-What is your academic background and what is your current position in UCHI/at UConn/Your Home Institution? I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Philosophy Department here at UConn, where I have studied for five years. I received my B.A. in Philosophy from Stony Brook University. -What is the project you’re currently working on? During my […][Read More]
-What is your academic background and what is your current position at UConn? I am a PhD candidate in the English department at UConn. I began the program in 2012. Before that, I earned a bachelor’s degree in an interdisciplinary Great Texts program from Baylor University and a master’s degree in English literature from […][Read More]
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About the UConn Humanities Institute
The University of Connecticut Humanities Institute (UCHI), founded in 2001, seeks to enhance research and creativity in the humanities, broadly defined. In particular, UCHI promotes the development and productivity of University of Connecticut faculty through its fellowship, seminar, and workshop programs, by bringing outside scholars and authors to Connecticut, and by its support for scholarly conferences and journals.
UCHI promotes student scholarship by the appointment of graduate and undergraduate fellows, and through advanced courses in humanities fields. UCHI also sponsors conferences, symposia, and lectures where the learning of the humanities can inform public issues.
By exploring the full range of humanistic inquiry and methodologies the UCHI calls attention to the many ways that scholarly advances in the humanities enrich general understanding of the human condition.
Wednesday, October 25th, 2017
02:30 PM - 04:00 PM
Storrs CampusKonover Auditorium
Help us celebrate Open Access Week by joining award-winning filmmaker Jason Schmitt as we screen and discuss footage from his in-progress documentary Paywall: The Business of Scholarship. Schmitt will be accompanied in the discussion by a panel who will share their views on making the results of academic research freely accessible online. Co-sponsored by the UConn Library and Humanities Institute.
Wednesday, October 25th, 2017
04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Storrs CampusUCHI Conference Room, Babbidge Library, 4th Floor
UCHI Dissertation FellowAlycia LaGuardia-LoBianco presents: "Self-Injury, (Body) Shame, and Agency."
For more information on this fellow, see: http://humanities.uconn.edu/2017/10/02/get-to-know-our-fellows-four-questions-with-alycia-laguardia-lobianco/
Thursday, October 26th, 2017
11:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Downtown HartfordHartford Public Library
'Open Data In Action' brings together a wide range of researchers to showcase
how their work has benefited from openly and freely accessible data. Presenters from the public, private, and academic sectors will discuss how open data, ranging from historical documents to statistical analyses, is
being used to create projects, change policies, or conduct research and highlight the importance open data has on shaping the world around us.
Thursday, October 26th, 2017
04:30 PM - 06:00 PM
Storrs CampusStern Lounge AUSTIN 217
Author Reading and Talkback with Stephen Clingman of University Massachusetts at Amherst
âBirthmark: Divided Vision & the Coming of Perspectiveâ
Professor STEPHEN CLINGMAN will read from Birthmark (University of Massachusetts Press, 2016), a memoir of divided vision in the divided world of apartheid South Africa. When Stephen was two, he underwent an operation to remove a birthmark under his right eye. The operation failed, and the birthmark returned. Clingman takes the fact of that mark â its appearance, disappearance, and return â as a guiding motif of memory. In a beguiling narrative set on three continents, this is a story that is personal, painful, comic, and ultimately uplifting: a book not so much of the coming of age but the coming of perspective.
Stephen Clingman is Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts. He is also the author of Bram Fischer: Afrikaner Revolutionary, which won the Alan Paton Award, South Africaâs premier prize for non-fiction.
Copies of Birthmark will be available for purchase and may be personalized at this open to the public event. Contact Barnes & Noble at Storrs Center to order your copy in advance. For Info about this event, please email Cathy.Schlund-Vials@uconn.edu .
Friday, October 27th, 2017
12:20 PM - 01:15 PM
Storrs CampusAUST 434
Brass City, Grass Roots: The Persistence of Farming in Industrial Waterbury, CT, 1870-1980
This talk is based on a book in progress on urban agriculture in the city of Waterbury, Connecticut from the late 19th century to the late 20th century. While most of the literature on farming assumes that it died in industrialized cities by the time of the Civil War, this project shows that farming persisted not merely as a residual activity but one that existed in a dynamic relationship with the growing industrial city. The project is not just an urban but an immigrant/ethnic history. It provides new insight into the food production activities of immigrants in this New England city [and by extension, others in the Northeast]. The work shows that not all immigrants in the East were involved in what we think of as the more urban occupations of factory work, construction, and store proprietorship. While most literature about immigrant farmers portrays them in the Midwest, Plains, and further west, this book project restores their East Coast history. The project challenges most historical narratives of farming and community gardening as well by suggesting that there was an ambiguous line between farming and gardening. It shows that subsistence gardening often took place informally, not just in the confines of war, economic crisis, or episodic educational fads. Moreover, oral history interviews show that food producers had varying perceptions of themselves as farmers, gardeners, or entrepreneurs.
The project also uses GIS maps to show the placement of farmers and other food growing, processing, and marketing firms in a series of snapshots spanning nearly a century. Study of the landscape, including the still existing physical remnants of agricultural activity, are integral to this work, which spans history and historical geography.
Ruth Glasser is an Assistant Professor in Residence in Urban Studies at the University of Connecticut's Waterbury campus. This year she is working on this book project as a scholar at the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute.
George Thompson, CLAS, Publisher-in-Residence October 24-27, 2017 George Thompson has been a professional editor since 1984, beginning his career at Johns Hopkins University Press as an acquisitions editor. At JHUP, George developed the geography and environmental studies list, including the “Creating the North American Landscape” series. In 1990, George founded the Center for American Places, […][Read More]
Angie Hogan, University of Virginia Press October 10, 2017, 4pm Angie Hogan is Associate Editor and Rights Manager at the University of Virginia Press, where she has worked in the acquisitions department since 2004. Prior to joining U.Va. Press, she spent several years as an editor at InteLex Corporation, a pioneer in humanities electronic publishing […][Read More]
Adam McGee, Boston Review October 2, 2017, 4pm Adam McGee is the Managing Editor of Boston Review. He previously was Acting Managing Editor for Transition. He also served as Associate Editor for the Harvard Art Museums. Adam earned his Ph.D. in African and African American Studies from Harvard University. He has taught religious […][Read More]
She works on early modern literature and culture, poetry and poetics, the history and philosophy of science, and environmental humanities. She is currently working on a book titled Possible Knowledge: The Literary Forms of Early Modern Science. She joins UConn after having taught at Hendrix College, and after spending the 2016-2017 academic year at the […][Read More]