Events

Archived Events: Fall 2013

All events are free and open to the Tufts community



October


Thursday, October 3, 2013 | 4:30pm
Center for the Humanities at Tufts (CHAT)
Fung House – 48 Professors Row
*Q&A and Reception to follow

Shopping for a Better Country
Josip Novakovich and Lara Vapnyar

Josip Novakovich, a 2013 Finalist for the Man Booker International Prize, was born in Croatia and studied medicine in Serbia before moving to America where he began his career as a writer. He is the author of the novel April Fool's Day (2004) three short story collections, Yolk (1995) Salvation and Other Disasters (1998), and Infidelities: Stories of War and Lust (2005), and four collections of narrative essays including most recently Shopping for a Better Country (2012).

Lara Vapnyar is the critically-acclaimed author of the novel Memoirs of a Muse (2006). And two short-story collections, Broccoli and Other Tales of Food and Love (2008), and There Are Jews in My House (2004). Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, and elsewhere. Her novel, The Scent of Pine will be published by Simon & Schuster in January 2014.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 | 4:30pm
Center for the Humanities at Tufts (CHAT)
Fung House – 48 Professors Row
*Q&A and Reception to follow

The Way We Wait Now: Reflections on the Ambiguous Gift of Time
Andrea Köhler
Introduction by Yoon Choi, Ph.D., Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow

Andrea Köhleris the U.S. cultural correspondent for the Swiss daily newspaper Neue Züricher Zeitung. Among her awards are the 2003 Berlin Book Critics Prize and a Max Kade Fellowship (2004). She is the author of The Waiting Game: An Essay on the Gift of Time (2012), and (together with Rainer Moritz) Kleines Glossar des Verschwindens [A Small Glossary of Disappearance] (2003) and Maulhelden und Königskinder (1998).

Thursday, October 17, 2013 | 4:30pm
Center for the Humanities at Tufts (CHAT)
Fung House – 48 Professors Row
*Q&A and Reception to follow

Spending Time or How I Won the Cold War: Reflections on Innocence and Revolution
Péter Zilahy
Introduction by Margareta Ingrid Christian, Ph.D., Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow

Péter Zilahy is the author of four books. His collection of poems, Statue Under a White Sheet Ready to Jump (1993) won the Móricz Zsigmond Prize. His dictionary novel, The Last Window Giraffe (1998) has been translated into 22 languages. It won ‘The Book of the Year Prize' in Ukraine in 2003 and influenced the Orange Revolution in 2004.

Thursday, October 24, 2013 | 4:00pm
Center for the Humanities at Tufts (CHAT)
Fung House – 48 Professors Row
*Q&A and Reception to follow

Distinguished Poets Series
Jerome Rothenberg
Co-Sponsored by the Tufts Department of Anthropology

Jerome Rothenberg is an internationally known poet, translator, performance artist, and anthologist with over eighty books of poetry and essays. His anthologies include Technicians of the Sacred (1968), Shaking the Pumpkin: Traditional Poetry of the Indian North Americas (1972), and the three-volume Poems for the Millennium (1995, 1998).

Friday, October 25, 2013 | 2:00-7:00pm
Center for the Humanities at Tufts (CHAT)
Fung House – 48 Professors Row
Reception to follow

First Transatlantic Poetry Summit
Co-Sponsored by the Tufts Department of Anthropology

Poetry readings and a dialogue about the current state of poetry on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Guest speakers include: Clayton Eshleman (USA); Pedro Ángel Palou (Mexico); Benito del Pliego (Spain); Roger Santiváñez (Peru); Jerome Rothenberg (USA); Maurizio Medo (Peru); Eduardo Espina (Uruguay); Tamara Kamenszain (Argentina); and José Kozer (Cuba). Moderated by José Antonio Mazzotti, Professor of Latin American Literature and CHAT Faculty Fellow.
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November


Tuesday, November 5, 2013 | 4:00pm
Center for the Humanities at Tufts (CHAT)
Fung House – 48 Professors Row
*Q&A and Reception to follow

Translating Into the Language of Language on the Swiss-Russian Border
Mikhail Shishkin
Introduction by Professor Greg Carleton, Tufts Department of German, Russian & Asian Languages and Literature

Mikhail Shishkin is the first author to win all three of the major Russian literary prizes – the Russian Booker, the Big Book Award, and the National Bestseller Award. His work has been translated into twenty five languages. In fall 2012, Open Letter published Marian Schwartz's English translation of his 2006 novel Maidenhair, and in 2013 the British house Quercus published Letter-Book in translation by Andrew Bromfield. For the last seventeen years he has lived in Zurich, Switzerland.

Friday, November 8, 2013 | 5:30pm
Cohen Auditorium, Aidekman Arts Center
40 Talbot Avenue
*Free and Open to the Public

Special Boston Screening: The Pervert's Guide to Ideology
Slavoj Žižek & Sophie Fiennes

Film Screening followed by Q&A Discussion
Moderated by Professor Lee Edelman, Tufts Department of English

In The Pervert's Guide to Ideology, philosopher Slavoj Žižek and filmmaker Sophie Fiennes use their interpretation of moving pictures to present a compelling cinematic journey into the heart of ideology – the dreams that shape our collective beliefs and practices. One of the world's foremost philosophers and cultural critics, Slavoj Žižek is the author of more than fifty books on diverse subjects ranging from opera to religion, film, and the war in Iraq.

Sophie Fiennes' films have screened theatrically, on television and in festivals around the world, including Cannes, Sundance, Telluride, Locarno, Toronto, Rotterdam, Edinburgh, Sydney and London.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 | 4:30pm
Center for the Humanities at Tufts (CHAT)
Fung House – 48 Professors Row
*Q&A and Reception to follow

Distinguished Poets Series
Rowan Ricardo Phillips

Rowan Ricardo Phillips is a poet, essayist, and translator. He is the author of The Ground (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2012), winner of the 2013 PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry, 2013 Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writer Award in Poetry, a finalist for the 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry, and a finalist for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in Poetry.