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Ferrari Humanities Symposia

April 05, 2016 - April 06, 2016

Photo of Jane Tylus.

Jane Tylus, Faculty Director of the Center for the Humanities and Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature at New York University, will be on campus April 4–6 for the annual Ferrari Humanities Symposia. During this time, she will deliver a keynote lecture and participate in a number of discussions and panels for undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, alumni, and local community members.

The symposia are made possible through the generosity and vision of Bernard T. Ferrari ’70, ’74M (MD) and Linda Gaddis Ferrari. 

Monday, April 4, 2016
10 a.m. - noon
Robbins Library, Rush Rhees Library

Seminar-style meeting with Humanities graduate students. Suggested reading: Judith Butler, "Ordinary, Incredulous," from The Humanities and Public Life, ed. Peter Brooks and Hilary Jewett (2014).

Monday, April 4, 2016
1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Plutzik Room, Rush Rhees Library
Conversation with Jane Tylus and Humanities Center affiliates. Open to faculty.

Monday, April 4, 2016
3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Interfaith Chapel
Presentation and Open Exchange on the Future of the Humanities in 21st Century Liberal Arts Institutions
As part of a series of Ferrari Symposia events, University undergraduates have been invited to attend a brief presentation followed by an open exchange on the future of the humanities—at once central and marginal— in 21st century liberal arts institutions. Suggested reading for undergrads:  Elaine Scarry, “Poetry, Injury, and the Ethics of Reading,” from The Humanities and Public Life, ed. Peter Brooks and Hilary Jewett (2014). All are welcome.     

Tuesday, April 5, 2016
9:30 a.m. – Noon
Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library
Interdisciplinary Conversation: “Contested Spaces: Imagining / Inventing the City in History”  
Professor Tylus will participate in this interdisciplinary conversation along with University of Rochester faculty Peter Christensen (Art and Art History), Llerena Searle (Anthropology), Pablo Sierra (History), and Laura Smoller (History). All are welcome.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
3 p.m.
Friedlander Lobby, Rush Rhees Library

Prior to her keynote lecture, there will be a book signing with Jane Tylus. All are welcome.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016
4 p.m., with a reception immediately following
Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library
Keynote Lecture: “Saying Good-bye in the Renaissance: Leave-Taking as a Work of Art”

Through the visual arts, poems, sculptures, and music, Renaissance artists reflected deeply on rituals of separation, often through their intense reluctance to send their own work out into the world. Professor Tylus will explore how figures such as Petrarch, Michelangelo and Shakespeare sought in their works to prolong the threshold between life and death—a project informed by deep religious crisis and new questions about the role of art in society. All are welcome.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
4th Floor Ballroom, Douglass Hall
Lunch with Jane Tylus and Humanities faculty: an informal conversation and chance for exchange

Suggested reading: Patricia J. Williams, "The Raw and the Half-Cooked," from The Humanities and Public Life, ed. Peter Brooks and Hilary Jewett (2014).


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