Humanities Broadsheet

St. Louis–Area Humanities Events

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Justin Phillip Reed and Diana Khoi Ngueyn (Observable Reading Series)
JUSTIN PHILLIP REED is author of Indecency, winner of the 2018 National Book Award in Poetry, winner of the 2019 Lambda Literary Award in Gay Poetry, and a finalist for the 2019 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. His second full-length collection of poetry, The Malevolent Volume, will be released in April 2020. A poet and multimedia artist, Diana Khoi Ngueyn is the author of Ghost Of, selected by Terrance Hayes for the Omnidawn Open Contest. She won the 92Y “Discovery”/ Boston Review Poetry Contest, 2019 Kate Tufts Discovery Award and Colorado Book Award, and she was also a finalist for the National Book Award and L.A. Times Book Prize. $5.
The High Low, 3301 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, 63103

German Film Screenings
German 490 (Undergraduate Seminar: Intro to German Cinema) screenings are open to the public. In German with English subtitles. All screenings begin at 5:30 pm. March 3: Jakob, der Lügner; March 17: Angst essen Seele auf; March 24: Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes; March 31: Gegen die Wand.
Washington University, Umrath Hall, Room 140
MARCH 3–31

Documentary Film Intensive
Learn everything you need to know to make your first documentary video in this free, four-part workshop with Foveal Media. The presenters demonstrate professional equipment and practices and discuss ways to scale your projects to whatever resources are at your disposal. The class is limited to 15 adults, and commitment to attend all sessions is required. Participants work in teams to produce a short documentary from start to finish. No experience is necessary. Advance registration is highly recommended.
St. Louis Public Library – Central Library, 1301 Olive St., St. Louis, 63103

Mississippi River Views
Gallery talk by Jennifer Colten and Nashville photographer John Guider about their exhibit, Mississippi River Views, on view through April 11. The exhibit features work by three photographers exploring the role the Mississippi River plays in our culture, history and environment, including Colten’s American Bottom, Guider’s The River Inside and the late John Hilgert’s Bottomland projects. The exhibit coincides with the Missouri History Museum’s Mighty Mississippi exhibition, open through April 18, 2021. Reservations suggested but not required. Contact or (314) 533-9900 x37. Sheldon Art Galleries, 3648 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, 63108

All We’ve Got: Lesbian Communities and the Importance of Place Screening & Discussion
The 2019 documentary All We’ve Got offers an exploration of LGBTQIA+ women’s communities, cultures and social justice work through the lens of the spaces they create, from bars to bookstores, to arts and political hubs. Watch this one-hour documentary, followed by a panel of locals who explore the past, present and future of lesbian and women’s spaces in St. Louis. Presented with the St. Louis LGBT History Project.
Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, 63112

Cultural Expo
The Cultural Expo, presented by Sigma Iota Rho, is a celebration of the many cultures at WashU. Representatives from our diverse student body engage with the greater community through facilitated discussions about cultural identity, poster presentations, traditional food and performances. In past years, the show's highlights have included dance, singing, poetry and more.
Washington University, Danforth University Center, Tisch Commons

Reconstructing the Lost Lemp Breweries
CHRIS NAFFZIGER explores how Adam Lemp founded the Western Brewery in 1840 on the St. Louis Riverfront. Presented with the Mound City Chapter of the Missouri Archaeological Society. Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, 63112

Women as Patrons of Architecture in Renaissance Rome
CAROLYN VALONE, Trinity University, is an internationally recognized scholar on the history of patronage in Renaissance Rome. She has published extensively on women as patrons, tracing both the sources of women’s wealth and the ways in which they spent their money, particularly as the projects they sponsored benefited other women.
Washington University, Danforth University Center, Room 276

Making an Imperial Henchman: Crispinus in Martial and Juvenal
CATHERINE KEANE, professor of classics, Washington University.
Washington University, Umrath Hall, Room 140

Music at the Kemper: Darmstadt School
Musicians Tracy Andreotti (cello), Henry Claude (percussion), Greg Mills (piano), and Henry Skolnick (bassoon) perform a selection of works by mid-20th-century experimental composers associated with the Darmstadt School. Karlheinz Stockhausen, Bruno Bartolozzi, Morton Feldman and Earle Brown engaged with alternate forms of composition and notation, including serialism and graphic scores, that called for active interpretation by performers.
Washington University, Kemper Art Museum

