he Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, founded in 1992, is dedicated to fostering a broad, innovative, and cross-disciplinary exploration of human thought and culture. We provide the site where brainstorming across humanities disciplines occurs at Northwestern. World-renowned scholars and artists traveled though the Institute this year, exploring topics that stretched from the ancient to the digital age.
Im excited to announce that we have developed two new programs for 2014-15: Initiatives in the Public Humanities (IPH), which will nurture research endeavors that include outreach to public organizations and partners; and a new Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in The Environmental Humanities. We also have welcomed a new Assistant Director for the Institute, Tom Burke.
I look forward to 2014-15, where we will host scholars who will think about The Humanities in the Age of Ecological Catastrophe and Crossing Borders.
Wendy WallDirector, Alice Kaplan Institute for the HumanitiesAvalon Professor of the Humanities
Institute Staff: Wendy Wall, Tom Burke, Megan Skord-Campbell, and Beverly Zeldin-Palmer T
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The true college will ever have one goalnot to earn meat, but to know the end and aim of that life which meat nourishes.
Why the Humanities?Studying the humanities permits us to know ourselves and to investigate what it means to be humanhere and now as well as elsewhere and in the past. The humanities pose the big questions about the meaning of life. They foster a knowledgeable and critical perspective on all aspects of human culture and human artifacts. And they teach students to think, speak, and write in a clear and cogent manner.
What Weve Done This Year
~ co-sponsored over 70 events~ welcomed 3 Artists in Residence~ supported 7Fellows and 16 Affi liates in
their cutting-edge research projects
~ introduced 6 new humanities faculty through New Faculty Chats
~ sponsored 5 research workshops~ encouraged 45 Kaplan Scholars Honors
students to develop into active learners and thinkers
~ offered13 courses on topics such as literature and grief, justice for the Holocaust, media theory, science and sexuality, dance and politics, fi lm and digital world, and modeling choices (taught by President Morty Schapiro and Saul Morson)
Morry Kaplan and Dolores Kohl Kaplanthe visionaries who helped found the Kaplan Institute.
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Jose Reynoso2012-2014 Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Dance StudiesJose will join the faculty at UC Riverside in fall 2014.
Riverside in fall 2014.
Doris Garraway and Katharine Breen
Wendy Pearlman and John Schafer
Prof. Wendy Pearlman received the 2013-2014 Weinberg College Distinguished Teaching Award.
FellowshipsEnabling Northwestern faculty to pursue independent research in the humanities within an interdisciplinary community
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Here are just some of the provocative questions that our Fellows made us consider this year:
~ When do people submit to unjust authority and when do they protest? How can the case of the lived experience of Syrian refugees give us insight into this issue?
~ How can the literary device called allegory be considered an engine of thought stretching from medieval writing to modern car consumer research?
~ How might the videography used in Jamaican dance halls shed light on the politics and performance of visibility, broadly construed, surrounding the African diaspora?
~ How might a kings reign in post-revolutionary Haiti challenge and reshape ideas of sovereignty?
~ What was the status of African traditional medicine in The World Health Organization during the Cold War?
Katharine Breen Associate Professor, Department of English Engines of Thought: Experimental Allegory in the Middle Ages
Doris Garraway Associate Professor, Department of French and ItalianPerforming Sovereignty: Power, Print, and Performance in the Haitian Kingdom of Henry Christophe
Scott Krafft Library FellowLittle Things: Charlotte Moormans Archive
Wendy Pearlman Assistant Professor, Department of Political ScienceBreaking Down the Barrier of Fear: Understanding Participation in the Syrian Uprising
John Schafer Assistant Professor, Department of ClassicsAlone Together: A study of Senecas Letters
Krista Thompson Associate Professor, Department of Art HistoryBling and Bixels: The Camera, Performance, and the Visual Economy of Light in African American Diasporic Aesthetic Practice
Helen Tilley Associate Professor, Department of HistoryThe Wisdom of the Peoples: African Decolonization, Global Governance, and Cold War Constructions of Traditional Medicine
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Faced with a globalizing economy over which they have little direct control, French municipal governments and private developers increasingly convert derelict industrial buildings into cultural sites to attract tourists and capital.
