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Spring lectures highlight compelling scholarship in the humanities

The University of Chicago’s 2009 Spring Lecture Series features internationally renowned scholars and artists. Presented by the Division of the Humanities, these lectures open a window onto such exciting and varied topics as the cultural impact of the Book of Revelation, the tyranny of Athenian democracy, and the existential split between an artist’s veridical self and her “author function.”

Elaine Pagels – April 23, 4:30 p.m., Classics Building, Room 110

Elaine Pagels

Elaine Pagels

Sigmund H. Danzinger Jr. Lecture in Literature

Elaine Pagels, Harrington Spear Paine Foundation Professor of Religion at Princeton University and bestselling author of Beyond Belief, the Secret Gospel of Thomas, will give a lecture on the Book of Revelation. The lecture, entitled “The Cultural Impact of the Book of Revelation,” will examine who wrote the last book of the Bible and why, how it came to be canonized instead of any of the other contemporaneous “books of revelation,” and what impact that decision has had on our culture. The lecture will be followed by a reception at 5:30 p.m.

Conference: Ancombe’s Intention – April 24-25, Fulton Recital Hall, Goodspeed Hall
Donald J. Lipkind Memorial Lecture in Philosophy

Anscombe’s Intention is a two-day conference supported by the Lipkind Lecture Fund celebrating the 50th anniversary of the publication of G.E.M. Anscombe’s Intention. See the conference schedule here.

Bozena Shallcross – April 28, 4:30 p.m., Classics Building, Room 110

Bozena Shallcross

Bozena Shallcross

Jean and Harold Gossett Lecture in Memory of Holocaust Victims Martha and Paul Feivel Feingold

Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago, Bozena Shallcross will present the 2009 Gossett Lecture on “A Holocaust Object and the Story of Its Production.” In this lecture, Shallcross will discuss the Nazi practice of recycling the human soma as represented in several Holocaust narratives.

David Joselit – April 30, 4:30 p.m., Cochrane-Woods Art Center, Room 157
Smart Lecture Series in Art History

David Joselit, Professor in the Department of the History of Art at Yale University, will present a lecture entitled “Reenactment” as a part of “Our Literal Speed.” For more information please visit

Jonathan Hall – May 6, 5:15 p.m., Gleacher Center, Room 621

Jonathan Hall

Jonathan Hall

Franke Institute for the Humanities
Chicago Humanities Forum

Jonathan Hall, the Phyllis Fay Horton Professor in the Humanities, Professor and Chair of Classics, & Professor of History and in the College at the University of Chicago, will present a lecture entitled “The Tyranny of the Athenian Democracy.”

Stuart Dybek – May 19, 5:00 p.m., Swift Lecture Hall, Third Floor, reading from his work
May 20, 5:00 p.m., Classics Building, Room 110, lecture on his work
Kestnbaum Family Writer-in Residence in the Humanities

Stuart Dybek, recipient of a MacArthur Genius Grant, is a Chicago native whose fiction and poetry focuses on the city. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, the Paris Review, and the Atlantic Monthly, among others.

Maria Loh – May 21, 4:30 p.m., Cochrane-Woods Art Center, Room 157
Smart Lecture Series in Art History

Maria Loh, Lecturer in the Department of History of Art at University College London, will present a lecture entitled “Past Perfect. On the Construction of Old Master Narratives.” Borges noted in his essay “Borges and I” that the person signified by the name of his books is someone other than himself. Foucault referred to this second self as the “author function.” The lecture will examine the discursive consequences of this process of existential doubling through the close analysis of a specific set of visual and textual representations of the Italian Old Masters.

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