Past Una's Lectures

Photo of Greil Marcus.
“Blackface Then and Now”
Thursday, Mar 6, 2008 | 7:30 pm
Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall
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United States

Music journalist and cultural critic Greil Marcus is noted for his scholarly and literary work connecting rock & roll to political and social history.

Photo of Robert Post.
“Religion and Freedom of Speech: Cartoons and Controversies”
Tuesday, Mar 13, 2007 | 7:30 pm
Lipman Room, Barrows Hall
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United States

Robert Post is David Boies Professor of Law at Yale University. His subject areas are constitutional law, the First Amendment, legal history, and affirmative action, and his books include Constitutional Domains: Democracy, Community, Management and Prejudicial Appearances: The Logic of American Antidiscrimination Law.

Photo of Hélène Cixous.
“The Flying Manuscript”
Tuesday, Feb 7, 2006 | 7:30 pm
Lipman Room, Barrows Hall
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United States

Theorist, novelist, playwright, and educational innovator Hélène Cixous is one of the best-known of the late-20th-century “French feminists.” Her work, often considered deconstructive, is known for its experimental writing that crosses the traditional limits of academic discourse into poetic language.

Photo of Mary Louise Pratt.
“English Only vs. National Security: Language and Contemporary Geopolitics”
Monday, Mar 15, 2004 | 7:30 pm
Morrison Reading Room, Doe Library
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United States

Mary Louise Pratt is Silver Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at New York University.

Photo of Frederick Wiseman.
“The Making and Reading of a Documentary Film”
Wednesday, Apr 2, 2003 | 7:30 pm
Wheeler Auditorium
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United States

Documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman uses the “direct cinema” tradition of documentary filmmaking—continued filming of human conversation and the routines of everyday life with no music, interviews, or voice-over narration—to powerfully examine social institutions in America.

Photo of Nicholson Baker.
“Bombs and Bibliographies: The Secret Life of the Library of Congress”
Monday, Apr 15, 2002 | 7:30 pm
Morrison Reading Room, Doe Library
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United States

Novelist and nonfiction writer Nicholson Baker is the author of The Mezzanine; Room Temperature; Vox; The Fermata; and The Everlasting Story of Nory, among others. Often addressing provocative topics such as voyeurism and planned assassination, Baker’s work is known for its focus on minute details and careful characterizations through the exploration of his characters' and narrators' stream of consciousness.

Photo of Eva Hoffman.
“Complex Histories, Contested Memories: Some Reflections on Remembering Difficult Pasts”
Tuesday, Sep 26, 2000 | 7:30 pm
Alumni House
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United States

Eva Hoffman is the author of several books, including the widely regarded Lost in Translation: A Life in a New Language and Shtetl: The Life and Death of a Small Town and the World of Polish Jews.

Photo of Anthony Grafton.
“Conversion and Astrology: Theory, Experience, and Cosmology”
Monday, Nov 1, 1999 | 8:00 pm
Alumni House
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United States

Anthony Grafton is Dodge Professor of History at Princeton University. His work focuses primarily on the cultural history of Renaissance Europe, the history of books and readers, scholarship and education in the West from Antiquity to the 19th century, and the history of science from Antiquity to the Renaissance.

Photo of J.M. Coetzee.
"The Novel in Africa"
Wednesday, Nov 11, 1998 | 8:00 pm
Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall
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United States

South-African novelist, literary critic, and translator J.M. Coetzee is the recipient of the 2003 Nobel Prize in Literature and a two-time winner of the Booker Prize. His writing often uses his country's apartheid system and its post-apartheid transition as a mirror for the bleakness of the human condition.

Photo of Wendy Ewald.
“The Innocent Eye”
Tuesday, Mar 31, 1998 | 8:00 pm
105 North Gate Hall
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United States

Photographer and educator Wendy Ewald is known for her documentary-style investigations of places and communities, which probe questions of identity and cultural differences. Ewald collaborates with children, families, and women around the world, often encouraging them to use cameras to record themselves, their families, and their communities.

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