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February 2018

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

February 9, 2018 @ 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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March 2018

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

March 2, 2018 @ 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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April 2018

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

April 13, 2018 @ 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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May 2018

Scholars@Hallwalls: Julia Jamrozik, “Growing up Modern”

May 4, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, 341 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY United States
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Julia Jamrozik Julia Jamrozik will discuss the research project “Growing up Modern” which she began with Coryn Kempster in 2014. Through original interviews and photographs the project documents the memories and retrospections of children who grew up in some of the most iconic buildings of the early 20th century, such as the Tugendhat Villa in Brno or the Haus Schminke in Loebau. By speaking with the serendipitous inhabitants of architectural visions and documenting their dwellings through the lens of these…

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