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15 January 2015, Thursday   [6:00pm - 7:00pm]    Dr. Scott Samuelson Presents "Suffering and Soul-Making: On the Deep Value of the Liberal Arts"
Category : Lectures/Conferences/Symposia

According to Dr. Scott Samuelson, there are two general visions of suffering--the "Promethean" attitude, which holds that we'd be better off if we could minimize, perhaps even eliminate, suffering; and the "Orphic" attitude, which holds that finding ways of coming to terms with suffering is a crucial part of how we form our identities. Though skills pertinent to both attitudes should be cultivated in a good education, the Promethean attitude now threatens to drown out some of what's crucial in the Orphic approach. The deep value of studying the liberal arts is that it helps us in what John Keats called "soul-making."


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20 January 2015, Tuesday   [7:00pm - 10:00pm]    Gavin Wright Lecture
Category : Lectures/Conferences/Symposia
"Sharing the Prize: The Economics of the Civil Rights Revolution in the American South" Gavin Wright will be giving a lecture on the economic impact of the civil rights movement. ...

26 January 2015, Monday   [5:15pm - 7:15pm]    Mike Nelson Book Talk - Resilient America: Electing Nixon in 1968
Category : Lectures/Conferences/Symposia
Mike Nelson's new book, “Resilient America,” explores how urban riots and the Tet Offensive, the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, the politics of outrage and race—all pointed to a reordering of party coalitions, of groups and regions, a hardening and widening of an ideological divide—and to the historical importance of the 1968 election as a watershed event. Michael Nelson is the Fulmer Professor of Political Science at Rhodes College, a Fellow of Southern Methodist University’s Center for Presidential History, and a Senior Fellow at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center. He is the author of numerous bo ...

27 January 2015, Tuesday   [7:00pm - 8:00pm]    Kevin Wilson Reading
Category : Lectures/Conferences/Symposia
Bestselling author Kevin Wilson will read at Rhodes on Tuesday, January 27 at 7:00 PM in Tuthill/Hassell Hall. Kevin Wilson is the author of the story collection Tunneling to the Center of the Earth (Harper Perennial/Ecco, 2009), which received the Shirley Jackson Award and the Alex Award from the American Library Association, and the novel The Family Fang (Ecco, 2011), which was a New York Times Bestseller and named a top ten book of 2011 by TIME Magazine, Esquire, People Magazine, Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, and many other outlets. He lives in Sewanee, TN and teaches at the University of the South. ...

27 January 2015, Tuesday   [7:00pm - 9:00pm]    Tournees French Film Festival and Opening Reception
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Film Screening, In the House, 7pm Opening Reception, 6:30 pm Dans la maison / In The House Liberally adapted from Juan Mayorga’s play The Boy in the Last Row, François Ozon’s piquant and playful In the House marks a return to the anarchic adolescent protagonists of the director’s early films, such as Criminal Lovers (1999), whose uncontrollable desires are inextricably linked with destruction and mayhem. Sixteen-year-old Claude (Ernst Umhauer) stirs the interest of his literature teacher, Germain (Fabrice Luchini), who’s perilously close to pedagogical burnout, with a well-crafted essay for a prosaic assignment about “My Last Weekend.” C ...

28 January 2015, Wednesday   [7:00pm - 9:00pm]    Tournees French Film Festival
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Film Screening: The Gatekeepers, 7pm Israel Confidential / The Gatekeepers Dror Moreh’s incomparable documentary couldn’t be any more timely or urgent. The Gatekeepers offers the most privileged of insider information, consisting of sit-down interviews with six former heads of Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security service, which was formed in 1949, year after the country declared its independence. All six men are deeply critical of their nation’s policies—particularly of Israel’s occupation of Gaza and the West Bank after the Six-Day War in 1967—a position that has only intensified since they left the intelligence agency. Dispassionately r ...

4 February 2015, Wednesday   [7:00pm - 9:00pm]    Tournees French Film Festival
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Film screening: Augustine, 7pm Augustine Alice Winocour’s assured first feature explores the real-life doctor-patient relationship between the nineteenth-century French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot (Vincent Lindon) and the illiterate 19-year-old housemaid of the title (played by Soko, best known as a pop singer). After an inexplicable seizure renders half her face paralyzed, Augustine is sent to Charcot’s clinic in Paris, where he has established himself as one of the foremost authorities on “hysteria.” Revered by all, the solemn doctor (who would later be one of Sigmund Freud’s teachers) selects Augustine to be one of the prized patie ...

