Public Events

  • AUGUST 2018

  • SEPTEMBER 2018


    Martin Nesvig 

    Associate Professor of History
    University of Miami

    Promiscuous Power:
    An Unorthodox History of New Spain

    Wednesday
    9-5-18

    8:00 PM
    Books & Books
    Public Invited
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    Hazel Carby

    Charles C. & Dorathea S. Dilley Professor of African American Studies
    Professor of American Studies
    Director of the Initiative on Race, Gender, and Globalization, Yale University

    Where Are You From? (Public Lecture)


    Thursday
    9-20-18
    7:00 PM

    Public Lecture
    Kislak Center
    Public Invited

    On Carby's Race Men: 
    “Carby’s voice is clear, well documented, courageous and loud… Carby consistently challenges her reader to look at race and masculinity in ways that are new, difficult and often dangerous to our notions of self and of others….”
    — 
    Jill Nelson, Women’s Review of Books

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  • OCTOBER 2018

    Herns Marcellin ‌

    Associate Professor of Anthropology
    University of Miami

    Toni Cela 

    Affiliated Faculty
    University of Miami

    Les jeunes Haïtiens dans les Amériques/ Haitian Youth in the Americas

    Wednesday
    10-10-18

    8:00 PM
    Books & Books
    Public Invited
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    Haitian Youths in the Americas examines the contexts in which Haitian youth and young people of Haitian descent negotiate their socio-cultural conditions in Haiti and in different societies across the Americas. This book provides unique insights into the complexity of identity processes as well as the ambivalence of the modes of belonging and engagement of young people of Haitian descent in Haiti and other societies in which they live or circulate.

    Louis Herns Marcelin, Ph.D. is professor of social science with joint appointments in the departments of anthropology and public health sciences at the University of Miami. He studies health and human security, power, violence, and marginalization with particular focus on Haiti, Brazil, the United States, and the Dominican Republic. In 2007, he founded the Interuniversity Institute for Research and Development (INURED), a Haiti-based think (and do) tank.

    Toni Cela, Ph.D. is the Coordinator of the Interuniversity Institute for Research and Development (INURED) and an affiliated faculty member in the department of anthropology at the University of Miami. Her research interests include: education, violence, disaster, migration, and identity. She holds a doctorate from Columbia University.

  • NOVEMBER 2018

    Caleb Everett 

    Professor of Anthropology
    University of Miami

    Numbers and the Making of Us:
    Counting and the Course of Human Cultures

    Wednesday
    11-7-18

    8:00 PM
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    Public Invited
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    Numbers and the Making of Us is a sweeping account of how numbers radically enhanced our species’ cognitive capabilities and sparked a revolution in human culture. Number concepts are a human invention—a tool, much like the wheel, developed and refined over millennia. Everett examines the various types of numbers that have developed in different societies and details fascinating work with indigenous Amazonians who demonstrate that, unlike language, numbers are not a universal human endowment.

    Caleb Everett is an anthropological and cognitive linguist. Much of his research explores the intersection of language and thought. Caleb is Professor and Chair of Anthropology at the University of Miami, with a secondary appointment in Psychology.


    Christopher de Hamel

    Fellow
    Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University

    The Library of Saint Thomas Becket (Public Lecture)


    Thursday
    11-15-18
    7:00 PM

    Public Seminar
    Kislak Center
    Public Invited

    Friday
    11-16-18
    12:30 PM

     Lunch Seminar
     Location TBA
     For UM Humanities Faculty & Grad Students

    On de Hamel's Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts:
    “De Hamel is a man of extraordinary erudition and easy charm; his book asks many questions of the past, and invokes many mysteries…”
     
     The New Yorker
     
    “Full of delights...”
    — Tom Stoppard

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  • DECEMBER 2018

    Scott Heerman 

    Assistant Professor of History
    University of Miami

    The Alchemy of Slavery:
    Human Bondage and Emancipation in the Illinois Country, 1730-1865

    Wednesday
    12-5-18

    8:00 PM
    Books & Books
    Public Invited
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    In this sweeping saga that spans empires, peoples, and nations, M. Scott Heerman chronicles the long history of slavery in Illinois in the heart of the North American continent. Arguing that slavery had no fixed institutional definition, Heerman traces various practices of slavery through indigenous, French, and finally U.S. systems of forced labor. The Alchemy of Slaverythus reveals the diverse and adaptable practices that masters deployed to build a slave economy in the Mississippi River Valley, attempting to outmaneuver their abolitionist opponents who partnered with African Americans to wage an extended campaign against slavery in the region.

    Scott Heerman is Assistant Professor of History. He completed his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, and was the Patrick Henry Postdoctoral Scholar at Johns Hopkins University.

