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Kaplan Conversations

Ninety minutes of interdisciplinary discussion of research by Kaplan Institute associates.

Wednesdays, Noon - 1:30 pm CST
Virtual discussions via Zoom.

If you are interested in attending a Kaplan Conversation lunch seminar, please email us.

2020-2021 Kaplan Conversations

Winter 2021

January 13 - Faculty Fellow
Performing the Cornerstones of Liberalism: Advocacy and the Invention of Activism 
Tracy C. Davis, Barber Professor of Performing Arts: Department of Theatre, Department of English, and Department of Performance Studies

January 27 - Faculty Fellow
Light from Distant Stars: Film Form and the Idea of Japanese Cinema
Christopher Bush, Associate Professor, Department of French and Italian and Comparative Literary Studies Program

February 10 - Faculty Fellow
Dark Fall - Opera
Hans Thomalla, Professor of Music Composition, Department of Music Studies; Director, Institute for New Music

February 24 - Faculty Fellow
Transmuting Forms:  Alchemical Secrecy and British Literary Modernity, 1650–1740 
Helen Thompson, Professor, Department of English

March 3 - Postdoctoral Fellow
Geo-Politics of Oil: Political Ecologies of Petro-Nationalism, Territoriality, and Kurdish Dissent in Turkey
Zeynep Oguz, Postdoctoral Fellow in Environmental Humanities, Department of Anthropology and Kaplan Institute

Spring 2021

April 7 - Faculty Fellow
Modernism’s Blindspot: New Women Émigrés and Modern Photography in Latin America (1930s-1960s) 
Alejandra Uslenghi, Associate Professor, Department of Spanish & Portuguese and Comparative Literary Studies Program

April 21 - Faculty Fellow
Movement Memories: State Repression and Political Trauma in Puerto Rican Chicago 
Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Latina and Latino Studies Program

May 5 - Faculty Fellow
Managing an Arid Land: Planning for an Environmental Future in the California Desert 
Keith Makoto Woodhouse, Associate Professor, Department of History

PAST - Fall 2020

September 30 - Welcome Kaplan Conversation

October 14 - Faculty Fellow
A Culture of Empire and the Neo-Assyrian World
Ann C. Gunter, Bertha and Max Dressler Professor in the Humanities; Professor of Art History, Classics, and in the Humanities

October 28 - Faculty Fellow
The Uprooted Word in the Romantic Century 
Tristram Wolff, Assistant Professor, Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies Program

November 11 - Faculty Fellow
Beyond Freedom and Slavery: Status and Membership in the Ancient Confucian Political Community
Loubna El Amine, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science

November 25 - Faculty Fellow
People of the Flame: Growth, Wood, Fire, and the End of the World 
Daniel Immerwahr, Associate Professor, Department of History

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