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"So you want to start a podcast?" Publishing Spoken-Word and Oral Histories with New Media

Friday, October 7, 2016 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
The Digital Liberal Arts Lab (DLab), in the Forum
Veronica Pejril
Interim Director of Instructional and Learning Services of DePauw University

Attendees will learn about podcasting's short history, gain perspective into what creates a compelling web-based audio product, and practice the kinds of audio editing and production techniques necessary to make great audio stories. This workshop is open to all students.

Rethinking Global Cultures

The Center for the Humanities would like to extend a warm welcome to the new academic year.

We have an exciting and still developing roster of public events on tap for this year’s theme, “Rethinking Global Cultures.”

Our visitors will give us new perspectives on the global dimensions of geographic roaming, transfer and exchange of knowledge, relationships of power, and the less known lives of communities, societies, and marginal groups.

Students, interested in global cultures?

Why not earn a credit per semester and get the most out of the series? Register for the center’s year-long seminar, Rethinking Global Cultures (HUM-SOC 295-03/SST 295-04). You’ll read and discuss a selection of each visitor’s work and contribute writing for a public-facing digital humanities project.

Faculty and staff, see something you'd like to be a part of?

We encourage you to participate in the seminar as well! Do some speakers pique your interest? Please get in touch with Elizabeth Prevost or Caleb Elfenbein if you would like to join for a session or more.

As always, the center will also be supplementing this programming with other kinds of events geared toward nurturing intellectual life in our community.

Thank you — and we look forward to seeing you at humanities center events this year!

2016-’17 Center for the Humanities Events

Chen Yi, September 13

Professor Chen will discuss how she blends Chinese and Western musical traditions in her musical compositions.

Natalie Rothman, September 26

Professor Rothman will explore cultural mediation in the early modern Mediterranean, tracing movements and developments across cultures and empires.

Webb Keane, November 1

Professor Keen will discuss his work on social and cultural theory around questions of ethics, morality, and media across cultural and disciplinary boundaries.

Sahar Amer, November 16

Professor Amer will speak on cultural borders/relations between Arab and Muslim and Western societies, especially around gender and sexuality.

Humanities Film Festival, February 19 -21

Come join us for an exciting lineup of films and discussions exploring our theme for the year, Rethinking Global Cultures!

Kathleen Newman, February 22

Professor Newman will explore film and transnational social movements, focusing especially on the relation between fiction and politics.

Mimi Sheller, March 1

Professor Sheller will speak on cultures of mobility in the modern era, particularly as they relate to questions of sustainability and Justice.

Khurram Hussein, April 11

Professor Hussein will discuss the intellectual dynamism of modern philosophy in a global setting, highlighting Islamic traditions of thought.

Shape Your Experience, Shape Your Community

Got a minute?

Your feedback shapes our themes.

At the Center for the Humanities, we are looking ahead (already!) to 2017-18. We want to know what our students, faculty, and staff think are the most pressing issues facing our community. What do you think we should be talking about?

Please let us know with this very brief anonymous survey. (Just one question!)

You can also Tweet your responses @GrinHum using #gcpublicsquare.

We will create a theme based on the feedback we receive and will plan humanistic programming that will help our community think through what is most on its collective mind.

In this way, we hope the humanities center becomes something of a virtual public square for our community.

Got an hour?

The center will hold its annual interest group meeting on Tuesday, September 6 from noon to 1 p.m. in ARH 120. We will provide light snacks and refreshments.

Come learn about the center’s work and participate in brainstorming about future programming.

We are always on the lookout for people interested in serving on the Center's advisory board, an all-campus service opportunity built around helping make interesting things possible on campus.

 

Digital Storytelling: Transcending Text with New Media

Saturday, October 8, 2016 - 10:00am to 1:30pm
The Digital Liberal Arts Lab (DLab) in the Forum
Veronica Pejril
Interim Director of Instructional and Learning Services at DePauw University

Attendees will learn how digital storytelling assignments can empower students to create more compelling and persuasive stories than text-alone may allow. We will observe some examples of how digital storytelling can be integral to community-based participatory research, social justice studies and social activism. Finally, we will brainstorm about how these practices can play a useful role in pedagogy, from assignment-design to implementation and assessment-methods. 

