump
Building Communities of Power and Resistance in the Age of TrumpWhat can ordinary people do to gain power in the age of Trump? Find out at this talk by Jennifer Epps-Addison at the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD)—a high profile social justice organization focused on progressive policy-making and grassroots organizing.
Robotics, Pittsburgh and the Future of Work
Robotics, Pittsburgh and the Future of WorkWhat is the future of work? While some are sounding the alarm bell about the likelihood that American workers will soon be replaced by robots, at the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute, Suzy Teele argues that there will be manufacturing jobs in the future—they will just be different jobs.
Marx@200 Inaugural Event
Marx@200 Inaugural EventFor the last 50 years Karl Marx has been a central figure for the humanities—we have used his work to explain history, to analyze art, to philosophize, and to interpret literature. According to one study Marx is the single most frequently cited scholar in the humanities.
Documentary filmmaker Steve James
Documentary filmmaker Steve JamesDocumentary filmmaker Steve James (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters, Life Itself) will be speaking at both the Pittsburgh Humanities Festival and the Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival.
Pittsburgh Humanities Festival 2017
Pittsburgh Humanities Festival 2017The Pittsburgh Humanities Festival, a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and the Humanities Center of Carnegie Mellon University, is a three-day gathering of internationally-renowned academics, artists, and intellectual innovators in Pittsburgh&#8217;s Cultural District.
2017 Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival
2017 Carnegie Mellon International Film FestivalEntering its 11th year, the CMU IFF will encourage and provoke contemporary conversations about race, sexuality, gender, and ethnicity through its 2017 theme, &#8220;Faces of Identity.&#8221;
Unlocking Everyday Treasures
Unlocking Everyday TreasuresThe talk will discuss the vital cultural mission of the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture and the ways in which the transition from analog sources to digital media affects all that mission.
Less Than Zeros and Ones
Less Than Zeros and OnesThe talk will discuss various aspects of animation technique, as well as the changes wrought by the move from analog to digital methods of production and exhibition, and will include excerpts of Duesing&#8217;s work.
Arclights and Zoom Lenses
Arclights and Zoom LensesThis talk featuring Professor Eric Hoyt will discuss various aspects of Digital Humanities research methods including the ways in which the choice of approach illuminates some sources but not others, and how toggling between larger and smaller scales of data may both enlighten and obscure our vision.
Copyright & Culture
Copyright & CultureThe central theme of this panel is an examination of issues of copyright, especially in relation to visual media. Of particular interest are the ways in which the transformation from analog to digital environments has altered the balance of competing interests, and the ways in which copyright law may address those changes in the future.&#8203;
Living on the Internet
Living on the InternetThis lecture will be the first based on our theme, &#8220;Digital Futures: Bringing the Analog Past to a Digital Age,&#8221; the general purpose of which is to encourage a discussion of the ways in which the advent of digital media has influenced scholarship across the Humanities (with a particular emphasis on film and media studies).
Harbingers of Future War
Harbingers of Future WarIn recent years, many of the difficulties encountered in strategic decision making, operational planning, training, and force development stemmed from neglect of continuities in the nature of war.
UnmannedThe Humanities Center presents &#8220;Unmanned,&#8221; a staged reading of a play by Robert Myers.
Horses of the Apocalypse
Horses of the ApocalypseNorman M. Naimark is Robert and Florence McDonnell Professor of East European Studies in the History Department at Stanford University, and is Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and the Freeman-Spogli Institute.
(T)ERROR Film Screening with Co-Filmmaker, Lyric R. Cabral
(T)ERROR Film Screening with Co-Filmmaker, Lyric R. Cabral(T)ERROR, shot in our very own Pittsburgh, goes undercover to follow an FBI informant on an assignment to befriend a Wilkinsburg man suspected of being a Taliban sympathizer.
From Total War to Perpetual Interwar
From Total War to Perpetual InterwarWhat range of meanings is covered by the expression total war? What do we know about its origin and mutations? Does it have any currency in 2015? This talk traces the expression&#8217;s first use during the First World War, follows its coded elaboration by 1920s air power theorists, and tracks it from its reemergence in the shadow of the Second World War to its apogee in the nuclear condition.