Eliese Goldbach, Rust: A Memoir of Steel and Grit (Author Talk)
Rust is an incredibly affecting memoir that chronicles Eliese’s decision, after years of pursuing higher education and struggling to find stable employment, to apply for a union job at the Cleveland steel mill. At the mill, Eliese is a rare breed: a woman working in a physically demanding and male-dominated industry, and a liberal millennial laboring alongside conservative Baby Boomers and Gen-Xers. With tremendous grace and empathy, Eliese straddles many of the fraught lines that are currently dividing our country and offers an evocative, illuminating portrait of blue-collar America in all its nuance and humanity. Beyond taking readers into the belly of the furnace, Eliese also explores how the steel mill provides her with a sense of stability that allows her to finally confront a years-long struggle with bi-polar disorder and the lingering trauma of a college sexual assault.
St. Louis Public Library – Schlafly Library, 225 N. Euclid Ave., St. Louis, 63108

Sugarflowers and the Artistry of the Dutch Old Masters
Experience the beauty and artistry of Amsterdam-based sugarflower artist and photographer Natasja Sadi’s unique approach to creating and arranging flowers in the style of Dutch still life paintings. Through a detailed botanical examination of real flowers, Sadi demonstrate how she creates sustainable, enduring, and exquisitely lifelike sugarflowers and integrates them into arrangements with fresh flowers. $10–$15.
Saint Louis Art Museum, 1 Fine Arts Dr., St. Louis, 63110

Don’t Touch My Hair: A Talk and Demonstration
MAURICE HARRIS, founder of Bloom & Plume, discusses his creative process, learning to embrace his natural hair, his ongoing investigation into how people of color find their beauty and agency, and how this is channeled through his work with flowers. Inspired by his “Shades of Blackness, Vol. 3: Don’t Touch My Hair” calendar and poster, Harris will use a model to demonstrate one of his signature floral hair sculptures. $10–$15.
Saint Louis Art Museum, 1 Fine Arts Dr., St. Louis, 63110

Cassandra Clare, Chain of Gold (Author Talk)
Cordelia Carstairs is a Shadowhunter, a warrior trained since childhood to battle demons. When her father is accused of a terrible crime, she and her brother travel to London in hopes of preventing the family’s ruin. Cordelia’s mother wants to marry her off, but Cordelia is determined to be a hero rather than a bride. Soon Cordelia encounters childhood friends and is drawn into their world of glittering ballrooms, secret assignations, and supernatural salons, where vampires and warlocks mingle with mermaids and magicians. But her new life is blown apart when a shocking series of demon attacks devastate London. These monsters are nothing like those Shadowhunters have fought before. Cordelia and her friends discover that their own connection to a dark legacy has gifted them with incredible powers — and forced a brutal choice that will reveal the true cruel price of being a hero.
Link Auditorium, 4504 Westminster Pl., St. Louis, 63108

A Royal Palace Found at Tintagel, England, and the Legend of Arthur
WIN SCOTT explains the five-year research project started in 2016 that has already made important discoveries in the enigmatic Cornish castle that many scholars link with King Arthur. Presented with the Archaeological Institute of America.
Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, 63112

Millet and Modern Art Guided Tour
Gallery talk by Abigail Yoder, curatorial research assistant, Saint Louis Art Museum. This free, hour-long informal discussion offers insights into the Saint Louis Art Museum’s permanent collection and featured exhibitions. Talks take place in the galleries (unless otherwise noted) and are led by curators, museum educators, professors, artists, and other experts.
Saint Louis Art Museum, 1 Fine Arts Dr., St. Louis, 63110
TUES., MARCH 12, 11 AM & WED., MARCH 13, 6 PM

Poetry & Popcorn: What’s In a Name?
Eat popcorn and listen to UrbArts poets perform poetry inspired by St. Louis and the exhibit, What’s in a Name?, developed by the Teens Make History Exhibitors. Afterward, participate in a poetry workshop and open mic with UrbArts. Presented with UrbArts and the Teens Make History Exhibitions.
Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, 63112

Nelson Schwartz, The Velvet Rope Economy (Author Talk)
New York Times business reporter Nelson Schwartz investigates the virtual velvet rope that divides Americans in nearly every realm of daily life. On one side of the rope, for a price, red tape is cut, appointments are secured, and doors are opened. On the other side, middle- and working-class Americans fight to find an empty seat on the plane, a college acceptance or a hospital bed.
St. Louis County Library – Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, 63131

Erik Larson, The Splendid and the Vile (Author Talk)
In The Splendid and the Vile, Erik Larson shows, in cinematic detail, how Churchill taught the British people “the art of being fearless.” Drawing on diaries, original archival documents and once-secret intelligence reports, Larson provides a new lens on London’s darkest year through the day-to-day experience of Churchill and his family. Doors open at 6 pm. $35–$40. Tickets available at or Library Headquarters.
St. Louis County Library – Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, 63131