Faculty interested in attending please register here. Registration is limited to twenty attendees. If the cap is reached, your name will be added to the waitlist.

Conversation in the Humanities

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm

Solera, downtown

Sites of Creativity

Presentations by:

Ross Haenfler, Associate Professor of Sociology, “Lifestyle Movements as Sites of Creativity”

Kathleen Oberlin, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Place and Culture-Making: Geographic Clumping in the Emergence of Artistic Schools”

Benjamin Ridgway, Assistant Professor of Chinese and Japanese, “Scholar-official Gardens as “Sites of Creativity” in Song Dynasty (960-1279) China”

R.S.V.P. required by noon on Monday, April 18 to Jan Graham.

This event is open to all faculty.

Alternative Universities as Sites of Creativity

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Joe Rosenfield '25 Center Room 101

 

Artists to give talks on alternative universities as sites of creativity
Bruce High Quality Foundation University, Vincent Katz to lecture and hold workshop

Artists from the Bruce High Quality Foundation University (BHQFU) and Vincent Katz, a professor of art at Yale University, will give talks on alternative universities as sites of creativity on Wednesday, April 20 at Grinnell College. The free and public talks will take place at 7:30 p.m. in room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield '25 Center, 1115 Eighth Ave., Grinnell.

Earlier that day, the founders of BHQFU will hold a workshop, "B.Y.O.U.: Build Your Own University," in the Masonic Temple downtown, 928 Main St., Grinnell. The workshop on teaching and learning will take place from 1-3 p.m. It is free and open to the public. 

The founders of BHQFU will discuss "How to Die an Artist: Resistance and Futility." BHQFU, founded in 2009, is New York's Freest Art School. It provides tuition-free classes, residencies, workshops, exhibitions and public programs to a community of thousands of New Yorkers. The school is an alternative to contemporary art schools that emphasize professionalization.

Katz, a professor at the Yale University of Art, will discuss "Black Mountain College: Finding the Center in the Remote." His lecture will cover the pedagogy of Black Mountain College in terms of its location and locus, especially as related to the college’s later years. He also will discuss Black Mountain’s relevance today, as a model, and also consider parallels to modern remotely-operated web-based experience of culture.

Katz is a celebrated poet, critic, translator, editor and curator. His criticism has been published in numerous books, catalogues and journals, including in "Apollo," "Art in America," "ARTnews" and "Art on Paper," among others. He is also the author of “The Complete Elegies Of Sextus Propertius,” winner of the National Translation Award in 2005. 

He has curated several celebrated exhibitions, including an exhibition on Black Mountain College for the Reina Sofia museum in Madrid, and “Street Dance: The New York Photographs of Rudy Burckhardt” for the Museum of the City of New York.

The Center for Humanities is sponsoring these events as part of this year's theme: Sites of Creativity: Streets, Salons, Studios, and Schools.
 

Alternative Universities as Sites of Creativity

Artists from the Bruce High Quality Foundation University (BHQFU) and Vincent Katz, a professor of art at Yale University, will give talks on alternative universities as sites of creativity on Wednesday, April 20, at Grinnell College.

The free and public talks will take place at 7:30 p.m. Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center, Room 101.

Earlier that day, the founders of BHQFU will hold a workshop, “B.Y.O.U.: Build Your Own University,” in the Masonic Temple downtown, 928 Main St., Grinnell. The workshop on teaching and learning will take place from 1-3 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

The founders of BHQFU will “How to Die an Artist: Resistance and Futility.” BHQFU, founded in 2009, is New York’s Freest Art School. It provides tuition-free classes, residencies, workshops, exhibitions and public programs to a community of thousands of New Yorkers. The school is an alternative to contemporary art schools that emphasize professionalization.

A professor at the Yale University of Art, Katz will discuss “Black Mountain College: Finding the Center in the Remote.” His lecture will cover the pedagogy of Black Mountain College in terms of its location and locus, especially as related to the college’s later years. He also will discuss Black Mountain’s relevance today, as a model, and also consider parallels to modern, remotely-operated web-based experience of culture.

