April 10-May 3, 2008 (back to top)
- April 10, 2008 (Thu, 4pm, 6020 HSSB): Susan Buck-Morss (Cornell), "Hegel, Haiti and Universal History." This lecture connects Haiti's revolution to political universality, questioning adequacy of multiculturalism and alternative modernities as approaches to historical scholarship today. (history dept. page )
- April 10, 2008 (Thu, 7:30pm, Campbell Hall): film Conspiracy (about the January 1942 Nazi conference that organized the Holocaust), introduced by the director and followed by Q&A with Prof. Marcuse. (A&L page; Wikipedia page; imdb page)
- April 15, 2008 (Tue, 3:30, HSSB 6020): Robert Davis, "The Celebration of Slavery in the Christian-Muslim World,"
"As Americans, we tend to identify 'slavery' with the millions of Africans brought by force to labor in the plantations of the New World. We usually overlook the enslavement of Christians and Muslims in the Mediterranean. This world of slavery, like its trans-Atlantic analogue, took off after 1500, though it peaked sooner (by 1650), setting many of the norms and models that would eventually be adopted by European slave owners in the New World. This talk will introduce this 'other slavery,' discuss its extent and influence on its better-known contemporary, and then examine one distinctive aspect of it: how European Christians attempted to turn the often inescapable misfortunes of bondage into a positive sign of God's grace and Christian community."
- ***April 17, 2008 (Thu, 7-9pm, Campbell Hall): lectures and dialog by
- ***April 23, 2008 (Wed., 2:30-4:30, HSSB 6020): Mick Broderick (Murdoch University, Australia) "Approaching Genocide: Representing and Negotiating Mass Trauma in Rwanda and Japan"
- Based on field work at memorial museums in Kigali, Hiroshima and Nagasaki,
this presentation will contrast the official, institutional narratives of traumatic violence with the testimony and reconciliation dramas created by survivors for alternative/public display. Drawing from Broderick’s own new media installation work, EXHALE, the paper will also ponder the ethics of artistic responses and aesthetic choices in attempting to represent “the unrepresentable.”
Sponsored by the Department of Film and Media Studies, the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, Center for Black Studies Research, the IHC’s East Asian Cultures Research Focus Group, the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies, East Asia Center, and the Mbanefo Foundation Lecture Fund of the Dept.of History of Art & Architecture
- **April 23, 2008 (Wed., 6pm, MCC theater): Massacre at Nueva Linda, screening of 40 min. film followed by discussion with the director, Filiberto Nolasco Gomez.
"Massacre at Nueva Linda documents the massacre of a community protesting in Guatemala. Over 200 families were violently evicted by over 1,000 police and armed military reserves. At the time, the massacre at Nueva Linda was the greatest human rights violation since the peace accords were signed in 1996. Since then there have been countless more violent evictions."
(to: Nueva Linda tip, below ; sample paper on Nueva Linda)
- April 26, 2008 (Sat., 1:30 pm, HSSB 4020): Prof. Gabriela Soto Laveaga (UCSB), "The Pill Comes from Mexico?" Wild Yams, Steroids, and the Global Quest for Pharmaceuticals (Hist. dept. link) [note this is a small venue, only a few students can attend]
- **May 1, 2008: RESCHEDULED to October 19.
(Thu. 8 p.m., Corwin Pavilion, free): Diane Ackerman, "The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story." UCSB Holocaust Remembrance Week Inaugural Event (more from Hist Dept; Hist 133d student review essay)