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Events from Fall 09-Spring 10
Friday, May 21, 2010 - 9:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m. - McKenna Hall
Quebec Studies Outreach Seminar (for faculty and students)
Tuesday, April 20, 2010 - 4:30 p.m. - Room 119 O'Shaughnessy Hall
Lecture: "Going Non-Native: The Linguistic Utopias of Seán Ó Ríordáin and Pier Paolo Pasolini," given by Professor Barry McCrea, Yale University
Sponsored by Notre Dame Global Modernisms Initiative.
Thursday April 15 and Friday April 16 - 7:00 pm and Saturday, April 17 -
4:00 p.m. - Washington Hall Lab Theatre - Tickets on Sale in the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures, 329 DeBartolo. Tickets are $3.00 for ND affiliated people and $5 for the public.
Italian Theater Workshop, "Amore, onore, tradimento" ("Love, Honor, Betrayal"). A group of students of Italian have worked together over the Spring Semester to present a fully staged production of two short Italian plays on the theme of marriage.
L'osteria della posta (1762) by Carlo Goldoni is a stylish comedy satirizing eighteenth-century aristocratic attitudes to matrimony; while Luigi Pirandello's Bellavita (1928) is a dark examination of life, love, and adultery in a small southern Italian town. The plays will be presented in Italian, accompanied by a detailed synopsis in English.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 3:00-6:00 p.m. - Room 102 Hesburgh Library
Department of Special Collections
Italian Studies: "Work in Progress"
- "What's so new about the VIta nova?" Zygmunt G. Baranski, Serena Professor of Italian, University of Cambridge, and Albert J. and Helen M. Ravarino Family Visiting Professor of Italian
- "Exile and the canzone in Dante's Eden: The case of Tre Donne" Laurence Hooper, Devers Program Postdoctoral Fellow in Dante and Italian Studies
Free and open to all. Reception to follow.
- "Cartographic Dante: Mapping Inferno 28" Theodore Cachey, University of Notre Dame
- "Triform Love in Dante's Comedy" Christian Moevs, University of Notre Dame
- "Literature and Theology" Vittorio Montemaggi, University of Notre Dame
- "Faith and speech: Tongues of fire in Dante and St. James' Epistle" Filippo Gianferrari, MA candidate, University of Notre Dame
- "Bembo's Elegy of Fiammetta" James Kriesel, Sorin Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Notre Dame
- "Catastrophe and Renewal: Reactions to the 1783 Calabro-Sicilian Earthquake" Sabrina Ferri, University of Notre Dame
- "Reading 'Divismo': Pirandello and the Print Media of Early Cinema" John Welle, University of Notre Dame
Free and open to the public. Reception to follow.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010 - 3pm, 119 O’Shaughnessy
Professor Jeremy Schipper Paper Title: “How Scholars Healed the Suffering Servant in Isaiah 53.” Professor Schipper is Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible in the Department of Religion at Temple University and an affiliated faculty member of Temple’s Institute on Disabilities. His books include Disability Studies and the Hebrew Bible (T & T Clark, 2006), This Abled Body: Rethinking Disabilities in Biblical Studies (co edited with Hector Avalos and Sarah Melcher; Society of Biblical Literature, 2007), and Parables and Conflict in the Hebrew Bible (Cambridge UP, 2009). Currently he is working on a book titled Disability and Isaiah's Suffering Servant (Oxford UP, forthcoming). Sponsorship: ISLA
Thursday April 1 - 7 :00pm - 119 O’Shaughnessy Hall
Lecture: "The Queen and the 'femme de lettres': Marie Antoinette and Mme de Staël," by Catriona Seth, Professor of French Literature, Université de Nancy 2, and Visiting Professor Indiana University Bloomington
Monday, March 29, 2010 - 5:30-7 p.m. - DeBartolo 118
Spanish major roundtable
Monday, March 22 - 4:30 p.m. - Hesburgh Center Auditorium
Colloquium "Revolution, Crisis, and Memory: Narratives from the Southern Cone," given by Professor Michael J. Lazzara, Associate Professor of Latin American Literature and Culture, University of California, Davis; Professor Bridget Franco, Assistant Professor of Latin American Literature and Film, College of Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts; and ABD María Guadalupe Arenillas, currently finishing her dissertation in the Ph.D. in Literature Program under the direction of Professor Maria Rosa Olivera-Williams; all distinguished Notre Dame graduates. Cosponsored by the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Henkels Interdisciplinary Lecture, Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts and Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies.
