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HUM 324 Lecture Schedule

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These lectures are free and open to the public. Please check the seating chart for available open seating.

Spring 2014

Lipinsky Hall Auditorium (LIP 125) 11:25a.m.-12:35p.m.

January 17, 2014

Colonialism and the Enlightenment
Dr. Rizzo, Associate Professor, Department of History

Beginning in the 18th century, ideals of universal human nature, and universal rights motivated a secular crusade for the improvement of humanity regardless of cultural variables.

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January 24, 2014

The Question of Universal Rights: Revolutions Across the Atlantic
Dr. Dunn, Lecturer, Department of History

By the late 18th century new ideas about human rights and who should govern sparked dissent, and ultimately, rebellion, in Europe's American colonies. 

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January 31, 2014

Industrialization, Capitalism, and Alienation

Dr. Konz, Professor, Department of Economics and Dean of Social Sciences

The industrial revolution led to tremendous increases in our material standard of living, but accompanied by social, political, cultural, and environmental disruption, leading to a wide range of intellectual and popular responses.

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February 7, 2014

1848 and the Romantic Ethos

Dr. McClain, Lecturer, Humanities Program and HUM 324 Coordinator

This lecture is a discussion of both industrialization and nationalism via the lens of the romantic movement. 

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Cancelled due to weather.

February 14, 2014

The Contagion of Freedom: Anti- Slavery, Women's Rights, and Economic Justice
Dr. Judson, Associate Professor, Department of History and Africana Studies and HUM 414 Coordinator

This lecture looks at the three case studies to explore the ways that people in the United States caught a vision of freedom that would allow them to participate in a just and safe way in democracy. These different, but connected historical case studies include the struggle for the abolition of slavery and women's rights, the Wilmington massacre where democracy was betrayed, and the fight for economic and gender justice captured by the Shirtwaist Strike of 1909.

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February 21, 2014

The Second Scientific Revolution and the 19th Century
Dr. Heard, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry

In the week where the Nobel Prizes are awarded, we take a look back at the genesis of science and the scientist.  Most branches of modern science formed and defined themselves during the period known as the second scientific revolution, when science became a hobby, a career and a spectacle.  The lecture will be accompanied by the synthesis of the first-ever synthetic dye, Perkin's Mauveine A.

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February 28, 2014

Islam and the Modern World: The Ottoman Empire
Dr. Payne, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Religious Studies

For over 500 years, the Ottoman Empire was the lens through which Europe and the Islamic world viewed one another.  In this lecture, we will explore the self-understanding of the Ottoman Empire as an Islamic political state; the changing relationship between the values of the Ottoman world and those of “western” culture; and the legacies of the Ottoman Empire, especially in the creation of modern Turkey.

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March 7, 2014 

Imperialism: Japan and the United States of America
Dr. McClain, Lecturer, Humanities Program and HUM 324 Coordinator

The pursuit of empire in the Pacific by the United States of America helps create, simultaneously, a modern and imperial adversary, Japan.

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March 14, 2014

Spring Break - No Lecture

March 21, 2014

World War One and the Russian Revolution
Dr. Rizzo, Associate Professor, Department of History 
Prof. Roubinek, Lecturer, Department of History

WWI challenged Europeans' beliefs in their own supremacy, bringing an end to many of the world's most powerful empires while laying the groundwork for the emergence of new ones.

Lecture Outline- Rizzo
Lecture Outline- Roubinek

March 28, 2014

New Math and New Physics

Prof. Johnson, Lecturer, Department of Mathematics
Dr. Konz, Professor, Department of Economics and Dean of Social Sciences

Prof. Johnson explains how the foundations of many of the contradictory perspectives that define modernity, and subsequently post-modern thought, can be understood through the lens of mathematics.

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Dr. Konz will discuss two early 20th century developments in physics, relativity and quantum mechanics, and illustrate how they parallel challenges to rationality, determinism, and mechanism that occurred in other fields during this period.

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April 4, 2014

Dr. Russell, Associate Professor, Department of Literature
Dr. Galloway, Associate Professor, Department of Music

Dr. Russell's lecture will focus on Anglo-European expressions of Modernism in literature and art with an eye to how these avant garde aesthetic impulses connect with emerging discourses in the glbtq communities of London, Paris and Berlin. Writers and artists will include Virginia Woolf and Bloomsbury, Gertrude Stein, and Christopher Isherwood and visual art by Picasso, Matisse and others.

Lecture Outline- Russell
Lecture Outline- Galloway

April 11, 2014

The Rise of Totalitarianism in the Interwar Years
Dr. McClain, Lecturer, Humanities Program and HUM 324 Coordinator 

This lecture emphasizes the aesthetics of Italian Fascism under Mussolini and how its styles created a political vocabulary of image that pushed the world to World War Two and  influences still the language of modern politics.


The Week in HUM 324April 18, 2014

World War Two and the Holocaust
Dr. Rizzo, Associate Professor, Department of History

Characterized by mass mobilization, total war, and incredible violence, WWII straddles the threshold between modernity and post-modernity, compelling a reassessment of what it means to be modern. 

Lecture Outline

April 25, 2014

Dr. Davis, Professor, Department of Philosophy
Prof. Campbell, Lecturer, Humanities Program and LS479 Coordinator

Part One
 (Dr. Davis) - 
Modern institutions reestablishing the idealism and rationalism of enlightenment values can only condemn us to repeat the horrors and atrocities of modernity, including the intolerable legacy of alienation, imperialism, and genocides.

Part Two (Prof. Campbell) - In 1948, the aftermath of two world wars, must we concede that Modernity—and especially the Enlightenment, was a grand failure, a broken promise? No. It was the start of a magnificent but complicated global entanglement with much potential. This lecture explores how modern ideas laid the foundations for a contemporary, globalized world committed to universal human rights, the improving the status of women, and environmental stewardship. In the 21st century, these values could become a global platform for a more sustainable and equitable future.

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