On Tuesday, May 15, Diana Taylor will present the third Katz Distinguished Lecture of the 2011-2012 academic year. Working at the intersection of scholarship, artistic expression and politics, she will explore what options for political and economic justice people have when electoral processes have been violated or corrupted, the media sequestered in the hands of power-brokers, and official institutions unable to adjudicate in ways acknowledged as transparent and legitimate.
Victoria Lawson, Cathy Davidson, and Josiah Ober have been named Katz Distinguished Lecturers in the Humanities for the 2012-2013 academic year. One of the most distinguished awards in the humanities at UW, the Katz lectureship recognizes scholars and emphasizes the role of the humanities in liberal education. Each year, one UW faculty member and two scholars from outside institutions are awarded the title.
The Day the Dogs Talked, the latest book by UW professor emeritus of comparative literature Hazard Adams, is the subject of a recent UW Today feature by writer Peter Kelley. Adams gave a "New Books in Print" talk on this at the Simpson Center in February.
At another moment of capitalist crisis, George Orwell wrote: “Under the capitalist system, in order that England may live in comparative comfort, a hundred million Indians must live on the verge of starvation– an evil state of affairs, but you acquiesce in it every time you step into a taxi or eat a plate of strawberries and cream.” In a lecture entitled “The Beneficiary: Cosmopolitanism and Inequality,” Bruce Robbins returns to this challenge to ask, “What do we think of it now?” Robbins speaks on Thursday, February 2 at 4:00 p.m. in Communications 120, as part of the Joff Hanauer Lectures in Western Civilization series.
On Tuesday, January 17, Doris Sommer will present the second Katz Distinguished Lecture of the 2011-2012 academic year. Her talk will explore the intersections of the arts, humanities, and social justice with a focus on Bogota, Columbia.