River to the Heart with Eddy Harris
In 1985, St. Louisan Eddy Harris tested himself and his country by traveling the length of the Mississippi River in a canoe, a journey that yielded the now-classic travel narrative, Mississippi Solo. Nearly 30 years later after his first journey, Harris returned to renew his connection with the river, a story that is told in the beautiful and powerful feature-length documentary, River to the Heart. Stay for a post-screening conversation with Harris.
Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, 63112

Sunday Workshop Series: Kathryn Nuernberger and Jenny Molberg
Guest poet critics Kathryn Nuernberger and Jenny Molberg lead the workshop and provide professional critique on a selection of the presubmitted poems. All poems submitted will receive written comments. Kathryn Nuernberger’s most recent book is RUE, forthcoming from BOA Editions. She is the author of two previous poetry collections, The End of Pink and Rag & Bone. She has also written the essay collection Brief Interviews with the Romantic Past. Her awards include the James Laughlin Prize from the Academy of American Poets, an NEA fellowship, and “notable” essays in the Best American series. Jenny Molberg is the author of Marvels of the Invisible (winner of the Berkshire Prize, Tupelo Press, 2017) and Refusal: Poems (LSU Press, 2020). Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Ploughshares, Gulf Coast, The Missouri Review, Poetry International, Boulevard, Copper Nickel, and other publications. She is the recipient of a 2019-2020 Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as scholarships and fellowships from the Sewanee Writers Conference, Vermont Studio Center, and the CD Wright conference. She teaches creative writing at the University of Central Missouri, where she directs Pleiades Press and edits Pleiades magazine. Workshops are held the third Sunday of each month, September through April, except for December. 
The High Low Conference Room, 3301 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, 63103

POSTPONED - Carl Phillips, Jenny Molberg and Martin Riker (River Styx Reading Series)
CARL PHILLIPS, professor of English at Washington University, is the author of 15 books of poetry, most recently Pale Colors in a Tall Field and Wild Is the Wind, winner of the L.A. Times Book Award. Jenny Molberg is author of Marvels of the Invisible, winner of the 2014 Berkshire Prize, and Refusal. She teaches creative writing at the University of Central Missouri, where she directs Pleiades Press and edits Pleiades magazine. Martin Riker, senior lecturer in English at Washington University, is author of the novel Samuel Johnson’s Eternal Return. Riker and his wife, Danielle Dutton, co-founded the feminist publishing house Dorothy, a Publishing Project. $4–$5.
The High Low Stage, 3301 Washington Ave., St. Louis, 63103

CANCELED - Alma Katsu, The Deep (Author Talk)
Paranormal suspense author Alma Katsu presents an eerie twist on one of the world’s most renowned tragedies: the sinking of the Titanic. Something is haunting the ship. The passengers expected an experience befitting the much-heralded ship’s maiden voyage, but instead, amid mysterious disappearances and sudden deaths, find themselves in an unsettling twilight zone. And then disaster strikes. Doors open at 6 pm.
St. Louis County Library – Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, 63131

POSTPONED - The Birth of Democracy in Ancient Athens: A View From Its Deceased People
JANE BUIKSTRA, Regents’ Professor of Anthropology and founding director of the Center for Bioarchaeological Research, Arizona State University. She is a pioneer in the field of bioarchaeology, the application of biological methods to the study of archaeology. Her work has defined the field and her research encompasses bioarchaeology, paleopathology, forensic anthropology and paleodemography, spanning North America, the west-central Andes, Mayan Mesoamerica and the Mediterranean. She is currently project director for the Phaleron Bioarchaeological Project in Athens, Greece.
University of Missouri–St. Louis, Millennium Student Center and Student Services, 1 University Blvd., St. Louis, 6121

CANCELED - ‘Thank God I Am a Comedian’: ‘Deplorable Exegesis’ in the Activism of Dick Gregory
VAUGHN A. BOOKER, JR., assistant professor of religion and of African and African American studies, Dartmouth College. During his most visible public presence as an activist and comedic entertainer, Richard Claxton “Dick” Gregory was a religious teacher who bore an irreverent scriptural authority for his readers and comedy audiences. Fans who sought a prominent, public affirmation of their suspicion and criticism of religious authorities and conventional religious teachings found in Gregory a model for grappling with the oppressive presence of religion in the long history of Western colonialism, in the U.S. context of slavery, and in the violence and segregation of Jim Crow America. However, following this religious suspicion, Gregory’s consistent goal was to implement just social teachings stemming from socially and theologically progressive readings of the Hebrew Bible and of the teachings of Jesus in the Gospels. This talk centers Dick Gregory as a comedic model for activists to reframe religious commitments to produce social change. Reception to start prior to talk at 5 pm.
Washington University, Busch Hall, Room 100

