Paul Greenough - Making House Crows Great Again: The Environmental History of a Diasporic Species
24 Apr 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
How can environmental historians connect with the common reader to make biodiversity losses and species extinction feel real? A well-worn strategy is to narrate the twilight of a cherished animal -- as has been done wonderfully well for tigers and elephants in India. But my project goes in another direction and studies the decline of the common Indian house crow, Corvus splendens, a native species whose terrain crosses South Asia.
Underneath the Surface: African American Religion and Tattoo Culture
25 Apr 2017 - 11:00am to 1:30pm
This dissertation is an exploration of the relationship between religion and tattooing, a form of body modification, within for the African American community. I argue that tattooing should be included as source material for the study of black religion, because it is an embodied, cultural product that often captures black experience, black cultural memory, black ethics, black history, black social analysis and identity. That is, through the reading of tattoos and understanding tattoo narratives, we may better understand a person’s morals, ethics, and values.
The Social is Spiritual: Beyond the Critique of Tolerance
27 Apr 2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
The relation between social science and religion is turned upside down. Religion is not simply the object of the social scientific gaze, but an equal discourse of social explanation and practice. I take Jewish spirituality as an example and show how it can work as social ideas and solutions to social problems.
On Immersion: Digitization, Humans and Network Society lecture by David Joselit
27 Apr 2017 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
The On Immersion: Digitization, Humans and Network Society lecture series focuses on the post-medium condition of digital societies –where all forms of creation are translated into a numerical representation- and brings together two different voices to reflect upon the construction of culture and collective identities in informational times. The aim of the series is to articulate a conversation on the cross-disciplinary potential that this new condition fosters, and the ability of artistic practices to capitalize on such environment.
Novel Economies: A Literary Pre-History of U.S. Commercial Capitalism, 1730-1859
28 Apr 2017 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
“Novel Economies” demonstrates that American literature played a fundamental role in enabling large-scale economic change in the United States, namely it helped acclimate and introduce the reading public to the virtues of commercial exchange and industrial production.
Cheetah in August: A riveting story about a former high school track athlete who's distorted views on love, negatively affects the people closest to him.
Cakes Da Killa: No Homo, is an electrifying portrait of a young artist determined to live life on his own terms. Born Rashard Bradshaw, Cakes Da Killa is a 22-year-old hip hop artist. As an openly gay man he is not your run of the mill rapper, but he just might be your new favorite.
Additional Information: Free and open to the public
Live! The Houston Asian American Archive: An Eight-Year Retrospective
3 May 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Since its modest beginning in 2009, HAAA has become a popular symbol for Rice University projects that bridge the gap between university research and community engagement. My talk will include insights developed in managing HAAA, anecdotal vignettes gleamed from some of the interviews, challenges moving forward, and a strategic vision for the future.
Free and open to the public. Light lunch provided.
What Is Ecotechnology?: Biopolitics and Trophic Writing in American Cultures of Science
10 May 2017 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
In the environmental humanities, there is a growing consensus that the concept of nature can no longer serve as a guide for politics and aesthetics in the climate change era. In this context, ecology has become a keyword with expansive significance, yet critics rarely situate cultural analysis in relation to the history of ecological science. This is in contrast to scholarship on biology, which has, for example, tracked the politics and poetics of the genome-as-language metaphor in detail. What Is Ecotechnology?