Humanities Research Group

Week of events to explore issues in humanities

The Humanities Research Group will present thought-provoking discussion during Humanities Week, September 10 to 14 on the University of Windsor campus.

Physics professor Gordon Drake, principal of Canterbury College, will analyze current thinking on the topic of free will in his free public lecture “Free Won’t,” at 4 p.m. Monday, September 10, in Alumni Hall’s McPherson Lounge. Dr. Drake will examine some of the underlying assumptions that may not necessarily be correct within the context of science, religion, and artificial intelligence.

Annotated text bears light on early modern Italy

Among the effects of the McGregor-Cowan House in Old Sandwich that entered the used-book market in Windsor was an annotated copy of Giovanni Battista Benedetti’s collected works, his Speculationum Liber (Venice edition of 1599).

Classics professor Robert Weir will examine the insights that this book and its annotations can shed on the intellectual climate of Italy circa 1600 in a free public lecture Wednesday, April 4, at 6 p.m. in Assumption University’s Freed-Orman Centre.

Speaker to examine controversy over prize-winning e-book

In November 2010, Johanna Skibsrud’s novel The Sentimentalists was announced as the winner of the Giller Prize, which promptly embroiled the work, its author, and its publishers in a clash between different modes of book publishing.

“The novel’s publication as a limited-run book from a small press, then as an e-book, then as a mass-market paperback sparked public interest in the kinds of questions usually asked by bibliographers,” says Alan Galey.

Lecture to examine impromptu tradition in performance

The Humanities Research Group presents Domenico Pietropaolo delivering a free public lecture entitled “Text and the Impromptu Tradition,” Thursday, February 9, at 7 p.m. in Assumption University’s Freed-Orman Centre.

Dr. Pietropaolo is principal of St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto, holds the Goggio Chair in Italian Studies and is chair of the Italian studies department. He is also a professor of drama and is cross-appointed to the Graduate Centre for Study of Drama, the Centre for Comparative Literature and the Centre for Medieval Studies.

Local experience a focus of military studies conference

Southwestern Ontario was a front in some of Canada’s defining wars, and that history will come under exploration during the seventh Windsor Military Studies Conference, this weekend at the Major F.A. Tilston VC Armoury.

Titled “War & Memory,” the conference is a collaboration between the UWindsor Humanities Research Group, the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies, the Essex and Kent Scottish Regiment, the HMCS Hunter, the Windsor Regiment, and 21 Windsor Service Battalion.

Heroic traditions subject of presentation

In some ways, the Germanic epic Beowulf fits one definition of tragedy, says Lois Smedick: as a fight to the death in a narrow place against odds.

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, with its interplay between the ridiculous and some deadly intentions, may speak more readily to our take, nowadays, on the world,” she says.

Lecture to address Futurist revolution in the arts

When the Italian poet and writer F.T. Marinetti published his Manifesto of Futurism on the front page of Le Figaro in February 1909, he launched the first real revolution in the arts, says Jean-Pierre de Villers.

UWindsor professor emeritus of languages, literatures and civilizations, Dr. de Villers will address this revolution in a free public presentation on Wednesday, October 19, at 3:30 p.m. in Assumption University’s Freed-Orman Centre.

Auto executive defends role of humanities education

Wherever there is a need to manage and have relationship with people, there will always be a place for the humanities, says Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat S.p.A. and Chrysler Group LLC.

Recipient of a UWindsor BComm in 1979 and an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 2005, he spoke with Humanities Research Group director Antonio Rossini for an interview in the group’s newsletter, Athena. Marchionne’s first degree was a BA in philosophy, and he said his humanistic education opened his mind.

Kinesiology researcher studying how gripping device lowers blood pressure

While many students were enjoying a break from their studies, Mark Badrov was hard at work in the lab this summer, trying to better understand why a simple hand grip device helps lower blood pressure in some individuals.

“I really like research,” said Badrov, a human kinetics student who will enter the second year of his master’s program this fall. “It’s a lot of fun. It involves a lot of hands-on learning, and you feel like you’re making a difference.”