Lesbian and Gay Studies Project
Molly McGarry, assistant professor in history at the University of California, Riverside, will discuss “Secular Spirits: A Queer Historiography of Untimely Sexualities.” This talk will explore a variety of 19th-century religious experiences, practices and performances, and trace a trans-Atlantic genealogy of grassroots theology and occult spirituality to find evidence for queer subject formation. The lecture will discuss the idea that certain kinds of spirituality can provide a form of attachment that defies conventional linear and secular history and temporality. McGarry is author of the forthcoming book, Ghosts of Futures Past, and editor, with George Haggerty, of The Blackwell Companion to LGBT/Q Studies. She currently directs University of California Riverside’s Program in Public History.
Ian Hacking, the 2007 Critical Inquiry Visiting Professor, will give two lectures during his one-month stay at the University. The first, “Finding Out,” will be given at 4 p.m. Friday, April 13; the second, “The Suicide Machine,” will be given at 4 p.m. Friday, April 27. Hacking, known for bringing a historical context to the philosophy of science, holds the chair of philosophy and history of scientific concepts at the Coll¸ge de France. Hacking’s books include: The Social Construction of What?, Mad Travelers: Reflections on the Reality of Transient Mental Illnesses, Rewriting the Soul: Multiple Personality and the Sciences of Memory, and The Taming of Chance. For more information about this event, or to inquire about disability accommodations, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rockefeller Memorial Chapel
The Motet Choir, under the direction of James Kallembach, will present its second-annual concert of Jewish music, including works written by Jewish composers and inspired by Jewish culture. The highlight of the public performance will be the premiere of four works by Shulamit Ran, the Andrew MacLeish Distinguished Service Professor in Music and the College, who wrote the works for her congregation in Sycamore, Ill. Other choral selections presented will be by Samuel Adler, Herman Berlinski, Gustav Mahler, and many others. The University’s premier concert and touring choir, the Motet Choir was established by eminent University musicologist Howard Mayer Brown. This program also will feature Berlinski organ solos performed by Chapel organist Thomas Weisflog. Donations of $10 for adults and $5 for students will be accepted at the door.
Oriental Institute Museum
This exhibition highlights interpretations and recreations of ancient Nubian art in ceramics, drawings and prose produced by students from Fiske Elementary School in Woodlawn. The students familiarized themselves with the material through gallery tours and interactive sessions with museum educators. During their visits, the students photographed the objects that they would recreate in art-making sessions at the Little Black Pearl Art and Design Center in Kenwood. “Through Young Eyes: Nubian Art Recreated” presents the project’s outcomes with a two-part exhibit on view at two venues. Thirty student-produced displays are on display in the Holleb Special Exhibits Gallery at the Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St. and 30 additional displays are being exhibited at Little Black Pearl Art and Design Center, 1060 E. 47th St. Supported by a grant from the Joyce Foundation, the exhibition is the result of a project of collaboration with members of the community. Free.