Katz is a celebrated poet, critic, translator, editor and curator. His criticism has been published in numerous books, catalogs, and journals, including in Apollo, Art in America, ARTnews and Art on Paper, among others. He is also the author of The Complete Elegies Of Sextus Propertius, winner of the National Translation Award in 2005.  

He has curated several celebrated exhibitions, including an exhibition on Black Mountain College for the Reina Sofia museum in Madrid, and Street Dance: The New York Photographs of Rudy Burckhardt for the Museum of the City of New York.

The Center for Humanities is sponsoring these events as part of this year's theme: Sites of Creativity: Streets, Salons, Studios, and Schools.

Racialized State Violence and the Movement for Black Lives

In a free, public event, Damon Williams ’14 will present “Bigger Than the Cops: Racialized State Violence and the Movement for Black Lives” at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 28, in ARH Auditorium, Room 302.

After a brief presentation, Williams will join in a one-on-one conversation with Shanna Benjamin, associate professor of English. Alexandra Odom ’17 will introduce participants and set the stage for the discussion.

At 5 p.m., there will be a break for refreshments. Attendees will return at 5:15 p.m. for a workshop with Williams and Kesho Scott, associate professor of American studies and sociology.

Event sponsors include Alumni in the Classroom Program, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Center for the Humanities, Peace and Conflict Studies, the Departments of Sociology, American Studies, and Economics, and the Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs, International Relations, and Human Rights.

Grinnell welcomes and encourages the participation of people with disabilities. You can request accommodations through Conference Operations and Events.

About Damon Williams ’14

After a brief presentation, Williams will join in a one-on-one conversation with Shanna Benjamin, associate professor of English at Grinnell College. Senior Alexandra Odom will introduce participants and set the stage for the discussion.

At 5 p.m., there will be a break for refreshments. Attendees will return at 5:15 p.m. for a workshop with Williams and Kesho Scott, associate professor of American studies and sociology at Grinnell.

Williams is a community producer, organizer, radio host, hip-hop performance artist, actor, teacher and public speaker from the south side of Chicago. He has performed across the country with his sister, Kristiana Colón, as the poetic duo April Fools. He also co-hosts "AirGo Radio," a weekly show on WHPK, Chicago Community Radio.

In addition, Williams co-chairs the Chicago chapter of Black Youth Project 100, a national political organization comprised of black youth ages 18-35. He co-edits the #LetUsBreathe Collective, an artistic activist organization that serves underprivileged people and creatively disrupts the anti-black racist status quo.

Committed to addressing economic inequality, Williams also serves as the co-director of the Ujamaa Jr. Investment Club, which promotes financial literacy and investment strategies.

Mortal Tongues, Immortal Stories

Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company will present Mortal Tongues, Immortal Stories is a multimedia dance project that bears witness and celebrates the lives of poets and artists lost to AIDS. Based on the anthology "Persistent Voices: Poetry by Writers Lost to AIDS", this evening-length performance brings together spoken word, artists, dancers, and stunning visual designs in short vignettes that create an imaginary world inspired by the poems.

The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 9, 2016, in Flanagan Theatre, Bucksbaum Center for the Arts. Tickets are required for this free event and are available at the Campus Box Office begin April 4.

The day before their performance, three members of Dakshina — Chris August, Daniel Phoenix Singh, and Gowri Koneswaran — will speak on the interdisciplinary nature of Dakshina’s work and how art can address social issues within the context of their upcoming performance of Mortal Tongues, Immortal Stories. The entire company of 11 will be present to contribute to the discussion and answer questions.

The event begins at noon, Friday, April 8, in Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, Room 152, and lunch provided.

Grinnell College's Artists@GrinnellDepartment of Theatre & Dance, Center for International Studies, and Center for Humanities are sponsoring the free, public events.

About Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company

Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company is an emerging dance company based in Washington D.C. They perform and present Indian dance forms, such as Bharata Natyam, and modern dance, mirroring the multiple identities of second generation South Asians. The group combines the arts with social justice issues by incorporating the themes into their work and partnering with local community centers and schools.