David Calder, Graduate Affi liate
Faculty Af liates Nick Davis, Associate Professor, Department of English Hannah J. Feldman, Associate Professor, Department of Art History Beth Lew-Williams, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of History;
Asian American Studies Program
Nasrin Qader, Associate Professor, Department of French and Italian Emily Rohrbach, Assistant Professor, Department of English
Graduate Af liates David Calder,
Department of Theatre and Drama
Zachary Campbell, Screen Culture Program; Department of Radio, TV & Film
Meghan Daly-Costa, Department of English
Katie Hartsock, Program in Comparative Literary Studies; Department of Classics; Department of English
Kareem Khubchandani, Performance Studies
Raashi Rastogi, Department of English
Kareem Khubchandani, Meghan Daly Costa, Katie Hartsock, Zachary Campbell, David Calder, and Raashi Rastogi
Undergraduate Af liates Mary Bradford Susie Neilson Mark Silberg Larry Svabek Amy Zhou
Larry Svabek, Mary Bradford, and Amy Zhou
AKIH Research Workshops are interdisciplinary groups brought together by shared interests.
~ The After-Life of Phenomenology
~ Classical Receptions~ Comparative Modernisms~ Northwestern University
Digital Humanities Laboratory
~ Colloquium on Indigeneity & Native American Studies
The Arthur Vining Davis Digital Humanities Summer Faculty Workshop at Northwestern UniversityThis two-week workshop facilitated the implementation of the digital humanities into undergraduate courses.
Public HumanitiesEvanston Northwestern Humanities Lecture Series Partnering with the Evanston Public LibraryMembers of the Northwestern faculty share and discuss innovative research at the Evanston Public Library. This year, ENHLS honored African American contributions to the American landscape.
What does it mean to be Black? If Blackness has no biological basis (there is no such thing as a Black gene, Black DNA nor, despite the claims of pharmaceutical companies, do all Black people possess a distinct biology that makes them more or less vulnerable to certain conditions than other racial groups), what do we mean when we claim it for ourselves or for others?
Michelle Wright Blackness When You Least Expect It: Understanding Racial Diversity in the 21st CenturyOctober 8, 2013
How have black women been represented visually? How have they represented themselves? And how have those images shaped our understanding of what, in fact, constitutes representation?
Huey Copeland In the Arms of the NegressMarch 13, 2014
Beginning in the 1930s and lasting into the 1950s, black Chicago experienced a cultural renaissance that rivaled and, some argue, exceeded the cultural outpouring in Harlem.
Darlene Clark Hine The Black Chicago RenaissanceApril 24, 2014
Humanities Without Walls Partnering with public institutions across the MidwestThe Kaplan Institute is part of a 15 school consortium that has been awarded $3,000,000 by the Mellon Foundation to execute The Global Midwest Initiative. This is the fi rst initiative of its kind to experiment at this large scale with cross-institutional collaboration.
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Chicago Humanities FestivalMorry and Dolores Kohl Kaplan Northwestern DayOctober 13, 2013
Co-presented by the Offi ce of the President, the Offi ce of the Provost, and the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University.
Highlights of the 2013 program featured events with Junot Diaz, Julia Kristeva, and Delia Ephron, among others, including the following Northwestern University faculty members: Deborah Cohen, Jules Law, Susan Pearson, Susie Phillips, and Indira Raman.
Odyssey ProjectPartnering with the Illinois Humanities CouncilThis program offers a college-level course in philosophy, literature, art history, and history for men and women living below the poverty level.
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Reaching the Community
Wendy Wall, Morton Schapiro, Dolores Kohl Kaplan, and Sarah Mangelsdorf
Announcing Our New Initiatives In Public Humanities (IPH) These new programs will combine academic research in the humanities with an intensive public outreach program. Next years initiatives are:
Poetry and Poetics ColloquiumPoetry in the SchoolsThe Voice Within UsPoetry and Poetics Colloquium, Evanston Township High School and Y.