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Spring 2009

March 2-6, 2009:  Spring 2009 Lecture and Discussion

Monday-Friday, March 2-6, 2009
March 3, 5:30-7:30 James Wood, Visiting Fellow, Literary Critic, The New Yorker
Lecture and Reception, Coolidge Room, Ballou Hall
March 4, 12:00-2:00 James Wood and Alex Ross, Music Critic, The New Yorker
Panel Discussion, Fisher Room, Granoff Music Center (Lunch provided)

Susannah Heschel, Visiting Fellow at CHAT

Thursday, March 26, 2009: "The Value of Art: The Place of Art in the University Today"
6:30pm, Remis Sculpture Court

A wide ranging discussion of the values of art, including aesthetic, social, cultural, and economic perspectives. How has the controversy surrounding the threatened closing of the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University and the selling of its collection heightened our awareness of these values? What is the place of art in the university and what is the role of the university in preserving our artistic and cultural legacy?


Jamshed Bharucha
Provost and Senior Vice President, Tufts University
Title: "Music as a Binding Force"

James Ennis
Associate Professor of Sociology, Tufts University
Title: "The Social Construction of Artistic Value: When the 'Economy of Symbolic Goods' Meets the Real Economy"

Andrew McClellan
Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Art History, Tufts University
Title: "The Role of Art Museums in Society"

Amy Ingrid Schlegel
Director of Galleries and Collections, Tufts University
Title: "Daily Interruptions in a Liberal Education: The Role of the Fine Arts Collection at Tufts (and beyond)"

Mary Ellen Strom
Video Artist and Professor, School of the Museum of Fine Arts
Title: "From the Perspective of an Artist"

Peter Probst
Associate Professor of Art History, Tufts University
Title: "The Value of Art: An African Perspective"

Moderated by Eva Hoffman
Associate Professor of Art History

Free and open to the public. Reception to follow sponsored by the Humanities Center. Co-sponsored by the Department of Art and Art History, The Tufts University Art Gallery, and the Humanities Center.

March 31 - April 1, 2009: Literature, History and the Environment: Lecture and Discussion
To be held at the Center for the Humanities, 48 Professors Row

March 31 - April 1, 2009
March 31,
4:30 - 5:30
"Birds, Extinction and the Hunger for Meaning"
Lecture by Jonathan Rosen
March 31,
5:30 - 6:30
Reception to follow lecture
April 1,
12:00 - 1:30
"The Life of the Skies: Birding at the End of Nature" Lunch and Discussion with Jonathan Rosen. Light lunch provided.

April 2, 2009:
5:00pm, Center for the Humanities
Adina Hoffman: "Map of a Vanished Town: Recollecting the Palestinian Past through Biography"

April 27, 2009:
5:00pm, Coolidge Room, Ballou Hall
Lecture by Susannah Heschel, Visiting Fellow at CHAT

Title: "How the Jews Invented Jesus and Mohammed:
The History of Jewish Scholarship on Islam"

Reception to follow.


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