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Anke Birkenmaier

The Specter of Races

5:00 p.m. Thursday, February 9, 2017
College Arts & Humanities Institute
1211 East Atwater Avenue

Arguing that race has been the specter that has haunted many of the discussions about Latin American regional and national cultures today, Anke Birkenmaier’s recent book, The Specter of Races, shows how theories of race and culture in Latin America evolved dramatically in the period between the two world wars. In response to the rise of scientific racism in Europe and the American hemisphere in the early twentieth century, anthropologists joined numerous writers and artists in founding institutions, journals, and museums that actively pushed for an antiracist science of culture, questioning pseudoscientific theories of race and moving toward more broadly conceived notions of ethnicity and culture.

Anke Birkenmaier is Associate Professor of Spanish & Portuguese at IUB.

CARL IPSEN

Fumo: Italy's Love Affair with the Cigarette

5:00 p.m. Thursday, February 9, 2017
College Arts & Humanities Institute
1211 East Atwater Avenue

Drawing on film, literature, and the popular press, Fumo offers a view of the “cigarette century” in Italy, from the 1870s to the ban on public smoking in 2005. The book traces important links between smoking and imperialism, world wars, Fascism, the protest movements of the 1970s, women, and Italian attitudes about risk.

Ipsen is a Professor of History and the Director of Collins Living-Learning Center at Indiana University.

This event is free and open to the public

PRAVINA SHUKLA

Costume: Performing Identities through Dress

5:00 p.m. Thursday, December 1, 2016
College Arts & Humanities Institute
1211 East Atwater Avenue

Daily dress reflects personal identity; costume is often described as the clothing of who we are not, of the people we are pretending to be. But costume signals a different self, urging the daily further along an artistic trajectory that leads to heightened communication and often culminates in a spectacle for public consumption. Like ritual, costumed events are distinct from daily existence, and therefore they allow for extreme forms of dress to aid in the formation of an alternative identity.

Shukla is an Associate Professor of Folklore and the Director for Graduate Studies in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology.

This event is free and open to the public

ROBERT TERRILL

Double-Consciousness and the Rhetoric of Barack Obama: The Price and Promise of Citizenship

5:00 p.m. Thursday, November 17, 2016
College Arts & Humanities Institute
1211 East Atwater Avenue

In his book, Terrill suggests that some of Obama’s best oratory presents a form of “double-consciousness,” similar to that formulated by W. E. B. Du Bois, as a resource for the discursive practice of citizenship. Terrill analyzes speeches from Obama's 2008 campaign to argue that double-consciousness is not merely a point of view, but an idiom with which we might speak to one another.

Robert Terrill is the author of Malcolm X: Inventing Radical Judgement and a Professor of Rhetoric in the Department of English at Indiana University Bloomington.

This event is free and open to the public

ASMA AFSARRUDIN

Contemporary Issues in Islam

5:00 p.m. Thursday, October 20, 2016
College Arts & Humanities Institute
1211 East Atwater Avenue

Most public—and occasionally academic—discourses in the West present the Islamic tradition as unchanging and therefore unable to respond to the modern world. Such an ahistorical approach can foster the belief that Muslim-majority and Western societies are destined to clash. This book reveals instead the diversity and richness of intellectual resources within the Islamic tradition which Muslims draw upon to respond to the challenges of modernity, while interrogating and shaping modernity itself.

Her fields of specialization include the religious and political thought of Islam, study of the primary Islamic texts, and gender studies.

Afsarrudin is a Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at Indiana University Bloomington.