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October 2018

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UNPAYABLE DEBT presents Reimagining Money workshop and Caribbean Syllabus launch

UNPAYABLE DEBT presents Reimagining Money workshop and Caribbean Syllabus launch

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 4:00pm

Oct 10 -- Caribbean Syllabus: Second Edition AND Max Haiven's Art After Money, Money After Art Book Launch with: Tao Goffe, Monica Jiménez, Frances Negron-Muntaner, Sarah Muir, and Jason Wozniak

In May of 2018, the Unpayable Debt working group, a project of the Center for the Study of Social Difference at Columbia University, released the first edition of Caribbean Syllabus, Life and Debt in the Caribbean. The most comprehensive available public resource on the topic, the syllabus stimulated considerable conversation among scholars, journalists, artists, activists and others in the Caribbean and across the world. As a result of those discussions, the Unpayable Debt working group created a second edition of Caribbean Syllabus with three new sections created by innovative young scholars, on indenture, law, and education. In an effort to widen the conversation, the present edition also contains translations of key syllabus sections to other important languages in the Caribbean, including Spanish, French and Dutch. Caribbean Syllabus is the second in a series of three syllabi that the Unpayable Debt Working Group is producing. The first was the PRSyllabus, published in 2017 and focusing on the Puerto Rican debt crisis. The last syllabus will consider debt regimes in a global context and will be released in 2019.

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"Charles Darwin: Styles of Inconsequence," Simon Reader (CUNY College of Staten Island)

"Charles Darwin: Styles of Inconsequence," Simon Reader (CUNY College of Staten Island)

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 4:15pm
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302 Philosophy

Oct 16 -- Join the Columbia Nineteenth-Century British Colloquium for Simon Reader's talk, "Charles Darwin: Styles of Inconsequence."

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Frankenstein at 200

Frankenstein at 200

Monday, October 22, 2018 - 6:00pm
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Heyman Center
Event Category: 
Talks

Please join us for a celebration of Frankenstein!  2018 marks the two-hundredth anniversary of Mary Shelley’s classic novel Frankenstein – a book about birth, death, fragmentation, monstrosity, and knowledge that continues to haunt contemporary thought and culture. In the two centuries since its publication, readers have variously interpreted Frankenstein as a cautionary tale of scientific hubris, an allegory of motherhood, a political commentary, and a gothic horror. Meanwhile, the loquacious monster at the heart of the novel has left the book to become a figure of inarticulacy and terror in the popular imagination. Recent scholarship on Frankenstein juggles between these polarities, while also considering manuscript evidence of a collaborative writing process shared by Mary Shelley and her poet husband Percy.  The roundtable will take place on Monday, October 22 at the Heyman Center at 6:10pm. Faculty from the Department of English and Comparative Literature will be offering their perspectives on the book, and there will be birthday cake to follow. The event is hosted by the Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities and is co-sponsored by the Nineteenth-Century Colloquium.

James Eli Adams

Joseph Albernaz

Julie Crawford

Erik Gray

Alan Stewart

Dustin Stewart

Gauri Viswananthan

Host: Arden Hegele

 

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10/22/2018 - 6:00pm
 
 
New Books in the Arts & Sciences: Celebrating Recent Work by Alan Stewart

New Books in the Arts & Sciences: Celebrating Recent Work by Alan Stewart

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 6:15pm
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The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room
Event Category: 
Talks

New Books in the Arts & Sciences:
Celebrating Recent Work by Alan Stewart

The Oxford History of Life Writing: Volume 2. Early Modern
By: Alan Stewart

The Oxford History of Life-Writing: Volume 2. Early Modern explores life-writing in England between 1500 and 1700, and argues that this was a period which saw remarkable innovations in biography, autobiography, and diary-keeping that laid the foundations for our modern life-writing. 

The challenges wrought by the upheavals and the sixteenth-century English Reformation and seventeenth-century Civil Wars moulded British and early American life-writing in unique and lasting ways. While classical and medieval models continued to exercise considerable influence, new forms began to challenge them. The English Reformation banished the saints' lives that dominated the writings of medieval Catholicism, only to replace them with new lives of Protestant martyrs. Novel forms of self-accounting came into existence: from the daily moral self-accounting dictated by strands of Calvinism, to the daily financial self-accounting modelled on the new double-entry book-keeping. This volume shows how the most ostensibly private journals were circulated to build godly communities; how women found new modes of recording and understanding their disrupted lives; how men started to compartmentalize their lives for public and private consumption. The volume doesn't intend to present a strict chronological progression from the medieval to the modern, nor to suggest the triumphant rise of the fact-based historical biography. Instead, it portrays early modern England as a site of multiple, sometimes conflicting possibilities for life-writing, all of which have something to teach us about how the period understood both the concept of a 'life' and what it mean to 'write' a life.

http://heymancenter.org/events/celebrating-recent-work-by-alan-stewart/

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