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Franklin Visiting Scholar: Jennifer Fluri

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fluri exteriorThe Franklin College Office of Inclusion and Diversity Leadership brings to campus visiting feminist political geographer Jennifer Fluri from Dartmouth to give an important talk on gender, security and violence in south and southwest Asia:

Fluri, an associate professor of geography and chair of the women's and gender studies program at Dartmouth College, will discuss "The Beautiful ‘Other:' A Critical Examination of ‘Western' Representations of Afghan Corporeal Modernity."

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Fluri's research focuses on the geography, politics and economics of gender, security and violence in conflict and post-conflict societies. Her lecture will look at the role of the female body, gender and the Western ideal of beauty during and after the U.S. intervention in Afghanistan. Fluri examines how the female body is used to reconstruct new forms of political meaning, social value and economic opportunities in post-conflict Afghanistan.

"Gender, security and violence are tightly linked in post-conflict societies, such as those in southwest Asia," said Amy Trauger, an assistant professor of geography and Fluri's host during her visit. "International aid, popular representations of Afghan women and capitalism work together to create a post-conflict nationalism that may not empower the most vulnerable populations. Dr. Fluri will share some new insights from her research in these areas."

March 17 at 3:30 p.m. in Room 214 of the Zell B. Miller Learning Center. Free, open to the public and not to be missed.

Daniel Matt: Jewish Mysticism

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D_matt.jpgThe department of religion presents a special guest lecture on Thursday Feb. 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the South P/J Plaza auditorium, "How Kabbalah Reimagines God," by Daniel Matt of the Graduate Theological Union.

Matt is a leading authority on the Zohar and Kabbalah. He is the author of the best-selling "The Essential Kabbalah" (HarperSanFrancisco, translated into seven languages); "Zohar: The Book of Enlightenment" (Paulist Press); "God and the Big Bang: Discovering Harmony Between Science and Spirituality"; and "Zohar: Annotated and Explained" (Jewish Lights). He is also the author of the annotated translation "The Zohar: Pritzker Edition" (Stanford University Press). He has so far completed six volumes of this immense project, which has been hailed as “a monumental contribution to the history of Jewish thought.” Formerly professor of Jewish spirituality at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Matt now resides in Berkeley.

 

The 12 volume "Zohar Pritzker Edition, Translation and Commentary by Daniel C. Matt" published by Stanford University Press is the first translation ever made from a critical Aramaic text of the "Zohar," which has been established by Matt based on a wide range of original manuscripts. The work will eventually span 12  volumes. The extensive commentary, appearing at the bottom of each page, clarifies the kabbalistic symbolism and terminology, and cites sources and parallels from biblical, rabbinic and kabbalistic texts.

This lecture is free and open to the public.

Re-scheduled events

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snow and the chapelBecause of the snow and related impediments to travel, a series of scheduled campus events for today have been postponed.

These include this morning's Mason Public Leadership lecture, featuring former U.S. secretary of the Treasury Robert Rubin, The Willson Center's Global Georgia Initiative public lecture by composer Tania León and the Visiting Artist/Scholar lecture by Luke Syson in the school of art.

Our thanks and safe travels to these distinguished guests. We look forward to their visits to campus in the future.

Image: Snow just beginning to fall outside the author's window, January 29, 2014.

Luis Piedra: Perspectives on contemporary dance in Costa Rica

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danza Abierta group with barUGA already has many unique relationships in Costa Rica and on Thursday, January 16, yet another one is set to take hold.

Luis Piedra, a professional dancer and choreographer of the Danza Universitaria in Costa Rica, will present a lecture-demonstration at the department of dance at 11 a.m. In his lecture-demonstration "Perspectives on creative process and contemporary dance in Costa Rica", Piedra will talk about his life in dance as a performer, choreographer, director and teacher. Mr. Piedra will talk about contemporary dance in Costa Rica and offer insight into his creative process in developing his new work for UGA dance students, who will perform a section of Piedra's new work.

