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01 Nov 21

Kurt Vonnegut: How Being in the Firebombing of Dresden as a Prisoner of War Shaped His Vision and Work

Suzanne McConnell explains how Kurt Vonnegut’s suffering informed the writer’s sense of ambiguity and irony, hatred of dogma, and quick, dark humor.

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28 Oct 21

China Africa Encounters: Historical Legacies and Contemporary Realities

Helen Siu explores the crucial layers of maritime historical connections across Asia and how these encounters are expressed in everyday life among stakeholders who have traversed the continental divides.

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27 Oct 21

Methods of Inquiry 1965-Present

Gary Kuehn discusses his work in the context of the radically changing art world in the 1960s-70s.

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26 Oct 21

The Art of Graphic Resurrection

Amy Kurzweil shares her approach to the graphic memoir.

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25 Oct 21

The Fifteenth Amendment and the Constitutionalization of Democratic Self-Governance in the United States

Bertrall Ross traces competing conceptions of self-government that evolved over two centuries of English and American political thought, culminating in the adoption of the Fifteenth Amendment in 1869.

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21 Oct 21

Fellow Spotlight: Channing Joseph

Channing Joseph talks about his narrative biography of William Dorsey Swann, a formerly enslaved African-American man who became the world’s first self-described “drag queen” and the leader of the earliest-known LGBTQ+ resistance group in the United States.

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21 Oct 21

Fellow Spotlight: Joy Milligan

Joy Milligan probes the origins and implications of U.S. national policies and practices of racial segregation during the twentieth century.

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21 Oct 21

Fellow Spotlight: Lan Samantha Chang

Lan Samantha Chang discusses her forthcoming novel "The Family Chao."

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18 Oct 21

The Future of Money: How the Digital Revolution is Transforming Currencies and Finance

In this talk, Eswar Prasad predicts that the era of cash is drawing to an end while cryptocurrencies evolve unpredictably.

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13 Oct 21

America’s Black Queer History

In this talk, Channing Joseph examines the far-reaching influence of William Dorsey Swann, the earliest-known self-described “drag queen," on U.S. history and culture.

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