February 21, 2018, 6:00pm 6:00 pm
A Conversation with Chelsea Manning
Moderated by Kevin Duong and Dean Rebecca Thomas As an intelligence analyst for the U.S. Department of Defense, Chelsea Manning disclosed classified documents to WikiLeaks that revealed human rights abuses and corruption connected to the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. She was convicted and sentenced to 35 years in a military prison but released in 2017 after President Obama commuted her sentence....
March 12, 2018, 5:00pm 5:00 pm
Experimental: Language Writing, Two Whales, and a Dream of the Future, a Lecture by Natalia Cecire
The standard line on “experimental” writing—sometimes called “innovative” writing—which we have inherited from the 1970s and 80s is that it “disrupts” linguistic norms and thus destabilizes a damaging political status quo. But what do we do when “innovation” and “disruption,” far from changing anything, self-evidently belong to the standard toolkit of neoliberal policy, as they...
March 13, 2018, 5:00pm 5:00 pm
Judaism and Hypertexts: Old Traditions and New Incarnations, a Lecture by Scott Kosofsky
March 27, 2018, 5:00pm 5:00 pm
In Defense of Error and Spectacle: New Genealogies for Experimental Humanities, a Lecture by Mitsos Bilalis & Penelope Papailias
When the humanities emerge as a field in early modernity, experimentation is a core practice. Could we possibly not describe Galileo as a ‘humanist’? Spinoza as a ‘scientist’? Disciplinary specialization and the ascendance of the historicist paradigm as a regime of truth, however, cut the humanities off from the tradition of experimentation and, by extension,...
April 9, 2018, 5:00pm 5:00 pm
Post-Automation Poetics, a Lecture by Avery Slater
The purpose of this talk is to think about the future of artificial intelligence with respect to literary form. One long-standing threshold of achievement pursued by computer scientists in the field of NLP (natural language processing) is the automatic generation of poetic texts comparable to human-generated poetry. Are we ready for the AI poet? This...