Lectures and Workshops

Sawyer Seminar at the University of Chicago, 2011-2012                               Around 1948: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Global Transformation      (Note: Audio recordings of 1 to 1 1/2 hours can take from seconds to several minutes to load.  While lectures are fully audible, the quality of follow-up discussions is variable.  You can either listen to audio recordings from the page that opens up when you click “listen here,” or (once that page is loaded) pause the recording and download the mp3 recording to your computer by using “save this page as” in your browser menu.  Texts attached below were used in unrecorded public workshops that followed each lecture.) 

PUBLIC LECTURE AND WORKSHOP, NOVEMBER 29, 2011                                   “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 in the History of Cosmopolitanism”


Samuel Moyn, Professor, History, Columbia University                                                            Chair: John Kelly, Professor, Anthropology, University of Chicago                               Workshop Facilitator: James Sparrow, Associate Professor, History, University of Chicago                                                                                                                                              listen here

1947 “Statement on Human Rights” American Anthropological Association                     1945 “Colonialism_A Realistic Approach” F. Cohen                                                                 1948 UN Declaration of Human Rights                                                                                           2011 “The First Historian Human Rights” S. Moyn

PUBLIC LECTURE AND WORKSHOP, JANUARY 26, 2012                                             “At the Periphery of the Holocaust — Killing and Pillage of Jews by Their Polish Neighbors”


Jan Gross, Norman B. Tomlinson ’16 and ’48 Professor of War and Society, and Professor of History, History, Princeton University                                                                Chair & Workshop Facilitator, Tara Zahra, Associate Professor, History, University of Chicago                                                                                                                                             listen here

1948 Chp 16 I Saw Poland Betrayed_An American Reports to the American People A.L.Bliss (US Ambassador to Poland 1944-47)                                                                          2004 “Introduction” to The Neighbors Respond Polonsky & Michlic                                 2006 Chp 3 Fear_Anti-Semitism in Poland After Auschwitz J. Gross                                 2006 Chp 4 Fear_Anti-Semitism in Poland After Auschwitz J. Gross

PUBLIC LECTURE AND WORKSHOP, APRIL 5, 2012                                  “Legislating the Universal: P.C. Chang and the International Bill of Human Rights”


Lydia Liu, Wu Tsun Tam Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Chinese and Comparative Literature, East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University        Chair: Leela Gandhi,  Professor, English Language and Literature, University of Chicago     Workshop Facilitator: James Sparrow, Associate Professor, History, University of Chicago listen here

1947 “Towards a Universal Declaration of Human Rights” H. Laski                                        1955 Final Communiqué of the Asian-African conference of Bandung                                     1966 International Convention on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

FRANKE INSTITUTE PUBLIC LECTURE ON THE HUMANITIES IN PUBLIC LIFE, APRIL 11, 2012                                                                                                             “Warfare State: World War II Americans and the Age of Big Government”
James Sparrow, History, University of Chicago                                                                     listen here

PUBLIC WORKSHOP, MAY 2, 2012                                                                              “Zeitgeist and the Literary Text: India, 1948, in Qurratulain Hyder’s My Temples, Too and Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children

                                                                  Rajeswari Sunder Rajan, Global Distinguished Professor of English, English, New York University                                                                                                                                 Chair: Leela Gandhi, Professor, English, University of Chicago                                                (No recording.  Full texts of the Qurratulain Hyder and Salman Rushdie works below can be found at http://franke.uchicago.edu/sawyernew-events.html.)

1949 (2005 transl.) Chp 1 My Temples Too Q. Hyder                                                                 1981 Chp 1 Midnight’s Children S. Rushdie                                                                                    1993 Section on Amrita Pritam in Women Writing in India_600 B.C. to the Present

PUBLIC LECTURE AND WORKSHOP, OCTOBER 25, 2012                                         “The Liberal Aesthetic and the Early Cold War”

 Amanda Anderson, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Humanities and English, Brown University                                                                                                                                        Chair: Leela Gandhi,  Professor, English Language and Literature, University of Chicago  Workshop Facilitator:  Deborah Nelson, Associate Professor, English Language and Literature, University of Chicago                                                                                                    listen here

1947 The Future of Socialism-II G. Hicks

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