The Humanities Institute (HI) again will present its signature
annual discussion series, Scholars@Hallwalls, dedicated to research
and scholarship in the humanities in Western New York.
All talks will take place 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, the importance of the
biography in history, and much more.
Throughout the year, the series will feature eight provocative
and award-winning humanities scholars. The four fall speakers and
their lecture titles are:
- Sept. 20: “Do Biographies Matter? Exploring Alexander von
Humboldt (1769-1859),” Andreas Daum, professor of history.
Daum plans to 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,” Marion Werner, 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,” Walter
Hakala, 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 Hindustan).
- Dec. 6: “Transnational Politics and the Post-9/11
Novel,” Joseph Conte, 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 upcoming events through the Humanities
Institute, visit the HI