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Evanston Northwestern Humanities Lecture Series

The Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities and the Evanston Public Library cosponsor an ongoing lecture series that allows for members of the Northwestern University humanities faculty to share their research with members of the Evanston community.  All events will take place at 7:00 PM in the Community Meeting Room at the Evanston Public Library.


2013-2014 Schedule

In the upcoming year, the Evanston Public Library will honor African American contributions to the American landscape by including at least one African American themed activity each of the OTHER months of 2013. The Humanities Institute is proud to participate in this endeavor by programming our joint collaboration to include three prominent guest speakers who will explore African American themes.

Spring Quarter

DARLENE CLARK HINE, Professor (African American Studies; History)

Topic:"The Black Chicago Renaissance - 1930-1950"
Thursday, April 24, 2014

Beginning in the 1930s, Black Chicago experienced a cultural renaissance that lasted into the 1950s and rivaled the cultural outpouring of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s. Darlene Clark Hine, Professor of African American Studies at Northwestern University, discusses the forces that distinguished the Black Chicago Renaissance from the Harlem Renaissance and places the development of black culture in a national and international context.



Winter Quarter

HUEY COPELAND, Associate Professor (Art History)

Topic: "In the Arms of the Negress"

Thursday, March 6, 2014

How have black women been represented visually? How have they represented themselves? And how have those images shaped our understanding of what, in fact, constitutes representation? To answer these questions, art historian Huey Copeland examines the negress, a key figure in Western art from the nineteenth century to the present. Join us as he wends his way through a range of periods, places, and visual artists to narrate a transnational history of modern contemporary art.


Fall Quarter

MICHELLE WRIGHT, Associate Professor (African American Studies)

Topic: Blackness When You Least Expect It: Understanding Racial Diversity in the 21st Century
Tuesday, October 8 ,2013

What does it mean to be "Black?" If Blackness has no biological basis (there is no such thing as a Black gene, Black DNA nor, despite the claims of pharmaceutical companies, do all Black people possess a distinct biology that  makes them more or less vulnerable to certain conditions than other racial groups), what do we mean when we claim it for ourselves or for others? In this lecture Dr. Michelle M. Wright discusses the odd yet obvious role time and space play in our assumptions about and engagements with racial identities, especially Blackness. Learn how Sir Isaac Newton and an early Black African Christian theologian still guide and structure so much of our understanding of race in the 21st century --and how discoveries in theoretical particle (aka "quantum") physics point to a far more complex notion of time, space and with which we are not actually unfamiliar!

All events are held in the Community Meeting Room, Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Avenue, Evanston, IL.

These events are free and open to the public.

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Past Evanston Northwestern Humanities Lectures

Kaplan Scholars Program

Are you an incoming freshman? Check out our Kaplan Humanities Scholars Program, a year-long investigation of the overarching theme "Humanities in the World"

Upcoming Institute Events

Darlene Clark Hine, "The Black Chicago Renaissance." Evanston Northwetern Humanities Lecture Series
April 24, 20147:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Hot Off The Press with Prof. Sarah Sharma
May 1, 20144:30 PM - 6:00 PM


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Important Institute Deadlines

Fall 2014 Co-Sponsorship Application Deadline: Friday, October 3rd, 2014.

2014-2015 Faculty, Graduate, and Undergraduate Affiliate Application Deadline: Friday, April 18th, 2014.

2014-2015 Research Workshops Application Deadline: Friday, May 2nd, 2014.

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March 13, 2014