BUFFALO, N.Y. — This fall, the Humanities Institute (HI)
at the University at Buffalo will again present its signature
annual discussion series, Scholars@Hallwalls, dedicated to research
and scholarship in the humanities in Western New York.
All talks will be held at 4 p.m. at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts
Center, 341 Delaware Ave., on the dates below, and are free and
open to the UB and Western New York communities.
The series was established to connect UB humanities scholars
with the community through presentations by HI Faculty Fellows who
discuss their cutting-edge research in terms that are clear to
people in other disciplines and outside academia.
The events are casual and social, as well as intellectual.
Audience members are invited to enjoy hors d’oeuvres and
complimentary wine as they discuss with the presenters such issues
as the effects of 9/11 on literature and the importance of the
biography in history.
Throughout the year, the series will feature eight provocative
and award-winning humanities scholars. The four fall speakers
- Sept. 20: “Do Biographies Matter? Exploring Alexander von
Humboldt (1769-1859),” by Andreas Daum, PhD, UB professor of
history. Daum will discuss the biographical genre, which is often
dismissed in today’s humanities scholarship, through an
analysis of the biographies of Humboldt, a noted Prussian
geographer, naturalist and explorer.
- Oct. 18: “Latin American Development in a
Neoliberal Age,” by Marion Werner, PhD, assistant professor
of geography. Werner will address recent development policies
designed to promote export industries in the global South, despite
many challenges, including serial financial crises.
- Nov. 15: “Two Dictionaries, One Poet and a Mughal
Prince’s Struggle against British Colonialism,” by
Walter Hakala, PhD, assistant professor of English and Asian
studies. Hakala will explore the work of Urdu poet Mirza Jan
‘Tapish’ and the influence behind his Shams al-Bayan fi
Mustilahat al-Hindudtan (The Sun of Speech on the Idioms of
- Dec. 6: “Transnational Politics and the Post-9/11
Novel” by Joseph Conte, PhD, professor of English. Conte
suggests that literature post-Sept. 11, 2001, reflects the increase
in concerns over transnational politics and issues that cross
national, geographic, cultural, religious and racial borders.
To learn more about the upcoming events through the Humanities
Institute, visit humanitiesinstitute.buffalo.edu.