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October 25, 2017

Humanities Center Public Lecture Series: Orhan Pamuk

Author Orhan Pamuk will present "Memories and Myths" at 5 p.m. in the Interfaith Chapel. Pamuk won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2006 and his novel My Name Is Red won the 2003 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. His work has been translated into more than sixty languages.

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October 6–7, 2017

Wallis Institute Annual Conference

The W. Allen Wallis Institute for Political Economy hosts its 24th annual conference at the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, 1100 South Goodman Street, Rochester, NY 14620. 

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October 5, 2017

An Evening with Douglas Crimp

Art and cultural critic Douglas Crimp, the Fanny Knapp Allen Professor of Art History and a professor of visual and cultural studies, will discuss Before Pictures, his new memoir and cultural history of New York City in the 1970s. The reading begins at 7 p.m. at the Memorial Art Gallery.

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September 28, 2017

Plutzik Reading Series Presents Martha Rhodes

The author of five poetry collections (most recently, The Thin Wall) will give a reading at 5 p.m. in the Welles-Brown Room in Rush Rhees Library. Rhodes is the director of the annual summer Conference on Poetry at the Frost Place in New Hampshire and is a founding editor and director of Four Way Books in New York City. The event is free and open to all.

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September 24, 2017

Reading by Joanna Scott

Novelist Joanna Scott, the Roswell Smith Burrows Professor of English, will read from her new novel, Careers for Women, at 3 p.m. at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore in College Town.

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Arts & Sciences Dean's Lecture: A Conversation with Ambassador Thomas Pickering

Thomas Pickering, a retired U.S. diplomat and founding member of the Iran Project, will participate in a conversation with University President and CEO Joel Seligman at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, September 12, in Feldman Ballroom, Douglass Commons. Gloria Culver, dean of the School of Arts & Sciences, will moderate questions from the audience. The event is free and open to the public.

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September 7, 14, and 18, 2017

Rationality, Evidence, and Public Discourse

When people disagree, and all involved in the discussion believe that theirs is the reasonable position, what's to be done? That question underlies a three-part lecture series by philosopher and former Dean of the College Richard Feldman. Feldman is the Romanell-Phi Beta Kappa Professor in Philosophy for this academic year.

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June 19–20, 2017

R-CHIVE Conference

Rochester Cultural Heritage Imaging, Visualization, and Education brings together university researchers and students with the goal of extending the corpus of mankind's cultural heritage. Conference topics include best practices for imaging (including the use of reference targets), the next generation of imaging systems, studies of materials (ink and parchments) and consideration of how this may impact imaging and image processing, and developing new imaging tools to assist codicologists and scholars.

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April 27–May 6, 2017

International Theatre Program Presents Buried Child

Sam Shepard's Pulitzer Prize-winning play launched the career of one of the most important American playwrights of the last decades of the 20th century. A darkly comic portrait of a family in disarray, Buried Child explores how home is both a place you can never really leave or ever really return to. The production opens on April 27 at Todd Theater on the River Campus.

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April 25, 2017

Plutzik Reading Series Welcomes Nnedi Okorafor

The author—whose award-winning works include the book Lagoon, the novella Binti, and the children's book Chicken in the Kitchen—will give a reading at 5 p.m. in the Welles-Brown Room in Rush Rhees Library. Her work has received awards and accolades from the British Science Fiction Association, Publisher's Weekly, and, among other organizations. The event is free and open to all.

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April 20, 2017

Expressing Identities in Africa and the Diaspora

Christine Mullen Kreamer, Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, will present "Fashioning Identities: Africa’s Textile Arts" at 4 p.m. in Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library. This keynote lecture, part of the New Direction Symposium, is sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies.

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March 31, 2017

Susan B. Anthony Institute International Graduate Conference

The Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies hosts its 24th annual International Graduate Conference. Graduate students from all disciplines will present, discuss, and explore research on the conference's theme: "On the Voice: Identity, Difference, Expression."

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March 23, 2017

Plutzik Reading Series Welcomes Brooks Haxton

The award-winning poet and author of Uproar (2003), They Lift Their Wings to Cry (2008), and Fading Hearts on the River (2014) will give a reading at 5 p.m. in the Welles-Brown Room in Rush Rhees Library. The event is free and open to all.

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March 23, 2017

Distinguished Visiting Humanist Talk: Wendy Doniger

Wendy Doniger of the University of Chicago presents "Life of Learning: How My Mother Prepared Me to Confront Hindu Fundamentalists in 2010." The lecture, which is free and open to the public, begins at 4 p.m. in the Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library.

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March 3, 2017

Science and Citizenship: A Teach-In

Faculty from the School of Arts and Sciences will present talks on a variety of topics, including uncertainty in climate modeling, evidence for evolution, and a scientist's thoughts on reading the media. The teach-in runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Attendees are welcome to stop by for one talk, multiple talks, or the whole day.

