Humanities Council Symposium “People, Politics and Representation”

“People, Politics and Representation” 

Friday, October 16, 2020
Free Webinar on Zoom

9:00-10:15 a.m. Author Meets Critics
“Photographic Returns:  Racial Justice and the Time of Photography”
Shawn Michelle Smith, Interim Dean of Faculty and Professor of Visual and Critical Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Facilitator:  Heather Waldroup, Art Department and Honors College

  • Mira Waits, Art Department
  • Christina Sornito, Anthropology Department
  • Kin-Yan Szeto, Department of Theater and Dance

10:30 a.m.-11:45 p.m. Interview
 “Sexual Citizens:  A Landmark Study of Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus”
Jennifer Hirsch, Professor Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University
Shamus Khan, Professor and Chair, Sociology Department, Columbia University

Interviewers:  David Russell and Martha McCaughey, Sociology Department

1:00-2:15 p.m. Plenary Speech
How Can Colleges Today Be Safe Enough Spaces?
Michael Roth, President, Wesleyan University

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On the Speakers
Shawn Michelle Smith, Professor of Visual and Critical Studies, Interim Dean of Faculty, School of the Art Institute of Chicago and author of Photographic Returns:  Racial Justice and the Time of Photography (Duke University Press, 2020).   She writes: “My work is about photography:  what it is, what it means, what it does.  I explore the history and theory of photography in a number of different ways in my work as a scholar, writer, artist, and educator.”

“In Photographic Returns Shawn Michelle Smith traces how historical moments of racial crisis come to be known photographically and how the past continues to inhabit, punctuate, and transform the present through the photographic medium in contemporary art.” 

Jennifer Hirsch, Professor of Sociomedical Sciences, and Shamus Khan, Professor and Chair of Sociology, Columbia University, are the co-authors of Sexual Citizens: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus (Norton, 2020).

“Sexual Citizens transforms how we understand and address the most misunderstood problem on college campuses: widespread sexual assault. Through intimate portraits of life and sex among today’s college students, Jennifer S. Hirsch and Shamus Khan show us how sexual assault is a public health crisis. They present an entirely new way to understand sexual assault, focusing on its social roots.”

Michael Roth is the 16th president of Wesleyan University and the author of Safe Enough Spaces:  A Pragmatist’s Approach to Inclusion, Free Speech, and Political Correctness (Yale University Press, 2019). Formerly president of California College of the Arts (CCA), Roth is known as a historian, curator, author and public advocate for liberal education.  A professor in history and the humanities since 1983, Roth was the founding director of the Scripps College Humanities Institute in Claremont, Calif., a center for intellectual exchange across disciplines.

In Safe Enough Spaces, “Michael S. Roth stakes out a pragmatist path through the thicket of issues facing colleges today to carry out the mission of higher education. With great empathy, candor, subtlety, and insight, Roth offers a sane approach to the noisy debates surrounding affirmative action, political correctness, and free speech, urging us to envision college as a space in which students are empowered to engage with criticism and with a variety of ideas.”


Poster about speakers for this event “People, Politics and Representation”
Published: Oct 2, 2020 2:53pm