Syracuse Symposium continues its yearlong examination of “Place” with events through the end of April.
The schedule includes nearly a dozen lectures, workshops, exhibitions and performances. Special guests include Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri, landscape ecologist Eric Sanderson, visual artist Juan Juarez and Italian literary scholar Mauro Novelli.
The Syracuse University Humanities Center, based in the College of Arts and Sciences, organizes and presents Syracuse Symposium. All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise indicated. For more information, call 315.443.7192 or visit humcenter.syr.edu.
“We are excited to resume our study of ‘place’ through a humanistic lens,” says Vivian May, director of the Humanities Center and professor of women’s and gender studies in the College of Arts and Sciences. “Using methodologies steeped in the arts, humanities and social sciences, we offer a place-based approach to cultural studies. This enables us to engage wider publics and address questions of injustice and human rights.”
The spring schedule is as follows:
Tuesday, Feb. 7
Lecture: Jhumpa Lahiri
The University Lecture series continues with Lahiri, professor of creative writing at Princeton University, who will discuss her memoir, “In Other Words” (Knopf, 2016). She also is the author of “Interpreter of Maladies” (Mariner Books/Houghton Mifflin Co., 1999), winner of the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, and “The Namesake” (Mariner Books/Houghton Mifflin Co., 2003), the subject of a 2006 Indian-American film.
Tuesday, April 4
Lecture: “Places of Resistance: Simulation and Dissimulation in Modern Italian Provincial Literature”
Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, 114 Bird Library
Mauro Novelli, associate professor of contemporary Italian literature at The University of Milan, examines how Italians relegated to the periphery during Fascist rule used dissimulation to help overthrow the government.
Wednesday, April 5
Workshop: “Borders Within Borders: Integration and Division Between Italy and Switzerland During the World War II Years”
9 a.m. to noon
304 Tolley Humanities Building
Novelli surveys the cultural, political and economic landscape of Italy during World War II, explaining how Fascism strained Swiss relations and led to Italy’s defeat.
Thursday, April 20
Exhibit: “YOU ARE HERE: Expanding the Concept of Place”
Special Collections Research Center (SCRC), 6th Floor, Bird Library
The SCRC hosts an opening reception for “YOU ARE HERE,” an exhibit using the physical manifestation of historical events and social reform movements (e.g., rare books, photographs, maps and pamphlets) to redefine notions of “place” in the City of Syracuse.
Organized and presented by the Humanities Center, Syracuse Symposium is a public humanities series that revolves around an annual theme. Programs include lectures, workshops, performances, exhibits, films and readings. Located in the Tolley Humanities Building, the Humanities Center serves the campus community by cultivating diverse forms of scholarship, sponsoring a broad range of programming and partnerships and addressing enduring questions and pressing social issues.