Month: February 2016

Remediating Flusser, a visualized introduction to the forthcoming multimodal e-book “ReMEDIAting Flusser, From the Print-Text to the Image-Flood.

The above serves as a visualized introduction to the forthcoming multimodal e-book “ReMEDIAting Flusser: From the Print-Text to the Image-Flood. A Digital Humanities Project.” Created with support from the Humanities Institute at the University of Connecticut.

Anke Finger is an Associate Professor of German at UConn and a core Faculty member of the The Public Discourse Project: Balancing Humility and Conviction in Public Life.

ACLS Annual Meeting, May 5-7, in Arlington, VA

 The 2016 ACLS Annual Meeting will be held May 5-7, in Arlington, VA.  

The meeting will begin on Thursday, May 5 at 5:45 pm with welcome remarks from ACLS President Pauline Yu, followed by a session entitled “Extending the Reach of the Humanities PhD.” A reception and buffet dinner will follow at 7:00 pm.

Pauline Yu will start off the events on Friday, May 6 at 9:00 am with her report to the Council. There will be micro reports from ACLS member societies, the Meeting of the Council, and presentations by ACLS Fellows. William “Bro” Adams, chairman of the National Endowment of the Humanities, will be the luncheon speaker.

The plenary speaker for the first afternoon program session will be Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation. The remainder of the afternoon will consist of a set of breakout sessions on the following topics: (1) constructive approaches for adjunct faculty, (2) PhD career diversification, (3) creative approaches to annual meetings, (4) inequality and disparity in the humanities, (5) advocating for the humanities: a new toolkit for scholarly societies, and (6) democratic engagement in teaching and learning.

At 6:00 pm, the 2016 Charles Homer Haskins Prize Lecture will be delivered by Cynthia Enloe, research professor in the Department of International Development, Community, and Environment at Clark University. There will be an opportunity to meet Professor Enloe at the reception in her honor following the lecture.

Hotel Information: Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel, 2800 South Potomac Avenue, Arlington, VA, 22202; Tel: (703) 413-1300


Thursday, May 5
Extending the Reach of the Humanities PhD – 
5:45-7:00 pm, Salon 5-7
Reception – 7:00-7:30 pm, Studio B
Buffet Supper – 7:30-9:30 pm, Salon 1-3

Friday, May 6
Executive Committee of the Delegates and New Delegates Breakfast Meeting (members of this group only) – 7:30-8:30 am, Studio A
Continental Breakfast – 7:45-9:00 am, Salon 1-3
Report of the President – Pauline Yu
9:00-9:30 am, Salon 4
Micro Reports from Member Learned Societies – 9:30-9:45 am
Meeting of the Council – 10:00-10:30 am
Emerging Themes and Methods of Humanities Research: Discussion with ACLS Fellows – 10:30 am-12:00 noon
Pre-Lunch Reception – 12:00 noon-12:30 pm, Salon Foyer
Luncheon Speaker – William “Bro” Adams, chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities
12:30-2:00 pm, Salon 1-3
Plenary Session – Darren Walker, president, Ford Foundation
2:00-3:00 pm, Salon 4
Breakout Sessions – 3:00-4:00 pm
1) Constructive Approaches for Adjunct Faculty – Salon 1
2) PhD Career Diversification – Salon 2
3) Creative Approaches to Annual Meetings – Salon 3
4) Inequality and Disparity in the Humanities – Studio A
5) Advocating for the Humanities: A new toolkit for scholarly societies – Studio B
6) Democratic Engagement in Teaching and Learning – Studio C
ACLS Board of Directors Annual Meeting Review (members of this group only) – 4:00-4:30 pm, Boardroom
The Charles Homer Haskins Prize Lecture – 6:00-7:00 pm, Salon 4
Cynthia Enloe, Department of International Development, Community, and Environment, Clark University
Reception and Buffet Supper – 7:00-9:30 pm, Salon 1-3

Saturday, May 7
Breakfast – 7:30-9:30 am, Salon 1-3
Conference of Administrative Officers (CAO) Spring Meeting (members of this group only) – 8:30-11:30 am, Studio F
Optional CAO Session TBD (members of this group only) – 11:30 am-12:15 pm, Studio F


February 19, 2016 Panel Discussion: What Difference do Different Identities Make?


February 19, 2016, from 12-130 PM in Oak 438

A panel discussion featuring

Cathy Schlund-Vials (English & Asian/Asian American Studies)

Fred Lee (Political Science & Asian/Asian American Studies)

Prakash Kashwan (Political Science)

Moderated by Marysol Asencio (Human Development & Family Studies and El Instituto).


All are welcome — no need to RSVP. Questions? Email

Friday, February 12, 2016 Jane Mansbridge Adams Professor Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Public Talk

Legitimate Coercion: The Key to the UniverseJane Mansbridge

Jane Mansbridge

Adams Professor Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Friday, February 12,  2:15PM-3:45PM,  Oak Hall, Room 408

Free and Open to the Public

About the Talk: In a world of growing interdependence, we need more and more legitimate coercion to solve the ‘free-rider problems’ created by our growing need for ‘free-access goods.’ In large, anonymous societies, we cannot get anything approximating the number of free-access goods that we need without coercion. The more interdependent we become, the more coercion we need, and the best coercion is legitimate coercion. This lecture takes up the conditions that produce legitimate coercion.

About the Speaker: Jane Mansbridge is the Adams Professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a former president of the American Political Science Association. Her work focuses on studies of representation, democratic deliberation, everyday activism, and the public understanding of collective action problems. She is the author of Beyond Adversary Democracy and the prize-winning Why We Lost the ERA, as well as editor of Beyond Self-Interest and four co-edited volumes: Feminism with Susan Moller Okin, Oppositional Consciousness with Aldon Morris, Deliberative Systems with John Parkinson, and Political Negotiation with Cathie Jo Martin.

This event is hosted by the Department of Political Science and the UCONN Humanities Institute’s Public Discourse Project.

Contact: Prof. Vin Moscardelli ( or Prof. Michael Morrell (

A Forum Discussion – March 23, 2016. 2-4pm / Oak 408 / University of Connecticut

Intercultural Literature Citizenship and Public Discourse. ICLPDPForum


With Stefan Hermes / Eleni Coundouriotis / Manuela Wagner / Anke Finger

What role, if any, does intercultural communication (in literature, applied linguistics, human rights, media studies) play in public discourse? The goal of this forum discussion is to bring intercultural communication research from various disciplines together to debate notions of diversity in public discourse. The four participants present their work and offer tools with which to (better) engage in dialogs on cultural, religious, and ethnic differences. How can we work with new models to address silent or complex issues? How can we encourage bystanders to participate in public discourse by drawing from a range of communicative tools and intercultural and human rights perspectives?

Sponsored by LCL, the PDP/UCHI and Global Affairs