CANCELED - Screening: Osipova: Force of Nature
Ospiva is a documentary featuring Natalia Osipova: a Russian ballerina, currently a principal ballerina with The Royal Ballet in London. The film shows Osipova in rehearsal for classical roles and for contemporary works with choreographers like Arthur Pita. There’s no shortage of performance footage that showcases her physics-defying leaps, and old videos of her in ballet classes as a child give a glimpse of both her prodigious talent and impish personality.
Washington University, Simon Hall, Room 018

CANCELED - Aisha Sabatini Sloan Craft Talk
AISHA SABATINI SLOAN is author of the essay collections The Fluency of Light: Coming of Age in a Theater of Black and White and Dreaming of Ramadi in Detroit, which was chosen by Maggie Nelson as the winner of the 1913 Open Prose Contest. Sloan returns to read from her work on Wed., March 18, 8 pm, same location.
Washington University, Duncker Hall, Hurst Lounge (Room 201)

POSTPONED - Dreaming Zenzile
At her final concert, on the eve of her death, South African musical legend Miriam Makeba delivers the performance of her life, raising the conscience and the consciousness of a people. But the ancestors are calling — transporting her through the music and fractured memories of her past on a spiritual journey of reconciliation. Written and performed by international music sensation Somi Kakoma, this world premiere musical is an electrifying portrait of a revolutionary artist’s singular voice and vision. Post-show discussions after the following performances: Thurs., March 25, 1:30 pm; Thurs., March 26, 8 pm; Thurs., Apr. 2, 8 pm; Wed., Apr. 8, 1:30 pm. $20–$94.50.
Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts, 130 Edgar Rd., St. Louis, 63119

CANCELED - Enslaved Histories: Bodies, Capital and Knowledge-Making in the Early Modern Atlantic
PABLO GOMEZ, associate professor of history and the history of medicine, University of Wisconsin, Madison, examines the history of health and corporeality in the early modern world with a particular focus on Latin America, the Caribbean, the African diaspora and, more generally, the Iberian and Black Atlantic worlds.
Washington University, Busch Hall, Room 18

CANCELED - Blurring the Boundaries: The Rise of Blockbuster Museum-Quality Exhibitions in Commercial Galleries
VALENTINA CASTELLANI, former director of New York’s Gagosian Gallery, discusses the rise of blockbuster exhibitions in commercial art galleries, focusing on the Gagosian exhibitions Picasso: Mosqueteros and Manzoni: A Retrospective.
Washington University, Kemper Art Museum, Steinberg Auditorium

CANCELED - Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis: On Stage and Off
GRETCHEN L. WAGNER, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow for Prints, Drawings and Photographs, Saint Louis Art Museum, presents this theatrical interpretation inspired by Sam Gilliam’s Ruby and Ossie. This free, hour-long informal discussion offers insights into the Saint Louis Art Museum’s permanent collection and featured exhibitions. Talks take place in the galleries (unless otherwise noted) and are led by curators, museum educators, professors, artists, and other experts.
Saint Louis Art Museum, 1 Fine Arts Dr., St. Louis, 63110

CANCELED - Decolonizing Botany: From the Herbarium to the Plantarium
BANUMATHI SUBRAMANIAM is professor and chair of the Department of Women Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts.
Washington University, Women’s Building Formal Lounge

DJ-in-Residence James Biko responds to the exhibition Liz Johnson Artur: Dusha with an interactive spinning session that traces the history of soul music. Dusha is Russian for “soul,” and as Johnson Artur’s photographs connect with the African diaspora, Biko explores the international accents of soul music, past and present.
Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, 3750 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, 63108

CANCELED - Ellen Carol DuBois, Suffrage (Author Talk)
ELLEN CAROL DUBOIS is Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of History at the University of California, Los Angeles. The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. DuBois’ Suffrage explores the full scope of the inspiring movement — which brought half of the American population into the voting body and recognized their existence as individuals beyond the scope of family roles.
St. Louis County Library – Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, 63131

CANCELED - We Are the Levinsons
A St. Louis premier. We Are the Levinsons centers on Rosie, a divorced fiftyish TV writer with an insufferable 21-year-old daughter, who suddenly finds herself responsible for her father’s care. This thoughtful and earnest play delves into some difficult but universal passages of life. We all must give up the insolence of youth and take on the mantle of adulthood. Along the way are opportunities to love and to pursue our dreams. We Are the Levinsons teaches us how we should cherish these moments with tenderness and with laughter. Talkbacks following the performances on March 26 and March 29.
New Jewish Theatre, 2 Millstone Campus Dr., St. Louis, 63146

