This is an exciting year for the Humanities on the Edge speaker series, as it is celebrating its 10th
year. The second of this year’s speakers was Dr. Claire Colebrook, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor
of English, Philosophy, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Penn State University.
Her research interests include contemporary literature, theory and cultural studies, visual culture,
and the works of Gilles Deleuze. Dr. Colebrook gave a talk entitled “What would you d
In keeping with the Halloween spirit, the next lecturer in the Humanities on the Edge speaking series, Dr. Claire Colebrook, will focus on the concept of extinction within post-apocalyptic films. Dr. Colebrook is currently an Edwin Erle Sparks professor of English, Philosophy, and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Colebrook will present her talk, “What would you do (and who would you kill) in order to save the world?: Post-Apocalypti
As we begin the first semester of the 2019/20 school year, we anticipate the resumption of the Humanities on the Edge speaking series, celebrating its 10th year of operating. To help us kick off the school year right, Dr. Annie McClanahan, associate professor of English at UC Irvine, will be presenting a talk titled “Tipwork, Gigwork, and Automation” from 5:30 to 7:00 in the Sheldon Museum of Art on Thursday September 5th. Dr. McClanahan’s research interests include “Contempo
On Thursday, April 18, Dr. Charlotte Biltekoff, author of Eating Right in America: The Cultural Politics of Food and Health and Associate Professor of American Studies and Food Science and Technology, UC Davis, gave the final Humanities on the Edge lecture of the 2018-2019 academic year to a room filled to capacity at the Sheldon Museum of Art. Dr. Biltekoff began by contextualizing the boom in awareness and interest in natural food through the history of Natural Products Exp
Charlotte Biltekoff, Associate Professor of American Studies and Food Science and Technology at the University of California, Davis, will present her talk “Real Food / Real Facts: Truth, Politics, and Power in the U.S. Food and Information Landscape.” You can expect to see her in Lincoln, Nebraska on Thursday, April 18th from 5:30-7:00p at the Sheldon Museum of Art’s Ethel S. Abbott Auditorium. In addition to Biltekoff’s engaging talk that evening, she will be offering a work
It is no secret that many of us, no matter our political affiliation, have come to rely on the connections and communities we find online. It’s also no secret, by now, that online communities are ripe for manipulation, that our information is bought and sold, and that issues of privacy and security abound. Dr. Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, Simon Fraser University's Canada 150 Research Chair in New Media in SFU School of Communication, is not one to despair in the face of all this. He
Continuing with this year’s theme of “Post-Truth Futures,” Wendy Chun will kick-start the spring semester lecture series with “Cultivating Online Spaces: Social Media as Laboratory.” Chun is currently Simon Fraser University’s Canada 150 Research Chair in New Media in the School of Communication. Before heading north, Chun spent nearly twenty years at Brown University as both Professor and Chair of the Department of Modern Culture and Media. You can expect to see her in Linc
In a January 2017 appearance on Meet the Press, Kellyanne Conway, Counselor to the President, defended then Press Secretary Shawn Spicer’s use of “alternative facts” to describe the crowds at President Trump’s inauguration (Sinderbrand). The contentiousness of the television segment signaled that more was to come of what had already been playing out in media coverage of U.S. politics. As can be seen in this clip, Conway’s interviewer and NBC moderator, Chuck Todd, tried to ta
This year’s Humanities on the Edge series addresses the question of “Post-Truth Futures.” The first lecture, “The Rhetoric of Sanctuary in the Post Truth Era,” will come from Kent A. Ono, Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Utah, on Thursday, October 11, at 5:30pm in the Sheldon Museum of Art. In his 2012 essay “Borders that Travel: Matters of the Figural Border,” Ono discusses the definition of borders not at the material level but the figural.
At the center of Professor Bridget R. Cooks’ lecture, “Black Artists and Activism: Harlem on My Mind, 1969,” was the projected photograph and cover of her book, Exhibiting Blackness: African Americans and the American Art Museum. A curated endeavor—Cooks staged the photo which features her parents looking upon works of art, her own ghost-like image walking through the gallery, and a museum guard standing in the corner—she explained that this kind of curation was critical: she