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 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 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 EventWednesday, August 02, 2017
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 JamesSaturday, March 25, 2017
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 2017Friday, March 24, 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 FestivalThursday, March 23, 2017
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 TreasuresThursday, February 23, 2017
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 OnesMonday, February 06, 2017
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 LensesThursday, November 03, 2016
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 & CultureThursday, October 13, 2016
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 InternetThursday, September 22, 2016
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 WarMonday, March 28, 2016
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.
UnmannedMonday, February 29, 2016
UnmannedThe Humanities Center presents &#8220;Unmanned,&#8221; a staged reading of a play by Robert Myers.
Horses of the ApocalypseThursday, February 18, 2016
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. CabralFriday, November 20, 2015
(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 InterwarMonday, November 09, 2015
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 MediaThursday, October 29, 2015
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 HumanitiesThursday, October 08, 2015
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 AdamsFriday, March 27, 2015
Fresh Perspectives with NEH Chair Dr. William AdamsThe Humanities Center welcomes National Endowment for Humanities Chair Dr. William Adams to Carnegie Mellon.
Pittsburgh Humanities FestivalThursday, March 26, 2015
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 MusicalThursday, February 26, 2015
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 PoliticsMonday, February 02, 2015
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 ListeningThursday, October 23, 2014
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 MusicThursday, October 09, 2014
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 EarThursday, September 11, 2014
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 HumanitiesWednesday, April 30, 2014
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 FreedomThursday, March 27, 2014
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 UniversityThursday, March 20, 2014
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 AnglesTuesday, March 04, 2014
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 CampusThursday, December 05, 2013
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 EdgeThursday, October 24, 2013
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?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.
Imprisoned in a Luminous Glare: Photography and the African American Freedom StruggleThursday, April 11, 2013
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 AustenMonday, March 04, 2013
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 RightsThursday, February 07, 2013
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 OfficeFriday, November 09, 2012
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?Monday, October 08, 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.
Roundtable on the Origins of Occupy Wall StreetThursday, September 06, 2012
Roundtable on the Origins of Occupy Wall Street
Anne Balsamo LectureThursday, April 26, 2012
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?
The Beneficiary: Cosmopolitanism and InequalityThursday, March 22, 2012
The Beneficiary: Cosmopolitanism and Inequality
The Right to Look; Or, Why We OccupyTuesday, February 07, 2012
The Right to Look; Or, Why We Occupy
Critical Strangeness: Art, Displacement and ParrhesiaThursday, October 27, 2011
Critical Strangeness: Art, Displacement and Parrhesia
Imagining Connectivity: World Picturing in Contemporary CulturesTuesday, October 04, 2011
Imagining Connectivity: World Picturing in Contemporary Cultures
Arts of the Planet: National Conference, October 27-30, 2011Tuesday, June 21, 2011