Humanities

In League with Infidels: Sharifs, Persians, Turks and The Renaissance Popes as “Lords and Masters of the World Game”

Published: January 22, 2020

CMRS Pop-Up Workshop Celine Dauverd (Associate Professor, History, University of Colorado Boulder) The Fall of Constantinople shook the western world. But it also forced the head of the Christian world to reinvent itself. Countless Muslim raids over the Italian peninsula coupled with the need to preserve Rome as a sovereign city-state compelled the papacy to design…

CMRS Research Workshop

Published: January 21, 2020

“The Hypocrisy of Signs: Hermeneutics of Action and Belief in the Aftermath of the Sephardic Diaspora (Italy and Catholic Europe, XVI-XVII centuries)” David Sebastiani (PhD Candidate, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy) Each CMRS Research Workshop is based on a pre-circulated research paper that the presenter—who may be a CMRS faculty member, associate, affiliate, or graduate student—wishes…

Hydrophilic Archives: Early Handmade Paper in Unstable Environments

Published: January 17, 2020

Richard & Mary Rouse Annual History of the Book Lecture Joshua Calhoun (Associate Professor of English, University of Wisconsin, Madison) Click here to register to attend. Paper loves water, but the hydrophilic property of paper is both a feature and a bug: it cannot be created without water, and it can be easily destroyed by water….

Risky Business: The Future of Jewish Museums

Published: January 17, 2020

Award-winning scholar, curator and author Dr. Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Chief Curator of the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, Poland and Professor Emerita of Performance Studies at New York University, will discuss the past, present and future of Jewish museums. Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett is Chief Curator of the Core Exhibition at POLIN Museum…

Pourdavoud Center Lecture Series: Everett Wheeler

Published: January 16, 2020

Dr. Everett Wheeler of Duke University will present his research on “Parthians in the Roman Army” for the Pourdavoud Center on January 15, 2020. Parthians in the Roman Army The open frontier along the Euphrates River between the Roman and Parthian empires by no means marked a cultural divide. From the time of Pompey on,…

Pourdavoud Center Lecture Series: Everett Wheeler

Published: January 16, 2020

Dr. Everett Wheeler of Duke University will present his research on “Parthians in the Roman Army” for the Pourdavoud Center on January 15, 2020. Parthians in the Roman Army The open frontier along the Euphrates River between the Roman and Parthian empires by no means marked a cultural divide. From the time of Pompey on,…

“‘Ten Tongues and Ten Mouths’: Reading the Iliad in post-9/11 Pakistan” – “UCLA Comparative Literature in the World” Lecture by Alumnae Dr. Maryam Wasif Khan

Published: January 15, 2020

Please join the Department of Comparative Literature on Tuesday, January 14th from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. for a lecture from Professor Maryam Wasif Khan of the Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Lahore University of Management Sciences entitled, “‘Ten Tongues and Ten Mouths’: Reading the Iliad in post-9/11 Pakistan.” This event is…

William Caxton’s Multilingualism: The Claims of French and Dutch, English and Kentish

Published: January 15, 2020

CMRS Distinguished Visiting Scholar Lecture This lecture by Professor Ad Putter (Professor of Medieval English and Director, Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, University of Bristol) explores the multilingualism of England in the fifteenth century by examining the life and works of the first English printer, William Caxton. In standard histories of the English language, Caxton…

Rolston String Quartet

Published: December 8, 2019

Canada’s Rolston String Quartet was the 2018 recipient of the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award from Chamber Music America. In 2016 they earned First Prize at the 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition. The Banff win took the quartet on their first international tour. Recent seasons have seen the Quartet tour the world. The Rolston String…

“Ornament of the World” Film Screening

Published: December 5, 2019

Please click here to register to attend. No fee. limited seating. The Ornament of the World tells a story from the past that’s especially timely today: the story of a remarkable time in history when Muslims, Christians and Jews forged a common cultural identity that frequently transcended their religious differences. Ornament will retrace a nearly 800-year period in…

Iranian Studies Lecture: Yann Richard

Published: December 5, 2019

Some major landmarks of modern Iranian history such as the 1921 coup d’Etat or the toppling of Mosaddeq in 1953 are now checked with critical attention by historians. Was the 1953 coup against Mosaddeq an American achievement or did it eventually succeed through a popular uprising? If the Shiite clergy would be responsible for the…

America’s Jewish Women: A History from Colonial Times to Today

Published: December 4, 2019

In this groundbreaking history, Pamela Nadell asks what does it mean to be a Jewish woman in America? Weaving together stories from the colonial era’s matriarch Grace Nathan and her great-granddaughter poet Emma Lazarus to union organizer Bessie Hillman and the great justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Nadell shows two threads binding the nation’s Jewish women:…

The Future of al-Andalus

Published: December 3, 2019

This talk is based on Professor Calderwood’s current book project, which examines representations of al-Andalus (medieval Muslim Iberia) in contemporary literature, film, television, music, and tourism. Eric Calderwood is an Associate Professor in the Program in Comparative and World Literature at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of Colonial al-Andalus: Spain and the…