This sounds really cool. I wonder if MITH could do something like this for students in ARHU. Not that they don’t have enough on their plates. But some sort of virtual exchange would allow for a kind of workshopping that few of us get, unless we’re in creative programs.
Archive for October, 2007
As some of you may know, I have been working on the World Wise committee in the Dean’s Office of ARHU for the past year and a half. This committee has been putting together a series of events to do what we do here…talk about the significance of the arts and humanities in a changing world. We had our first big event last spring in conjunction with the Artists in Residence program. And our publicity materials for this year’s events are out. Please come to these events. I will be talking about them more here as we get closer, but they promise to be fantastic.
Fables and Formulas is Wednesday, November 14th from 4:30-6:30 in the Dance Theater of CSPAC. See www.worldwise.umd.edu for more info.
Check this out. So relevant to what we’re trying to do here. Please try and come.
Wed. October 24 from 3:30 to 5pm
…it’s just a new layout. I thought I’d literally lighten things up a bit.
Two great pieces from NPR on the nature of art.
Sports, the Rodney Dangerfield of Academia? (Full disclosure: I’m pretty skeptical about this. Prove me wrong).
and on art in a global context…
Ang Lee’s struggle in China as a Taiwanese filmmaker making a Chinese language film about China. So is the version released here more authentic because it is not censored? Or does the Chinese audience endow the film with its authenticity. What makes art authentic anyway?
I’m trying to break out of my English mode. So, this is a question for all you historians out there.
This weekend the house voted to declare the 1915 atrocities committed by the Ottomans against the Armenians a genocide. Check out Dana Milbank’s article for some basic info on the controversy of this step (note: I do not like the flippancy of this article, but it’s a useful summary).
Is it within the purview of Congressional powers to decide how to label the past? Is there some benefit in retrograde condemnation. I’m thinking in terms of the South African model of dealing with the past through truth and reconciliation. Is this an attempt to move forward and can it be effective if the Turkish government rejects such a resolution? Forget political expediency–both in terms of our relations with Turkey and in terms of Armenian voters in the U.S.–for a moment.
Ultimately, I suppose, this is a question of whether language matters. I think it does to the extent it reflects collective memory and reckoning. What do you think? Is this just a semantic argument in the face of real contemporary material problems?
Why, with the exception of literature (and peace, if we’re being a bit self-congratulatory) are there no Nobel prizes awarded in the arts and humanities? And what role, if any, does politics play in determining the winner of the Nobel prize in literature?