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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.

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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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February 3rd, 2023

On this week's Front Table, find a mosaic of the historical fragments, diaries, criticism and research that shaped the modern world: from a braided narrative of two leaders who embodied the fighting spirit of the 1960s to a deeper dive into one of the world’s most influential poems that described the moral decay of a world after war. Find the following and more at...

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January 27th, 2023

On this week's Front Table, recover forgotten forms of social and political order that gesture toward new possibilities for the future: from a revolutionary approach to animal rights, ethics, and law to a look into the societies of Pirates, their self-governance, alternative social formations and radical visions of freedom. Find the following and more at semcoop.com

Daodejing
(Liveright)
Laozi; Brook Ziporyn, trans. ...

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January 25th, 2023

On Monday, February 6th, the Institute on the Formation of Knowledge will present "The Arctic World Archive: Storing Human Knowledge for a Long Winter" as part of the Cultures & Knowledge Worskshop Series. This workshop will be presented by Shannon Lee Dawdy.

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Description: In 2017, deep in an abandoned coal mine in the arctic archipelago of Svalbard, a Norwegian company built a vault designed to store backup archives of human knowledge for thousands of years, inspired by the so-called "Doomsday Seed Vault"...

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January 20th, 2023

On this week's Front Table, journey into stories about familial love and hate, human prejudice and cruelty, and the transformative power of art: from a collection that moves effortlessly between a mother, grandmother, and daughter to explore the meanings of maternal to a biography of a 19th century multiracial family who personified the racial myths that reverberate to this day. Find the following and more at...

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January 13th, 2023

On Monday, January 23rd, the Institute on the Formation of Knowledge will present "Organs and Humans on Chips: Biomedical Models and the Political Economy of Innovation" as part of the Cultures & Knowledge Worskshop Series. This workshop will be presented by Melanie Jeske.

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Description: In the wake of mounting concerns regarding translational failure between bench research to bedside therapies, new actors, fields, and technologies now promise to disrupt existing...

Posted in: Bibliographies
January 13th, 2023

On this week's Front Table, draw from historic and modern thought to begin filling gaps in history on how our individual present is informed by a collective past: from one prisoner’s unburied and translated account of life and death in Auschwitz to an imagining of the end of the world to reflect on the purpose of life. Find the following and more at semcoop.com

Black Dignity: The Struggle Against...
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January 6th, 2023

On this week's Front Table, discover the personal details of a life devoted to craft: from a traveling musician’s moving meditation on the relationship between music and home to a portrait of one of the great American entertainers, guitarists, and lyricists of the 20th century: Chuck Berry. Find the following and more at semcoop.com
Chuck Berry: An American Life
(Hachette Books)
RJ Smith

Best known as the...

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December 16th, 2022

On this week's Front Table, find a masterful collection that explores why we lead one life instead of another, from a story of doppelgängers living two versions of the same life whilst grappling with their own existentialism to three interconnected stories set in contemporary Japan, where the same set of characters are revisited at different junctures in their lives. Find the following and more at semcoop.com
I Fear My Pain Interests You
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