Events

Archived Events: Spring 2015

All events are free, and open to the Tufts community and public



April


Wednesday, April 8, 2015 | 12:00pm
Center for the Humanities (CHAT), Fung House - 48 Professors Row
*Lunch is provided

War Is Not a Game: The New Antiwar Soldiers and the Movement They Built
Nan Levinson

Nan Levinson is a lecturer in the Department of English. She will discuss her new book, War Is Not a Game, which tells the story of the new soldiers' antiwar movement, showing why it was born, how it quickly grew, where it has struggled, and what it has already accomplished. She reveals the individuals behind the movement, painting an unforgettable portrait of these predominantly working-class veterans who became leaders of a national organization. Written with sensitivity and humor, War Is Not a Game gives readers an uncensored, grunt's-eye view of the occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan, while conveying the equally dramatic struggles that soldiers face upon returning home.

Friday, April 10 | 1:30-5:30pm and
Saturday, April 11 | 10:00am-5:30pm

Center for the Humanities (CHAT), Fung House - 48 Professors Row
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Narrating Knowledge: Literature, Storytelling, and Epistemology
A workshop organized by Doreen Densky, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow. Sponsored by the Center for the Humanities at Tufts (CHAT), the Department of German, Russian, and Asian Languages and Literatures (Charles Smith Endowment Fund), the Program of International Literary and Visual Studies, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Thursday, April 16, 2015 | 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Center for the Humanities (CHAT), Fung House - 48 Professors Row

Reading by Winners of the student Morse Hamilton Prize in Fiction and the Academy of American Poets Prize in Poetry
Awarded each year to full-time undergraduates, The Morse Hamilton Fiction Prize honors the best short story, while the Academy of American Poets Prize is given for the best poem or group of poems. The Morse Hamilton Fiction Prize, sponsored by the Department of English, recognizes one full-time Tufts undergraduate each year who has excelled at fiction writing. The prize is named after the late Professor Morse Hamilton, who was a memorable and beloved figure in the English department for many years. The Academy of American Poets offers more than 200 prizes each year to college students who have excelled at writing poetry. Founded in 1955, the University and College Poetry Prize has awarded more than $350,000 to nearly 10,000 students since it began.

Thursday, April 16, 2015 | 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Aidekman Arts Center, Remis Sculpture Court

The Arts@Tufts Festival presents
First Steps: Alumni in the Arts

Join a group of Tufts Alumni as they discuss the first steps they took in their careers in the arts, and how they established themselves in their creative fields. Speakers: Richard Jankowsky (Ethnomusicology, Tufts), Nicole Pierce (EgoArt Dance), Joshua Rabinowitz (EVP Director of Music), Irina Rozovsky (Mass College of Art, Photography), and Danna Solomon (The Maiden Phoenix Theatre Company). Moderated by Professor Jonathan Wilson. Dinner will be served at 5:00 pm; the presentation begins at 5:30 pm. Free dinner tickets available at the door for the first 65 people in line. Seating is limited.

Thursday, April 16 – Sunday, April 19, 2015
Spring Festival for the Arts@Tufts

A celebration and exploration of cutting-edge research and creative activity in the arts at Tufts. The Spring Festival will feature the work of Tufts faculty, students, and alumni, including music, drama, dance, film screenings, and exhibitions, along with roundtables and special presentations. Sponsored by the Departments of Art History, Drama and Dance, Music, Communications and Media Studies, the Experimental College, and Creative Writing, along with the Center for the Humanities at Tufts, The Tufts University Art Gallery, the AS&E Diversity Fund, and the office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences. Made possible by the Toupin-Bolwell Fund. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated. For further information on all events, please visit go.tufts.edu/artsfest.

March


Thursday, March 5, 2015 | 7:00 pm
Pearson Hall, Room 104

Putin's War Against the West
Masha Gessen

Masha Gessen is the author of several books including Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot (2014), The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin (2012), and Blood Matters: From Inherited Illness to Designer Babies, How the World and I Found Ourselves in the Future of the Gene (2008), a New York Times Notable Book of 2008. Co-sponsored by EPIIC. At this event, EPIIC will award Masha Gessen the 2015 Institute for Global Leadership Dr. Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 | 12:00 pm
Center for the Humanities (CHAT), Fung House - 48 Professors Row

A Land of Aching Hearts: The Middle East in the Great War
Leila Fawaz

Leila Fawaz is the Issam M. Fares Professor of Lebanese and Eastern Mediterranean Studies and the Founding Director of the Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean studies at Tufts. Her published works include Transformed Landscapes: Essays on Palestine and the Middle East in Honor of Walid Khalidi (co-editor, 2009) and the newly released A Land of Aching Hearts: The Middle East in the Great War (2014).

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 | 4:00 pm
Center for the Humanities (CHAT), Fung House - 48 Professors Row

The Civilian in Wartime: H. G. Wells and the First World War
Sarah Cole

Sarah Coleis the author of two books, most recently At the Violet Hour: Modernism and Violence in England and Ireland (2012), and Modernism, Male Friendship, and the First World War (2003). She is a professor of English and Comparative English literature at Columbia University.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 | 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Center for the Humanities (CHAT), Fung House - 48 Professors Row

Great Powers and Conflict Management, 1914 to 2015: War in the Balkans
James Lyon

James Lyon is an Associate Researcher at the University of Graz, Austria. His forthcoming book, Serbia and the Balkan Front, 1914, will be released in August 2015.

James Lyon in conversation with Anna Di Lellio
Anna Di Lelliois a journalist, sociologist and policy analyst. She is the co-author of The Battle of Kosovo 1389: An Albanian Epic (2009) and the editor of The Case for Kosova: A Passage to Independence (2006).

Friday, March 27, 2015 | 9:30 am – 4 pm
Center for the Humanities (CHAT), Fung House - 48 Professors Row

Transnational Contacts in the Socialist World: A Workshop at Tufts University
Organized by Rachel Applebaum, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow. Sponsored by the Center for the Humanities at Tufts (CHAT), the Department of History, the Department of German, Russian, and Asian Languages & Literatures, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. * Papers will be pre-circulated. Please contact rachel.applebaum@tufts.edu if you wish to attend.

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Monday, March 30, 2015 | 5:30 pm
Coolidge Room, Ballou Hall
*Coit-Phelps Lecture in the Humanities
In Celebration of Saul Bellow's Centenary

My Chicago
Aleksandar Hemon

Aleksandar Hemon is the author of The Lazarus Project (2008), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Book Award, as well as The Question of Bruno (2000); Nowhere Man (2002); Love and Obstacles (2009); and The Book of My Lives (2013).

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 | 4:30 pm
Center for the Humanities (CHAT), Fung House - 48 Professors Row

Buccal Intimacies: On Jean-Luc Nancy & Ann Hamilton
Philip Armstrong

Philip Armstrong is an Associate Professor of Comparative Studies at The Ohio State University. He has published widely in the area of contemporary visual arts and culture, as well as essays on contemporary political theory. Recent publications include Reticulations: Jean-Luc Nancy and the Networks of the Political (U of Minnesota P, 2009), Jean-Luc Nancy, Politique et au-delà: Entretien with Jason Smith (Galilée, 2011), and (with Laura Lisbon and Stephen Melville) As Painting: Division and Displacement (MIT Press and Wexner Center, 2001).

Organized by Irving Goh, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow. Sponsored by the Center for the Humanities at Tufts (CHAT), the Department of Romance Languages, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.