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March 2–11, 2017

International Theatre Program Presents That Poor Girl and How He Killed Her

This contemporary play is by Jen Silverman, an emerging talent, whom critics have called “a fresh voice who takes chances, but also a playwright who plumbs the depth of humanity without sentimentality.” The production opens on March 2 at Todd Theater on the River Campus.

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March 1, 2017

Phelps Colloquium: "Did Sgt. Pepper Really Teach the Band to Play?"

John Covach, professor of music theory, chair of the Department of Music, and director of the Institute for Popular Music, will present at 4 p.m. in the Frederick Douglass Commons Ballroom. The Phelps Colloquium series encourages faculty and administrative leaders from across the University to meet and discuss cross-discipline topics. Registration is required.

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February 16, 2017

Plutzik Reading Series Welcomes A. Van Jordan

The poet and author of Rise, M-A-C-N-O-L-I-AQuantum Lyrics, and The Cineaste will give a reading at 5 p.m. in the Welles-Brown Room in Rush Rhees Library. He has been awarded a Whiting Writers Award, an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, and a Pushcart Prize. The event is free and open to all.

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February 8, 2017

Nazerian Humanities Lectures Presents Laura Smoller

Professor of History Laura Ackerman Smoller will present a lecture titled "Dominicans and Demons: Possession and Temptation in the Cult of Saint Vincent Ferrer" as part of the annual Hagop and Artemis Nazerian Humanities Lectures. Her presentation begins at 5 p.m. 

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December 1–10, 2016

International Theatre Program Presents Circle Mirror Transformation

Annie Baker’s award-winning play explores the lives of a group of small town Vermonters through the minutely detailed lens of those characters taking an acting class. The production opens Thursday, December 1, in Todd Theater on the River Campus.

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November 30–December 2, 2016

Transparent: A Multidisciplinary Symposium

This two-day academic event brings scholars, writers, and critics together to discuss topics such as sexuality and gender studies, Jewish studies, American studies, and media studies. The symposium kicks off with a reading by iconic poet, novelist, performer and art journalist Eileen Myles. It also includes discussions with Transparent's Zackary Drucker (producer), Alexandra Grey (actor), and Rabbi Susan Goldberg (consultant). All events are free and open to the public.

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November 20, 2016

G. Milton Wing Lecture: Mathematics and the Art of M.C. Escher

The imagery in M.C. Escher’s graphic works not only makes obvious use of geometry, but often provides visual metaphors for abstract mathematical concepts. This lecture will examine mathematical concepts implicit in several of Escher’s works, outline the transformation geometry that governs his interlocking figures, and reveal how this “math anxious” artist actually did pioneering mathematical research in order to accomplish his artistic goals. 

Mathematician and alumna Doris Schattschneider '61, professor emeritus from Moravian College, will present from 1–2 p.m. in the Memorial Art Gallery Auditorium.

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November 17–December 11, 2016

Looking Like the Enemy: The WWII Japanese-American Experience

An upcoming Humanities Project event reviews the experiences of the more than 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry who were forcibly removed from their homes and placed in remote relocation camps after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The exhibition, featuring Margaret Miyake’s photographs in the Hartnett Gallery of Wilson Commons, begins with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on November 17.

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November 3, 2016

Humanities Center Lecture on "The Pragmatic Achievement of the Paris Climate Agreement"

Andrew Light, University Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy and director of the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy at George Mason University, will present as part of the Humanities Center Lecture Series, focused this year on the theme of the environment. The public lecture begins at 5 p.m. in the Hawkins-Carlson Room at Rush Rhees Library.

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October 27, 2016

Kafka Prize Winner to Read from Work

Join the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies for its annual Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize ceremony and reading featuring Mia Alvar and her debut work of fiction, In the Country, from 5 to 6:15 p.m. in the Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library.

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October 25, 2016

Plutzik Reading Series Welcomes Dinaw Mengestu

Dinaw Mengestu has published three novels, all of them New York Times Notable Books, including his most recent, All Our Names. A 2012 MacArthur Foundation Fellow, he is the recipient of a Lannan Fiction Fellowship, the Guardian First Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the Prix du Premier Roman Etranger, among numerous other awards. He will read at 5 p.m. in the Welles-Brown Room, Rush Rhees Library.

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October 22–24, 2016


The inaugural iteration of this film festival showcases contemporary German, Austrian, and Swiss films. Sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, Film and Media Studies Program, and Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies.

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October 19, 2016

2016 Morgan Lecture Explores 'First Contact' Tourism in New Guinea

From the University of Cambridge's Division of Social Anthropology, Dr. Rupert Stasch will present "Dramas of Otherness: 'First Contact' Tourism in New Guinea" from 7–9 p.m. in Lander Auditorium, Hutchison Hall.

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October 8, 2016

Indescribable Joy: Pilgrimage in 17th-Century Spain as Emotional Experience

Seventeenth-century documents on Spanish pilgrimages provide an important window into the interior lives of people living in a deeply religious society. Assistant Professor of History Thomas Devaney will discuss his current research into the emotional experiences of these pilgrims. The lecture and reception take place from 3-5 p.m. as part of Meliora Weekend.

