Humanities Research Group

Seminar to discuss community role of artists

The campus community is invited to Gina Reichert and Mitch Cope of Detroit’s Power House Productions for a seminar entitled “In the Neighbourhood” at 10 a.m. Friday, October 19, in room 130, Assumption University.

The principals of the Design 99 studio will lead a discussion on the role and responsibility of artists and designers in the community.

The event is part of the Distinguished Speakers Series of the Humanities Research Group, which will sponsor a reception to follow.

Artists to discuss role of culture in neighbourhood stabilization

Detroiters Gina Reichert and Mitch Cope have spent six years investigating new models of contemporary art and architectural practice. Their design studio situated itself in the public realm offering over-the-counter consultations and marketed $99 house call specials.

The team will discuss their work as visual artists with their Design 99 studio and as faciliators and collaborators with Power House Productions in a free public presentation “Too Much of a Good Thing,” Thursday, October 18, at 7 p.m. in Assumption University’s Freed-Orman Centre.

Humanities Research Group fêtes book authors

The Humanities Research Group hosted a reception October 10 to celebrate all professors in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences who have published scholarly books in the past two years.

The works ranged across disciplines, form and subject, and included:

Artist to lecture on intersection of art and biology

Suzanne Anker, chair of the Fine Arts Department at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, will discuss the interweaving of traditional and experimental media in her free public lecture, “Between Awe and Artifice: Welcome to Wonderland,” on Thursday, October 4, at 7 p.m. in Assumption University’s Freed Orman Centre.

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.