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February 2021

[Virtual] Scholars@Hallwalls: Millie Chen, “Silk Road Songbook: Notes on Making Art Under Censorship and Globalization”

February 5 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

REGISTER NOW Where there is limited freedom of expression, how can one creatively and collectively mourn, remember, persist, and declare? Songs have the capacity to turn sorrow and outrage into fortitude and optimism. Silk Road Songbook is a socially driven, multidisciplinary art project that weaves song into landscape, challenging censorship and Orientalist exoticism. Grass roots songs channeling local voices concerning land, sovereignty, and cultural identity are created in collaboration with artists in communities along an ancient trade route spanning Eurasia…

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March 2021

[Virtual] Scholars@Hallwalls: Jordan Fox Besek, “W.E.B. Du Bois And Interdisciplinarity: How Du Bois Fused Natural Science Into His Political Projects”

March 5 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Throughout his life, W.E.B. Du Bois actively engaged the scientific racism infecting natural sciences and popular thought. Nevertheless, he also demonstrated a sophisticated and critical engagement with natural science. Debate remains, however, regarding exactly how and why Du Bois incorporated such natural scientific knowledge into his own thinking. In this presentation, Besek draws on archival research and Du Bois’ own scholarship to investigate his general approach to interdisciplinarity, addressing how and why he fused natural scientific knowledge into his social…

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[Virtual] Scholars@Hallwalls: Karin Michelson, “Weaving a grammar of the Onʌyoteʔa·ká· (Oneida) language”

March 26 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

In this talk, Michelson confronts an issue faced by anyone contemplating writing a comprehensive reference grammar of a language, especially of a language with a different “genius” from better known languages. Traditionally, grammars of languages spoken by the Haudenosaunee are exhaustive catalogues of grammatical structures, akin to describing beads in a necklace. Michelson’s approach to an Oneida grammar describes it as a richly textured woven fabric, with formal elements used for diverse functions. This conception or “theory” is exemplified by…

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April 2021

[Virtual] Scholars@Hallwalls: John Fiege, “Speaking of the Environment: The Ecosphere Podcast”

April 9 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Fiege is developing a podcast, called Ecosphere, that explores key questions at the heart of our ecological predicament: what is our physical and spiritual relationship to the rest of nature and how can we protect life on Earth? The podcast features long-form, intimate conversations with environmental thinkers, writers, artists, activists, scientists, and spiritual leaders across the planet. Positioned at a university, the project seeks to strengthen the institution of higher education as a broadly inclusive, accessible center for knowledge creation,…

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[Virtual] Scholars@Hallwalls: Eero Laine, “Entertaining Labor: The Sweaty Theatricality of Mascots and Costumed Characters”

April 23 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Mascots and costumed characters often function as figures for communities to playfully project their interests, test limits of representation, and share in earnest and ironic admiration. They stand in for something larger—an idea, team, company, or nation. They are also, however, inhabited by an individual performer, whose body and labor are intentionally concealed, subsumed, by the fabric of the costume. This presentation examines the labor that animates mascot costumes as a form of sweaty theatricality that congeals in the characters…

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