Trinity 100/126, Thursdays 4-5:30 pm and Fridays 3-5 pm unless otherwise noted
Director: Sarah Pike
* The Humanities Center’s theme for this year is “Play.”
Apr. 12From Full-House to Hip-Hop: On the Fierce Urgency of Play in Social Movements
5:00 pm in Trinity 100
Come for a rambunctious talk about the subterranean history of play at the Hull-House Settlement, founded in 1889, where collective joy and ideas of artistic permissiveness infused every aspect of social struggle. Learn about and participate in historic games developed by radical women organizers who understood play as a way of advancing a more participatory democracy and building community across barriers of difference. Hear about the connections between this history and more contemporary artistic and social movements, and how play continues to be fiercely urgent in the struggle for social justice.
Lisa Yun Lee is the director of the School of Art & Art History and a member of the Art History, Museum and Exhibition Studies, and Gender and Women's Studies faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Lisa is the past director of the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, and is the co-founder of The Public Square at the Illinois Humanities Council, co-chair of the Executive Committee of the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy at UIC, a founding Board member of the National Public Housing Museum, and serves on the Boards of Rebuild Foundation, the American Alliance of Museums, Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life, Young Chicago Authors, 3Arts, and the International Contemporary
Apr. 21Fairness, uncertainty and the role of play fighting in making and using the social brain
7:30 pm in Trinity 100
Sergio M. Pellis is professor of Neuroscience at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta. The author of numerous publications, Professor Pellis’s research is focused on the role of peer-to-peer play in the development of social competence. This talk will discuss the way that play fighting, like serious fighting, involves competing for advantage. For play fighting to remain playful, there has to be some degree of cooperation, and by juxtaposing cooperative actions with competitive ones, play fighting creates reciprocity between the roles of attacker and defender. The interplay between ambiguity and fairness, inherent in play fighting, reveals different uses in the juvenile period and adulthood and contributes to the development and evolution of complex and nuanced social behavior.
May. 06From Garden to Boxcar: Orphaning, Secrecy and Play in Children's Literature
Heather Altfeld, English
5:00 pm in Trinity 126
May. 12Play and Life: Some Philosophical Approaches.
Humanities Center Reading Group
5:00 pm in Trinity 126