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Spring Lectures Featuring Internationally Renowned Scholars and Writers


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May 20, 2008 – Reading / May 21, 2008 – Panel Discussion
4:30 p.m. Swift Hall, 3rd Floor.

George Saunders is an acclaimed writer of short stories including In Persuasion Nation, Pastoralia and CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, a novella, The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil,images-1.jpeg a book of essays, The Braindead Megaphone, and a children’s story, The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip. Currently a professor at Syracuse University, he has won numerous awards including National Magazine Award for fiction in 1994, 1996, 2000, and 2004, and second prize in the O. Henry Awards in 1997. He is also a recipient of Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellowships.

[Saunders’] America in the near future is a toxic wasteland overrun by vicious thugs and venal opportunists who prey on the weak and misshapen. Saunders’ feverish imagination conjures up images as horrific as any from a Hieronymus Bosch painting: a field full of braying mules toppled over from bone marrow disease; a tourist attraction featuring pickled stillborn babies; and cows with Plexiglas windows in their sides. The black humor and vision of American enterprise and evangelism gone haywire are reminiscent of Kurt Vonnegut’s early works. –Publishers Weekly

Saunders’ visit to the University of Chicago is part of the 2008 Kestnbaum Writer in Residence program, presented by the Committee on Creative Writing.

Listen to a KCRW interview with Saunders here.

May 22, 2008 4:30 p.m., Classics 110, 1010 East 59th Street
Mary Beard
Mary Beard will consider “Pompeii Reconstructed?” as part of the Sigmund H. Danziger, Jr., Distinguished Lecture in the Humanities. Beard holds a Classics Chair at the University of Cambridge and Classics Editor of the Times Literary Supplement. She also writes the blog, A Don’s Life. Her books include Religions of Rome (with John North and Simon Price); Classics: A Very Short Introduction (with John Henderson); Rome in the Late Republic (with Michael Crawford); The Invention of Jane Harrison; Classical Art from Greece to Rome (with John Henderson); The Parthenon; The Colosseum (with Keith Hopkins); The Roman Triumph; and the forthcoming Pompeii.

May 22, 2008 4:30 p.m. Cochrane-Woods 157
Richard Vinograd “Complicating the Copy: Collecting, Media, and Theory in Later Ming China”
images1.jpegVinograd is an Associate Professor specializing in the history of Chinese art at Stanford University, and is the author of Boundaries of the Self: Chinese Portraits, 1600-1900 (1992), and the co-editor of New Understandings of Ming and Qing Painting (1994), for which he also co-organized the accompanying exhibitions and international symposium in Beijing. His research interests include Chinese portraiture, landscape painting and cultural geography, urban cultural spaces, painting aesthetics and theory, and media studies. This lecture is part of the Smart Lecture Series, presented by the Department of Art History.

May 29, 2008 5:30, Classics 110
paul jaskotPaul B. Jaskot “Nazi Politicians, German Art Historians, and Antisemitic Propaganda: The Nazi Party Appropriation of Heinrich Woelfflin in the Electoral Battles of the Late Weimar Republic.” Associate Professor of Art and Architectural History at DePaul University, Jaskot teaches courses in modern art and architecture (Europe and North America), the history of architecture, art historical methodology, and specific courses on the relationship between politics and art. His research focuses on modern German art and architecture. The 2008 Jean and Harold Gossett Lecture In Memory of Holocaust Victims Martha and Paul Feivel Korngold, is presented by the Division of the Humanities.

For information on other endowed lectures, please visit: Lecture Series. A complete schedule of Humanities Division lectures and events can be found at Events Calendar.

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