All are welcome. All events are FREE and open to the public.
Tuesday, January 21, Performance Hall Armouries, 6pm
Dr. Andrea Sullivan-Clarke
“A Way of Being in the World: Native American/First Nations Philosophy”
About the Talk: In keeping with the calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Final Report (2015), many universities across Canada are looking to “Indigenize” their curriculum. What does that mean for the humanities? In Philosophy, it not only means increasing representation (in the classroom and on the syllabus), but it also encourages the development of courses on Indigenous Philosophy. In this presentation, I introduce Native American/First Nations Philosophy by connecting their traditional oral narratives and thought with three branches of the traditional Western canon—metaphysics, epistemology, and axiology. Through these connections, it will become apparent that Native American/First Nations Philosophy offers a different way of being in the world.
BIO: Andrea Sullivan-Clarke is from the wind clan of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma. A first generation college student, Andrea graduated in 2015 from the University of Washington with a PhD, specializing in the use of analogy and metaphor. She is the co-editor of the American Philosophical Association’s Newsletter on Native American and Indigenous Philosophies, and is writing an entry on American Indian Philosophy for the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. A President’s Indigenous Peoples Scholar at the University of Windsor, Andrea is developing a summer workshop, called Empowering Exchanges, for female and female identifying Indigenous high school students beginning in the summer of 2019.
Tuesday, February 4th, Performance Hall Armouries, 5pm
Dr. Till van Rahden “Democracy: A Fragile Way of Life”
“Democracy: A Fragile Way of Life”
About the Talk: For a long time liberal democracy was taken for granted. Now it is in crisis: citizens are distancing themselves from politics, the people's parties are losing members and votes, twitter and Instagram are crowding out public debates and civility. Across the globe, studies have appeared on the crisis of democracy. Till van Rahden challenges the sense of despair that informs recent conversations. Instead of obsessing about how democracies die, it might prove more useful to explore what keeps them alive. The history of the Federal Republic of Germany provides as useful case study to think about democracy as a way of life. The democratic miracle of postwar German history allows us to better understand the cultural and social bases of democracy in in public controversies, a democratic ethos, and in everyday life.
BIO: Till van Rahden teaches history at the Université de Montréal where he held the Canada Research Chair in German and European Studies from 2006 to 2016. He specializes in European history since the Enlightenment and is interested in the tension between the elusive promise of democratic equality and the recurrent presence of diversity and moral conflicts. In 1993, he received an M.A. from The Johns Hopkins University, and in 1999, he completed his dissertation at the University of Bielefeld which received the “Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History” and was published as Jews and other Germans: Civil Society, Religious Diversity and Urban Politics in Breslau, 1860-1925 (Madison, 2008). He has co-edited Juden, Bürger, Deutsche (Tübingen, 2001), Demokratie im Schatten der Gewalt: Geschichten des Privaten im deutschen Nachkrieg (Göttingen, 2010), and Autorität: Krise, Konstruktion und Konjunktur (Munich, 2016). Recent publications include: Demokratie: Eine gefährdete Lebensform (Frankfurt 2019) and the“Lumpen sammeln: Siegfried Kracauer und die Geschichte des 19. Jahrhunderts,” in Historische Zeitschrift 307 (2018).
Tuesday, February 25th, Performance Hall Armouries, 6pm
Dr. Michelle MacArthur
“Voices of a Generation: Representation of Millennial Women Across Media”
About the Talk: Dr. MacArthur’s HRG public lecture will ask what it means to be a millennial woman through an examination of cultural representations by millennial women across media. Creative, enterprising, and technologically savvy, millennial women have produced a proliferation of images of themselves that complicate demographic analyses and challenge widely-held assumptions. These books, plays, films, online posts, and television series offer complex insights into a much-maligned demographic and deserve serious scholarly attention. Drawing on research from across social sciences and humanities disciplines, this talk will elucidate how millennial women engage in the circulation and/or disruption of what James Cairns calls “millennial myths.”
BIO: Dr. MacArthur’s research focuses on four main areas: equity in theatre, theatre criticism, contemporary Canadian theatre, and feminism and performance. She has published her work in peer reviewed journals and essay collections and is currently working on a monograph contracted to McGill-Queen’s University Press, based on her dissertation research on the critical reception of feminist theatre in Canada. She is also principal investigator on a project entitled “Gender, Genre, and Power in the Theatre Blogosphere,” funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. In 2014-15, Dr. MacArthur was lead researcher for the Equity in Theatre (EIT) initiative, a national campaign focused on redressing gender inequities in the Canadian theatre industry. Her extensive EIT report continues to serve as a resource for research and advocacy efforts in Canadian theatre and beyond. She was editor-in- chief of alt.theatre: cultural diversity and the stage from 2016 to 2018 and has co-edited two issues of Canadian Theatre Review (vol. 168 & 140) as well as the book Performing Adaptations: Conversations and Essays on the Theory and Practice of Adaptation (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009). Dr. MacArthur holds a PhD (2014) from the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Toronto. She joined the University of Windsor’s School of Dramatic Art as Assistant Professor in 2016, where she teaches courses in theatre history, dramatic literature, and performance theory.
Tuesday, March 10th, Performance Hall, Armouries, 6pm
SOOK-YIN Lee “What Needs to be said."
About the Talk: Sook-Yin Lee’s lecture will be a wide-ranging exploration of art and censorship in the Canadian cultural scene and her experiences being compelled to speak up, and at other times, pressured to keep quiet.
BIO:Sook-Yin Lee, multimedia artist and broadcaster, has led a singular career in the belly of Canadian media. The renegade MuchMusic VJ and CBC producer helmed the award-winning DNTO and created the acclaimed interview podcast Sleepover. She writes and directs movies (Octavio is Dead, Year of the Carnivore) makes music, choreographs dance, and writes and performs experimental theatre. Sook-Yin applies an explorative artistic approach to her broadcasting. In this presentation, she shares her experiences in speaking out on difficult subjects despite institutional resistance. Truth-telling comes at a price and Sook-Yin reveals the consequences that arose with her participation in the groundbreaking LGBTQ sex comedy Shortbus, offers an insider’s perspective on the pre-#MeToo-era Jian Ghomeshi CBC debacle, and gives her take on art and censorship in Canada. Recently, she’s been examining the complexities and failures of the Canadian medical and pharmaceutical industries. In facilitating open explorations of sensitive subjects, she strives for better understanding through authentic and direct communication.
Humanities Week 2019 was a great success.
This year, Humanities Week was held November 11th—15th, 2019.
What is Humanities Week? Every year we put on a series of diverse lectures and events to put the spotlight on and celebrate the humanities. These events bring people together in casual settings, with many of them featuring catering or, as of recently, being hosted in local venues. At the same time, they offer the perfect space for questions and ideas to flow freely between attendees, thus encouraging and enabling relevant discourse. We can’t wait to show you all that we have in store this fall, from panels and lectures to the ever- exciting Why Humanities? award ceremony and celebration of our 30th anniversary.