CANCELED - Hyer and Hyer: The Hyers Sisters and the Legacy of Black Women in Opera
Join Opera Theatre St. Louis and Nine Network of Public Media for the 30-minute, award-winning documentary, Voices for Freedom: The Hyers Sisters’ Legacy, about the little-known history of the Hyers Sisters, 19th-century African-American opera prodigies who created the first American musicals and became the first African-American women to succeed nationally in touring opera. After the film, stay for a discussion with filmmaker and classical singer Susheel Bibbs, as well as other opera singers who speak to the history and experience of black women in the world of opera.
Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, 63112

CANCELED - The Triumph of Love
Marivaux’s The Triumph of Love was first presented at the Comédie-Italienne in Paris in 1732. It recounts the intrusion of Princess Léonide into the scholarly and “enlightened” retreat of Hermocrate the philosopher and his dutiful sister Léontine. The Princess has disguised herself as a young man (Phocion) in search of learning, but she really seeks the love of Agis, a stunning young man of princely pedigree living on Hermocrate’s estate. Hemocrate and Leontine, middle aged and following life-long commitments to reason over passion, are forced to confront the startling possibility of falling madly in love later in life. Is it possible? Isn’t it really just too late? What does it cost to abandon philosophical principles for the volatility of love? In contrast to this, we witness the dazzlingly selfish tactics of young lovers determined to have all that their hearts desire. This 18th-century comedic gem speaks with a wise and contemporary voice. $20 (free for WashU students).
.ZACK Theatre, 3224 Locust St., Suite 301, St. Louis, 63103
SAT., MARCH 21, 8 PM & SUN., MARCH 22, 2 PM

CANCELED - Active-Duty Animals
Experience military history through the lens of active-duty animals. This activity-packed day features live animal demonstrations, children’s storytelling and themed tours. Meet a bald eagle from the World Bird Sanctuary and discover the military contributions of dolphins, bears, pigeons and many more animals who served in the armed forces from past to present.
Soldiers Memorial Military Museum, 1315 Chestnut St., St. Louis, 63130

CANCELED - If It Wasn’t for the Women: An Exploration of Materiality in Art
During the Saint Louis Art Museum’s annual celebration of women in the arts, panelists discuss the relevance of materiality in their work and elaborate on what they seek to reveal to the viewer through the use of those materials. Free, but tickets are required; see website.
Saint Louis Art Museum, 1 Fine Arts Dr., St. Louis, 63110

CANCELED - Mindscapes
Mindscapes begins with a portrayal of life and the pull between the healthy mind and dementia. The dance represents a journey from the present, into the past and toward the future. This riveting tale of the remembered and the forgotten will draw you into a dance of a life well-lived yet fading away. It is followed by a discovery of what it is to move through abstraction. Flowing between the extremes of existence, oppositional forces are used to experiment with minimalism and expansion, extension and reduction, speed and stillness. One dance focuses on the real while the other on the abstract. MFA Student Dance concert by Ashley Tate and Marcus Johnson.
Washington University, Mallinckrodt Center, Edison Theatre

CANCELED - Material Girls: Body Modification and Gender in the Hebrew Bible
ROSANNE LIEBERMANN, the Friedman Postdoctoral Fellow in Jewish Studies, Washington University. The Hebrew Bible demonstrates that outer beauty symbolizes inner goodness and suggests that beauty is a quality with which one is naturally endowed (or not). While biblical writers acknowledge that certain female ablutions and adornment practices can enhance a pleasing appearance, they also use descriptions of “excess” female adornment to symbolize greedy or adulterous behavior. Women who pay too much attention to their appearance are often portrayed as frivolous or even evil. This talk examines the rhetorical purpose of female beautification practices in biblical texts through the lens of materiality studies, focusing on how descriptions of temporary body modifications such as clothing, jewelry, hairstyle, makeup and scent contribute to the construction of gender identities in the Hebrew Bible.
Washington University, Busch Hall, Room 18

CANCELED - The Artwork in Flux: Multiples, Fluxboxes, and the Transitional Commodity
NATILEE HARREN, assistant professor of contemporary art history and critical studies at the University of Houston, discusses the international neo-avant-garde collective Fluxus — perhaps best known for its production of game-like kits called Fluxboxes — highlighting the work of participants such as George Brecht, Robert Filliou, Alison Knowles, George Maciunas, Takako Saito, Mieko Shiomi and Daniel Spoerri.
Washington University, Kemper Art Museum

CANCELED - Screening: Basta - Rotwein oder Totsein
The spring 2020 Germanic Film Series sets out to explore various aspects of German humor. Do Germans and Austrians have a sense of humor? And, if so, what does that look like? Former mob enforcer Oskar leaves prison a changed man and starts a new life with his prison psychologist Maria. Instead of returning to his life of crime, he indulges in his true passion: cooking. But when word gets out that he plans to publish a book titled “Secrets,” the godfather of Vienna gets suspicious.
Washington University, Brown Hall, Room 100

