2011 Fall Event Schedule
Past Events | Past Conferences

All readings will be on electronic reserves, listed under UNIT 2011, Goodlad.

Note: Links will be activated by September 1



Wednesday, September 7
Levis Faculty Center, Reading Room
8:00pm

"The Rhetorical Equivalent of War"

Giorgio Mariani (Professor of American Literature at the "Sapienza" University of Rome)

Co-organized with the International Forum for U.S. Studies (IFUSS)

Optional Background Readings:
Mariani, Giorgio. "Ad bellum purificandum, or, Giving Peace a (Fighting) Chance in American Studies " American Literary History 21.1: 2008. 96-122.

 

Friday, September 16 30th Birthday Event
Levis Faculty Center, 3rd Floor
4:00pm

Author's Roundtable I:
Suvir Kaul (University of Pennsylvania)

"Indian Empire and the Crisis of Kashmir"

The first of two Fall 2011 events in which scholars will discuss their recent work in a conversational setting with respondents from the University of Illinois.

Moderator: Zohreh Sullivan (English and African Studies)
Respondents: Antoinette Burton (History) and Rajmohan Gandhi (South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies/Center for Global Studies)

Readings:
Kaul, Suvir. "Indian Empire (And the Case of Kashmir)". Economic and Political Weekly 46: March 26, 2011. 66-75.

Kaul, Suvir. "'An' You will Fight, Till the Death of It. . . .': Past and Present in the Challenge of Kashmir". Social Research 78.1: Spring 2011. 173-202.

Optional:
Kaul, Suvir. “Diary of a Summer.” In Until My Freedom Has Come: The New Intifada in Kashmir, edited by Sanjay Kak, Page 17-28. India: Penguin Books, 2011.

Kaul, Suvir. “Two Lives One Home.” In A Tangled Web: Jammu and Kashmir, edited by Ira Pande, India International Centre Quarterly 37, Nos. 3 & 4, (2011): 186-198.

Monday, October 3 30th Birthday Event
Levis Faculty Center, 3rd Floor
8:00pm

"The Ignorant Elite: Neoliberalism and Its Consequences"

Mark Weisbrot (Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, Washington DC)
Nicholson Distinguished Visiting Scholar

Introduction by Ericka Beckman (Spanish/Comparative Literature)

Optional Background Readings Listed Here

 

Tuesday, October 4
Seminar with Mark Weisbrot
Topic: Latin American Policy under Obama: Politics, Economics, and Geopolitics
Levis Reading Room, 3:30-5:30pm
Refreshments will be served.

To register for the seminar email unitga.mike@gmail.com

Readings Listed Here

 

Monday, October 24 30th Birthday Event
Levis Faculty Center, 3rd Floor
8:00pm

"The Innovation Conspiracy: Ruin and Rebirth in The American University"

Christopher Newfield (University of California Santa Barbara)

Introduction by Stephanie Foote (English/Gender & Women's Studies)

Why is the American university system in crisis? A central reason is the financial pressure put on colleges and universities by the "innovation economy," pressure which has led to rising student debt, less personalized instruction, and growing research funding deficits. The lecture shows that the leading response at public universities to this pressure -- large tuition increases and other attempts to replace public with private funds -- has made the budget problem worse. Now that we are stuck with a failing public university funding model that no one would have designed on purpose, how do we fix it? The bulk of the talk proposes as a solution a new public purpose (and funding structure) for universities, one enabling mass access to new individual capabilities for a "post-innovation society."

Optional Background Readings Listed Here


Thursday, November 10
IPRH, 3rd Floor Conference Room      NEW LOCATION
8:00pm

Graduate Student Pizza Event

Learn about opportunities for scholarship and research support offered through the Unit for Criticism while eating pizza with the Unit's staff.



Monday, December 5
Levis Faculty Center, 2nd Floor
8:00pm

Author's Roundtable II:
Kathryn Lofton (Yale)

Oprah: The Gospel of an Icon (University of California, 2011)

The second of two Fall 2011 events in which scholars will discuss their recent work in a conversational setting with respondents from the University of Illinois

Respondents: Dale Bauer (English), Mimi Nguyen (Gender & Women's Studies/Asian American Studies), and Diana Jaher (Theatre)

Readings:
Lofton, Kathryn. Chap 3, "Diverting Conversions." Oprah: The Gospel of an Icon. University of California, 2011.

Lofton, Kathryn. Chap 5, "Reading Religiously." Oprah: The Gospel of an Icon. University of California, 2011.