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February 7th, 2019

  • Natalie Diaz 6:00pm: A Poetry Reading by Natalie Diaz
    Natalie Diaz was born and raised in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California, on the banks of the Colorado River. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Tribe. Her first poetry collection, When My Brother Was an Aztec, was published by Copper Canyon Press. She is a Lannan Literary Fellow and a Native Arts Council Foundation Artist Fellow. She was awarded a Bread Loaf Fellowship, the Holmes National Poetry Prize, a Hodder Fellowship, and a PEN/Civitella Ranieri Foundation Residency, as well as being awarded a US Artists Ford Fellowship. Diaz teaches at the Arizona State University Creative Writing MFA program.

February 11th, 2019

  • Euan Cameron, Union Theological Seminary in New York City; Columbia University 5:00pm: 56th Annual Arthur L. Throckmorton Memorial Lecture
    Euan K. Cameron is Henry Luce III Professor of Reformation Church History at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University, New York.  The title of Professor Cameron’s talk is “Making Meaning of Time and Thought in the Pre-Modern Era.”

    We tend to take time for granted, and our scale of time – of days, months and years – as a given. We have inherited a ‘scientific’ approach to time. Yet for most of European Christian history, our pre-modern forbears believed that time was created by God, in the same process which produced the visible universe. Computing time was a religious exercise.

    This lecture will explore three stages in the emergence of early modern ideas about time in the West. First it will show how medieval chronicles tried to establish time-lines of kingdoms and empires. Secondly, it will consider how the early Protestant reformers believed that the purposes of God were revealed through the rise, fall and recovery of the Christian Church. Finally, it will explore the beginnings of “scientific” chronology in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, still within a framework of divine creation and governance of the universe.

    The lecture will propose that though the quest for meaningful understanding of time and history was self-defeating, this search helped humanity reach our current perspective of history and our place in it.

February 20th, 2019

March 20th, 2019

  • 7:00pm: A Hollywood Career in Costume Design with Black Panther’s Ruth Carter
    Ruth Carter’s unparalleled ability to develop an authentic story through costume and character has made her one of the most sought after and renowned costume designers today. She has garnered two Academy Award (Oscar) nominations for “Best Costume Design,” for Spike Lee’s MALCOLM X (1993) and Steven Spielberg’s AMISTAD (1998) as well as an Emmy nomination in 2016 for the reboot of ROOTS.

April 1st, 2019

  • Fady Joudah 6:00pm: A Poetry Reading by Fady Joudah
    Fady Joudah has published four collections of poems, The Earth in the Attic, Alight, a book-long sequence of short poems composed on a cell phone, Textu, whose meter is cellphone character count; and, most recently, Footnotes in the Order of Disappearance. He has translated several collections of poetry from Arabic. He was a winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition in 2007 and has received a PEN Translation Award, a Banipal/Times Literary Supplement Prize from the UK, the Griffin Poetry Prize, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He lives in Houston, with his wife and kids, where he practices internal medicine.

 

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