CANCELED - Chris Bohjalian, Red Lotus (Author Talk)
A twisting story of love and deceit about a young doctor searching for clues after her fiancé is abducted. Set amidst the adrenaline-fueled world of the emergency room, Red Lotus is a global thriller about those who dedicate their lives to saving people, and those who peddle death to the highest bidder.
St. Louis County Library – Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, 63131

CANCELED - The Ideological Foundations of the Qing Fiscal State
TAISU ZHANG, professor, Yale Law School. As much scholarship has argued, the Qing was an unusually low-tax dynasty, whether in comparison to other early modern powers or to other major Chinese dynasties. Uniquely among major Chinese dynasties, it effectively locked the absolute volume of agricultural taxes for nearly two centuries, from the early 18th century to the early 20th, with highly debilitating consequences for state capacity and solvency. This talk explores some of the conventional explanations for this institutional phenomenon and argues for an ideological explanation that puts greater emphasis on the nature of the Ming-Qing transition. Taisu Zhang works on comparative legal and economic history, private law theory, and contemporary Chinese law and politics. His first book, The Laws and Economics of Confucianism: Kinship and Property in Pre-Industrial China and England, was published by Cambridge University Press and received the 2018 Presidents Award from the Social Science History Association and the 2018 Gaddis Smith Book Prize from the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies. A second book, “The Ideological Foundations of the Qing Fiscal State,” is in progress. He has published articles and book chapters on a wide array of topics, winning awards from several academic organizations, and is a regular essayist on Chinese law, society and politics in media outlets.
Washington University, Anheuser-Busch Hall, Bryan Cave Court Room

CANCELED - Researching Identity: A Panel Discussion
Washington University faculty from the Departments of Anthropology, Psychology & Brain Sciences, Sociology, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies come together to discuss their work researching issues related to identity and to share insights into the process of conducting and writing scholarly research.
Washington University, Danforth University Center, Goldberg Family Lounge

CANCELED - Mars’ Visit to His Temple in Ovid’s Fasti: A Comic Tragedy or an Epic Event?
WOLFGANG POLLEICHTNER, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen.
Washington University, Eads Hall, Room 215

CANCELED - Christopher Wren’s St. Mary Aldermanbury: A Masterwork of English Baroque in Fulton, Missouri
ESLEY HAMILTON, historic preservationist. Society of Architectural Historians Lecture. A Society of Architectural Historians Lecture. The Steedman Architectural Library, located adjacent to Fine Arts, will be open for viewing before the lecture from 6:00–6:25 pm.
St. Louis Public Library – Central Library, 1301 Olive St., St. Louis, 63103

CANCELED - Elizabeth Little, Lori Rader-Day, & Jennifer McMahon (Author Talks)
JENNIFER MCMAHON’S latest, The Invited, is the chilling story of a husband and wife who don’t simply move into a haunted house — they build one. Elizabeth Little’s addictive new novel, Pretty as a Picture, revolves around an egomaniacal movie director, an isolated island and a decades-old murder. Lori Rader-Day’s latest, The Lucky Ones, is an unforgettable novel about a young woman who recognizes the man who kidnapped her as a child, setting off a search for justice and into danger.
St. Louis County Library – Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, 63131

Steve Nagle, Jo Schaper and Phillip McClenton (Poetry at the Point Reading Series)
STEVE NAGLE has been a teenage cowboy, musician, a Bureau of Land Management and Riverside County, California mounted ranger, and a parks and urban planner. He capped his career as the community planner for East-West Gateway Regional Council of Governments in St. Louis. He has been president of the Missouri Parks Association, and on the governing bodies of the River Des Peres Watershed Coalition and the Open Space Council of Greater St. Louis. He took up poetry seriously in 2015 and in 2019 published his first book, Rendezvous and Other Poems of Forest Park. Jo Schaper has written all her life, starting with poetry at age 10. She has been a printer, caver, geologist, travel and outdoors writer, newspaper editor and now a marketing maven and publisher. She has a B.A. in writing from (S)MSU and one in geology from Mizzou. Her early publications were in 1970s small press magazines, where she learned to run a press. She was a member of the Poetry Center in the late 1970s. Her early chapbooks include WAM&T: Tracks Back to Tranquillity, Texas; Riding the Twister; Thirteen Windows Looking East, and the Kansas Cowboy Blueberry Angel. The Paw Paw Almanac and Reader (with Steve Nagle) is her first poetry publication in 35 years. Phillip McClenton has been writing since he was 21. He got started after two heartbreaks in one month, and then poetry just started coming out of nowhere. He’s been writing ever since and now he’s a poet/songwriter.
The Focal Point, 2720 Sutton Blvd., St. Louis, 63143

