2010 Spring Event Schedule

All readings will be on electronic reserves, listed under UNIT 2010, Goodlad.


Monday, Janurary 25
Levis Faculty Center, Third Floor

"Higher Education's Perfect Storm: What Can We Do?"

Cary Nelson (English, AAUP)

Respondents: Douglas Beck (Professor of Physics, Former Vice-Chair of the College of Engineering Executive Committee) and Harriet Murav (Professor and Former Head of Slavic Languages and Literatures)

Background Readings:

Cary Nelson. "Introduction: What is Academic Freedom?" No University Is an Island: Saving Academic Freedom. NYU Press, 2010.

Christopher Newfield. "Ending the Budget Wars: Funding the Humanities during a Crisis in Higher Education." Profession 2009: 270-284.

Bob Samuels. "Lost Trust." Inside Higher Ed. 7 December 2009.

Optional Readings:

Christopher Newfield and Gerald Barnett. "The Federal Stimulus Should Support Research at Public Universities." Chronicle of Higher Education. 3 January 2010.

Christopher Newfield. "Public Universities at Risk: 7 Damaging Myths." Chronicle of Higher Education. 31 October 2008.

Friday, February 19
Levis Faculty Center

Mad World: Sex, Politics, Style and the 1960s

A symposium featuring keynote lectures by Lynne Joyrich (Brown University) and Michael Szalay (UC Irvine), in addition to papers from Alexander Doty, Lilya Kaganovsky, Diane P. Koenker, Clarence Lang, Leslie J. Reagan, and Robert A. Rushing.

Co-sponsored by the Trowbridge Office on American Literature, Culture and Society; the School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics; the Center for Advanced Study; the Department of Spanish; the Department of English; the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities; the Program in Comparative and World Literature; the College of Media; the Program in Jewish Culture and Society; and the Departments of African American Studies, Anthropology, Art History, History, Media and Cinema Studies, and Slavic Languages and Literatures.

Reception and dance party at 9pm the same evening
V. Picasso, 214 W. Main St., Urbana

Click here for a complete schedule of the symposium.


Wednesday, March 3
IPRH Building (seminar room), 805 W. Pennsylvania, Urbana

A seminar with Kevin Floyd (Kent State), keynote speaker for the Department of History's 11th annual graduate symposium on Women's & Gender History

Prof. Floyd will be sharing an article in progress, "Masculinity Inside Out: The Biopolitical Lessons of Transgender and Intersex Studies." To register for the seminar and receive a copy of the article please email the Unit's graduate assistants at unitcritga@gmail.com.

Co-sponsored by the Queer Studies Reading Group

Thursday, March 11
Levis Faculty Center

Visions for the Future of the University of Illinois

A roundtable discussion featuring
Hadi Esfahani (Director, CSAMES/Economics)
Peter Fritzsche (History)
Feisal Mohamed (English)
Lisa Rosenthal (Chair, Art History)
Alexander Scheeline (Chemistry)
Ruth Watkins (Dean of LAS)

co-organized by the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities

Monday, March 15
Levis Faculty Center, Music Room

Climate Change Across the Disciplines: A Graduate Student Panel

Michael Verderame (English): The Art of Living in the Anthropocene Age
Eric Dalle (Comparative & World Literature): Narrating Changes in Topography: Still Life and the Cinema of Jia Zhangke
Jeremiah Bohr (Sociology): What Are We Talking About When We Talk About Carbon Regulation?
Erin McQuiston (English): Climate Change and Literature: Ecological Crisis and Science Fiction
Respondent: Thomas J. Bassett (Geography)

Monday, April 19
Levis Faculty Center, Third Floor

"The Travels of Disaffection: Labor, Affect and Migration"

Martin Manalansan (Anthropology and Asian American Studies)

Respondent: Siobhan Somerville (English and Gender & Women's Studies)

Background Reading:
Martin F. Manalansan, "Queering the Chain of Care Paradigm," Scholar and Feminist Online, 6:3 (2008)

April 30 - May 1
Levis Faculty Center

Bios: Life, Death, Politics

A conference featuring keynote lectures by Paul Kahn (Yale Law), Paul Rabinow (UC Berkeley), and Priscilla Wald (Duke) and participants including Timothy Campbell (Italian, Cornell), Cesare Casarino (Cultural Studies/Comp Lit, Minnesota), Sharad Chari (Geography, London School of Economics), Elizabeth Dauphinee (Political Science, York, Canada), Susan Greenhalgh (Anthropology, UC Irvine), and Neni Panourgia (Anthropology, Columbia)

Co-organized with the Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies initiative

Co-sponsored by LAS State of the Art Conference Fund; The School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics; Center for Advanced Study; Social Dimensions of Environmental Policy; the Trowbridge Office on American Literature, Culture, and Society; and the Departments of Anthropology; English; Geography; Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese; and French

Click here to view the BIOS conference schedule