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2023 Faculty Book Celebration: Panel Discussion

Humanities and the City

February 23, 2023

2023 Faculty Book Celebration keynote speaker Davarian Baldwin, the Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of American Studies, Trinity College, will join a panel of Washington University faculty:

  • Shanti Parikh, Chair of African and African-American Studies and Professor of Sociocultural Anthropology and of African and African-American Studies
  • Samuel Shearer, Assistant Professor of African and African-American Studies
  • Geoff Ward, Professor of African and African-American Studies

Moderated by Laura Perry, Assistant Director for Research and Public Engagement, Center for the Humanities.

2023 Faculty Book Celebration: Keynote Lecture & Faculty Presentations

What Good Is Higher Education for Our Cities?

February 23, 2023

In today’s dominant knowledge economy, universities have become big business and our cities their company towns. But there are both benefits and costs to those who live in the shadow of these ivory towers. With St. Louis as our backdrop, this talk ponders: What good is higher education for our cities?

PLUS: Brief presentations on two new books by their authors: Miguel Valerio, assistant professor, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures; and Lynne Tatlock, the Hortense and Tobias Lewin Distinguished Professor in the Humanities and chair, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, and director, Program in Comparative Literature.

2022 James E. McLeod Memorial Lecture on Higher Education

Do Colleges and Universities Bear Responsibility for K-12 Public Education?

October 24, 2022

Mary Schmidt Campbell, 10th president of Spelman College (2015-22)

Many of our nation’s great colleges and universities reside in large urban centers where public school education has been under-resourced, and students have been dramatically underserved. What responsibility, if any, should elite, well-resourced institutions of higher education assume for the public-school outcomes of the communities in which they reside?

Banned Comic Books

September 22, 2022

Who’s afraid of comic books? Book bans across Missouri and the U.S. have often targeted graphic novels and comic books, especially those that depict issues of gender, sexuality and race. New Missouri laws will punish educators and school librarians who provide restricted materials to students with fines and jail time. This event considers banned comic books from the perspectives of the artists who create them and the advocates who defend them. Panel lineup includes:

Panel lineup includes:

  • Jerry Craft, New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of the graphic novels New Kid and Class Act. New Kid is the only book in history to win the John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature (2020), the Kirkus Prize for Young Readers’ Literature (2019), and the Coretta Scott King Author Award for the most outstanding work by an African American writer (2020). 
  • Molly Carney, ACLU MO. Carney joined the ACLU of Missouri as a Staff Attorney in 2020. As a member of the legal team, she engages in all aspects of strategic litigation efforts to protect civil rights and liberties, including her current work on litigation and advocacy against book bans across Missouri.
  • Phoebe Gloeckner, graphic novelist. Gloeckner’s book The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2002) was praised as “one of the most brutally honest, shocking, tender, beautiful portrayals of growing up female in America.”

Discussion moderated by Rebecca Wanzo, professor and chair of the Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Washington University. Wanzo is author of The Content of Our Caricature: African American Comic Art and Political Belonging, winner of the 2021 Eisner Award for Best Academic/Scholarly Work and the 2021 Charles Hatfield Book Prize from the Comics Studies Society.

2022 Faculty Book Celebration: Panel Discussion

Reflections on Craft: Connecting Creative and Scholarly Practice

March 3, 2022

2022 Faculty Book Celebration keynote speaker Charles Johnson, Professor Emeritus, University of Washington, joined a panel of Washington University faculty:
•    Rebecca Copeland, Professor of Japanese Language and Literature, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures;
•    Joanna Dee Das, Assistant Professor of Dance​, Performing Arts Department;
•    Gerald Early, the Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters, Departments of English and of African and African-American Studies; and
•    Shreyas R. Krishnan, Assistant Professor in Illustration, Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts

Moderated by Ignacio Infante, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Spanish; and Associate Director, Center for the Humanities.

2022 Faculty Book Celebration: Lectures

Let Your Talent Be Your Guide

March 3, 2022

In this presentation, 2022 Faculty Book Celebration keynote speaker Charles Johnson describes the journey that took him from being a cartoonist and journalist in his late teens and early twenties to becoming a novelist, philosopher, literary scholar, essayist, short story and screen writer, and a college professor. The spirit of this journey is captured in a statement by John Muir: “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.”

PLUS: Brief lectures on two new books by their authors: Diana Montaño, assistant professor, Department of History; and Julia Walker, associate professor, Department of English and associate professor and chair, Performing Arts Department.

2021 James E. McLeod Memorial Lecture on Higher Education 

Remembering James McLeod and the Rise of Black Studies at Washington University

September 30, 2021

Gerald Early, the Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters and former chair of the Department of African and African American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, gives the 2021 James E. McLeod Memorial Lecture on Higher Education.

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2021 Holocaust Memorial Lecture 

Jewish Physicians and Their Patients: Rescue Strategies in Nazi Occupied Poland

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Natalia Aleksiun, Professor of Modern Jewish History, Touro College / Incoming Harry Rich Professor of Holocaust Studies at the University of Florida-Gainesville
The relationships between Jewish physicians, non-Jewish medical professionals and patients offer a window into rescue efforts in Nazi-occupied Poland. Jewish testimonies, diaries, memoirs and witness statements in postwar trials tell a story of how communities came together to organize hiding places and aid for Jewish doctors who were threatened by violence and murder. In the lecture, Prof. Aleksiun will discuss how pre-existing professional relationships, a sense of gratitude for medical services rendered in the past and an ongoing need for Jewish physicians’ expertise laid the foundation for a network of support that allowed Jewish physicians to continue to work in the face of the Holocaust and — in the case of some — survive.

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