Monday, March 22 - 4:00 p.m. - Department of Special Collections, Room 102, Hesburgh Library
Lecture - "Dante's Francis," by Ronald Herzman, Distinguished Teaching Professor of English at State University of New York, College of Geneseo.
Tuesday, March 23 - 3:00 p.m. - Department of Special Collections, Room 102, Hesburgh Library
Seminar - "Dante and the Frescoes at Santi Quattro Coronati," by Ronald Herzman, Distinguished Teaching Professor of English at State University of New York, College of Geneseo.
Friday, March 19, 2010 - 12pm, 339 O’Shaughnessy
Professor Encarnación Juárez-Almendros Paper Title: “Syphilis and Prostitution in Early Modern Spanish Literature.” Professor Juárez-Almendros is Associate Professor in Golden Age Spanish Literature, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, a Fellow of the Medieval Institute, and a Fellow of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies. Sponsored by the Gender Studies Program.
Friday, March 19, 2010 - Weltliteratur: Crossing Boundaries
An Interdisciplinary Conference on World Literature
Co-sponsored by the Ph.D. in Literature Program and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies
For more information on the conference
Friday, March 19 - 3:30-5:00 p.m. - 119 O'Shaughnessy Hall
Foreign Language Council Workshop Series, Spring 2010
"Teaching Writing," Denise Della Rossa, Department of German & Russian Languages & Literatures; Patrick Vivirito, Department of Romance Languages & Literatures; Rabab El-Nady, Department of Classics.
Wednesday, March 17 - 4:30-6:30 p.m. - Room 102 DeBartolo Hall
Opening Lecture: "Rome: A Topographical-Historical Introduction," by Christian Moevs, Professor of Italian. This is the opening lecture for spring 2010 Pre-Study Abroad Course for Rome, Italy, ROIT 21205. Free and open to the public.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - , 3pm, 119 O’Shaughnessy
Professor David T. Mitchell and Professor Sharon Snyder Paper Title:“Permutations of the Species: Towards an Anthropology of Independent Disability Film Festivals.” Professor Mitchell is Executive Director of the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University and Professor Sharon Snyder is Assistant Professor of Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois-Chicago. They are the co-editors of the University of Michigan Press series Corporealities: Discourses of Disability, and of The Body and Physical Difference (1997). They also co-authored Narrative Prosthesis: Disability and the Dependence of Discourse (2000); Cultural Locations of Disability (2006).Their paper looks at the various ways that independent disability film festivals provide a unique lens from which to assess the political project of disabled peoples’ integration (or lack thereof) on a global scale. The authors assess the sustainability of such cultural efforts at ideological and aesthetic re-programming with particular attention paid to disabled people as a critical reference point for measuring the efficacy of social justice initiatives. Sponsorship: ISLA
Wednesday, March 3 - 5:00-6:30 p.m. - Andrews Auditorium, Geddes Hall
Lecture: " Excavating Roman Pompeii: The discovery of a 'lost' Pompeian neighborhood," by Dr. Steven Ellis, Director of the Pompeii Archaeological Research Project: Porta Stabia, Assistant Professor of Classics, University of Cincinnati
The Pompeii Archaeological Research Project: Porta Stabia is bringing to light a largely forgotten corner of ancient Pompeii that has unparalleled potential for enlightening Pompeian and Roman history. The lecture will discuss how the archaeological excavations are revealing the dynamic structural and social history of two neighboring city blocks of Pompeii: the project has discovered a working-class district (modest houses, shops, workshops, and hospitality outlets), which had an intimate urban connection to several adjacent and monumental public buildings, city fortifications, and other major civic networks. The results contribute a more detailed and reasoned understanding of the roles that non-elites played in the shaping of an ancient city.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 - 4:30 p.m. - Hesburgh Center auditorium
"Shakespeare and Modern Culture," lecture by Marjorie Garber, Provost's Distinguished Women's lecturer. Marjorie Garber is William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor and Chair of Visual and Environmental Studies, Professor of English and Director of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University. She is author of Patronizing the Arts (Princeton University Press, 2009) and Profiling Shakespeare (Routledge, 2008) among others. Free and open to the public.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 - 6:30 p.m. - C-103 and Great Hall, Hesburgh Center
Quechua Culture Night
An evening of music, dance, film, language learning and more about Quechua culture. Professor Inés Callalli Villafuerte, a native of Peru, will share her traditions and culture about the inidigenous people of Peru.
Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 4:30 p.m. - Room C104-05, Hesburgh Center
Lecture and Photographic Presentation: "Border Crossing Saints, Border Crossing Families: The Holy Child of Atocha and the Mexican Experience in 20th Century United States," by Juan Javier Pescador, Professor of History, Michigan State University. Cosponsored by the Kellogg Institute's Working Group on Migration and the Institute for Latino Studies' Center for Migration and Border Studies.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 - 4 pm, DeBartolo 136
Professor Leon Dash, Swanlund Professor of Journalism and Director and Professor of the Center for Advanced Study, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Henkels Interdisciplinary Visiting Speaker Paper title: “My Destiny and Yours.” Professor Dash is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism, the Robert F. Kennedy Book and Journalism Awards, and received an Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He is currently working on a PBS documentary about the establishment of support services for students with disabilities at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1949. Sponsorship: Henkels Fund, Africana Studies, Journalism, Education, Schooling, Society, and the Mendoza Business Diversity Program.
Wednesday, February 3 - 3:00 p.m. - Gold Room, LaFortune Student Center
Lecture: "Commodifications of the Flesh: Disabling Miracles of Chastisement and Penitential Practice in Medieval France," Professor Edward Wheatley, Edward L. Surtz Professor of Medieval Literature, Loyola University, Chicago and the author of Stumbling Blocks Before the Blind: Medieval Constructions of a Disability (forthcoming) and Mastering Aesop: Medieval Education, Chaucer and His Followers (2000). Sponsored by Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts and theMedieval Institute.
Friday, January 22, 2010 - 1:00-3:00 p.m. - Room 119, O'Shaughnessy Hall
Seminar with Professor Jeffrey Schnapp, Rosina Pierotti Professor of Italian, Professor of Comparative Literature and Director of the Stanford Humanities Laboratory, Stanford University.
Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 5:00 p.m. - DeBartolo Hall, Room 131
Lecture "Futurism and the Mathematical Marvelous," by Professor Jeffrey T. Schnapp, Rosina Pierotti Professor in Italian, Professor of Comparative Literature and Director of the Stanford Humanities Laboratory, Stanford University, presented by The Global Modernisms Initiative. Professor Schnapp has played a pioneering role in several areas of transdisciplinary research and led the development of a new wave of digital humanities work. His research interests extend from antiquity to the present, encompassing the material history of literature, the history of 20th century architecture and design, and the cultural history of science and engineering.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 - 4:30-6:00 p.m. - Snite Museum of Art
Caffe & Conversazione for the exhibit "The World of Piranesi" with a reception and three brief gallery talks by Sabrina Ferri, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Margaret Meserve, Department of History and Pierpaolo Polzonetti, Program of Liberal Studies. The exhibit will run from January 17-February 28, 2010. The exhibit features 10 etchings by Giovanni Battista Piranesi.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 - 5:00 p.m. - Rare Books Reading Room, Hesburgh Library
Lecture: "The Birth of Arthur: Kingship and Seduction" (a comparison of Guillaume de Malmesbury, Wace, and Layamon), Professor Denis Hue, Univ de Rennes 2, France
Prof. Hüe. is author of numerous publications on Medieval French literature, notably Polyphonie du Graal (1998), La poésie palinodique à Rouen,1486-1550 (2002), Rutebeuf (2006), as well as the organizer and editor of the proceedings of important conferences on Arthurian literature including Le roman de Brut : entre mythe et histoire (2003), Les chemins de la Queste (2004) Enfances arthuriennes (2006), Lignes et lignages dans la littérature arthurienne (2007). Hüe is also the current chair of the Department de Lettres, and as such an excellent contact and interlocutor for students interested in the graduate exchange program that ND is currently operating with the Université de Rennes 2.