War in the Age of Antisocial Media
War in the Age of Antisocial MediaJan Mieszkowski received his B.A. summa cum laude from Yale University in 1990 and his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins in 1998. He has also studied in Paris and Berlin
War and the Humanities
War and the HumanitiesRick Atkinson is a best-selling author, Pulitzer Prize winner, and Washington Post journalist. He is the author of the Liberation Trilogy, a narrative history of the liberation of Europe in World War II.
Fresh Perspectives with NEH Chair Dr. William Adams
Fresh Perspectives with NEH Chair Dr. William AdamsThe Humanities Center welcomes National Endowment for Humanities Chair Dr. William Adams to Carnegie Mellon.
Pittsburgh Humanities Festival
Pittsburgh Humanities FestivalCarnegie Mellon University and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust are teaming up to bring new ideas and engaging conversation to the city with the inaugural Pittsburgh Humanities Festival from March 26-29.
Why Nature is Musical
Why Nature is MusicalDavid Rothenberg has long been interested in the musicality of sounds made by inhabitants of the animal world. He has jammed live with lyrebirds, broadcast his clarinet underwater for humpback whales, and covered himself in thirteen-year cicadas to wail away inside a wash of white noise.
A Panel on Music and Politics
A Panel on Music and PoliticsHistorically, most people probably regarded music as having little to do with politics, since music is not representational. Yet there have long been connections drawn between the two, and, more recently, popular music and musicians have been understood as making significant contributions on controversial issues.
Rock Stardom and Listening
Rock Stardom and ListeningRock 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&#8212;Elvis Presley, James Brown, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, the Grateful Dead, Joni Mitchell, and Bruce Springsteen.
Phonographc MusicAlex 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.
Decolonizing the Ear
Decolonizing the EarIt 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...
Faces of the Humanities
Faces of the HumanitiesHow 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?
The Humanities as the source of Restless Freedom
The Humanities as the source of Restless FreedomWhen we attended more carefully and seriously to the motto, &#8220;Liberty-Work-Dignity,&#8221; pronounced by the under-employed university graduates who inaugurated the Tunisian Revolution in 2010...
Delinking From the Global University
Delinking From the Global UniversityWalter Mignolo lectures on the meaning of today&#8217;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.
MOOCs From Many Angles
MOOCs From Many AnglesMassive 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.
Origins of the American Campus
Origins of the American CampusThe unique spatial form of the modern American campus originates as a product of the late nineteenth century socio-economic struggle between labor and capital.
Humanities on the Edge
Humanities on the EdgeThe 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.
Global or World Universities?
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.
Imprisoned in a Luminous Glare: Photography and the African American Freedom Struggle
Imprisoned in a Luminous Glare: Photography and the African American Freedom StruggleRaiford 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.
Neuroscience and the Literary History of Mind: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Attention in Jane Austen
Neuroscience and the Literary History of Mind: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Attention in Jane AustenNatalie Phillips, Assistant Professor of English at Michigan State University, specializes in 18th-century literature, the history of mind, and cognitive approaches to narrative.
Too Big to See: The Visual Culture of Economic Rights
Too Big to See: The Visual Culture of Economic RightsThis talk features the work of our 2012-2013 CMU Humanities Center Senior Research Fellow, Leshu Torchin.
When Homeland Terror Passes for Bureaucratic Security: The Wire Meets The Office
When Homeland Terror Passes for Bureaucratic Security: The Wire Meets The OfficeDo 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.
The Media are a Force…but for What?
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.
Anne Balsamo Lecture
Anne Balsamo LectureIn 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?
Critical Strangeness: Art, Displacement and Parrhesia
Critical Strangeness: Art, Displacement and Parrhesia
Imagining Connectivity: World Picturing in Contemporary Cultures
Imagining Connectivity: World Picturing in Contemporary Cultures
Arts of the Planet: National Conference, October 27-30, 2011