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March 23rd, 2023

On this week's Front Table, explore complex narratives through time, from one woman's commentary on culture through gender, literature, and more to a sister's recollection and examination of femicide through the murder of her younger sister to historical sites as a consideration on themes of space and perspective. Find the following and more at semcoop.com


A Left-Handed Woman: Essays
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Judith Thurman

A collection of essays from...

Posted in: Front Table
March 19th, 2023

We are thrilled to be sharing a reading list in partnership with the Institute on the Formation of Knowledge’s upcoming Science and Liberalism Conference. The conference will take place on April 7-8, 2023 at the University of Chicago.

About the conference: Modern Science and modern liberalism grew up together, with shared genealogies in colonialism, racism, and capitalism. This conference centers the constitutive relationship between the two. Science and Liberalism brings together historically minded scholars from critical traditions that deconstruct both concepts. We will interrogate the ways ideas about science...

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March 16th, 2023

On this week's Fiction and Poetry Front Table, consider the muses hidden in the mundane. From recalling an infamous heist in a genre-bending novella, to the soft crooning of Billie Holiday's "Lover Man", to stumbling upon a suitcase filled with old photographs, these literary muses form the basis of author's investigations of love, family, and culture. Find the following and more at semcoop.com


Memory Rose into Threshold Speech: the Collected Earlier Poetry
(Farrar, Straus and...

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March 6th, 2023
On this week's Front Table, entertain various modes of travel and relationship. From a philosopher's concept of time as a braiding of past and future to the lived accounts of Black motorists throughout history, and relational insights from a logician's letters and diaries to a rethinking of kindship and material through the lens of interdependence. Find the following and more at semcoop.com

Images of the Present Time
(Columbia University Press)
Alain...

Posted in: Front Table
March 3rd, 2023

On this week's Front Table, travel from region to region exploring governance, economic justice, structures of power and the art of translation: from an exposé of the global billionaire class and their hidden impact on every aspect of modern society to a writer’s chronicle of learning Norwegian, Dutch, and Spanish that reveals the endlessly complex relations between languages. Find the following and more at semcoop.com

The Limit of the Useful
(MIT Press)
Georges Bataille

In the decade prior to the publication of...

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February 24th, 2023

On this week's Front Table, explore modes of seeing by paying equal attention to what is ending as to what is beginning: from a story told through US pop culture moments detailing how LGBT exclusion transformed into inclusion to the story of Earth’s sixth major extinction event--this time caused not by asteroids or volcanos, but by us. Find the following and more at semcoop.com

Against the...

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February 18th, 2023

On Monday, February 27th, the Institute on the Formation of Knowledge will present "Scandalous Glass House" as part of the Cultures & Knowledge Worskshop Series. This workshop will be presented by Bozena Shallcross.

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Description: Scandalous Glass House is an excursion into the Polish-Jewish functionalist architecture and the concept of a garden-city that culminated in the glass house owned by the writer, activist and socialite Irena Krzywicka. This self-proclaimed scandalist manipulated and performed two...

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February 17th, 2023

On this week's Front Tablespan species, cultures, countries, and time through acclaimed novels: from a linking of America, India, and Nazi Germany’s caste systems to explore their effects across civilizations to a closer look into our urban ecosystem using the intersection of science, history, and narrative journalism. Find the following and more at semcoop.com

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February 10th, 2023

On this week's Front Table, narrow the divide between happiness & resentment, creativity & madness, and contentment & chaos: from a student noticing a painter's disintegration from her frenetic stories, her scattered art, and her use of white paint on a white canvas to the daughter of midwives escaping into their archives to discover reflections on birth, death and human nature. Find the following and more at semcoop.com


The Age of Goodbyes
(The...

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February 9th, 2023

On Monday, February 6th, the Institute on the Formation of Knowledge will present "Tituba’s Racial Geographies" as part of the Cultures & Knowledge Worskshop Series. This workshop will be presented by SJ Zhang.

Register HERE for in-person registration

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Description: “Do you go through the trees or over them?” asked Tituba’s interrogators in Salem Village. Her reply: “We see nothing but are there presently.” It is true of both 1692 and the present day that an especially mobile woman might be accused of witchcraft. With an eye for Tituba’s...

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