Director: Rob Davidson
Phone: 530-898-6372

Sep. 08Jennifer Malkowski (Communication Studies): “Publics, Counterpublics, and Interpublics:Theorizing Intersectionality, Biomedicalization, and The Public Sphere for Health and Medicine”

Friday, September 8, 12:00-1 p.m., PAC 113

Sep. 14The Vietnam War, The Hmong Chapter

Thursday, September 14, 5:30, Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology, followed by film screening and panel discussion, 7:00 p.m., Colusa Hall 100A.

Join us for a reception at the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology, followed by a preview of the new Ken Burns documentary on Vietnam and a panel discussion in Colusa Hall.  The evening will provide a deeper context for the ways the war and its aftermath shaped the lives of local residents and offers a chance to hear insights from Hmong elders and historians.

Co-sponsored by the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology and KIXE

Oct. 05Vanesa Miseres (University of Notre Dame): “Gendered Routes: Women Travelers in Nineteenth-Century Latin America”

Thursday, October 5, 5:30 p.m., Collaborative Space, Arts and Humanities Building 227.

This presentation will provide fresh perspectives with which to view gender and travel. The analysis of women’s contribution to travel literature and their struggles and strategies to enter a male-centered genre, will be explored through the work of four prominent women who traveled to and from Latin America in the 19th century: the French-Peruvian socialist and activist Flora Tristan (1803-1844), the Argentines Juana Manuela Gorriti (1818-1892) and Eduarda Mansilla (1838-1892), and the Peruvian Clorinda Matto de Turner (1852-1909). 

Miseres is a professor in the Department of Romance Languages & Literatures at the University of Notre Dame.  She is also Research Faculty of the Gender Studies Program, as well as a fellow of both the Nanovic Institute for European Studies and the Kellogg Institute for International Studies.  Her book, Women in Transit: Travel, Writing, and Identity in South America (1830-1910) is forthcoming from UNC Press.

Co-sponsored by the Department of History, the Department of International Languages, Literatures and Cultures and the Latin American Studies Program

Oct. 06Sinwoo Lee (History): “Demolishing Walls, Dis-membering City: Japanese Colonialism and the Politics of Walls”

Friday, October 6, noon-1:00 p.m., PAC 113

Bring your lunch for a work-in-progress talk.

Oct. 26Laird Easton (History): "The Motherland of All Journeys: Lou Andreas-Salomé and Rainer Maria Rilke in Russia, 1900"

Thursday, October 26, 5 p.m., PAC 113

Nov. 03Lauren Ruth (Art and Art History): “Impolite objects and the construction of agency”

Friday, November 3, noon-1:00 p.m., PAC 113

Bring your lunch for a work-in-progress talk.

Nov. 16Piano Concert John Milbauer (University of Arizona): “Which Side Are you On?”

Thursday, November 16, 7:30 p.m., Zingg Recital Hall, Arts and Humanities Building.

Steinway Artist John Milbauer presents a rousing concert inspired by politics, populism, and the intersection of ethnicity and identity. Union songs, Yahi chant, Latin American anti-fascist tunes, Gypsy music, and Transcendentalist philosophy all play a part in this program that blends themes of protest, isolation, refuge, and the quest for social justice. 

Milbauer is Head of Piano at the University of Arizona and Co-Chair of the Chautauqua Festival Piano Program in New York. “Milbauer conveys unspeakable wonder through an intimate touch and astonishing versatility.” - American Record Guide

Co-sponsored by Russell Burnham, the Department of Music and Theatre, the Honors Program, and the College of Humanities and Fine Arts

Nov. 30Troy Jollimore (Philosophy): “The Journey Motif in the Films of the Coen Brothers”

Thursday, November 30, 5:00 p.m., Collaborative Space, Arts and Humanities Building 227

Dec. 01Joshua Moss (Media Arts, Design and Technology): “The Marxist Jesus: Catholic Liberation Theology and Counter Cinema”

Friday, December 1, noon-1:00 p.m., PAC 113

Bring your lunch for a work-in-progress talk.

Mar. 08Stewart Weaver (University of Rochester): “Mountain of Destiny: The Nazi Assault on Nanga Parbat, 1934-1939”

Thursday, March 8, 7:30 p.m., Zingg Recital Hall, Arts and Humanities Building

Stewart Weaver, professor of history at the University of Rochester, is the co-author of Fallen Giants: A History of Himalayan Mountaineering From the Age of Empire to the Age of Extremes heralded as “the book of a lifetime for its authors, an awe-inspiring work of history and storytelling.” – New York Times 

Co-sponsored by the Department of History

Apr. 05Simon Coleman (University of Toronto): “How Pilgrimage Defines Our World: An Idea, a Field, and a Practice”

Thursday, April 5, 7:30 p.m., Zingg Recital Hall, Arts and Humanities Building

Simon Coleman is an anthropologist and Chancellor Jackman Professor in the Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto.  His writings include Pilgrimage Past and Present in the World Religions and Reframing Pilgrimage: Cultures in Motion.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Comparative Religion and Humanities

May. “An Evening of Journeys” with Screenwriter Luke Davies


Luke Davies will discuss his Academy Award Nominated Screenplay for Lion, based on the remarkable true story of a lost Indian boy’s quest to find his roots. Davies is the author of three novels including the cult bestseller Candy. He has also published several books of award-winning poetry including Totem which won The Age Book of the Year Award.

Lion (UK/Australia, 2016) 118 minutes.  Directed by Garth Davis and written by Luke Davies is a film based on real events.  It tells the affecting story of Saroo, who accidentally boards a train away from his home in India and can’t find his way back.  Eventually adopted by an Australian couple, Saroo starts to look for his biological family again as an adult, eventually finding his way home.

Co-sponsored by the Writer’s Voice