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February 2018

Scholars@Hallwalls: Richard Cohen, “Capitalism, Globalization and Fascism”

February 9 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, 341 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY United States
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Richard Cohen Capitalism is not merely an economic system but represents also a devaluation of all values, with money, a means, serving as the only "value." As such capitalism destroys all alternative value, undermining the dignity and solidarity of persons. In view of such capitalist nihilism, fascism promises to restore lost values, but in fact serves only as a violent cover for the ruling class of billionaires and multi-millionaires. The fascist regimes of early and mid-twentieth century in Italy, Germany…

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New Faculty Seminar: Yan Liu

February 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
To Be Announced
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March 2018

Scholars@Hallwalls: James Beebe, “Healthy Skepticism vs. Denialism: How to Tell the Difference”

March 2 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, 341 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY United States
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James Beebe In “Healthy Skepticism vs. Denialism: How to Tell the Difference,” Philosophy professor James Beebe will draw upon insights from skeptical traditions in both the ancient and the modern worlds in an effort to understand what distinguishes healthy, constructive doubt from crude denialism. He will consider the role that humanistic disciplines can play in helping citizens in a post-truth political climate to recognize and communicate sources of reliable and unreliable testimony, legitimate and illegitimate reasons for doubt, and how…

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Humanities Night at Torn Space Theater: Far Away by Caryl Churchill

March 3 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Adam Mickiewicz Dramatic Circle, 612 Fillmore Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14212 United States
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The UB Humanities Institute invites you to join for a performance of Caryl Churchill's Far Away at Torn Space Theater with an introduction by Justin Read (Romance Languages & Literatures). About Far Away: A young girl witnesses a disturbing act, grows up to become a hatmaker, and marries a soldier- but nothing is quite what it seems in Far Away. Caryl Churchill brings her minimalist sensibility to a future world where all people, animals, and natural elements have taken sides…

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HI Conference: Humanities to the Rescue, An Evening with Margaret Atwood

March 9 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Center for the Arts Mainstage,

BUY TICKETS The Humanities Institute is pleased to announce renowned author Margaret Atwood, as the 2017-18 Eileen Silvers Visiting Professor in the Humanities. Recipient of the Booker Prize, Arthur C. Clarke Award, Governor General’s Award, the PEN Pinter Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Book Critics Circle (2017), Margaret Atwood is the author of more than fifty volumes of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and children’s literature. Deeply engaged with history and prophetic about…

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Humanities to the Rescue: Environmental Film Festival

March 10 @ 3:00 pm - March 12 @ 9:30 pm
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SAVE-THE-DATES Location and speaker details forthcoming. This festival showcases work by five documentary filmmakers who have tried in very different ways to spark environmental activism. What works and what doesn’t? Curated by UB Professor Adam Rome, Department of History Saturday, March 10 3:00 pm | The Age of Stupid Dir. Franny Armstrong (2014), 1 hr. 29 mins. Synopsis: The Age of Stupid stars Oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite (In The Name of the Father, The Usual Suspects, Brassed Off) as a…

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Early Modern Research Workshop: Jonathan Davies, “Early Modern Studies: State of the Field”

March 26 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
532 Park Hall

Jonathan Davies, University of Warwick (UK), "Early Modern Studies: State of the Field"  

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Early Modern Research Workshop: Jonathan Davies, “Violence in Early Modern Europe: Questions and Debates”

March 26 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
280 Park Hall

Jonathan Davies, University of Warwick (UK), "Violence in Early Modern Europe: Questions and Debates"

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April 2018

Modernisms Research Workshop: Lecture by Mariano Siskind, Harvard University

April 5 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
904 Clemens

Save-the-Date The Modernisms Research Workshop presents a lecture by Mariano Siskind, Harvard University. Title to be announced.

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Scholars@Hallwalls: Amy Graves Monroe, “Ex machina: The Tragedy in the Machine”

April 13 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, 341 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY United States
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Amy Graves Monroe This talk argues for a deep connection between the rise of Pascalian probability, the interest in automata, the use of theater machines, and Aristotelian ideas of dramatic verisimilitude (i.e., likelihood) and catastrophe. As an interpretation of Aristotle, the Classical unities of time, place and action seek to formalize the circumstances of a happening on the stage. Drama becomes a forum for performing cause and effect, probing probability, exploring plausible outcomes, and wondering about the nature fate, chance,…

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