VIRTUAL EVENT: Registration Required https://go.lehigh.edu/bookclub
Once registered, you will be emailed a ZOOM Link.
The Humanities Center Book Club in January 2021for Undergraduates and their Families!
Wednesdays - January 13, 20, 27 | 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Humanities Center Lunchtime Salon: Race, Caste and the State
The Humanities Center invites interested parties to participate in a lunchtime discussion of sections of Isabel Wilkerson’s new book, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents (2020). The salon will be held Friday, November 20, from 12:00-1:30PM.
This will be the first of a two-part series of events around the theme of systemic racism and the state. Our second event will be held during the Spring 2021 semester.
Facilitated by Emily Pope-Obeda (History) and John Vilanova (Journalism & Communication/Africana Studies), the sessions will engage with structures such as policy, labor, and citizenship in the active making and codification of race, specifically discussing the ways racial others have been constructed. Participants will be invited to read selections from the book and come prepared to discuss them. We hope to create a discussion-centric space where faculty from a wide range of disciplines can bring their insights to the conversation.
Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents is a major new work of cultural studies produced by Wilkerson, who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1994 and published The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration (2010) to similar acclaim. Caste, which has garnered wide attention, offers incisive and important new ways of theorizing race (and anti-Black racism specifically) in America.
Please register here for the Nov 20th discussion. Once you register, we will send you the pdf of the readings. This event is open to all university community members who are interested.
VIRTUAL EVENT: https://lehigh.zoom.us/j/7957428965#success
These events are now on ZOOM. Please email Kathleen Kapila, email@example.com for link(s).
Jack Halberstam, Professor of English and Gender Studies, Columbia University
March 19 | 4:30 p.m. Humanities Center
Aretha Franklin's Amazing Grace
Hosted by John Vilanova, Professor of Journalism, Lehigh University and Rolling Stone writer
Co-sponsor: Africana Studies (NEH)
May 1 | 12:00 p.m. Humanities Center (Online)
"Democracy and Truth" Seminar
Hosted by William Bulman and Nitzan Lebovic, Lehigh University
Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Asian Studies, Humanities Center and Global Studies
Humanities Center Antibiotic Resistance Seminar with the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies
November 4 | 6:00 p.m. | STEPS 280
The Anthropocene in/of the Cell: Antibiotic Resistance and the History of Industrialization
Hannah Landecker, Department of Sociology and Director, Institue for Society and Genetics, UCLA
Lorenzo Servitje, Moderator, Assistant Professor of English, Lehigh University
The Anthropocene, being a concept that comes to us from geology and climate science, is generally seen in relation to material evidence gathered from the rock strata, marine sediments, and glacier ice. It is a concept of macro scales, carbon economies, epochs and world systems. This talk goes small instead, and reads biological and biochemical narratives to examine the idea of an Anthropocene in, or of, the cell. Drawing on specific examples of the industrial production of pharmaceuticals and pesticides, I show how microbial cells have changed to adapt to the biochemical environments generated during and after World War II by a growing chemical industry, shifts in medical protocols, and changing hygiene practices. Rather than the organism in sediment during historical time, I consider the organism as sedimentation of historical time: a repository of metabolic strategies for navigating novel chemical milieu after industrialization. From this perspective, the insides of cells can be seen as microscopic landscapes in their own right, in which the products of industrialization alter the biophysical and architectural character of molecular life, affecting the flow of mobile genetic elements, the dynamics of microbial community life, and the very nature of human-microbe relationships.