CANCELED - Masterclass with Ken Vandermark
KEN VANDERMARK is an American jazz composer, saxophonist and clarinetist.
Washington University, 560 Music Center, Recital Hall, 560 Trinity Ave., University City, 63130

CANCELED - The Feuilleton and the Ornamental Image: Hofmannsthal, Polgar, Musil
PATRIZIA MCBRIDE is director of the Institute for German Cultural Studies and professor of German at Cornell University.
Washington University, Duncker Hall, Hurst Lounge (Room 201)

CANCELED - ‘Reading as if for life’: Dickens, The Dickensian, and the Common Reader
MIRIAM BAILIN, associate professor of English, Washington University, addresses the perennial debate about professional vs. amateur readers with specific reference to the reputation of Charles Dickens. Embraced from the first by a vast public readership and disparaged by critics and authors who wished to elevate the status of the novel as a literary form, Dickens’ fame was sustained during the first decades of the 20th century by common readers and the organized enthusiasm of the Dickens Fellowship. Bailin focuses on the fellowship and its publication, The Dickensian: A Magazine for the Lovers of Dickens, now in its 115th year of existence, as an example of an enduring and influential form of reading community that combines the personal, local and communal experience of reading with the functions we consider to be the province of the university.
Washington University, Busch Hall, Room 100

POSTPONED - With Compliments From the Housewives: Settler Colonialism and Contesting White Public Space in Nairobi
MEGHAN FERENCE, assistant professor of anthropology, Brooklyn College, explores racial and gendered placemaking practices in colonial Nairobi using archival letters from a group of European settler women who called themselves “The Housewives.” These letters not only make visible intimate, physical, transgressive interactions that often remain invisible in the colonial record, but they also give us a glimpse of African women and men insisting on their “right to the city” and provide a snapshot of African refusal from both passengers and workers, across gender, ethnicity and neighborhood.
Washington University, Busch Hall, Room 202

POSTPONED - Rule of Law in African Security Sectors and Societies
CATHERINE LENA KELLY, assistant professor of justice and rule of law, Africa Center for Strategic Studies, Washington, D.C. Her current research focuses on citizen security, democratization, and rule of law’s role in stabilization. Prior to joining the Africa Center, Kelly worked at the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative, where she was an Advisor in the Research, Evaluation, and Learning Division and collaborated closely with Africa-oriented teams in Mauritania, Mali, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Somaliland, and Burundi. She has designed and taught courses on contemporary Africa, democracy, and governance at the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute and as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Kelly has been a Fulbright Scholar, a Penn Kemble Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy, a Mellon/American Council of Learned Societies Public Fellow, a West Africa Research Association Grantee, a U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow (for Wolof language). She is the author of Party Proliferation and Political Contestation in Africa: Senegal in Comparative Perspective (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019). Her writing on democracy, governance, and rule of law has also appeared in Comparative Politics, Journal of Democracy, Journal of Religious and Political Practice, Electoral Studies, and white papers and reports for the American Bar Association, International Legal Assistance Consortium, and Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. She has also provided analysis at outlets including Voice of America and The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog.
Washington University, Seigle Hall, Room 106

CANCELED - A Fading Pastime? Baseball’s Past, Present and Future
Panel discussion with Leonard Cassuto (Fordham University), Steve Gietschier (Lindenwood University) and Chuck Korr (UMSL) on baseball history, the sport’s continuing cultural influence (or lack thereof) in our contemporary moment, as well as the perpetual idea that the sport is dying as we look to its future.
Washington University, Seigle Hall, Room 208

CANCELED - Blue Gold & Butterflies – A Performance Lecture
STEPHANIE LEIGH BATISTE, associate professor of English, University of California, Santa Barbara, and director of the Hemispheric South/s Research Initiative. This presentation blends the creative and scholarly in a consideration of Batiste’s play Blue Gold & Butterflies. Batiste reflects on the critical goals of her creative efforts to capture the history of a family and the impacts of trauma, choice and change. A goddess, a ghost and a memory accompany a mother and daughter on their journeys through self-realization. Lasting affective shift becomes a goal that lurks deeper than self-reflection and beyond generational legacy. Our characters both love through and rely on the maladaptations they strive to change. Through poetry, the play happens in multiple temporalities at the same time as the women strive to pass down intergenerational love. In prose and play, the women reach towards a collective way of relating to each other as well as to knowledge and ambiguities of self. Repetitions and resonances across generations emerge in meetings with the past, with spirit, and with the ancestors to ask what it means to survive trauma and live with loving intention.
Washington University, Umrath Hall, Room 140