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October 8, 2016

Religion and the Race for the White House

Associate Professor of Religion Nora Rubel, PhD, will discuss religion and politics in the U.S. during this presidential election year. Her lecture takes place from 8:45-10:15 a.m. as part of Meliora Weekend.

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October 7, 2016

Plutzik Reading Series Presents Richard Blanco

Richard Blanco is the fifth inaugural poet in U.S. history, reading his original work “One Today” at President Barack Obama’s 2013 inauguration ceremony. Blanco is the youngest and first Latino, immigrant, and gay person to serve in such a role. His reading will take place at 4 p.m. in Lander Auditorium, Hutchison Hall.

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October 7, 2016

Hartnett Gallery Exhibit Opening Reception

Sculptor Judith Modrak ’85 presents her newest exhibit, Fundamental Filaments, of cast figures, derived from human, biological, and organic forms which unmask themes of aging, family dynamics and neurological conditions. Artist talk begins at 4 p.m. with reception to follow.

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October 7, 2016

Scholar Showcase: Celebration of Research, Culture, Programs, and Community

As part of Meliora Weekend, explore open houses, performances, presentations, and lectures, including ones from the School of Arts and Sciences departments:

  • Dance and Movement: Introduction to Yoga Workshop | Spurrier, Room 104, 3:30-5 p.m.
  • Digital History: Cutting-Edge Work at the Department of History | Rush Rhees Library, Room 446, and the Digital Humanities Center, Rush Rhees, G-122
  • Earth and Environmental Sciences: Lab Tours | Hutchison Hall, Room 224, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
  • Mathematics Department | Hylan Building, 11th Floor
  • Public Health: Meet Public Health Alumni | Morey Hall, Room 321

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October 6–15, 2016

International Theatre Program Presents When You Comin Back, Red Ryder?

The International Theatre Program opens its 2016-17 season with Mark Medoff's Obie Award-winning drama. When a small, sleepy New Mexico diner is visited by a fugitive couple on the run, locals and visitors have their lives upended and their dreams and inner desires confronted. Tense and gripping, Red Ryder explores the myths of American manhood and heroism with brutality, humor, and nail-biting suspense. Recommended for adult audiences only.

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October 6, 2016

Dedication of Wegmans Hall and Goergen Institute for Data Science

Wegmans Hall will serve as a state-of-the-art home for the new Goergen Institute for Data Science. As part of Meliora Weekend, join us at 4:30 p.m. for the formal dedication of this new data science hub at the University.

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September 26, 2016

The Destruction of Memory: Film Screening with Q-and-A

Based on the book of the same name by Robert Bevan, The Destruction of Memory looks at how cultural destruction has wrought catastrophic results across the globe. The screening will be followed by a Q-and-A with Tim Slade, the film's writer, producer, and director; Amila Buturovic, associate professor of humanities and religious studies at York University; Th. Emil Homerin, professor and chair of the Department of Religion and Classics at the University of Rochester; and Aaron Hughes, the Philip S. Bernstein Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Rochester.

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September 23–24, 2016

Wallis Institute Annual Conference

The W. Allen Wallis Institute for Political Economy hosts its 23rd annual conference in Schlegel Hall.

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March 1–July 29, 2016

Exhibit: Language Architecture Through the Ages

The exhibition showcases new and old examples of the imaginative use of strange alphabets, ciphers, asemic writing, and invented languages from medieval to modern times with a special emphasis on the original artwork and calligraphy donations. Curated by Sarah Higley, professor of English, and sponsored by the Medieval Studies Council and the Robbins Library.

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April 7–23, 2016

International Theatre Program presents Mother Courage and Her Children

The International Theatre Program commissions its first original theatrical score, a pop-rock version of Bertolt Brecht’s timely and powerful work about the brutality and sacrifice of war, with music by acclaimed up-and-coming composer, Matt Marks, and directed by Nigel Maister.

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March 14, 2016

Frederick Douglass Institute Speaker Series Presents Charles Blow

New York Times columnist, CNN commentator, and best-selling author of Fire Shut Up In My Bones: A Memoir will present at 5 p.m. in the Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library. Blow's lecture is titled "Up From Pain: How One Man Overcame Adversity to Find, Accept and Celebrate Himself."

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March 2, 2016

Nazerian Humanities Lectures Presents Joan Saab

The inaugural lecture “Making Sense of What We See: Hoaxes and the American Visual Imagination” will be presented by Joan Saab at 5 p.m. in the Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library.

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January 28, 2016

Inaugural Year Lecture Series Presents Deborah Jenson

Deborah Jenson is professor of romance studies and global health, and director of the Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University. Her lecture takes place from 5–7 p.m. in the Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library.

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Launched in 2011 by Arielle Friedlander ‘11 as a part of her Kauffman Entrepreneurial Year project, the inspireDANCE festival was created to give members of the community a chance to learn, teach, and perform alongside faculty and students at the University of Rochester.

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