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FALL 2019  -- "Healing: Survival and Resiliency in the Arts and Humanities”

This year’s activities at the HISB will center around the concepts of healing, resiliency and survival as they are explored, practiced, and represented in the Arts and Humanities. We will examine not only the medical aspects of healing, but we will also place equal emphasis on the exploration of healing, resiliency and survival within at the social/community level and at the environmental ones.

Certainly, the recent happenings in connection to my personal health have had a strong impact on my selection of this topic. Beyond that, however, questions of healing, resiliency and survival are central to our understanding and management of current challenges in connection to individual, social, and environmental issues which are perceived as acute crises, and imminent threats. These concepts speak of experiences that are central to the human experience. They also offer a point of interdisciplinary and trans-methodological crossroads of contact and contrast, transecting fields such as medicine, psychology, environmental studies, gender studies, and sociology.

 Throughout the year we will explore questions such as:

- What is the rhetoric of illness and recovery, the metaphors through which they are represented?

- What performative and affective powers do narratives, music, and the visual arts have in relation to illness and healing?

- How does racism interfere with the delivery of medical care?

- Which bodies meet with a refusal of empathy?

- How do medical technologies enhancing life-extension and fertility affect our human experience?

- Are there alternatives to reconciliation, or reparation to deal with historical trauma and difficult pasts?

- What is the role of the humanities in the Anthropocene?

- How do we recover from illness, violence, loss, exhaustion, grief, and environmental disasters? T

Fall 2019 Events

All events begin 4pm and are held in 1008 Humanities unless otherwise noted. (Dates, times, and locations of HISB events are subject to change.)

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Date
Event
September 3    
Community Workshop with Herstory Writers Workshop, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm.
September 10 Community Workshop with Herstory Writers Workshop, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm.
September 18 "Faculty book presentation and discussion by Shirley Jennifer Lim/HIS - "Anna May Wong: Performing the Modern". Nerisssa S. Balce, Asian and Asian American Studies Dept, Stony Brook University, discussant.
September 23 Community Workshop with Herstory Writers Workshop, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm.
September 24 Community Workshop with Herstory Writers Workshop, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm.
September 24 Spike Millington, International Crane Foundation -- “Waterbirds and Wetlands: A bridge for Cooperation in the Korean Peninsula”
September 25 Dean's Lecture series talk by Jacob Rogozinski, Strasbourg University --"Remember You  Were Born a Foreigner",  1:00 pm - 2:20 pm, Harriman Hall 214
October 1 Community Workshop with Herstory Writers Workshop, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm.
October 2 Event on 500 anniversary of the beginning of Cortes' conquest of Mexico -- "MEXICO 500: Indigenous and Global Cultures in Colonial Mesoamerica", 12:00 pm-5:00 pm.
October 3
Faculty book discussion by Aurelie Vialette/HLL: "Intellectual Philanthropy: the Seduction of the Masses", Lou Charnon Deutsch, Hispanic Languages and Literature, Stony Brook University and Annick Louis, Université de Reims-EHESS, discussants.
October 4-5 "On Archival Truths: Affects, Knowledge, and Gender" Conference.  Rm 1008 and Frank Melville Jr. Library, Special Collections/Archives, Room E-2320. Sponsored by Graduate Student Organization, Hispanic Languages and Literature, HISB, Latin American and Caribbean Studies Center, History Dept, Music Dept, Philosophy Dept, History of the Book Writing group, and the Frank J. Melville Library.
October 8 Community Workshop with Herstory Writers Workshop, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm.
October 10 Carla Yanni, Rutgers University, The Coed’s Predicament: Health and the Housing of College Women, 1830 to 1930"
October 17 Dean's Lecture series talk by Leopoldo Bernucci, from Uinversity of California at Davis, “Impertinent Intruders: The Amazon Rubber Boom Migration in Euclides Da Cunha's Writings”
October 21 "Queering Italian Studies: Intersectional Perspectives" Symposium, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm.
October 22 Community Workshop with Herstory Writers Workshop, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm.
October 29 Community Workshop with Herstory Writers Workshop, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm.
October 29 HISB Faculty Fellows lecture by Jeffrey Santa Ana, English Dept -- "Empire and Environment: Confronting Ecological Ruin in Asia, the Pacific, and the Americas"
October 31
Yansi Pérez, Carleton College - "The Central American Immigrant Experience: Transnational Memories of the Diaspora", 11:30 am-12:50 pm.
November 5 Community Workshop with Herstory Writers Workshop, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm.
November 5 Rasmus Dyring, Aarhus University, Denmark - "Alterity, Intimacy and the Possibility of the Other: A Critical Phenomenology of the Minute Interruptions of Everyday Life at a Dementia Ward in Denmark"
November 6 Faculty Spotlight Lunchtime Lectures featuring the English Dept -- Simone Brioni , Timothy August, Justin Johnston and Francesca Spedalieri, 1:00 pm -2:20 pm.
November 9 Herstory Freedom Forum, 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Zodiac Lobby Wang Center. Co-sponsored by Herstory Writing Workshop and HISB.
November 12 Community Workshop with Herstory Writers Workshop, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm.
November 12 HISB Faculty Fellows lecture by Ryan Minor, Music Dept, "Missing in Action: Searching for Opera Audiences in Early German Film"
November 14 "Water and Infrastructure in the Americas" Symposium, 2:00 pm-6:00 pm.
November 15 "Water and Infrastructure in the Americas" Symposium, 9:30 am-2:00 pm.
November  19 Community Workshop with Herstory Writers Workshop, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm.
November  19  Dean's Lecture series talk by Gayatri Gopinath, New York University, “Unruly Visions: The Aesthetic Practices of Queer Diaspora”
November 21 Gabriela Arguedas, Universidad de Costa Rica, “>Gender: Understanding the Rhetoric of ‘Gender Ideology’ in Latin America”.
December  3  Community Workshop with Herstory Writers Workshop, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm.