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"Minstrelsy or Popular Culture? On the Legacies of Blackface" - lecture presented by Louis Chude-Sokei, Ph.D.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 5:30 p.m. Knight Library Browsing Room
This event will explore the multiple legacies of blackface in America and across the world, beginning with a discussion of Bahamanian comedian Bert Williams. In 1910, Williams became the first performer to racially integrate Broadway, and gained worldwide fame for his career as a black blackface minstrel. From there, the discussion will move to the place of Caribbean artists in the Harlem Renaissance, the history of black blackface (and what this strange form tells us about American understandings of race), and the ways blackface continues to play a role in twenty-first century culture, despite frequent announcements of its disappearance. Professor Louis Chude-Sokei is associate professor of English at the University of Washington and senior editor of The Black Scholar, one of the oldest and most influential black cultural/political journals in America.
Clark Honors College Global Studies Lecture presented by Carla Nappi, Ph.D.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Dr. Nappi is the Canada Research Chair of Early Modern Studies at the University of British Columbia and the author of a recent book, The Monkey and the Inkpot: Natural History and its Transformations in Early Modern China.
2nd Annual Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples Lecture
Wednesday, April 10, 2013, Many Nations Longhouse, University of Oregon
Keynote speakers: Dr. Frank Kanawha Lake, Research Ecologist, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station, and Kyle Powys Whyte, Ph.D., Michigan State University. The lecture, sponsored by the Robert D. Clark Honors College, the Environmental Studies Program, and UO Climate Change Research Group will coincide with the 2nd annual University of Oregon Climate Change Research Symposium
A complete list of events occurring at the University of Oregon is here.
2012 - 2013 Academic Year
"Impressions of Africa: Money and National Identity" - lecture presented by Catherine Eagleton, Curator of Modern Money, British Museum
Monday, November 19, 2012, 5:30 p.m., Knight Library Browsing Room
We use coins and banknotes almost every day, but often don't look at them all that closely. However, these tiny works of art carry images of national identity. In the middle of the 20th century, as many African countries gained their independence from colonial rule, coins and banknotes were redesigned to show their new national identities. Some chose images that reflected history and culture, others chose visionary images of technology and the future. Looking closely at these designs can give a new way of looking at the history and politics of African nations. Lecture sponsored by: Robert D. Clark Honors College, Oregon Humanities Center, African Studies Program, Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies, and presented in association with the "21st Century Museum Issues" museum studies lecture series, Winter term 2013.
"Fermentation, Coevolution, Culture and Community: - lecture presented by Sandor Katz, author and cultural revivalist
Friday, November 16, 2012, 6:00 p.m., 150 Columbia Hall
Sandor Ellix Katz is a self-taught fermentation experimentalist and cultural revivalist. He wrote Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods in order to share the fermentation wisdom he had learned and demystify home fermentation. The talk will integrate Katz's hands-on work in the kitchen with the science of bacteria and its role in ancient food cultures. He will address the role bacterial culture can play in rebuilding American culture in a movement toward food sovereignty. Lecture sponsored by: Robert D. Clark Honors College, Oregon Humanities Center, UO Food Studies Program Initiative.
"The State of Human Rights" - lecture presented by Henry Shue, Ph.D.
Thursday, November 15, 2012, 7:00 p.m., Knight Law Center room 110
The Carlton and Wilberta Ripley Savage Endowment for International Relations and Peace is honored to host Dr. Henry Shue as the visiting Savage Professor for 2012-2013. A Senior Research Fellow and Professor of Politics and International Relations at Merton College, University of Oxford, Dr. Shue is one of the world's foremost scholars of human rights and international ethics. His book, Basic Rights: Persistence, Affluence, and U.S. Foreign Policy shaped the field of international distributive justice. His research has focused on the role of human rights, especially economic rights, in international affairs. Additional sponsors: Robert D. Clark Honors College, UO School of Law Appropriate Dispute Resolution Center.
"Targeting Translation: US Counterinsurgency and The Weaponization of Speech" - lecture by Vicente Rafael, Ph.D.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 7:00 p.m., Global Scholars Hall Great Room
In recent years, the revival of counterinsurgency as the preferred strategy of the United States-led forces in their ‘global war on terror' has been much discussed. Such a strategy requires knowledge of local languages and cultures. Professor Rafael's talk focuses on the US military’s attempts to use language as a weapon of war through the strategic deployment of translation practices and inquires into the limits and contradictions of such tactics and their implications for both counterinsurgency and translation. Vicente Rafael is Professor of History at the University of Washington, Seattle. He is the author of several works on the politics and ethics of translation in relation to the colonial and post-colonial histories of the Philippines under Spain and the United States rule. His books include Contracting Colonialism, White Love and Other Events in Filipino History and The Promise of the Foreign: Nationalism and the Technics of Translation in the Spanish Philippines.
