Humanities Colloquium Lecture Series
Wendy Chase: Penetrating Art: Creative Interventions in the Age of Internet Porn
September 12, 2013 4 00 P.M. Rush Auditorium
If there is one thing that anti-porn activists, pro-sex feminists and cyberlibertarians can all agree upon, it is that the Internet has radically altered the debate about the impact of pornography on society. However, because Internet porn nests within the wide and tangled branches of our larger visual culture, we cannot bracket it off into a world unto itself as we grapple with its effects. This presentation will explore ways in which some art experiences cultivate habits of mind that make us more discerning viewers of sexual images. Through an analysis of the art of Jeff Koons, Terrence Koh and Felix Gonzalez-Torres, I hope to shed light on how artistic expression might mitigate the absorption of pornography into the mainstream and foster mindful democratic participation in critiquing and shaping our sexual culture.
Marty Ambrose: The New Publishing Paradigm
October 10, 2013 4:00 P.M. Rush Auditorium
The world of publishing survived twentieth-century corporate mergers--only to face the digital revolution in the next century. E-books, print-on-demand novels, and open sources have dissolved the boundaries between author and audience and democratized writing. However, as the new publishing paradigm creates opportunities, is the concept of editorial gatekeeping being lost?
Sarah Lublink and Catherine Wilkins: The Democratization of Knowledge and the Use of Wikis in the Classroom
November 6, 2013 1:00 P.M. AA-173
This workshop will combine a theoretical conversation about progress in the democratization of knowledge with a practical, hands-on demonstration of the concept's applicability in the classroom. Professor Wilkins will explore the concept of Web 2.0, its impact on information accessibility, authoring, and dissemination, with a focus on ramifications for teachers and students alike. Professor Lublink will relate these concepts to the classroom by teaching participants how to host a course Wiki and to use student wiki participation for grading. Workshop participants will brainstorm ideas for creative uses of course wikis and have the chance to raise questions and concerns about the practicalities involved.
Spring lectures to be announced at a later date.