5 February 2015, Thursday   [12:30pm - 2:00pm]    Historians at Work: Giancarlo Casale
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A seminar by Giancarlo Casale, History Professor at the University of Minnesota. Narrative I am a specialist in the history of the early modern Ottoman empire, although I also have interests in the history of geography and cartography, global exploration, and comparative empires. My first book, "The Ottoman Age of Exploration," was about the history of Ottoman expansion in the Indian Ocean during the sixteenth century. Based on extensive research in the archives of both Turkey and Portugal, it explored the ways in which the growth of the Ottoman Empire was part of the same historical process that witnessed the expansion of numerous other im ...

5 February 2015, Thursday   [6:00pm - 7:30pm]    When Slaves are Rulers, and Rulers are Slaves: Slavery and Identity in the Ottoman World
Category : Lectures/Conferences/Symposia
a lecture by Giancarlo Casale, History Professor at the University of Minnesota. Narrative I am a specialist in the history of the early modern Ottoman empire, although I also have interests in the history of geography and cartography, global exploration, and comparative empires. My first book, "The Ottoman Age of Exploration," was about the history of Ottoman expansion in the Indian Ocean during the sixteenth century. Based on extensive research in the archives of both Turkey and Portugal, it explored the ways in which the growth of the Ottoman Empire was part of the same historical process that witnessed the expansion of numerous other im ...

10 February 2015, Tuesday   [7:00pm - 9:00pm]    Tournees French Film Festival
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Film Screening: The Missing Picture, 7pm L'Image manquante / The Missing Picture How can a filmmaker portray incomprehensible barbarity, especially when he himself and everyone he knew and loved was directly affected by this horror? Rithy Panh ingeniously uses carved and painted figures to represent himself and his family (and many others), who had to flee Phnom Penh for agricultural labor camps on April 17, 1975, the day that the Khmer Rouge seized Cambodia’s capital city. In calm, occasionally astringent first-person narration (read by Randal Douc), we learn that Panh was 13 when Pol Pot began his genocidal regime; by 1979, the year tha ...

11 February 2015, Wednesday   [7:00pm - 9:00pm]    Tournees French Film Festival and Closing Reception
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Closing Reception, 6:30pm Film Screening, The Lovely Month of May,7pm Le Joli Mai / The Lovely Month of May This landmark documentary, co-directed by Chris Marker and Pierre Lhomme, was filmed in May of 1962, just after the passage of the Évian Accords, which officially ended the Algerian War. During this “first springtime of peace”—the first time in 23 years that France was not involved in any war—the filmmakers interviewed a random assortment of people on the streets of Paris, an endeavor that was made possible by new technological advances, such as portable 16mm sync cameras. (An important predecessor for Marker and Lhomme’s project w ...

18 February 2015, Wednesday   [6:00pm - 7:30pm]    Communities in Conversation: "The History of White People" Lecture
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Nell Irvin Painter is an American historian notable for her works on southern history of the nineteenth century. She is retired from Princeton University, and served as president of the Organization of American Historians. She also served as president of the Southern Historical Association. (Wikipedia) More information to follow ...

5 March 2015, Thursday   [6:00pm - 7:30pm]    Communities in Conversation: "From the Big Bang to the End of Time" Brian Greene
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Brian Randolph Greene is an American theoretical physicist and string theorist. He has been a professor at Columbia University since 1996 and chairman of the World Science Festival since co-founding it in 2008. Greene has worked on mirror symmetry, relating two different Calabi–Yau manifolds (concretely, relating the conifold to one of its orbifolds). He also described the flop transition, a mild form of topology change, showing that topology in string theory can change at the conifold point. (Wikipedia) More information to follow ...

23 April 2015, Thursday   [6:00pm - 9:15pm]    Humanities lecture by John Guillory
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Lecture by John Guillory (NYU): "Monuments and Documents: On the Object of Study in the Humanities," will reflect upon Erwin Panofsky's use of the terms 'monument' and 'document' to describe the works of art studied by the art historian or critic, and on the utility of these terms in describing the object of study across humanities disciplines generally. Guillory (NYU) is best known for his book "Cultural Capital," which applied Bourdieu's sociology of aesthetics to debates about canon formation in literary studies. More recently, he published a widely-discussed essay on the genesis of the concept of "media," a series of philological anno ...