“The Battle for Hearts and Minds” is the theme of the University of Chicago’s 23nd annual series of lectures, discussions, and performances by faculty and staff. The program takes place on Saturday, October 26; it’s free and open to the public, but registration is required (limited registration will be available on-site on the day of the open house at 8 AM at Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th). Events are held at these campus locations: Biological Sciences Learning Center, 924 E. 57th; Bond Chapel, 1050 E. 59th; Classics Building, 1010 E. 59th; Cobb Hall, 5811 S. Ellis; Cochrane-Woods Arts Center, 5540 S. Greenwood; Harper Memorial Library, 1116 E. 59th; Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th; Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th; Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th; Regenstein Library, 1100 E. 57th; Robie House, 5757 S. Woodlawn; Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn; David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood; Social Science Research Building, 1126 E. 59th; and Stuart Hall, 5835 S. Greenwood. To register, or for more information, call 773-702-3175 or see humanities.uchicago.edu/openhouse.
SESSION I: 9:30 AM
The Ancient Persians: How They Built and Lost an Empire
Slide presentation. Oriental Institute. (Note: begins at 10 AM.)
British Romanticism and the Ruins of Rome
Jonathan Sachs, collegiate assistant professor. Cochrane-Woods Arts Center, room 157.
Compassion and Terror
Martha Nussbaum, professor of law and ethics. Bond Chapel.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House
Tour led by docents. Robie House.
Hollywood Goes to Coney Island: Images of Mass Culture in Late Silent Films
Miriam Hansen, professor of English language and literature. Cobb Hall, room 307.
Julie Moos: Monsanto Portraits
Gallery talk by Hamza Walker, Renaissance Society director of education. Cobb Hall, room 418.
Kim: Junior Superspy on the Edge of the Great Game
Michael Murrin, professor of comparative literature. Stuart Hall, room 101.
The Languages of Afghanistan
Elena Bashir, lecturer in south Asian languages and civilizations. Stuart Hall, room 102.
The Motet Choir
A cappella pieces under the direction of Randi von Ellefson, senior lecturer in music and director of choral activities. Rockefeller Memorial Chapel.
Orthodox Modernism: Making Sense of Russian Religious Philosophy
Robert Bird, assistant professor of Russian literature. Stuart Hall, room 104.
Reading Nietzsche: The Introduction to “The Birth of Tragedy”
Herman Sinaiko, professor of humanities. Social Science Research Building, room 122.
Reasons for Thinking About Humor in the Humanities
Ted Cohen, professor of philosophy. Regenstein Library.
Some Notions About Parody
Edward Rosenheim, professor emeritus of English. Classics Building, room 10.
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: 11 AM
Plato on the Battle for Hearts and Minds
Jonathan Lear, professor of philosophy and distinguished service professor in the Committee on Social Thought. Mandel Hall.
SESSION II: 1:30 PM
Bloomfield and Ohly: Two More Case Histories of Humanistic-Germanistic Opposition to Totalitarian Ideology
Samuel Jaffe, professor of Germanic studies. Stuart Hall, room 101.
Did Genes Get Languages in the Family Way?
Michael Silverstein, professor of anthropology, linguistics, and psychology. Social Science Research Building, room 122.
Digitizing Visual History in the University Archives
Daniel Meyer, university archivist and associate director of special collections. Regenstein Library.
Early Video Activism: In the Kitchen, and at the 1972 Republican Convention
Helen Mirra, senior lecturer in visual art and cinema and media studies. Cobb Hall, room 307.
Francis of Assisi as an Angelic Man According to Bonaventure and Jacopone of Todi
Armando Maggi, associate professor of Italian. Ida Noyes Hall, first-floor cloister room.
James Joyce’s “The Dead”: From Page to Musical
Court Theatre dramaturge Celise Kalke, accompanied by Rockefeller Memorial Chapel choir member Allysa Volker and guitarist Mark Volker. Biological Sciences Learning Center, room 109.
John Sayles and Haskell Wexler
James K. Chandler, professor of English language and literature and director of the Franke Institute for the Humanities. Regenstein Library.
The Legacy of the Ancient Near East
Tour of Egyptian and Persian galleries. Oriental Institute.
Nineteenth-Century Prophetic Voices: Renan and Dostoyevsky
Peter Dembowski, professor emeritus of French. Stuart Hall, room 104.
Achy Obejas, lecturer in English language and literature. Stuart Hall, room TBA.
Thomas Jefferson and the Rhetoric of the Declaration of Independence
Gwin Kolb, professor emeritus of humanities. Classics Building, room 10.
Vision, Sexuality, and Political Life in Ancient Rome
Shadi Bartsch, chair of classical languages and literatures. Cochrane-Woods Arts Center, room 157.
Who Were the Khazars, and Why Does It Matter?
Norman Golb, professor of Jewish history and civilization. Oriental Institute, room 218.
SESSION III: 3 PM
The Ancient Near East and the Bible
Tour of Egyptian and Persian galleries. Oriental Institute.
Between Earth and Sky: The Films of Terrence Malick
Tom Gunning, professor of art history and cinema and media studies. Cobb Hall, room 307.
The Carillon of Rockefeller Chapel
Tour led by Wylie Crawford, university carillonneur. Rockefeller Memorial Chapel.
Chromophilia: An Abnormal Appetite for Color
Alison Ruttan, assistant professor of visual arts. Regenstein Library.
Confronting Identity in German Art
Exhibit tour led by Reinhold Heller, professor of art history and Germanic studies. Smart Museum of Art.
Elizabeth I of England: The Praying Queen
Janel Mueller, dean of humanities and professor of English language and literature. Classics Building, room 10.
Jerrold Sadock, chair of linguistics. Social Science Research Building, room 122.
Miles of Clay: Information Management in the Ancient Near East
Theo van den Hout, professor of Near Eastern languages and civilizations. Stuart Hall, room 101.
Candace Vogler, director of the master of arts program in the humanities and associate professor of philosophy. Ida Noyes Hall, first-floor cloister room.
The Persistent Puppet: Pinocchio’s Heirs in Contemporary Fiction and Film
Rebecca West, professor of Italian. Biological Sciences Learning Center, room 109.
Karen Volkman, university poet in residence. Stuart Hall, room 102.
Slavery and Human Rights in Ancient Greece and Rome
Elizabeth Asmis, professor of classical languages and literatures. Cochrane-Woods Arts Center, room 157.
State Fantasy: The Late-19th-Century British Novel and the Cultural Formation of State Personhood
Zarena Aslami, collegiate assistant professor. Harper Memorial Library, room 130.
You Can’t Get There From Here: The Limits of Translatability and the Triumphs of Translation
Peter K. Jansen, professor emeritus of Germanic studies. Stuart Hall, room 104.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Jason Smith.