  • JANUARY 2019

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    Catherine Hall

    Emerita Professor of History
    Chair of the Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British Slave-Ownership
    University College London (UCL)

    Edward Long and the Making of "Race" Across the Black/White Atlantic (Public Lecture)


    Thursday
    1-31-19
    7:00 PM

    Public Lecture
    Kislak Center
    Public Invited

    Wednesday
    1-30-19
    12:30 PM

    Lunch Seminar
    Learning Commons Flexible Learning Space
    For UM Humanities Faculty & Grad Students

    “Professor Hall’s research has transformed our understanding of race, gender, class and empire within modern Britain…”
    — Modern British Studies (Birmingham)

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  • FEBRUARY 2019

    Tim Watson 

    Associate Professor of English
    University of Miami

    Culture Writing:
    Literature and Anthropology in the Midcentury Atlantic World

    Wednesday
    2-6-19

    8:00 PM
    Books & Books
    Public Invited
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    Focusing on the 1950s and early 1960s, Culture Writing explores the dynamic exchanges between literary writers and anthropologists on both sides of the Atlantic. Culture Writing shows that the "literary turn" in anthropology took place earlier than has conventionally been assumed, in the 1950s rather than the 1970s and 80s, and occurred in the context of decolonization. Simultaneously, some literary writers reacted to the end of the period of modernist experimentation by turning to ethnographic methods for representing the people and cultural practices of Britain, France, and the United States.

    Tim Watson is Associate Professor of English at the University of Miami and the author of Caribbean Culture and British Fiction in the Atlantic World, 1780-1870 (2008).

    Rudolf Dekker

    Autobiographical Writing and History Research Group Director
    Huizinga Institute - Research School for Cultural History at the University of Amsterdam

    The Secret Diary of Constantijn Huygens, Jr. (1628-1697): Society, Politics, and Culture in the Late Seventeenth Century (Public Lecture)


    Thursday
    2-21-19
    7:00 PM

    Public Lecture
    Kislak Center
    Public Invited


    “Dekker has had a keen eye for popular culture and eyewitness accounts of history throughout his career. Having published on, among other things, popular risings, cross-dressing, humor, childhood, and education in the early modern period, Dekker now presents us with an introduction to an extraordinary and extensive seventeenth-century diary, written by Constantijn Huygens...”
    — Willemijn Ruberg, Biography

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  • MARCH 2019

     

    Justin Ritzinger 

    Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
    University of Miami

    Anarchy in the Pure Land:
    Reinventing the Cult of Maitreya in Modern Chinese Buddhism

    Wednesday
    3-6-19

    8:00 PM
    Books & Books
    Public Invited
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    Anarchy in the Pure Land investigates the twentieth-century reinvention of the cult of Maitreya, the future Buddha, conceived by the reformer Taixu and promoted by the Chinese Buddhist reform movement. The cult presents an apparent anomaly: It shows precisely the kind of concern for ritual, supernatural beings, and the afterlife that the reformers supposedly rejected in the name of "modernity." This book, however, argues that the cult of Maitreya represents an attempt to articulate a new constellation of values, integrating novel understandings of the good, clustered around modern visions of utopia, with the central Buddhist goal of Buddhahood.
    Justin R. Ritzinger is a scholar of modern and contemporary Buddhism in China and Taiwan. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2010. His research focuses on the development and articulation of Buddhist modernism in the Chinese-speaking world and the role played by seemingly non-modern ideas and practices in that movement.

    Francois Recanati

    Research fellow at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in Paris, France

    Imagination and the Self (Public Lecture)


    Thursday
    3-28-19
    7:00 PM

    Public Lecture
    Kislak Center
    Public Invited


    “[Recanati's Literal Meaning] is extremely valuable for the important issues it raises with respect to thearchitecture of linguistic theory, for its clear and intelligent discussion of them, for its thorough comparison of some of the most influential contemporary approaches to meaning, and not least for the further reflections it may inspire in the reader.” 
    — Maj-Britt Mosegaard Hansen, Journal of Pragmatics

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  • APRIL 2019

     


     

    Viviana Diaz-Balsera ‌

    Professor of Spanish
    University of Miami

    Guardians of Idolatry:
    Gods, Demons, and Priests in Hernando Ruiz de Alarcón’s Treatise on the Heathen Superstitions

    Wednesday
    4-3-19

    8:00 PM
    Books & Books
    Public Invited
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    In 1629, Catholic priest Hernando Ruiz de Alarcón produced a treatise designed to aid the church in its abolishment of native Nahua religious practices. The bilingual Nahuatl-Spanish work collected diverse incantations, or nahualtocaitl, used to conjure Mesoamerican deities for daily sustenance and medical activities. Guardians of Idolatry offers readers a rare, in-depth look at the nahualtocaitl and the native cosmogonies, beliefs, and medical practices they reveal. It tells a compelling story of the robust presence of a unique form of Postclassic Mesoamerican ritual knowledge, fully operative one hundred years after the incursion of Christianity in south Central Mexico, and shows the disparate ways in which both colonizers and resilient indigenous agents contributed to the conservation of Mesoamerican teachings.

    Viviana Díaz Balsera is Professor of Spanish at the University of Miami and the author of The Pyramid under the Cross: Franciscan Discourses of Evangelization and the Nahua Christian Subject in Sixteenth-Century Mexico.