Spring 2013 Schedule
Jan. 30 Peter Thorsheim
"Recycling for Victory: Wartime Conservation and Patriotism in Britain 1939-1945"
Carolina Inn, 7.00 pm
Feb. 5 Maria Hoehn
Vassar "The Civil Rights Struggle, African American GIs, and Germany"
900 Room, Alvarez College Union, 7.00 pm
Feb. 12 Angela Davis
UC-Santa Cruz "Political Activism a Letter of recommendation for JING LUOnd Protest from the 1960s to the Age of Obama"
Duke Family Performance Hall (Wearn Lecture) - 8:00 pm
African Americans and the Struggle Against Racism in Post-Nazi Germany and Nixon's United States. Panel Discussion with African-American World War Two veteran Ross Walker (Charlotte) and former local Black Panther Party leader Larry Little (Winston-Salem).
Alvarez College Union Atrium at 7:00 pm
Feb. 20 Maggie McCarthy (INSTITUTION)/Jessica Taft (Davidson)/Thomas Pegelow-Kaplan (Davidson)
"1967-72 Revolts in Film: Competing Representations in West Germany and the United States"
Sprinkle Room, Alvarez College Union - 7:00 pm
February 26, 2013
Conarroe Lectureship: Robert A. Caro, Speaker
Award-winning biographer Robert A. Caro will serve as the college's annual Conarroe Lecturer. Caro is a two-time winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Best Nonfiction of the Year and has won two Pulitzer Prizes. In 2010, he received the National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama.
The lecture will take place in the Duke Family Performance Hall, Knobloch Campus Center, at 8 p.m. and will be followed by a reception and book signing.
Tickets are free but required and can be obtained beginning February 4 at the Alvarez College Union Ticket Office from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays by calling 704-894-2135, or online any time at www.davidson.edu/tickets.
Mar. 14, Richard Bulliet
"The Case for Islamo-Christian Civilization"
900 Room (Alvarez College Union) - 7:00 pm; Introduction by Jonathan Berkey
Islam and Christianity have more in common, both theologically and institutionally, than is usually recognized. Moreover, despite periods of warfare, Christians and Muslims in different lands have enjoyed many centuries of trade and peaceful relations, including extensive back-and-forth borrowing of cultural, intellectual, scientific, and industrial practices and ideas. The term Islamo-Christian Civilization symbolizes the positive side of relations between these two global faith communities.
Mar. 26 Mark Driscoll, Associate Professor of Asian Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill
"Japan's Erotic, Grotesque, Nonsense: Commodity Aesthetics becomes War Aesthetics"
Similar to Weimar culture in Berlin and Jazz Age culture in New York, Japan had an alternative cultural politics in the 1920s. Called the "erotic-grotesque-nonsense" (ego, guru, nonsense in Japanese) it featured expressions of vibrant eroticism as well as darker, nihilistic aspects. His talk will introduce the erotic-grotesque-nonsense and suggest some of the ways it linked up with militarism in Asia in the 1930s and 40s. Hopefully this will deepen some of the scholarly interpretations of the causes of Japanese war crimes in Asia.
There is no charge to attend the event which begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Alvarez College Union, 900 Room. For more information call 704-894-2170 or email email@example.com.
Read more: http://events.charlotteobserver.com/davidson_nc/events/show/309025667-war-and-culture-lecture#storylink=cpy
All of the above events are open to the public. No tickets required.
For further information contact Saeyoung Park (704-894-2280) or Thomas Pegelow Kaplan (704-894-2284).
April 17, 2013, Dr. Thomas F. Mayer
Dr. Thomas F. Mayer, Professor of History, Augustana College, "Trying Galileo" on April 17, at 7:00 p.m. in Chambers 2164. A lecture revealing the results of exciting new research on the famous trial of Galileo at Rome in 1633. The lecture is sponsored by the History Department and is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Robin Barnes at 704-894-2286 or firstname.lastname@example.org
April 23, 2013, Professor Miriam Isaacs
"A Common Language in Uncommon Times: Writing in Yiddish in the Displaced Persons Camps"
As part of our ongoing effort to reach out to Jewish communities in the Charlotte area and in support of the college's offerings in Judaic Studies, We are pleased to be able to invite you to a talk by Yiddish language and culture expert Professor Miriam Isaacs from the University of Maryland's Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies.
Her visit to campus is the result of a first-time collaboration between the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies in Washington, D.C., UNCC's Center for Holocaust, Genocide & Human Rights Studies, the Jewish Community Center of Charlotte, the Levine-Sklut Judaic Library, the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte, and Davidson College.
Title: "A Common Language in Uncommon Times: Writing in Yiddish in the Displaced Persons Camps"
When: Common Hour, 11:05 am, Tuesday, April 23
Where: Sprinkle Room, Alvarez College Union
The talk conveys the findings from Professor Isaacs' ongoing research project on the range of Yiddish language and culture and its uses as a tool of empowerment in the Displaced Person's camps in West Germany, Austria and Italy from 1945 until 1952.
In addition to the lecture, there will be a SAC-organized breakfast with the speaker on Tuesday, April 23, at 8:30 am at the Dean Rusk Lounge in Duke Residence Hall that is open to students, faculty, and staff.
On Wednesday, April 24, Professor Isaacs will, finally, be speaking at Shalom Park's Levine-Sklut Judaic Library at 5007 Providence Road at 5 p.m. in an event co-sponsored by Davidson College.
Professor Isaacs has published numerous articles in professional journals and books. Her most recent article, "Languages Sometimes in Contact: Components in Yiddish Hasidic Children's Literature," appeared in Yiddish After the Holocaust (2004), published by the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. Isaacs has been teaching at the University of Maryland since 1995. Her courses include basic Yiddish language and literature in the original and in translation, as well as courses on Yiddish theater and film, fantasy and the supernatural in Yiddish literature, and Holocaust and post-Holocaust literature.
May 2, 2013, Talking about Bombs: Skype Q&A with Major Bradley Waite, Explosive Ordnance Disposal officer
We will be holding a live Skype Q&A session with Major Bradley Waite, an expert on improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Currently serving in Afghanistan, Major Waite is deployed with the 184th EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) battalion and is the officer in charge of combat operations.
Location: Chambers Building, Hance Auditorium
Time: Common Hour (11:05-12:05)
KELLEY LECTURE IN HISTORICAL STUDIES
November 11, 2012 (Sunday) , 7:30 pm, Alvarez Union, 900 Room: Professor Kathleen Brown will give the Fall Kelley Lecture in Historical Studies. Kathleen is a historian of gender, and race in Early America and the Atlantic World. She was educated at Wesleyan and the University of Wisconsin. Her lecture is entitled "Marriage and Motherhood: Angelo-American Abolition and the Concept of Human Rights."
April 14, 2013 (Sunday), 7:30 pm, Alvarez Union, 900 Room: Professor Woody Holton, University of South Carolina, will deliver the Spring Kelley Lecture in Historical Studies. Abigail Adams, Entrepreneur?