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University of Chicago Humanities Open House

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On Saturday, October 27, the university presents its 22nd annual program of lectures, discussions, and performances by faculty and staff. All events are free and open to the public, but registration is required; sign-up starts at 8 AM at Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th. Events take place at these campus locations: Biological Sciences Learning Center, 924 E. 57th; Bond Chapel, 1010 E. 59th; Cobb Hall, 5811 S. Ellis; Cochrane-Woods Arts Center, 5540 S. Greenwood; Goodspeed Hall, 5845 S. Ellis; Hinds Laboratory, 5734 S. Ellis; Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th; Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th; Pick Hall, 5828 S. University; Regenstein Library, 1100 E. 57th; Robie House, 5757 S. Woodlawn; David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood; Social Science Research Building, 1126 E. 59th; Stuart Hall, 5835 S. Greenwood; and Swift Hall, 1025 E. 58th. Call 773-702-4847 for more information.

SESSION I: 9:30 AM

The Languages of Pakistan

Elena Bashir, lecturer in south Asian languages and civilizations. Biological Sciences Learning Center, room 001.

Buddhism, Civilization, Women

Steven Collins, chair of south Asian languages and civilizations. Social Science Research Building, room 122.

Legal Fictions: The Performance of Law in Shakespearean England

Bradin Cormack, assistant professor of English and literature. Cochrane-Woods Arts Center, room 157.

The Mummies of Urumchi, Tokharian, and the Spread of Indo-European Languages

Bill J. Darden, professor of Slavic languages and literatures. Stuart Hall, room 105.

The Science of Speech

Sean Fulop, assistant professor of linguistics. Stuart Hall, room 104.

Science and the Japanese Literary Imagination

Gregory Golley, assistant professor of east Asian languages and literatures. Cochrane-Woods Arts Center, room 153.

What Russell Crowe Forgot to Tell Us About Gladiators

Walter Johnson, professor emeritus of classical languages and literatures. Goodspeed Hall, Fulton recital hall.

Gregorian Chant After the Pop Boom

Robert Kendrick, assistant professor of music. Cobb Hall, room 307.

Dr. Johnson and the "Fair Sex"

Gwin Kolb, professor emeritus in the humanities. Pick Hall, room 16.

Baudelaire and the Revolution of 1848

Francoise Meltzer, chair of comparative literature. Hinds Laboratory, room 101.

Choral Music From the Renaissance to the Present

Performance by the Motet Choir, directed by Randi von Ellefson. Bond Chapel.

Tour of the Oriental Institute

Led by docents. Oriental Institute.

Simparch: An Electroacoustic Investigation

Renaissance Society director Hamza Walker leads a tour of an "architectural intervention" by the artist collective Simparch. Cobb Hall, room 418.

Tour of the Robie House

Led by docents. Robie House.

"Scorn Not the Sonnet": Form, Fashion, and Freedom

Edward Rosenheim, professor emeritus of English. Swift Hall, room 310.

Rewriting Early China

Edward Shaughnessy, professor of early Chinese studies. Pick Hall, room 22.

The Search for Genghis Khan

John Woods, director of the center for Middle Eastern studies. Bond Chapel.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: 11 AM

Music and Poetry

Don Michael Randel, University of Chicago president. Mandel Hall.

SESSION II: 1:30 PM

Professionalism and Its Discontents

Panel discussion led by Elizabeth O'Connor Chandler, director of the center for teaching and learning. Goodspeed Hall, Fulton recital hall.

Ionesco's "The Chairs": From Script to Performance

Court Theatre resident dramaturge Celise Kalke talks about the play followed by actors from the theater's apprentice program performing excerpts from the script. Pick Hall, room 22.

Making Literary Texts the Tamil Way

Norman Cutler, associate professor of south Asian languages and civilizations. Hinds Laboratory, room 101.

Cervantes and Italian Renaissance Art

Frederick De Armas, professor of romance languages and literatures. Cobb Hall, room 115.

Anger and Gender in Ancient Greece

Christopher Faraone, professor of classical languages and literatures. Pick Hall, room 16.

