Spring 2015 Events

Join us for a dynamic series of public events this semester!
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Thursday, February 5th: Militarization, Medicalization, Responsibility
4:30–6:30 pm | Room C202
A public presentation featuring Nadia Abu El-Haj (Barnard, Columbia): “On Combat and Moral Transgression: emerging psychiatric theories of injury, ethics, and responsibility” and Jennifer Terry (UC Irvine): “Attachments to War: militarization and the production of biomedical knowledge in modern America.” Reception to follow in Room 5109.

Tuesday, February 24th: Book Release for Freedom Time: Negritude, Decolonization, and the Future of the World by Gary Wilder 
6–8pm | Room 9204
Featuring Gary Wilder in conversation with Souleymane Bachir Diagne (Columbia University), Judith Surkis (Rutgers University) Fouad Makki (Cornell University), Nick Nesbitt (Princeton University), moderated by Anthony Alessandrini (Kingsborough, CUNY). Reception to follow in Room 5109.

Friday, February 27th: Sadia Abbas on “How Injury Travels”
4:15–6:15pm | Room C415A
A presentation from Sadia Abbas (Rutgers University). Co-sponsored with the Department of Anthropology Colloquium Series.

Tuesday, March 17th: How to Build the House of Taswir?: About the (Public) Transformation of Dreams, Letters and Things
(First in [Walter Benjamin] mini-series, Thinking Constellations)
6–8pm | Skylight Room
Public presentation by A.S. Bruckstein Çoruh, thinker, writer, curator, architect of the House of Taswir and the Taswir Atlas.

Wednesday, March 18th: How to Build an Altas of the House?: Experimenting with Epistemic Architecture(s)
4–6pm | Room 5307
A seminar / atlas session with A.S. Bruckstein Çoruh, thinker, writer, curator, architect of the House of Taswir and the Taswir Atlas.

Thursday, March 19th: James Baldwin’s Afro-Optimism
4:30–6:30pm | Room 5109
A public presentation by John Drabinski (Amherst College).

Monday, March 30th: “The Passages of Walter Benjamin” film screening and discussion. (Second in [Walter Benjamin] mini-series, Thinking Constellations)
6-8pm | Skylight Room
A film screening followed by lecture and discussion with director Judith Wechsler and Susan Buck-Morss (The Graduate Center, CUNY).

Wednesday, April 22nd: Symposium: The Enlightenment and its Other Trajectories
10am–5:30pm | Room 5109
A full day of discussions featuring Banu Bargu (The New School), Akeel Bilgrami (Columbia University), Massimiliano Tomba (The Graduate Center, CUNY), Uday Mehta (The Graduate Center, CUNY), Anne Norton (University of Pennsylvania), and Sanjay Reddy (The New School). Reception to follow in Room 5109.

Friday, April 24th: Symposium: Thinking Through Tradition, Politics, and Violence
1–7pm | Skylight Room
Featuring paper presentations by Judith Butler (University of California, Berkeley and Columbia University): “Interpreting Non-Violence” and Talal Asad (The Graduate Center, CUNY): “Thinking about Tradition, Religion and Politics in Egypt Today” in conversation with Veena Das (Johns Hopkins University), Wael Hallaq (Columbia University), and Mahmood Mamdani (Columbia University) (tbc). Reception to follow in room 5109.
*Co-sponsored with the Department of Anthropology