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Humanities Center Readings: Spring 2019

Humanities Authors Series: Barbara Gold

Friday, April 5 3 p.m.
Burke All Night Reading Room


Edward North Chair of Greek and Greek Literature and Professor of Classics Emerita, Barbara Gold, will discuss her new book, Perpetua: Athlete of God.

Humanities Authors Series

Friday, May 3 3 p.m.
Burke All Night Reading Room

Associate Professor of Literature Katherine Terrell will discuss her new book, Richard Coeur de Lion.

Humanities Collaboration: Couper Phi Beta Kappa Lecture

Monday, April 8 noon
Taylor Science Center, G027 Kennedy Auditorium

Nicolaas Rupke, Johnson Professor of History at Washington and Lee University, presents the Couper Phi Beta Kappa lecture "Contested Museum Objects from Darwin's Century."

One of the most influential scientific theories – the theory of evolution – is primarily based on the meaning we have attributed to objects of natural history. The single most significant storehouse of such objects in the Victorian era – the British Museum (Natural History) – functioned as a public arena where (paleo)biologists fought over “What drives evolution?” Two different answers were given: Darwinian functionalism (the external force of natural selection) and Kantian/Goethean structuralism (the internal force of morphogenetic complexification). Fundamental to the respective argumentation strategies were (1) ownership of the objects, (2) how to display the objects, and (3) which features to highlight.

​This annual lecture honors Hamilton alumnus and trustee Richard "Dick" Couper '44 for his commitment and contributions to Hamilton College and the Phi Beta Kappa Society, the oldest academic honorary society in America.

Humanities Center Collaborations: Natural Things Conference


Building on the work of the Natural Things-Ad Fontes Naturae Research Group founded at Stanford University, presenters chart the expansion of natural science in the age of global empires. The conference brings together cutting-edge scholars of science to consider how naturalists aspired to establish a universal knowledge of nature between 1500 and 1900. The conference will connect scholars and students across the humanities and sciences by focusing on themes of collecting and the history of biology.


Humanities Center Talk: Mackenzie Cooley

Tuesday, April 16 4 p.m.
Taylor Science Center G041

Assistant Professor of History Mackenzie Cooley will give a talk entitled "The Fragility of Difference: Animals, Humans, and the Renaissance Invention of Race". This is part of the Humanities Forum Lecture Series "Imagining Race in Early Europe: Antiquity to the Renaissance." 

Sponsored by the Humanities Center, Days-Massolo Center, and the Dean of Faculty.

Humanities Authors Series: Steve Goldberg

Friday, May 10 3 p.m.
Burke Library 372

Associate Professor of Art History, Steve Goldberg, will discuss his new book, André Kneib and the Art of Chinese Calligraphy.


Humanities Authors Series: Onno Oerlemans

Friday, May 17 noon
Burke Library 372

Professor of Literature and Associate Dean of the Faculty Onno Oerlemans will discuss his new book, Poetry and Animals: Blurring Boundaries with the Human.

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