Winter 2009

Events in the Humanities


Quantitative Reasoning in the Arts, Literature, and Humanities.” Sun Hee Lee, Consortium for Faculty Diversity Fellow, English department; George Vrtis, Assistant Professor of Environmental and Technology Studies and History; and Harry McKinley Williams, Laird Bell Professor of History (sponsored by QuIRK and Gould Library)

Jewish Thought and Letters.” An informal seminar and discussion group to meet five times between January and June.  Meetings will have a featured article-length text and featured faculty respondent. The structure of the meeting will be a short set of remarks by the faculty members (5-15 min.) followed by an open seminar. (The EthIC program and The Learning and Teaching Center)

Come on! Participatory Patriotism in American World War I Posters.” Laura Behling, English Department, Gustavus Adolphus College. (German Department and Gould Library)

Value and Judgment in Rembrandt’s Hundred Guilder Print.” Professor Paul Crenshaw ‘90 Washington University, St. Louis.  Nicknamed the Hundred Guilder Print because of its extraordinary esteem and monetary value, Rembrandt’s most famous print forms the focus of Professor Crenshaw’s talk. He will place the etching within its 17-centruy Dutch milieu, and also will situate it within the contexts of both early modern pictorial traditions of Christian healing and Biblical textural associations. The print’s starting point is the Gospel of Saint Matthew, Chapter 19, yet Rembrandt moves well beyond the Biblical text to visualize the varying responses to Christ’s healing message.   (Art and Art History – an Edwin L. Weisl, Jr. Lectureship in Art History sponsored by the Robert Lehman Foundation)

The Architecture of War: Central Asian Ribats and the Notion of Jihad.” Melanie Michailidis, Mellon Post Doctoral Fellow in Art History.  (Dean of the College Office)

Fight the Devil: Fernando Ortiz and the Ghosts of Cuban History.” (in English) Enrico Mario Santí, William T. Bryan Endowed Chair in Hispanic Studies at the University of Kentucky. Areas of specialization are Cuban, Chilean and Mexican literature and Culture. Professor Santí is one of the most recognized specialists in the work of Octavio Paz, Pablo Neruda and Fernando Ortiz. (Latin American Studies)



“’There once was an Indian village here’: New England Local Histories as Replacement Narratives.” Jean O’Brien, Professor of History and American Indian Studies, University of Minnesota. (History Department and the Herbert P. Lefler Lecture)

Faculty Scholarship Forum: Stainless Steel Rabbits and other Curiosities.” Kelly Connole, Assistant Professor of Art. Following a three-month residency at an investment casting foundry, Kelly examines the connections between her recent work in metals and her on-going creative work in clay. (Perlman Center for Learning and Teaching)

The Gary Wynia Memorial Lecture. Ed Gibson, Associate Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University. (Latin American Studies and the Political Science Department)

Ancient Colonization: Postmodern Perspectives on an Ancient Phenomenon” – Classics Symposium.  (Classics Department)

Paul Bogard Speaking on the Night Sky” Paul Bogard '89 will speak on protecting the night sky and the overuse of artificial lights. To quote Professor Bogard, "Anyone who has ever marveled at a dark, starry night knows that the night sky above our cities and suburbs is a pale version of what it used to be." A reception and book signing will follow. (English Department)


Modernizing Melodrama Lecture Series

Jan. 9: "Our Melodramtac Fix." Linda Williams, Dept. of Film Studies and Rhetoric, University of California-Berkeley. 7:30 p.m., Boliou Hall 104; Opening Reception 8:30-10:00 p.m. – Art Gallery

Feb. 3: "Bibliophiles Delight: Melodramatic Physiognomy." Join faculty members and curators for a close look at Duchenne de Boulogne, Mecanisme de la Physionomie Humaine (Mechanism of Human Physiognomy, 1862), and other volumes, and a tour of Melodrama in the Libe: Highlights from the Collections.  4:30 p.m. Gould Library Athenaeum

Feb. 12: Drawn into Melodrama. Dawn Clements, New York City-based artist. 4:30p.m., Boliou Hall 104 Related events at Carleton College  

Modernizing Melodrama: The Exhibit

Modernizing Melodrama explores the history and persistence of melodrama as a popular mode of visual storytelling in the American tradition, emphasizing pathos, sensational action, and stereotypical characterizations of virtue and villainy. The exhibition introduces representative ideas and powerful stories through film clips, stage posters and lobby cards, mass media, documentary and artistic photographs, and experimental works by contemporary artists.

Carleton Art Gallery Hours

    Monday-Wednesday, Noon to 6:00 p.m.
    Thursday-Friday, Noon to 10:00 p.m.
    Saturday-Sunday, Noon to 4:00 p.m. For more information: