Humanities Upcoming Events

Philosophy Guest Speaker: John Dyck

Fri, Oct 25, 2019
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Ross Hall 136

The next philosophy talk will be given by John Dyck (Auburn University) "Choosing Beauty". Dyck will address the Auburn Aesthetics Forum on Friday, Oct. 25 at 3 p.m. in 136 Ross Hall. The talk is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Tom Lockhart at tpl0002@auburn.edu.

Abstract:  When you smell a stinky sock, it's hard to imagine evaluating the smell differently. Nevertheless, I'll argue that we have aesthetic agency in a strong sense: We can directly determine how we aesthetically evaluate things. This might seem absurd. For one thing, it seems as though the objectivity of aesthetic reasons makes them responsive to truth and worth, and thus out of our agential reach. For another thing, it seems as though our aesthetically authentic selves are precisely those elements which are automatic and unchosen. I'll argue that we have aesthetic agency even though our evaluations are sensitive to truth and worth. And I'll show that this agency is authentic to our selves.

Italian Film Festival

Sun, Oct 27, 2019
1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Film: Non sono un assassino (2019) di Andrea Zaccariello (con R. Scamarcio ed A. Boni): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gP_88nZPZgM (with English subtitles)

October is Italian Heritage Month, formerly known as National Italian-American Heritage Month. This is a time to celebrate the contributions of Italians in their country and abroad as well as to promote Italian culture and language. Every year, the College of Liberal Arts provides a series of films and discussions on Italian culture and opportunities to learn about initiatives with our partners in Italy, i.e. research, experiential learning, study abroad and exchange programs, and curricula.

This event is open to the entire Auburn community. For more information, contact Giovanna Summerfield at summegi@auburn.edu or 334-844-2890.

The Aphra Behn and Frances Burney Societies Biennial Meeting Keynote Speaker

Thu, Nov 7, 2019
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art

Dr. Patricia Matthew will be the keynote speaker at The Aphra Behn and Frances Burney Societies Biennial Meeting. Dr. Matthews is the editor of Written/UnWritten: Diversity and the Hidden Truths of Tenure, and is speaking at Auburn about her research methods, her findings on her current research in British Abolitionism, and on being a public scholar. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Emily Friedman at ecfriedman@auburn.edu or go to https://www.behnburney2019.com/.

The Aphra Behn and Frances Burney Societies Biennial Meeting Plenary Speaker

Fri, Nov 8, 2019
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Mell Classroom Building 2510

featuring Dr. Sarah Werner "Teaching Like a Feminist Bibliographer"

Sarah Werner is the author of Studying Early Printed Books 1450‑1800: A Practical Guide (Wiley 2019) and the companion site EarlyPrintedBooks.com. She has written numerous articles on book history, digital tools, and library outreach, including “Book History and Digital Scholarship” (with Matthew Kirschenbaum) in Book History and “Toward a Feminist Practice of Bibliography” (forthcoming from Print History). Werner’s earlier scholarship focused on Shakespeare and modern performance, and her book Shakespeare and Feminist Performance: Ideology on Stage (Routledge 2001) is still taught and cited by scholars. She worked at the Folger Shakespeare Library for nearly a decade as the undergraduate program director and digital media strategist, and is now a consultant working with special collections libraries to encourage teaching and collaboration with students and faculty using rare materials.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Emily Friedman at ecfriedman@auburn.edu. 

Third Thursday Poetry Series: Anders Carlson Wee

Thu, Nov 14, 2019
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art

Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Rose McLarney at rem0050@auburn.edu. Sponsored by the Department of English.