Josiah McElheny, a visual artist, writer, curator, filmmaker and performance artist, best known for his use of glass with other materials, will give the 2018 Campbell Lecture Series (March 20-22, 2018). McElhenyâ€™s lectures will focus on six essential figures from the histories of art, architecture and music across the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.Â McElheny will propose that there are a set of paths towards undiscovered alternate futures to be found in the work of specific artists, architects, writers, musicians and composers.
Chauncey is the Samuel Knight Professor of History and American Studies at Yale, where he is also the co-director of the Yale Research Initiative on the History of Sexualities and past chair of the History Department and of LGBT Studies.
Despite its obsolescence, small-town America remains an important imaginary place that continues to supply that â€śdreamy idea of Americans as a people who are so fortunate that we can feel immune to the past, oblivious or blind to dark historical realities, like slavery, and equally blind to dark realities in human nature.â€ť
Former U.S. poet laureate Robert Pinsky offered this assessment of â€śthe townâ€ť in the inaugural Campbell Lecture Series at Rice University last week.
Acclaimed author Ha Jin intended to return to China after he earned his Ph.D. in English at Brandeis University so he could pursue a teaching career and raise his family. But then life threw him a curve: the Tiananmen Square massacre. He decided it would be impossible to return to China because he would not be able to write with integrity there. His life as an expatriate â€” and his journey as a writer â€” had begun.
Prospero, the magician who rules an unnamed island in Shakespeare's "The Tempest," served as author Alix Ohlin's springboard for the first in her three-part lecture series, "The Tempest of Nature and Art," Oct. 23 in Sewall Hall.
"Like many an artist, Prospero casts spells over those who come into contact with him," Ohlin said. "He has the capacity to make people experience emotion -- love, grief, anger -- and to make them see themselves, and the world in which they live, differently. These qualities are ways in which art works upon us."
My concerns in these three lectures are Shakespeareâ€™s sense of freedom; his sense of beauty; and his sense of hatred.
Encyclopedic museums -- those that collect and exhibit art from across the millennia and around the globe -- may be an instrument for peace, the best hope for people from diverse cultures to understand and relate to others.
Michael Petry, the Texas-born multimedia artist, author and director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, London, will headline Rice Universityâ€™s Campbell Lecture Series April 7-9.
Stanley FishÂ is the Davidson-Kahn Distinguished University Professor and Professor of Law, Florida International University, and Dean Emeritus of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Distinguished Professor of English, Criminal Justice and Political Science at the U