"Envisioning a Compassionate America" - lecture by Sister Helen Prejean
Thursday, October 26, 2012, 7:00 p.m., Erb Memorial Union Ballroom
Nationally-recognized human rights and restorative justice activist Sister Helen Prejean is returning to Eugene and the University of Oregon for her fifth visit, October 21 - 27. Prejean is one of the best-known human rights activists and opponents of the death penalty. Her first book, New York Times best seller and Pulitzer-Prize nominated Dead Man Walking, was based on her experience as the spiritual advisor to convicted killer and death row inmate, Patrick Sonnier, who was sentenced to die for the murder of two teenagers. Her book was later turned into the award-winning film directed by Tim Robbins. Sister Helen's second book, The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions, tells the story of two possibly innocent men whom she accompanied to their executions. The book evaluates the evidence and examines how flaws in the death penalty system lead to the execution of innocent people. Prejean's visit to the UO is being sponsored by the Carlton and Wilberta Ripley Savage Endowment for International Relations and Peace, the Robert D. Clark Honors College, and the Oregon Law Appropriate Dispute Resolution Center.
2011 - 2012 Academic Year
2012 Summer Shakespeare - August 28 through September 1, 2012 (two session)
Join UO faculty members and renowned Shakespearean scholars for small group study of some of Shakespeare's finest plays. Plays presented this year include As You LIke It, Henry V, Troilus and Cressida, and Medea/Macbeth/Cinderella. More information, and online registration can be found here, or view the 2012 brochure (PDF).
2012 Clark Honors College Commencement - Sunday, June 17, 2012 at 4:00 p.m.
The 2012 commencement exercises for the Robert D. Clark Honors College will be held at the Matthew Knight Arena. More information, including a UO commencement map for the UO commencement exercises on Monday, June 18, 2012 can be found here.
Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change Conference - May 23-24, 2012
Conference features oral and poster presentations of twenty Clark Honors College students, lectures form three tribal college undergraduate students, and keynote addresses from two distinguished speakers, Daniel Wildcat and Larry Merculief. See Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples Conference for more information. Conference co-organized by Mark Carey.
Nixon in China presented on March 16 and 18 at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts
This opera is a new production of John Adams 1989 classic, on the 40th anniversary of the Shanghai Communique, the moment in history when modern relations between the United States and the People's Republic of China began. The Robert D. Clark Honors College is proud to co-sponsor the Eugene visit of avant-guard theater director Peter Sellars who originally conceived the opera. For more on the Eugene Opera performances and other Nixon in China events, please visit www.NixoninChinaEugene.com.Public lecture with director Peter Sellars "Nixon in China Then and Now," Thursday, March 8 from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m in Beall Hall.
Food in the Field Research Interest Group: Works-in-Progress Talks
Kari Norgaard, Socilogy, "The Effects of Altered Diet on the Health of the Karuk People," January 12, 2012
Jim Meacham, InfoGraphics Lab, and Lindsay Naylor, Geography, "A New Epicurean Atlas of Oregon" roundtable, February 8, 2012
Lindsay Naylor, Geography, "Resistance Communities and the Enactment of Food Sovereignty in the Highlands of Chiapas," March 7, 2012
Helen Demichael, Visiting Scholar, Art and Administration Program, "Lunch Love Community," April 4, 2012
Jennifer Burns Levin, Clark Honors College, "Modernist Cuisine for Moderns," April 18, 2012
Daphne Gallagher, Anthropology, May 9, 2012 (tentative)
Courtney Thorsson, English, "Vertamae Grosvenor's Revolutionary Recipes," May 23, 2012
Talks sponsored by the Center for the Study of Women in Society
University Housing Winter term Community Conversations, produced in part by the Clark Honors College
February 28, 2012: Restorative Justice
February 21, 2012: It's Elementary My Dear Watson: The Philosophy & Science of Artifical Intelligence & the Turing Test Simulation
February 7, 2012: Deaf Jam: Poetry in the Deaf Community
January 31, 2012: 21st Century Populism & Anarchism: Occupy Wall Street to Tea Party