2015-2016 Events

CCHS Distinguished Visiting Speaker

Democracy and National Education Standards

Nicholas Tampio, Fordham University

Wednesday, October 28 @ 6pm, Gheens Science Hall & Rauch Planetarium

Nicholas Tampio is Associate Professor of Political Science at Fordham University. He is the author of Deleuze’s Political Vision (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015) and Kantian Courage (Fordham University Press, 2012). Engaging the insights of Dewey and James Madison, who envisioned a free society with many conceptions of good schools, Tampio challenges the idea of national education standards from a democratic perspective. The talk sheds light on contemporary debates about the Common Core, the Next Generation Science Standards, and the National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies.

Presented by the Commonwealth Center for the Humanities & Society in partnership with UofL’s College of Human Education and Human Development and the Gheens Science Hall & Rauch Planetarium

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Reading About Music: an Interactive Evening with Ally Jane Grossan, editior of the 33 1/3 Book Series

Featuring Joe Manning, Diane Pecknold, Aaron Rosenblum and special guests including You!

Wednesday, November 11 @ 7pm, The Bard's Town, 1801 Bardstown Road

Join 33 1/3 editor Ally Jane Grossan, Joe Manning, Diane Pecknold, Aaron Rosenblum and other special guests for a night of Reading About Music. Bring your favorite piece of music writing to read and celebrate. DJ Kim Sorise will be spinning tunes!

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'A Family of Buggers': Bloomsbury as Queer Family

Christopher Reed, Pennsylvania State University

Tuesday, November 17 @ 6 p.m. - Bingham Humanities Building, Room 300


What is often referred to as the “open homosexuality” of the Bloomsbury group was neither open nor homosexuality. Christopher Reed examines the sexual mores of this famous circle of artists, novelists, and other intellectuals in early-twentieth century London.

Christopher Reed is Professor of English and Visual Culture at the Pennsylvania State University. His most recent book is the co-authored If Memory Serves: AIDS, Gay Men, and the Promise of the Queer Past (2012). His other books include Art and Homosexuality: A History of Ideas (2011), Bloomsbury Rooms: Modernism, Subculture, and Domesticity (2004), A Roger Fry Reader (1996), and the anthology Not at Home: The Suppression of Domesticity in Modern Art and Architecture (1996). He has two books in press: Bachelor Japanists: Japanese Aesthetics and Western Masculinities, and an anthology co-edited with Jongwoo Jeremy Kim, Queer Arts and Cultures: ReimaginingSexual Identities.



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Breaking the Surface: Transnational Feminisms

A round table discussion with Professors A. Cristian Alcalde, Susan Bordo, Jacqueline Couti, Monica Diaz and Ellen Roseman, University of Kentucky
Wednesday, March 23 @ 2pm, Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library 

A round table discussion with the editors of "Breaking the Surface: A Transnational Reader in the History of Feminist Thought" including professors Susan Bordo, M. Cristina Alcalde, Jacqueline Couti, Monica Diaz and Ellen Rosenman, University of Kentucky.
Presented by the Commonwealth Center for the Humanities & Society in partnership with UofL’s Department of Women's and Gender Studies.
Join the conversation by reading the foreword to the soon-to-be-published Provocations: A Transnational Reader in the History of Feminist Thought. Visit the University of California Press website for more information about this forthcoming book or download the pdf here.

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CCHS Distinguished Visiting Speaker

Becoming Cosmic

Boris Groys, New York University

Thursday, April 7 @ 6pm, Cressman Center for Visual Art, 100 E. Main Street

During modernity we have become accustomed to understanding human beings as determined by the social milieu in which they live, as knots in informational networks, as organisms dependent on their environment. But Earth is not isolated in the Cosmos. It relies on processes that take place in cosmic space—on black matter, waves and particles, star explosions, and galactic collapses. In the 19th century, Friedrich Nietzsche was already describing our material world, of which the human being is only a part, as the setting for the eternal battle between Apollonian and Dionysian forces or, in other words, between Cosmos and Chaos. There are only two ways of reacting to this battle: either an ecstatic embrace of Chaos or an attempt to control the Cosmos and secure its victory over Chaos. Russian thinkers, poets, and artists from the end of 19th and the beginning of 20th centuries were theorizing and conceptualizing both approaches, at a time when Russia was on the verge of a revolution that would plunge the whole country into total chaos.

Boris Groys is a philosopher, essayist, art critic, media theorist, and an internationally acclaimed expert on late-Soviet postmodern art and literature, as well as on the Russian avant-garde. Dr. Groys’s writing engages the wildly disparate traditions of French poststructuralism and modern Russian philosophy. In the United States, he is best known as the author of The Total Art of Stalin. This work is credited for introducing Western readers to Russian postmodernist writers. His philosophical writing includes A Philosopher’s Diary, On the New: A Study of Cultural Economics, and The Invention of Russia, while his contributions to art theory and criticism can be found in Vanishing Point Moscow and The Art of Installation.

Presented by the Commonwealth Center for the Humanities & Society in partnership with UofL’s Hite Art Institute, Department of Fine Arts, Department of English, Department of Classical and Modern Languages.

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