Faculty Luncheon/Lecture Series


Each year the Humanities Institute sponsors six luncheon lectures by faculty members from across the humanities and related social sciences who present works in progress. These luncheons are intended for faculty and emeriti, who participate in a question-and-answer session after the lecture. The goal of the Luncheon Lecture Series is twofold: first, to advance the lecturer’s thinking about his or her project; and second, to give audience members an opportunity to hear and respond to a wide range of scholarly work as it is being developed.


January 26, 2016, 12:30 pm – 2:00pm

Yohei Igarashi, Assistant Professor (English)

Yohei Igarashi (English)

Poetry and Paperwork: Wordsworth’s Bureaumantic Form


February 17, 2016, 12:30 pm – 2:00pm

Fred Lee (Assistant Professor Political Science)

Fred Lee (Political Science)

The Power of Judgment in U.S. Racial Empowerment Movements

FALL 2015

Suzy Killmister, Assistant Professor, Philosophy Department and the Human Rights Institute
Suzy Killmister, Assistant Professor, Philosophy Department and the Human Rights Institute

October 15, 2015

12:30pm-2:00 pm

Suzy Killmister (Philosophy)

“Doing What We Want”


November 17, 2015

12:30 pm – 2:00pm

Associate Professor, History

Mark Healey (History)





LindsayCummings_photo-455x341February 11, 2015

12:30pm-2:00 pm

Lindsay Cummings (Dramatic Arts)

“Empathic Economies: Affective Labor in Refugee Performance”



lgordonMarch 10, 2015

12:30pm-2:00 pm

Lewis Gordon (Philosophy)

“Bad Faith and Antiblack Racism Today”



bhaktiApril 21, 2015

12:30pm-2:00 pm

Bhakti Shringarpure (English)

“Digital Humanitarianisms: Clicktivism and the African Continent”

Talks take place at UCHI, Austin 301 at 12:30 pm. Lunch is provided and space is limited. Please contact uchi@uconn.edu or 486-9057 to reserve a seat.


Fall 2014

September 23, 2014

12:30pm – 2:00pm

Tom Scheinfeldt (Digital Media & Design and Director of Digital Humanities in the Digital Media Center) speaking on  “Digital Humanities: If we don’t do it, THEY WILL”

October 21, 2014

12:30pm – 2:00pm

Kroum Batchvarov (Anthropology – Avery Point Campus) speaking on “The 1677 Battle of Tobago: Archaeology of Ships as Vehicles of Power Projection and Colonization”

November 18, 2014

12:30pm – 2:00pm

Sylvia Schafer (History) speaking on ” Reciprocity, Equivalence, and Difference: Thinking about Outsiders, the Ethics of Hospitality, and Illness in France, 1850-1912″





Spring 2014

February 11, 2014
Shareen Hertel, Political Science
Making Hunger Matter: The Potential and Limits of India’s “Right to Food Campaign”

March 11, 2014
Anke Finger, Literatures, Cultures and Languages
The Avant-Gardes’ Everyday Sensorium

April 22, 2014
Claudio Benzecry, Sociology
Follow the Shoe. The everyday work of (re) producing globalization