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February 2020

WLP Scholar Series: Yu-jin Chang’s ‘Political Diabology’

February 20 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The relationship between the political and the theological is not exactly established. Where precisely does one begin and the other end? Or does one divide from the other as earth divides from heaven, this world from the next? How would the two spheres in question, if indeed separate realms, come into contact in the first place? How would they lose touch once they do collide and conjoin? Does one realm present the critical expression of the other or simple its annulment?

In a series of essaylets on texts ranging from the Hebrew and Christian Bibles, to the early modern political theologies of Thomas Hobbes and Baruch Spinoza, to the 20th-century works finally of Carl Schmitt and Walter Benjamin, Yu-jin Chang explores these questions and others in a project he calls a “Political Diabology.”

Yuj-jin Chang teaches European literature at Emerson College, where he is Associate Professor in the Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing, and Assistant Dean in the School of the Arts.

Please RSVP by February 19.

Honors Program Spring Lecture: Refugee Ecologies

February 21 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Marguerite Nguyen, associate professor of English at Wesleyan University, will present the Honors Program Spring Lecture, Refugee Ecologies. In this talk, Nguyen offers examples of ecocritical readings of refugee literature, and opens up the question of why it might be useful to do so, both in terms of American cultural history and the present moment.

Nguyen studies 20th- and 21st-century American literature, specializing in Asian American literature, refugee contexts, and literary history. She is author of America’s Vietnam: The Longue Durée of U.S. Literature and Empire (2018) and co-editor of Refugee Cultures: Forty Years after the Vietnam War (2016).

Prior to arriving at Wesleyan, Nguyen spent time in New Orleans researching Vietnamese Americans pre-and post-Hurricane Katrina to understand intersections of race, disaster, and narrative form. Her next project, tentatively titled Refugee Ecologies, is based on this work and argues for ecocritical readings of refugee cultures.

Gallery Talk — In Conversation: Investigating the Material

February 23 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Media Art Gallery, 25 Avery Street
Boston, MA 02111 United States
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Emerson Contemporary presents In Conversation: Investigating the Material, featuring artist Sarah Trahan and Zsuzsanna Szegedi, moderated by Leonie Bradbury.

Join us for an intimate conversation in the gallery with spacetime artists Trahan and Szegedi and the exhibition curator as they discuss their experiences collaborating with machines as each artist investigates digital technology through its imperfections. Learn what happens when the work of art has no center and exists across multiple media, both virtual and real, as it manifests the various stages of an unfolding process.

Spacetime (x, y, x + t) is a multi-dimensional exhibition that features experimental works by regional and international artists, features digital projections, 3D printed objects, inkjet prints, virtual reality drawings, video, site specific light installation, and a dancing robot.

The exhibition is on view January 22 – March 15. Emerson’s Media Art Gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday, from 12:00-7:00 pm. The exhibition and related programming are free and open to the public.

WLP Publishing Series Presents Erroll McDonald

February 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us for an evening with Erroll McDonald, vice president and executive editor at Penguin Random House.

A former trustee of PEN America, McDonald is chair of the board of directors of the Center for Fiction, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Among the authors he has edited and published, in a career spanning four decades, are James Baldwin, Harold Bloom, Italo Calvino, Sandra Cisneros, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Kazuo Ishiguro, Toni Morrison, Ngūgī wa Thiong’o, Salman Rushdie, and Wole Soyinka.

A summa cum laude graduate of Yale University, he holds an MBA from Columbia.

The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP by Tuesday, Feb 25. No security access needed for the Bordy.

 

March 2020

Curator Talk: ‘spacetime (x, y, z + t)’

March 15 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Media Art Gallery, 25 Avery Street
Boston, MA 02111 United States

The durational works included in spacetime (x, y, x + t) investigate the dynamic relationships between objects, their materiality and demonstrate how an idea, object, or artistic concept can exist across time, multiple media and physical locations.

Join us for an informal gallery walk through of spacetime with the exhibition curator Leonie Bradbury as she discusses the various artists and works on view and her research interest in ‘art as event.’

Spacetime (x, y, x + t) is a multi-dimensional exhibition that features experimental works by regional and international artists, features digital projections, 3D printed objects, inkjet prints, virtual reality drawings, video, site specific light installation, and a dancing robot.

The exhibition is on view January 22 – March 15. Emerson’s Media Art Gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday, from 12:00-7:00 pm. The exhibition and related programming are free and open to the public.

Adventures in Ethics: Dreaming and Becoming

March 24 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

mcgushin head shotJoin us for the second spring event of the Adventures in Ethics Lecture Series. This year’s theme is Between Art and Life, and Edward McGushin, professor of philosophy at Stonehill College, will speak on Dreaming and Becoming.

Co-directed by Pablo Muchnik and David Kishik, with Thomas Cooper as an advising partner, Adventures in Ethics is made possible by the generous support of Paul Santinelli and the academic leadership at Emerson College.

April 2020

Adventures in Ethics: Inward Outward — Reflections on Modernism and Madness

April 14 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

sass head shotJoin us for the third and final spring event of the Adventures in Ethics Lecture Series. This year’s theme is Between Art and Life, and Louis Sass, professor of psychology at Rutgers University, will speak on “Inward Outward: Reflections on Modernism and Madness”.

Co-directed by Pablo Muchnik and David Kishik, with Thomas Cooper as an advising partner, Adventures in Ethics is made possible by the generous support of Paul Santinelli and the academic leadership at Emerson College.

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