Event co-sponsored by the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, the Medieval Institute, and ISLA fund for International Exchange.
Events from 2009
December 3, 2009 - 5:00 p.m. - 119 O'Shaughnessy Hall
"Politics, Memory, Literature: The "Divisive Universality" of Nineteenth-Century Haiti" Prof. Chris Bongie, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Prof. Bongie is professor of English and author of Friends and Enemies: The Scribal Politics of Post/Colonial Literature (Liverpool UP, 2008)and editor of Adonis, suivi de Zoflora et de document inédits, by Jean-Baptiste Picquenard (L'Harmattan 2006), among others.
Monday & Tuesday, November 16-17, 2009
Symposium: "The Place of Islam in Contemporary European Literature"
McKenna Hall - More Information
Monday, November 16, 2009 - 4:30 p.m.
Department of Special Collections, Hesburgh Library
"Augustini's Erotic Rosary" Cathy Jrade, Chancellor's Professor of Spanish at Vanderbilt University, will give a lecture entitled “Agustini’s Erotic Rosary.” Reception at 4:00 p.m. to precede lecture.
Friday, October 30, 2009 - 2:00 p.m. - Room 119 O'Shaughnessy Hall
"Whereto Now? From messo to Messi, from Don Quixote to 2666"
Randolph D. Pope, Commonwealth Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature, University of Virginia
Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 5:00 p.m. - Medieval Institute Reading Room (715 Hesburgh Library)
Presenter: Sarah Kay, Professor of French, Princeton University
Prof. Kay has written extensively on troubador poetry and chansons de geste (including an edition of Raoul de Cambrai). Her current research is on the relationship between powtry and knowledge in late medieval France.
Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 4:00-5:30 p.m. - Coleman-Morse Lounge
"The Future of the Major in Language and Literature" A panel discussion of the Modern Languages Association report to the Teagle Foundation on the undergraduate major in language and literature featuring the co-author of the MLA-Teagle whitepaper: Randolph D. Pope, Commomwealth Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature, University of Virginia. Reception to follow.
Wednesday, October 14 - 3:00 p.m.
Notre Dame Room, LaFortune Student Center
"Critical Disability Studies: challenging the conventions," by Professor Margrit Shildrick, a prestigious philosopher, and a gender and disability studies scholar. This talk is part of the Forum for Disability Studies Speakers Program for 2009-2010. The event is funded by a Henkels Interdisciplinary Visiting Speaker grant and sponsored by the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and Gender Studies.
Thursday, October 8, 2009 - 5:00-6:30 p.m. - Room 117, DeBartolo Hall
Ernie LaPointe, great grandson of Chief Sitting Bull, will present his family's oral history of Sitting Bull (Tatanka Iyotake) as described in his book Sitting Bull: His Life and Legacy, followed by a book and DVD signing.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009 - 8:00 p.m.
Decio Mainstage Theatre, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center
Junot Diaz will give a public reading of his Pulitzer Prize novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, followed by a question and answer session and book signing.
Junot Díaz is the author of DROWN and THE BRIEF WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO, which won the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. He is the Rudge (1948) and Nancy Allen Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009 - David Foster lecture entitled "Contesting a Revolution: Raymundo Gleyzer's Documentary México, La Revolucion Congelada"
Tuesday, September 8, 2009 - 1:30-5:30 p.m. - 102 Hesburgh Library, Special Collections
2009 Notre Dame-Leeds - Dante and Italian Studies Colloquium
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