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February 26th, 2021

 

On our Front Table this week, explore the relation of the personal and the political, including an account of autotheory as a feminist mode of art, the devastating memoir of a woman's teen years as the muse of a celebrated French writer; and a biography of a founding member of the NAACP which weaves her personal life with her political leadership. Find the following titles and more at semcoop.com. 


Aftershocks (Simon and Schuster)
Nadia Owusu


Young...

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February 25th, 2021

On March 1, the Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge will present the third in their Cultures and Knowledge Workshop series for the Winter Term. This workshop, titled "Working on a Deadline: Climate Emergency," will be presented by Prof. Jo Guldi.

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Scientists and UN advisory bodies have identified our lives as a historical moment of crisis, writ in terms of a limited opportunity for the planet’s inhabitants to decide to keep carbon in the ground. In the university, scholars have proposed a variety of indirect supports to the problem of adjustment, but little environmental scholarship from the humanities and social sciences embodies a truly pragmatic response....

Posted in: Bibliographies
February 19th, 2021

On our Front Table this week, explore the relations between artistic and political practice: an educator's reflections on decolonizing the writing workshop to empower writers of color; a history of stereotype-smashing Native American comedy; a philosophical case for painting as a form of speculative thought; and an account of the writing that launched the women's liberation movement. Find the following titles and more at semcoop.com.


Dear Science and Other Stories (Duke University Press)
Katherine McKittrick...

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February 15th, 2021

On February 22, the Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge will present the second in their Cultures and Knowledge Workshop series for the Winter Term. This workshop, titled "Quantifying Race: How Numbers Divide Us," will be presented by Dr. Iris Clever.

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Many of us have interacted with biometric technologies through facial scanners and fingerprints, either on our phone or at the airport. This talk will discuss how these technologies build on older racial research practices. Around 1900, anthropologists and biometricians introduced measurements and statistical methods in racial research to infuse it with precision. With skull-measuring instruments and...

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February 12th, 2021

 On our Front Table this week, find new approaches to the study of religion, including an interrogation of the impact of Protestant thought on early forms of economics, an exploration of the inherent peculiarities of the Bible as a text, and a cross-cultural examination of the past and future of gender inequality in religious communities. Find the following titles and more at ...

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February 11th, 2021

The iconic film director Alfred Hitchcock rose to fame during the 1940s, a time of novel global threats. Around that same time psychoanalysis was gaining a cultural foothold in the US. In a post-WWII era when people were trying to process new horrors, Hitchcock's portrayals of crime, obsession, and mental illness contributed to a burgeoning American awareness of trauma and its aftermath. More than a half century later, in her captivating memoir Hitchcock Blonde, poet Sharon Dolin turns to Hitchcock's work to help understand a childhood marked by a different kind of trauma: that of living with a schizophrenic mother and an often absent traveling-salesman father. During a global pandemic, this book is an especially timely reminder that art can do more than...

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February 5th, 2021

On February 8, the Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge will present the first in their Cultures and Knowledge Workshop series of webinars. This Monday's workshop, titled "Scenario and Security in Climate Change Documentary," will be presented by Dr. Thomas Pringle, a media theorist drawing on documentary studies, environmental sociology, and environmental and computer history.

Register here for the workshop on February 8.

Below is a list of further reading on the topic of the workshop, compiled by Dr. Pringle:

A Vast Machine: Computer Models, Climate Data, and the...

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February 5th, 2021

On our Front Table this week, find revealing genealogies of everyday practices, from the curious history of alphabetical order, to the totalitarian residues embedded in Eastern European habits, and the long past and uncertain future of keeping secrets. Find the following titles and more at ...

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January 29th, 2021

On our Front Table this week, explore the uses of new data and technologies in scholarship and politics, including an exemplar of the digital humanities, a call for data-driven expertise in approaches to mass incarceration, an interrogation of new metrics for planning post-growth futures, and an anthology of writings from a digital collective that demonstrates the power of social media for social justice.  Find the following titles and more at semcoop.com.


America and Iran: A History, 1720 to the Present (Knopf Publishing Group)
John...

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January 22nd, 2021

On our Front Table this week, explore community responses to oppression: an analysis of "new ethnicities" and the solidarity they can facilitate; a look at Islamophobia in the US and how Muslim communities have responded; a history of the symbolic and material significance of Algerian wine production for anti-colonial struggle; and a conversation with three major thinkers on feminist ethics of nonviolence. Find the following titles and more at semcoop.com.


The Blood of the Colony: Wine and the Rise and Fall of French Algeria (Harvard University Press)
Owen White

In the last decades of the nineteenth century, Europeans had displaced Algerians from the colony’s best agricultural land and planted grape vines. Soon, wine was the primary export of...

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