Piedra began his artistic training at the University of Costa Rica and later studied at George Washington University in the United States and at the Goethe Institute in Germany. Recently, Piedra completed a master's degree in choreography at the National University of Costa Rica and was one of the first graduates of that program. Piedra has been a professional dancer and choreographer of the Danza Universitaria, and for four years was the artistic director of the company. The Danza Universitaria is the most famous, inventive and progressive professional contemporary dance company in Costa Rica and has done several European tours. During his 25 years with the company, Piedra won wide acclaim as a dancer and choreographer. In 2009, the company was engaged in a collaboration with the Spanish Cultural Center to do a collaborative work with Spanish choreographer, Fernando Hurtado. This piece was performed in the National Theatre in Costa Rica and toured throughout Spain. Piedra now directs the training and artistic program of the Open Dance Company, where he has nurtured award-winning Costa Rican dancers and choreographers. Open Dance (Danza Abierta) is the training program for dancers in the College at the University of Costa Rica. The company has won national awards and Piedra has won several national choreography awards.

Piedra's visit to campus and lecture are sponsored by the department of dance and the Willson Center for the Humanities and Arts.

Image: (caution: author's translation) Shall We Dance? by the ensemble Danza Abierta, choreograhy by Luis Piedra. photo by Eyleen Vargas.

Speak Out for Species

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On an episode of Unscripted that aired earlier this summer, we had a guest (neuroscientist and philospher Barry Smith) who talked about how our ideas about animals' perception and ability to feel pain have evolved over time. This lecture tonight by Melanie Joy based on her award-winning book "Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism," will likely take that discussion quite a bit further:

Joy explores the invisible belief system that shapes the perception of the meat humans eat, so that humans love some animals and eat others without knowing why. Joy is a psychologist, professor, author and speaker who teaches psychology and sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Sponsored by Speak Out for Species.

Joy's book examines why people feel affection and compassion for certain animals but are callous to the suffering of others, and how humans can make more informed choices as citizens and consumers.

The event at 7 p.m. in room 148 of the MLC is sponsored by the campus group Speak Out for Species. It sounds like an interesting and critical take on a part of our lives we, at least in the west, seldom consider.

Hasan Elahi: surveillance, data and new media

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eye_a pastiche of imagesThe Lamar Dodd School of Art welcomes interdisciplinary American artist Hasan Elahi, whose experiences on a government watch list have introduced a new element to his art, and our society:

"When Hasan Elahi’s name was added (by mistake) to the US government’s watch list, he fought the assault on his privacy by turning his life inside-out for all the world to see."  In 2011 he gave a well received TED talk which can be seen here, and he is a very vibrant and exciting lecturer. 

Elahi is an associate professor at the University of Maryland who has exhibited widely - at the Venice Biennale, the Centre Pompidou, and the Hermitage – and was subjected to six months of questioning about his extensive international travels. Figuring once in the system, never out, he decided to turn the tables and cooperate – with a vengeance. Starting with constant phone calls and emails to the FBI to notify them of his whereabouts, what started as a practicality grew into an open-ended art project. He began posting photos of his minute-by-minute life, up to around a hundred a day, on TrackingTransience.net – hotel rooms, train stations, airports, meals, beds, receipts, even toilets – generating tens of thousands of images in the last several years. Just for good measure, he also wears a GPS device that tracks his movements on his site’s live Google map. And as if to prove his point that “the best way to protect privacy is to give it away,” Elahi – while still being watched by the authorities, according to server records – hasn’t been bothered since.

He says: "By putting everything about me out there, I am simultaneously telling everything and nothing about my life." – from Ted Talks Global.

The lecture is at 5:30 pm on Tuesday Oct. 1 at 5:30 pm in Room S151 of the School of Art. A workshop, a "Code Dance", where Elahi will use his unique teaching techniques to teach the basic concepts of programming through ballroom dancing will take place Thursday October 3 at 2 pm in the main entrance hall outside Gallery 101 in the School of Art. 

Image: Eye, from an installation by Hasan Elahi, courtesy of the artist.

Lénablou: Caribbean Dance Performance, French Lecture

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Lenablou dance movementsOn Monday Sept. 30 and Tuesday Oct. 1, the UGA dance department welcomes a very special guest to campus for performances and a lecture:

Lénablou is a renowned choreographer, scholar, and activist known for her innovative promotion of Caribbean performance cultures through her dance technique: the Techni’Ka. Based in the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, her dance company TRILOGIE has toured across the world giving performances in Senegal, Niger, Slovenia, Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, French Guiana, Dominican Republic, Trinidad & Tobago, and France and now Athens, GA. She will visit UGA with three of her dancers and two musicians to hold various public events.

