Humanities Center

Humanities Center

Events for 2021-2022


Stephanie Sparling Williams

Thursday, September 23, 2021 at 5:30 PM  (Zoom: Register HERE)

Stephanie Sparling Williams

Black Feminist Critique and Ontological Reconciliation in Artist Lorraine O'Grady's Diptychs

Sparling Williams's recent monograph Speaking Out of Turn: Lorraine O'Grady and the Art of Language examines black feminist conceptual artist Lorraine O'Grady's use of language, both written and spoken, and charts her strategic use of direct address-- the dialectic posture O'Grady's art takes in relationship to its viewers. This talk locates O'Grady's spatially attuned and textually oriented visual practice as one that both aligns with several key practices of the 1980s and 90s and breaks away in crucially innovative ways through her use of the diptych form. 


Willis Monroe, Managing Editor, Database of Religious History

Introducing the Database of Religious History

Wednesday, September 29th, 2021, 5:00 PM  (Zoom) 

The Database of Religious History records scholarly perspectives on the wide variety of religious groups throughout history by recruiting academic contributors from around the globe. The project is based at the University of British Columbia and has over 500 entries on groups, places, and texts dating from 8,000 BCE onwards. The project enables scholars to share their qualitative data in a way that also allows for quantitative analysis. The project is open-access and accessible at


Diana Taylor

Thursday, October 21, 2021  at 5:30 PM (Register in Advance for Zoom)

Reparative Memory: Trauma, Memory, Accountability, and Repair

What can we do when it seems that nothing can be done, and doing nothing is not an option? How do communities hardest hit by Covid-19 transform the traumatic memories of loss into practices of repair? This talk will explore some of the theoretical and practical implications of these questions.


Amanda Henrichs

Embroidered Tales: Remediating Mary Wroth

Wednesday, October 27th, 2021, 5:00 PM ( Zoom ) 

Mary Wroth (neé Sidney), a prominent seventeenth-century women writer, is known to modern scholars as highly allusive, and the same scholars have documented many moments of intertextuality between her work and that of her father Robert Sidney and her uncle Philip Sidney. Exploring this intertextual gap, this talk asks: can computers identify the marked language that close readers would call allusions? Can computers find additional moments of intertextuality? How does a computational shift in method change our understanding of historical intertext? 


Mimi Onuoha, Multi-media artist whose work deals with power dynamics in data collection, Thursday, March 3, 2022, 5:30


Usha Iyer, Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies, Department of Art and Art History, Stanford, Thursday, April 7, 2022, 5:30 PM

Dr. Iyer is author of Dancing Women: Choreographing Corporeal Histories of Hindi Cinema (Oxford)

Art and Social Change

With the 2020-22 theme, Art and Social Change, the Humanities Center seeks to inspire discussion about the ways that art can help us understand the past, engage with current social concerns, and envision the future. Events will highlight interdisciplinary humanities research and creative activity on the impact of the arts on society, locally and internationally. Focusing on intersectional issues of social justice, including systemic racism, sexism, and economic disparity, we will engage scholars, students, and the community in conversation on how art reflects and provokes social change.

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