The Memoirs of Obadiah the Proselyte and His Music

Norman Golb, professor of Jewish history and civilization. Stuart Hall, room 105.

Interactive Electronic Readingbook for Middle Eastern Hieroglyphs

Janet Johnson, professor of Near Eastern languages and civilizations. Stuart Hall, room 104.

The Foreign Language Classroom as Territory of Encounter and Exchange

Joanna Kurowska-Mlynarczyk, lecturer in Slavic languages and literatures. Cobb Hall, room 214.

Shakespeare in Film: "Romeo and Juliet"

Two-part program that runs into Session III: the film will be screened, followed by a discussion led by David Levin of the committee on cinema and media studies. Cobb Hall, room 307.

Chomsky's Theory of Language

Jason Merchant, assistant professor of linguistics. Social Science Research Building, room 122.

Tour of the Oriental Institute

Led by docents. Oriental Institute.

A Room of Her Own: Sex and Space in Renaissance Painting

Linda Seidel, chair of art history. Cochrane-Woods Arts Center, room 157.

Presidentiary Misspeakingfulness

Michael Silverstein, professor of anthropology, linguistics, and psychology. Biological Sciences Learning Center, room 001.

Interpreting the Constitution: A View From the Humanities

Eric Slauter, assistant professor of English. Cobb Hall, room 203.

Shakespeare and Politics: The Case of Lear

Richard Strier, professor of English. Swift Hall, room 310.

The Restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House

Karen Sweeney, director of restoration for the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust. Cochrane-Woods Arts Center, room 153.

SESSION III: 3 PM

The Politics of Adultery

Elizabeth Amann, assistant professor of romance languages and literatures. Hinds Laboratory, room 101.

The Secret Life of Things

Bill Brown, professor of English. Biological Sciences Learning Center, room 001.

The Mythology of Self-Imitation: How to Masquerade as Yourself

Wendy Doniger, professor of history of religions. Swift Hall, room 310.

How to Steam a Bear: Recipes From a Medieval Chinese Cookbook

Donald Harper, professor of east Asian languages and civilizations, and chef and restaurateur Bruce Cost, author of Asian Ingredients. Regenstein Library.

"A Liberal and Humanistic Education": Notes Toward a History of the Department of Germanic Studies at the University of Chicago

Samuel Jaffe, professor of Germanic studies. Pick Hall, room 22.

Showing Seeing: An Introduction to Visual Culture

W.J.T. Mitchell, professor of English and art history. Stuart Hall, room 105.

The Play of Space in the Art of Classical Athens

Richard Neer, assistant professor of art history. Cochrane-Woods Arts Center, room 153.

Tour of the Oriental Institute

Led by docents. Oriental Institute.

South Asian Best-Sellers: English vs. Bangla

Clinton Seely, associate professor of south Asian languages and literatures. Pick Hall, room 16.

Human Beings and Citizens: The Perennial Dilemma of Liberal Education

Herman Sinaiko, professor of humanities. Goodspeed Hall, Fulton recital hall.

A Well-Fashioned Image: Clothing and Costume in European Art, 1500-1800

Exhibit tour with Smart Museum curator Elizabeth Rodini and Elissa Weaver, professor of romance literatures and languages. Smart Museum.

Past Education: The Pedagogical Principles of an Ancient Empire

Theo van den Hout, professor of Near Eastern languages and civilizations. Cobb Hall, room 115.

Presenting Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin

Martha Ward, associate professor of art history, and Reinhold Heller, professor of art history and Germanic studies. Cochrane-Woods Arts Center, room 157.

Evo-Devo for Cultural Evolution: Why Memes Won't Do

William Wimsatt, professor of philosophy. Social Science Research Building, room 122.

Astrology in Ancient Rome: Poetry, Prophecy, and Power

David Wray, assistant professor of classical languages and literatures. Stuart Hall, room 104.

SESSION IV: 4:30 PM

After Words: Reflections on September 11

Panel discussion with professors Dipesh Chakrabarty, Fred Donner, Norma Field, Miriam Hansen, Charles Larmore, and Deborah Nelson. Moderated by humanities dean Janel Mueller.

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