Wednesdays at the Center (WATC) is a topical weekly series in which scholars, artists, journalists, and others speak informally about their work in conversation with the audience. The series is jointly organized and presented by the John Hope Franklin Center, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and coordinated by Miguel Rojas-Sotelo. All events in the series are free and open to the public. A light lunch is served – no reservations are necessary.
FALL 2013 PROGRAM
Sep. 18 | Revolution Graffiti: Street Art of the New Egypt
Mia Grondahl, Swedish author and photojournalist
Presented by Duke University Middle Eastern Studies Center
Sep. 25 | A Theory of Militant Democracy: The Ethics of Political Extremism
Alex Kirshner, Kenan Institute for Ethics & Political Science. Duke University
Presented by the Duke Islamic Studies Center
Elizabeth Wright, Romance Languages, U of Georgia; Rodrigo Dorfman, Independent Filmmaker; Jennifer Maytorena-Taylor, Filmmaker and Scholar, U.C. Santa Cruz
*The film New Muslim Cool, by Maytonera-Taylor will be screened at the Griffit Film Theatre at 7.00 pm, same day as part of the NC LAtin American Film Festival
Presented by Duke Center for European Studies, through the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; DISC, the Duke Center for Jewish Studies, and the NC Latin American Film Festival
Oct. 9 | Reconfiguring a Spanish Seduction Plot for a Mexican Mission: Colonialism under Scrutiny in Bartolomé de Alva Ixtlilxochitl’s Animal Prophet
Elizabeth R. Wright, Visiting Professor, Romance Studies. Duke University
Presented by Romance Studies and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Oct. 23 | FRESCO: That Beautiful Rediscovery
Youngsun Jin, Korean Visual Artist in residence at HASTAC
Although fresco is the mother of the visual arts, it has become today a rarefied genre whose practitioners show only moderate interest in contemporary art and art theory. To understand the importance of fresco, one must know the medium and the technique. It is often said that fresco is the noblest, yet most difficult art.
Jin Youngsun received her BFA from Seoul National University, MFA, Pratt Institute, and Ph.D. from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London.
Presented by HASTAC
Oct. 30 | Resetting the Table II
Andrea Reusing, owner & chef of Lantern Restaurant, Chapel Hill
Andrea will speak on the invisibility of NC farm workers who bring the food to our tables. Watch her TEDx talk at:
Presented by John Hope Franklin Center for International Studies
Nov. 6 | The Role of Religion in Politics in Europe and the Middle East
Erhard Busek, Vice-Chancellor of Austria
Presented by Duke Center for European Studies, DISC, and the Sanford School of Public Policy
Nov. 13 | First Nations – Canada and the question of Indigeneity
Bill Waiser, Canadian Studies. Duke University
Presented by the Duke Center for Canadian Studies
Nov. 20 | A Scientist’s Take on Environmental Art in the Age of Environmentalism
William Chameides, Dean Nicholas School of the Environment. Duke University
Presented by the Duke University Center for International Studies
Dec. 4 | Two Way Bridges/Puentes de Doble Via Project
Charlie Thompson, Center for Documentary Studies; Bethzaida Fernandez, Spanish Language Program; Miguel Rojas-Sotelo, CLACS, and students from the TWB project
Presented by Humanities Writ Large
Dec. 11 | The Future of International Higher Education: A Conversation
Gilbert Merkx, Director Duke University Center for International Studies; and Darla Deardorff, Director Association of International Education Administrators
Presented by the Association of International Education Administrators and the Duke University Center for International Studies
Fall 2013 WATC PDF VERSION
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Archives of the series are available for free on the Franklin Center’s iTunes U store.
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