CANCELED - Frances Mayes, See You in the Piazza (Author Talk)
The Roman Forum, the Leaning Tower, the Piazza San Marco, these are the sights synonymous with Italy. But such landmarks only scratch the surface of this magical country’s offerings. Author of the acclaimed memoir Under the Tuscan Sun, Frances Mayes introduces us to the Italy only the locals know, as she eats and drinks her way through 13 regions. Doors open at 6 pm.
St. Louis County Library – Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, 63131

CANCELED - Living Legends: Sheroes of the Millennium Literary Exhibition
Living Legends: Sheroes of the Millennium is an interactive program adapted from a poetry book co-written by Jennings councilwoman Aja La’Starr Owens and Adrienne Draper. Utilizing theater, music, dance, art and film, this program encourages the community to celebrate their family history while honoring prominent African-American women in the St. Louis community, including state representative R.C. Proudie, Shonda Gray, Kawanna Anderson, Ashley Robinson, Brittany “Tru” Kellman and Allison Collins.
Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, 63112

Operation Finale Screening & Discussion
Ben Kingsley portrays Adolf Eichmann and Oscar Isaac portrays Mossad agent Peter Malkin in this thrilling true story of the pursuit and arrest of the infamous Nazi officer responsible for the murder of millions of Jews. Introductory remarks and post-screening discussion facilitated by Erin McGlothlin, associate professor of German and Jewish Studies and chair of the Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures, Washington University. McGlothlin’s main research interests are German-Jewish literature and the literature of the Holocaust. Her most recent publications include Persistent Legacy: The Holocaust and German Studies (with Jennifer Kapczynski) and The Construction of Testimony: Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah and Its Outtakes (with Brad Prager and Markus Zisselsberger).
Holocaust Museum and Learning Center, 12 Millstone Campus Dr., St. Louis, 63146

CANCELED - Biggs Family Residency in Classics: Julia Annas
JULIA ANNAS is Regents Professor of Philosophy at the University of Arizona. Annas delivers three lectures during her residency: Mon., March 30, “The Guardians and the Law in Plato’s Republic”; Wed. April 1, “Routine or Skill? Aristotle on Habituation in the Eudemian and Nicomachean Ethics”; Thurs., April 2, “Plato on Utopia: the Atlantis Story.” See website for times and locations.
Washington University, various locations

CANCELED - Ashkenaz Rising! The Contemporary Resurgence of Yiddish Musical Culture
HANKUS NETSKY is founder and director of the Klezmer Conservatory Band, music director for Izhak Perlman’s Jewish music projects, and co-chair of Contemporary Improvisation at New England Conservatory. His creative collaborations have included major projects featuring such artists at Theodore Bikel, Robin Williams and Joel Grey. After nearly vanishing from the American Jewish consciousness, Eastern European Jewish music has seen an unprecedented resurgence in the last 45 years, both as a traditional wellspring and a point of departure for diverse creative endeavors. In this multimedia lecture, Hankus will examine the factors that led to the culture’s near demise and an overview of an amazing cultural rekindling, with personal insights from his vantage point as a pioneering figure since the early years of this movement. Register on website. $15.
Kaplan Feldman Complex, 12 Millstone Campus Dr., St. Louis, 63146

CANCELED - James Rollins, Last Odyssey (Author Talk)
For eons, the city of Troy — whose legendary fall was detailed in Homer’s Iliad —was believed to be myth. In the frozen tundra of Greenland, a group of modern-day climatologists stumble on a medieval ship buried below the ice. The ship’s hold contains a collection of weapons dating back to the Bronze Age and a clockwork gold atlas. Once activated, the moving globe traces the path of Odysseus’ famous ship as it sailed away from Troy. But the route detours as the map opens to reveal a path leading under the Mediterranean Sea and on to Tarturus, the Greek name for hell. Now, Sigma Force must go where humans fear to tread to prevent a tyrant from igniting a global war.
St. Louis County Library – Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, 63131

CANCELED - St. Louis, A Musical Gateway: Africa
Curator Aurelia Hartenberger speaks on the new instruments exhibit, which features rare and beautiful African instruments drawn from the Sheldon's Hartenberger World Music Collection. The product of a long aesthetic evolution, the rich tradition of African music is grounded in the function of preserving and passing on cultural histories. This exhibit features instruments from Middle, South and Southeast Africa, and West Africa, the Horn of Africa, Northern Africa and Egypt. Reservations suggested but not required. Contact or (314) 533-9900 x37.
Sheldon Art Galleries, 3648 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, 63108

CANCELED - Brian Evenson Craft Talk
BRIAN EVENSON is the author of a dozen books of fiction, most recently the story collection A Collapse of Horses and the novella The Warren. He has also recently published Windeye and Immobility, both of which were finalists for a Shirley Jackson Award. His novel Last Days won the American Library Association’s award for Best Horror Novel of 2009.
Washington University, Duncker Hall, Room 201