Calendar of Events

Spring 2014 IHGC Events

U.Va. Humanities Events this Week

Scholar in Residence Terry Eagleton

February 10-14

The Page-Barbour Lectures Committee Presents "Hope without Optimism"

Tuesday, February 11:"The Banality of Optimism"

Wednesday, February 12: "What is Hope?"

Thursday, February 13: "Hope Against Hope"

All lectures take place in the Harrison Small Auditorium at 4 pm with reception to follow.


"Blissful Dead, Desperate Dead: Purgatory Goes to Hell in Early Modern Spain"

A Lecture by María Tausiet

Wednesday, March 5
4 pm
Harrison Institute Auditorium

Is happiness mankind’s natural state? What fate was thought to await the dead in the afterlife? As opposed to the strict dualism of heaven and hell, the invention of Purgatory at the end of the twelfth century provided a third way: the opportunity of purification after death before attaining ultimate glory. María Tausiet explores how the radical optimism of this idea faded in the seventeenth century, when Purgatory, organized in accordance with the rules of earthly justice, became an actual branch of hell.

María Tausiet is a leading Spanish cultural historian who now lives in Madrid. From 2008 to 2011 she was a fellow at Spain’s premier research institute, Centro Superior de Investigaciones Científicas. She has published eight books and numerous essays on witchcraft and magic, demonic possession, and the history of emotions. Her most recent work to appear in English translation is Urban Magic in Early Modern Spain: Abracadabra Omnipontens (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). Her residency at the University of Virginia is sponsored by the Buckner W. Clay Foundation.


"Rethinking the Humanities in Korea"

A Lecture by Youngmin Kim

Tuesday, March 18
Monroe Hall 130

Youngmin Kim is Professor of English at Dongguk University in Seoul, Korea. This lecture, part of the 2013-14 East Asia Center lecture series, will philosophize and rethink the global transnational issue of the famous perennial "crisis in the humanities."

Co-sponsored by the IHGC.


Daniel Mendelsohn

An Odyssey: A Father, A Son, and An Epic

March 20
6 pm
Harrison Institute Auditorium

Daniel Mendelsohn is a distinguished scholar in Classics, an award-winning memoirist and translator, a literary and cultural critic of extraordinary range, and a public intellectual of great note. His essays have appeared in the New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, and The New York Times. He won the National Books Critics Circle Award for The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million; his recent collection of essays, Waiting for the Barbarians: Essays from the Classics to Pop Culture (2012), was widely and highly honored. Daniel Mendelsohn is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Virginia.

This event is a part of the Virginia Festival of the Book.


Geoffrey O'Brien

Poetry Reading

April 4
7 pm
The Bridge PAI

Geoffrey G. O'Brien is the author of People on Sunday (Wave Books, 2013). He is also the author of Metropole (2011), Green and Gray (2007), and The Guns and Flags Project (2002), all from The University of California Press. His chapbooks include Hesiod (Song Cave, 2010), and Poem with No Good Lines (Hand Held Editions, 2010). He is the coauthor (with John Ashbery and Timothy Donnelly) of Three Poets: Ashbery, Donnelly, O’Brien (Minus A Press, 2012) and (in collaboration with the poet Jeff Clark) of 2A (Quemadura, 2006). O’Brien is an Associate Professor in the English Department at UC Berkeley and also teaches for the Prison University Project at San Quentin State Prison.

This and all “Outside the Window” readings are co-sponsored by UVA Contemporary Poetry & Poetics Working Group, The Bridge PAI, The Piedmont Council for the Arts, The UVA English Department, and the University of Virginia Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures.


Graduate English Student Association Annual Conference

"Reading Then and Now"

April 4-6

From Socrates to Tina Brown, cultural critics have been lining up to bury the book for millennia. Yet, in spite of the predictions of the Greeks, the early printers, and more recent heralds, literature just won't die. One sign? A survey of recent titles from the U. of Chicago press offers 1,680 books with "reading" in their description. Another? The insistent textual qualities of even the most recent social media. Persisting through one technological revolution after another and despite cultural sea changes, reading continues to evolve, to inform, and to sustain modern cultures.

See the full schedule here.