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September 2018

Scholars@Hallwalls: Erkin Özay, “Cities and Schools in America, 1896-2015”

September 14, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, 341 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY United States
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Architect and urbanist Erkin Özay’s work explores the role of institutions in addressing the needs of disadvantaged urban communities. Bridging facets of urban development, education policy, and design, Özay’s talk will focus on the recent history of school-led redevelopment in East Baltimore, reflecting on it as an illustrative case to examine the persistent paradigms of community-building in American urbanism, as well as the spatial ideology of “saving cities.” Erkin’s research is concerned with the architecture of institutional settings and their capacity to…

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October 2018

Scholars@Hallwalls: Chad Lavin, “The Politics of Value (and the Value of Politics)”

October 12, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, 341 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY United States
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This paper uses Bourdieu’s concept of cultural capital to index the declining authority of the humanities to the rise in economic logic of neoliberalism.  Looking at the institutions and practices that elevate the discourse of economics over alternative modes of assigning value (namely, ethics and politics), Lavin argues that the esteem of the social sciences—and of economic science in particular—derives primarily not from their methodological rigor or verifiable results, but rather from the persistent efforts of a cultural infrastructure that…

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November 2018

Scholars@Hallwalls: Joseph Valente, “Better Now? Recovery Anxiety in the Writing of Autism”

November 2, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, 341 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY United States
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Autistic narratives unfold under the dueling pressures of diagnostic and literary expectation. The diagnostic expectation holds autism to be a life-long proposition: either a permanent disorder that may be ameliorated but never dissipated or a distinctive mode of being that should never be dissipated but must be accommodated. The literary expectation—set by the mass audience for auto-biographies and the hortatory tradition of disability writing—is that autistic protagonists will conquer the adversity of their the condition and achieve something like a…

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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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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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