The free dance performance of “Fenêtre sur… mon bigidi et moi…” (“Window into My Imbalanced Body”) and “Yonn Dé” (“One Two”) will be held on September 30th at 8 p.m. in the New Dance Theatre, Dance Building (between Soule and Green streets).

Free tickets can be picked up in advance at the UGA Performing Arts Center (pac.uga.edu, 706-542-4400) and the Tate Student Center Cashier's Window. Tickets will also be available at the door beginning at 7:30pm.

Lénablou will lecture in French on the concept of the “bigidi,” a Creole word for the imbalanced body. She will give the talk, “Le concept du bigidi: réponse d’une interculturalité force," on September 30that 11:15 in the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries Auditorium.

The troupe will give an impromptu dance performance, “Shattering the Self,” on October 1st at 11:15 in the New Dance Theatre, Dance Building.

University of Georgia co-sponsors include the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, the Franklin Visiting Scholars Initiative, and the Departments of Theatre & Film Studies, Romance Languages, Dance and the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute. Partners for the Georgia tour include Georgia State University, Kennesaw State University, University of West Georgia, Spelman College, and Emory University.

Phinizy lecture April 19

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UGA welcomes author and journalist Mellisa Fay Green to campus on April 19 to give the 20th Ferdinand Phinizy Lecture at 1:30 p.m. in the Chapel:

Greene's lecture on "The Literature of Fact and Why Good Writing Still Matters" is free and open to the public. A brief reception will follow.

"Like Melissa herself, her writing is brilliantly sensitive to the hilarious as well as the bittersweet. I am very grateful that she is joining the ranks of truly gifted writers who have come to campus as Phinizy lecturers," said James C. Cobb, Phinizy Lecture committee chair and the Spalding Distinguished Research Professor in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences department of history.

Origins of the Phinizy Lecture date back to the UGA class of 1838 and the endowment epitomizes the legacy of private support: honoring the past by investing in the future. Green's lecture will be a treat, a wonderful afternoon on campus.

ASI hosts Burkina Faso ambassador Seydou Bouda

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As part of its 'African Diplomat on Campus' series, the African Studies Institute presents a public lecture by HE Seydou Bouda on Tuesday, April 9 at 4 p.m. in room 480 of the Tate Student Center:

His Excellency, Ambassador Seydou Bouda has served as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Burkina Faso to the United States of America August 2011. A Development Economist, Ambassador Bouda has worked in the government of Burkina Faso in various capacities for almost 30 years. His positions have included, but are not limited to: Minister of Health, Minister of Public Service and State Reform, and Minister of Economy and Development. The Ambassador has a specific interest in economic and political development in Africa, as well as poverty reduction strategies.
Ambassador Bouda will be delivering the lecture on some of the significant development challenges facing African nations in the 21st century.

For more information, please contact Loretta Davenport at the African Studies Institute.

Mary Frances Early lecture

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Tomorrow, Tuesday April 2, the Graduate School presents the 13th annual Mary Frances Early Lecture at 4 pm in the UGA Chapel.

The Speaker is Hank Klibanoff, a Pulitzer Prize winner and the James M. Cox, Jr. Professor of Journalism at Emory University.

In 2007, Klibanoff won the Pulitzer Prize in history for his book "The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle and the Awakening of a Nation." The book explores news coverage of civil rights from the 1930s through the late 1960s, particularly the impact of the black press, the Northern press, the Southern liberal and segregationist press, television and photojournalism.

The lecture honors Mary Frances Early, the first African American to earn a degree from UGA, and her legacy at the university. Early graduated with a master's degree in music education in 1962. She completed her specialist in education degree in 1967.

 

Also tomorrow afternoon is a Visiting Artist/Scholar Lecture in the Lamar Dodd School of Art by Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the High Museum of Art Michael Rooks 5:30 pm in room S151 of the school of art.

Rooks is also Commissioner of the U.S. Pavilion at the 12th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia. Prior to joining the High Museum in 2010, Rooks held curator positions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, The Contemporary Museum Honolulu, and the Honolulu Academy of Arts.

Both of the terrific events are free and open to the public.