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November 2018

Scholars@Hallwalls: Carole Emberton, “Not a Place But an Irrevocable Condition: Emancipation and the Meaning of Home Among Formerly Enslaved Americans”

November 30, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, 341 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY United States
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Carole Emberton’s talk explores freedpeople’s struggles to find, establish, and maintain a sense of home in the decades after emancipation in the nineteenth century. In particular, she will explore the ways that the sites of enslavement—the plantation—continued to shape their understanding of self and family and provide them with a sense of rootedness and belonging despite (or perhaps because of) the historical traumas experienced there. Carole received her B.A. from the University of Chicago and her PhD from Northwestern University.…

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February 2019

NEW DATE! Scholars@Hallwalls: Yan Liu, “Use poison to attack poison: Medicine, illness, and society in early imperial China”

February 1, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, 341 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY United States
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How does medicine help us understand society? Using Chinese medicine as an example, my talk shows the conception of illness and the therapeutic rationale of deploying poisons in first-millennium China. Liu identifies a striking parallel: Just like doctors’ use of potent drugs to eliminate malign entities out of a physical body, the state established stringent policies to expel poisoners, especially women poisoners, to remedy a social body. The medical use of poisons in China, therefore, reveals the far-reaching repercussions of…

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March 2019

Scholars@Hallwalls: Adam Rome, “Partly Green: The Past and Future of Sustainable Business”

March 1, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, 341 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY United States
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Adam Rome, Professor of History and HI Faculty Fellow Can capitalism become green without fundamental changes in the rules of the marketplace? The last 30 years has been a revealing test of the limits of corporate sustainability initiatives. In the United States, no major environmental legislation has passed since 1990, yet many businesses have worked hard to become greener. How successful have their efforts been? What has driven change, and what has stood in the way? The answers to those…

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Scholars@Hallwalls: Charles L. Davis, II, “The Spatial Allegories of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie Style Architecture”

March 29, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, 341 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY United States
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Charles L. Davis, II, Assistant Professor of Architecture and OVPRED/HI Public Humanities Faculty Fellow This presentation examines the racial politics of space that were manifest by Frank Lloyd Wright’s vision of a Prairie Style architecture. While the American prairie was spatially defined by the wide-open spaces that inspired the horizontal massing and flowing interior spaces of this style, it was also the site of a dramatic social struggle between white settlers and non-white natives competing for land. Davis argues that…

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April 2019

Scholars@Hallwalls: Mary Nell Trautner, “Transforming Medical Problems into Legal Problems”

April 12, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, 341 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY United States
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Mary Nell Trautner, Associate Professor of Sociology and OVPRED/HI Public Humanities Faculty Fellow Why do some medical problems become legal problems and others do not? This project is based on interviews with 100 parents of children who experienced the same kind of birth injury about their decisions whether or not to pursue legal action against their doctor. Trautner examinex three important influences on parents’ decision making: state-level political and media culture, online social networking sites, and intimate social support networks.…

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May 2019

Scholars@Hallwalls: Dimitri Anastasopoulos, “Oia: Perils of American Tourist Children in Greece”

May 3, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, 341 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY United States
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Dimitri Anastasopoulos, Associate Professor of English and HI Faculty Fellow Oia: Perils of American Tourist Children in Greece (a docufiction) incorporates political analysis of the Greek economic and political crises (2008-2018) together with nonfiction travel writing, cultural critique, and a recasting of Plato’s Cave. Fictional narrative in Oia also sits in with a range of cultural narratives, political arguments, and social discourses, which have come to dominate the story of Greece in the last decade. While exploring the use of…

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September 2019

Scholars@Hallwalls: Michael Rembis, “‘A fact was no less a fact because it was told by a crazy person’: Popular Responses to 19th Century Asylums”

September 13, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, 341 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY United States
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Join us at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center for our ninth year of Faculty Fellows talks! This lecture series brings current UB humanities research out into the community – with complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres. Free and open to the public. Michael Rembis, Associate Professor, History and Director, UB Center for Disability Studies, 2019-20 OVPRED/HI Public Humanities Faculty Fellow. Photo by Doug Levere. In this presentation, Rembis contemplates the role of mad people and their allies in protesting asylums in the…

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October 2019

Scholars@Hallwalls: Ariel Nereson, “Choreographing History: Black Concert Dance and the Question of Genre”

October 18, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, 341 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY United States
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Ariel Nereson, Assistant Professor, Theatre and Dance and 2019-20 Humanities Institute Faculty Fellow. Photographer: Douglas Levere Join us at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center for our ninth year of Faculty Fellows talks! This lecture series brings current UB humanities research out into the community – with complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres. Free and open to the public. Ariel Nereson’s presentation asks if sentimentalism can be useful for contemporary black artists; if, as a set of aesthetic tactics, sentimentalism offers representational and…

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November 2019

Scholars@Hallwalls: Andrew Lison, “New Media at the End of History”

November 1, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, 341 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY United States
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Andrew Lison, Assistant Professor, Media Study and 2019-20 Humanities Institute Faculty Fellow. Photographer: Douglas Levere Join us at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center for our ninth year of Faculty Fellows talks! This lecture series brings current UB humanities research out into the community – with complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres. Free and open to the public. The late 1980s and early 1990s mark a transition away from a binary, Cold War geopolitics and toward the binary-based, digital media beginning to connect…

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POSTPONED: Scholars@Hallwalls: Christian Flaugh, “Festive Publics, Global Returns”

November 22, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, 341 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY United States
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Christian Flaugh, Associate Professor, Romance Languages and Literatures; and 2019-20 Humanities Institute Faculty Fellow. Photographer: Douglas Levere THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED for Thursday, March 12, 2020, 4pm. Join us at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center for our ninth year of Faculty Fellows talks! This lecture series brings current UB humanities research out into the community – with complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres. Free and open to the public. Carnival festivals of the Americas, as in French Guiana, Haiti, Louisiana, and Trinidad, are…

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