Wesleyan’s Center for the Humanities Fall Lecture Series: Figuring “The Human” begins Sept. 8. with a presentation by Nancy Armstrong, professor of English at Duke University, titled: “Darwins Paradox.” The event will be at 8 p.m. at Russell House.
The fall lecture series is part of the Center for the Humanities 50th anniversary celebration. The lectures are free and the public is welcome to attend. Additional presentations in the series are listed below. All are at 8 p.m. and are held at The Russell House unless otherwise noted. For more information call 860-685-3044.
4 p.m. Sept. 15
Thierry Hoquet, professor of philosophy, Université Paris X Nanterre, speaks on “Our Posthuman Futures: Cyborgs and Mutants in an Evolutionary Perspective.”
Kari Weil, professor of letters, speaks on “Figuring ‘The Animal;’ A Report on the Animal Turn in Critical Theory.”
Emily Martin, professor of anthropology, New York University, speaks on “Sleepless in America.”
Andrew Curran, associate professor of romance languages, speaks on “Inventing Human Science, circa 1750.”
Yonatan Malin, assistant professor of music, speaks on “Music Theory and Humanistic Study: A Brief History and Some Reflections.”
Jana Sawicki, professor of philosophy and womens studies, Williams College, speaks on “Foucault and Sexual Freedom: Why Embrace an Ethics of Pleasure?”
Wolfgang Natter, professor of political science, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, speaks on “Director of the Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical and Cultural Thought, Virginia Polytechnic Institute Universal Particulars: Space, Contingency, Universality.”
Ulrich Plass, assistant professor of German speaks on “Franz Kafka and the State of Exception.”
Hilary Barth, assistant professor of psychology, speaks on “Numerical Thinking: Evolution and Culture.”
Michael Bérubé, Panterno Family Professor in Literature, Pennsylvania State University, speaks on “Disability Studies and the Boundaries of the Human.”