Humanities Seminar: Works in the Works – Music by Harris, Lyrics by Shakespeare

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Matthew Harris’s award-winning Shakespeare Songs, Books I-VI is performed by choruses worldwide. Come hear him play selections and discuss the texts. Professor Harris’s contrarian approach to Shakespeare’s texts sometimes involves turning them into folk or even quasi-pop songs. Professor Harris will end with a preview of his work-in-the-works, Book VII, which premieres this spring.

Humanities Seminar: Works in the Works – Prof. Zhijian Qian presents Is There a Chinese Type of Abstraction?

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Professor Zhijian Qian writes:

In the recent worldwide resurgence of abstract art, Chinese artists are making their unique contribution with works inspired by the tradition of Chinese ink painting and calligraphy. Their exploration of new possibilities of abstraction is part of a global endeavor to revive and redefine abstract art. This presentation discusses the achievements of a group of contemporary Chinese artists who investigate such approaches as Calligraphic and Linear Abstraction, Gestural and Performative Abstraction, Textural Abstraction, Conceptual Abstraction, and Lyrical Abstraction.

All Welcome.

Humanities Seminar: Works in the Works – Professor David Sanchez Jimenez presents 400 Years: Cervantes in the Spanish Language and the Spanish Language in Cervantes

Professor David Sanchez Jimenez writes:

In 2016 we celebrate the death anniversaries of Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespeare, two of the most influential authors of all time in Spanish and English literature. Both of them are well known for their contributions to spreading language in a universal way, much as Homer, Virgil or Ovid did in their time. In this presentation I will talk about how Cervantes’ writings contributed to the international dissemination of Spanish.

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Humanities Seminar: Works in the Works – Professor Khalid Lachheb presents The “Modern” Arabic Dictionary: Truth or Fallacy?

[icon name=”map-marker” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Place: A-631

[icon name=”calendar” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Date: May 17, 2016

[icon name=”clock-o” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

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Although the first Arabic dictionary was developed with Al-Khalil in the eighth century, the state of the art in Arabic dictionaries has not made much progress and falls far behind dictionaries for other languages, namely the Oxford and Cobuild for English and Larousse and Le Robert for French. This presentation intends to describe and analyze this issue and address the main features of what was called a “Modern Arabic Dictionary.”

 

I’m sure it will be an exciting event!

Please see the attached poster.

Everyone invited to attend!

Humanities Seminar: Works in the Works – Prof. Christopher Swift presents The Cantinas de Santa Maria: Illuminating a History of Performance in 13th-Century Seville and Toledo

[icon name=”calendar” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2016

[icon name=”clock-o” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Time: 1 – 2 pm

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Christopher Swift discusses evidence of performance in the four extant manuscripts of the Songs of Holy Mary by King Alfonso X “El Sabio”. Although this talk will not definitively settle the academic debate about staging of the songs during Alfonso’s reign, Dr. Swift presents abundant visual and textual evidence in the manuscripts that confirms a vibrant tradition of devotional singing, dancing, and praise, of which the Cantinas de Santa Maria could only have been a part.

 

I’m sure it will be an exciting event!

Everyone invited to attend!

Humanities Seminar: Works in the Works: Exploring Persuasion in Health Communication (from Stating to “Shoulding”) A Talk by David Lee

[icon name=”calendar” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Date: Thursday, March 10, 2016

[icon name=”clock-o” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm

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Globalization, migration, extreme weather events and multilingual populations present a need for better Health Communication. Public health campaigns are always trying new ways to reach target populations but these days people are bombarded with a cacophony of health related messages and it’s harder to break through the clutter. Understanding health promotion campaigns involves surfacing assumptions about what it is that communication can do beyond information transfer. Messages can state facts but also contain implicit instructions to the audience. This brisk introduction to communication pragmatics covers modal verbs (should or must), enthymemes (logical proofs missing a conclusion) and “indirect directives,” which are forms of advice stated as propositions. Examples from health campaign ads and science center exhibits are used to illustrate.

 

Faculty and students are invited.

 

Humanities Seminar: Works in the Works – The Golden Venture Paper Sculptures at the Museum of Chinese in America

[icon name=”map-marker” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Venue: A631
[icon name=”calendar” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Date: Thursday, February 11th, 2015 at 1:00 pm

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Housed in New York City’s Museum of Chinese in America is the Fly to Freedom collection of paper sculptures created by detainees of the Golden Venture, a freighter used to smuggle undocumented immigrants into the U.S. On June 6, 1993, the ship ran aground off the Rockaways and 300 migrants were detained by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. To help pass the time as they sought political asylum, many produced paper sculptures of ships, fruit, and eagles, which their advocates called “freedom birds.” This American symbol of freedom and individuality was a contrast to the persona non grata status of the detainees caught in an escalation of anti-immigration policies. This talk examines issues of cultural and artistic transmission; the communal and individual agency of the disenfranchised; and the importance of gift giving among this group.

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Humanities Seminar: Works in the Works – Becoming American: Constructing Mexican Immigrants in Local Newspapers

[icon name=”map-marker” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Place: A631
[icon name=”calendar” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Date: Thursday, December 10th, 2015 at 1 pm

This study critically investigates how new articles published in WA represent Mexican immigrants. The findings reveal that local news media construct Mexican immigrants as the racial “Other” through dialectical articulation and assimilationist rhetoric. Key implications for future research will be offered at the end for continued exploration of media representation of immigrants.

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Humanities Seminar: Works in the Works – Prof. Michael McAuliffe presents The Poetics of the Private Collection: Delectare et Docere the Janos Scholz Italian Drawings Study Collection

[icon name=”map-marker” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Place: A631
[icon name=”calendar” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2015

[icon name=”clock-o” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Time: 1 – 2 pm

Prof. Michael McAuliffe presents The Poetics of the Private Collection: Delectare et Docere the Janos Scholz Italian Drawings Study Collection.

This talk presents the Italian old master drawings collection of the Hungarian cellist Janos Scholz (1904−1993) at the Morgan Library and Museum. Issues of connoisseurship, comparative aesthetics, cultural identity, and the role of the private collector are discussed.

Refreshments served. Faculty, staff, and students welcome.

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Humanities Seminar: Works in the Works – Classical Guitar Recital by Michael Cedric Smith

[icon name=”map-marker” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Place: A631
[icon name=”calendar” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Date: Thursday, October 8, 2015
[icon name=”clock-o” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Time: 1 pm – 2 pm

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Michael Cedric Smith will present a recital of classical guitar music including excerpts from Bach’s “Cello Suite no. 1” arranged for the guitar; “Introduction and Caprice” by Julio Regondi; and Venezuelan Waltzes by Antonio Lauro.