University Wide Events January 2013

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Thursday, January 17

Guest Lecture: Elenore Stump
"The Problem of Human Suffering: A Thomist Defense"

5:30 pm
Minor Hall AuditoriumMap >

Why do bad, heartbreaking things happen if there is an omniscient, omnipotent, perfectly good God? St. Louis University Philosophy Professor Eleonore Stump will draw upon contemporary psychological findings, Biblical narratives, and the philosophical insights of Thomas Aquinas to argue that an extended Thomistic theodicy constitutes a cogent response to the problem of human suffering. All are invited to attend what most certainly will be one of the most engaging public lectures offered at the University in the new year.

Friday, January 18

Workshop: Libby Roderick
"You Can Observe a Lot by Just Watching": Learning from Indigenous Pedagogies

10-11:30 am
Nau Hall, Room 101Map >

What are the cultural assumptions that shape our classroom interactions? How do other cultures conceive of the learning process? What can we learn from indigenous pedagogies about teaching the next generation?
This session will introduce participants to a teacher development program based on Alaska Native ways of teaching and learning which focus heavily on non-verbal forms of learning. Through a series of brief exercises based on indigenous approaches participants will reflect on their current teaching practices and the ways they are culturally bound. Together we will explore how pedagogies from indigenous cultures can enliven our teaching practices and help prepare our students for the challenges of the 21st century.
For more information and to register go to the workshop's page on the Teaching Resource Center's site >

Wednesday, January 23

Medical Center Hour:
The New MCAT and Doctors for the 21st Century

12:30 - 1:30 pm
Jordan Conference Center Auditorium AuditoriumMap >

Darrell Kirch MD, President, Association of American Medical Colleges, Washington DC
Michael Levenson PhD, Department of English and Director, Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures, UVA.

Friday, January 25

Guest Lecture: Anne Rademacher
Human Habitats and Ideologies of Sustainability in Kathmandu and Mumbai

1 - 2:45 pm
Brooks Hall, 2nd floor conference roomMap >

Dr. Rademacher is a candidate for one of three faculty positions to be filled this year in association with the Institute of Humanities and Global Cultures and under the auspices of The Cultural and Environmental Transformations in the Globalizing World search committee.
ABSTRACT: When is housing an environmental problem? In this talk, I draw from long-term ethnographic engagement with the biophysical, cultural, and political dynamics of urban river degradation in Nepal’s capital city to describe the ways that conflicting concepts of urban ecology were used to categorize urban space as either "land" or "river." As a consequence, thousands of informal settlements in the river’s riparian zone were either considered agents of degradation or icons of sustainability. When embedded in Nepal’s revolutionary political context, I further demonstrate the malleability of ecology in urban social life. I then turn briefly to more recent fieldwork among green design practitioners in Mumbai. Here, I consider how an emergent form of urban sustainability expertise, in this case environmental architecture, served as a critical arena within which ecologically appropriate housing was defined. In both cases, the social and political dynamics of sustainability in practice transform scientific concepts of ecosystem ecology into multiple and contested social practices of urban ecology.

Friday, January 25

Cosmopolitan Nationalism:
Foreigners in Paris during the Long Nineteenth Century

3:30 - 5 pm
Old Cabell Hall, room 107Map >

Foreign musicians played a vital role in the shaping of Parisian identities over the political and cultural shifts of the long nineteenth century. By analyzing some of the remaining traces in the press as well as literary and archival sources, I investigate not only the role and reception of foreign musicians in Paris but also their own responses to horizons of expectation that emphasized rather than underplayed the difference and exotic character both of foreign visitors and of members of the Parisian musical community who had come to Paris from abroad and created their careers in the French capital. I will discuss the dynamic interplay between the foreign artists looking into Parisian musical life and the local expectations fostered by both the press and visiting artists. While my case studies will focus on the later nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, my theoretical concerns cast the net wider in historical terms.

Annegret Fauser studied musicology, art history, and philosophy at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms Universität in Bonn, the Université de la Sorbonne-Paris IV, and the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. She received her PhD at the University of Bonn in 1992. Before joining the faculty at UNC, she taught musicology at the Université François Rabelais in Tours, the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen, the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, and City University, London.

Wednesday, January 30

Medical Center Hour:
Love Alone — A Play about Medical Mistakes and Forgiveness

12:30 - 1:30 pm
Jordan Conference Center Auditorium AuditoriumMap >

Deborah Salem Smith, Playwright-in-Residence, Trinity Repertory Company, Providence RI
Actors from the UVA Department of Drama
Margaret Plews-Ogan MD, Head, Division of General Medicine, Geriatrics, and Pallative Care, Department of Medicine, UVA

Thursday, January 31

Guest Lecture: Heather Love
"Close Reading and Thin Description"

4 pm
Bryan Hall Faculty LoungeMap >

Heather Love received her A.B. from Harvard and her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and is currently the R. Jean Brownlee Term Associate Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. A leading scholar in queer theory and sexuality studies, she is also an influential contributor to current debates about reading, interpretation and literary methodology. Heather is the author of the widely noticed and discussed book Feeling Backward: Loss and the Politics of Queer History (Harvard, 2007), the editor of a special issue of GLQ on the scholarship and legacy of Gayle Rubin ("Rethinking Sex"), and the co-editor of a special issue of New Literary History ("Is There Life after Identity Politics?"). A book of her essays and lectures has just been published in Taiwan (Queer Affect Politics: Selected Essays by Heather Love, ed. Jen-Peng Liu, ShenLou Press).