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Upcoming Institute Events

Date and TimeTitle and Description
April 24, 2014
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Darlene Clark Hine, "The Black Chicago Renaissance." Evanston Northwetern Humanities Lecture Series

Was there a Black Chicago Renaissance in the early twentieth century? One that rivaled the Harlem Renaissance? In this talk, Professor Darlene Clark Hine, a pioneer in African American women’s and gender history, vividly tells the story of how Chicago fostered a major arts movement in the 1930s where creativity, music, dance, performance, activism, scholarship and literature flourished. The Evanston Northwestern Humanities Lecture Series is an ongoing collaboraton between The Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities and the Evanston Public Library, whereby Northwestern University humanities faculty share their research with members of the Evanston community. Light refreshments will be served.

May 1, 2014
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Hot Off The Press with Prof. Sarah Sharma

"Hot Off The Press" brings the authors of recently published books to campus to discuss their work and the publishing process. On May 1st Prof. Sarah Sharma will present "In the Meantime: Temporality and Cultural Politics." The world is getting faster. This sentiment is proclaimed so often that it is taken for granted, rarely questioned and/or rarely examined by those who celebrate the notion of an accelerated culture or by those who decry it. Sarah Sharma engages with that assumption in this sophisticated critical inquiry into the temporalities of everyday life. Sharma conducted ethnographic research among individuals whose jobs or avocations involve a persistent focus on time: taxi drivers, frequent-flyer business travelers, corporate yoga instructors, devotees of the slow-food and slow-living movements. Based on that research, she develops the concept of "power-chronography" to make visible the entangled and uneven politics of temporality. Focusing on how people's different relationships to labor configures their experiences of time, she argues that both "speed-up" and "slow-down" often function as a form of biopolitical social control necessary to contemporary global capitalism. Dr. Sharma’s research agenda and teaching interests can be summarized as a “cultural approach to technology” which politicizes the mediating role technology plays in contemporary politics, social organization, and the maintenance of social inequalities. Her work draws from diverse theories and methods including post-structuralism, medium theory, biopolitics, critical discourse analysis,ethnography, and identity politics. Currently, Dr. Sharma is writing a book on the cultural politics of time that considers the relationship between time and the biopolitics of difference in contemporary culture.  This event is free, open to the public, and made possible in part by the support of the Harris Fund.   

May 7, 2014
5:15 PM - 6:30 PM

Kaplan Artist in Residence Christopher Cozier at the Block Museum

The work of Trinidadian artist, curator and writer, Christopher Cozier, examines the contemporary Caribbean experience through drawing, printmaking, sound and installation. A Prince Claus 2013 Award recipient, Cozier will discuss his practice within a broader temporal, geographic and transcultural context.' http://christophercozier.blogspot.com/   This event is free and open to the public.    Co-sponsored by the Department of Art History, the Department of Communication Studies, the Center for Global Culture and Communication, and the Latin American & Caribbean Studies Program.

May 29, 2014
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Kaplan Artist in Residence Open Studio Event

Trinidadian artist, curator and writer, Christopher Cozier, examines the contemporary Caribbean experience through drawing, printmaking, sound and installation. This event will allow the community to learn about what Cozier has been working on throughout his spring 2014 residency.   Refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.    Co-sponsored by the Department of Art History, the Department of Communication Studies, the Center for Global Culture and Communication, and the Latin American & Caribbean Studies Program.

Past Events

January 22, 2014