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2009/2010 Series
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2009/2010 Series

All events are free & open to the public.&

location: 600 S Michigan Room 921
unless otherwise noted.

Information is subject to change.


February 25 - 4:00 pm

Dr. John Protevi
Professor, Department of French Studies, Louisiana State University

Bio-neuro-politics: Haiti and Human Nature

Dr. John Protevi&is Professor of French Studies&at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.& He received a PhD in Philosophy from Loyola University in Chicago in 1990. with a dissertation under the direction of John Sallis.& His current research&is at the intersection of dynamical systems theory, affective cognition and politics.& His latest book is Political Affect:&Connecting the Social and the Somatic (Minnesota, 2009).

Pre-Reading Articles:
John Protevi, Hurricane Katrina chapter of Political Affect: Connecting the Social and the Somatic

John Protevi, Abstract and Bibliography,& "Prosocial behaviors in disasters."

Articles are available through Ann Hetzel Gunkel and Kat Aldag. Digital copies will not be available for these readings.

March 4 - 3:30 pm (Please note earlier time)

Faythe Levine & Betsy Greer

"Craftivism" & Documentary Film Screening of Handmade Nation&with Lecture/Discussion

Faythe Levine is an artist, photographer, filmmaker and curator based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.& She is the director of the film Handmade Nation and co-author of the book Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY, Art, Craft & Design (Princeton Architectural Press, 2008).& In 2004, Levine founded the alternative craft fair Art vs. Craft and in 2005 opened Paper Boat Boutique & Gallery which closed in 2009.& Her work has been shown in internationally and reviewed in many publications including the New York Times Magazine, Adorn, Venus and American Craft Magazine. She is currently in production with her new documentary about sign painters and opening a new gallery in Milwaukee in 2010.

Betsy Greer is a writer, researcher and maker from North Carolina and author of Knitting for Good (Trumpeter, 2008).& After developing a fascination with the relationship between craft and activism, in 2003, she started craftivism.com as a sociology experiment wondering, What happens when you unleash a new term on the Internet? After years of studying the indie craft movement predominantly in the English speaking world, she is branching out into a broader range of histories, cultures and customs. Now working around themes of war, craft and creativity, she hopes to keep uncovering the connections between these constructs to further unpack why and how they have shaped our lives.

Pre-Reading Articles:
Betsy Greer, Knitting for Good, Chapter 7 & Chapter 9

March 11 - 4:00 pm

Dr. Michael Naas
Professor of Philosophy, DePaul University

From the Secret of Abraham to Mass Miracles of Televangelism: Jacques Derrida's Religion of the Media

Michael Naas is a Professor of Philosophy at DePaul University in Chicago.& His most recent publications include Taking on the Tradition: Jacques Derrida and the Legacies of Deconstruction (Standford University Press, 2003) and Derrida From Now On (Fordham University Press, 2008).& He is also the co-translator of several works by Jacques Derrida, including Learning to Live Finally (Melville Press, 2007) and Athens, Still Remains (Fordham University Press, 2010).& He is also co-editor of the Oxford Literary Review.

Pre-Reading Articles:
Jacques Derrida, "Above All No Journalists!" in Religion and Media, ed. Hent de Vries and Samuel Weber (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2001), 56-93.

April 8 - 4:00 pm

Debra Riley&Parr, Ph. D.
Associate Professor of Art History/Associate Chair of Art + Design, Columbia College Chicago

Pretty Authentic:Youth Culture and Design
Debra Riley Parr received her Ph.D. from Boston University. Her current research concerns the impact of design practices in youth cultures — from hip-hop to skateboarding. Other projects include investigation into the intersection of design and art, especially focusing on how the history, assumptions and prevalence of design assist both designers and artists in articulating meaning during the moments of cultural transformation and crisis.

Pre-Reading Articles:
Dick Hebdige, Hiding in the Light: On Images and Things.

April 22 - 4:00 pm

Dr. Mimi Thi Nguyen
Assistant Professor in Gender and Women's Studies and Asian American Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


The Biopower of Beauty: Humanitarian Imperialisms and Global Feminisms in the War on Terror

Mimi Thi Nguyen is Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies and Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.& She is currently&completing her first book on refugee figurations and their significance and circulation as transitional bodies illuminating the interplay of freedom and security.& She continues to situate her work within transnational feminist cultural studies with her next project on the biopower of beauty.& She is co-editor with Thuy Linh Tu of Alien Encounters: Pop Culture in Asian America (Duke University Press, 2007) and author of multiple essays on Asian American, queer, and punk subcultures, digital technologies, and Vietnamese diasporic arts, published in academic collections, on-line publications and popular magazines.

Pre-Reading Articles:
Mimi Thi Nguyen, "Bruce Lee I Love You: Discourses of Race and Masculinity in the Queer Superstardom of JJ Chinois", Alien Encounters Popular Culture in Asian America, 2007.

May 6 - 4:00 pm

Dr. Maria Elena Buszek
Assistant Professor of Art History, Kansas City Art Institute

"Her Life Was Saved by Rock and Roll:& Toward a Feminist Punk Ethic/Aesthic"

Maria Elena Buszek is a critic, curator, and Associate Professor of Art History at the Kansas City Art Institute.& She is the author of the book "Pin-Up Grrls:& Feminism, Sexuality, Popular Culture", editor of the forthcoming anthology "Extra/ordinary: Craft and Contemporary Art", contributor to numerous anthologies and exhibition catalogs, and her writing has appeared in such journals as "Art in America," "Photography Quarterly", and "TDR: The Journal of Performance Studies."& Since 1999, Dr. Buszek has also been a regular contributor to the popular feminist zine, Bust.

Pre-Reading Articles:
Lester Bangs, "The White Noise Supremacists," The Village Voice, 1979.

Ellen Willis, "Beginning to See the Light."


September 17 - 4:00 pm

Dr. Abdelkder Sabil
Professor of English & Cultural Studies, Department of English, Faculty of Letters, Chouaib Doukkali, Eljadida, Morocco

"Cross-Cultural Discourse or the Discourse of Otherness in the Writings of Clifford Geertz, Paul Rabinow and Paul Bowles"

Abdelkader Sabil is Professeur de l'enseignement supérieur in the department of English, Faculty of Letters, University Chouaib Doukkali, Elijadida, Morocco.& He completed a PhD in Cultural Studies at the University Chouaib Doukkali, as well as degrees from the Universities of Essex (UK) and Casablanca. He participates in Cultural Studies programs in the Universities of BenMsik, Casablanca and Elijadida.& He is a member of the African Studies Network, Ferguson Centre of African and Asian Studies, Open University, UK. and a member of Globalization, Identity Politics and Social Conflicts Research Group, UK. His main research interests are social movements, North African and Middle Eastern Studies.

Pre-Reading Articles
James Clifford, "The Translation of Cultures" in Contemporary Literary Criticism: Literary and Cultural Studies. Eds. Robert Con Davis & Ronald Schleifer. New York: Longman, 1986.

Edward Said, "Representing the Colonized: Anthropology's Interlocutors" in Critical Inquiry. 15 (Winter 1989); 213-214. (excerpt)

October 1 - 4:00 pm

Dr. Paul Booth
Assistant Professor of New Media and Technology, College of Communication, DePaul University

"Participatory Culture: Beyond the Economic Binary"

Paul Booth is an Assistant Professor of New Media and Technology at DePaul University in Chicago.& He writes about the implications of the intersection of traditional and interactive media.& His research interests also include participatory audiences, fans, popular culture, science fiction, television, narrative, games, technology, and meditation. He can be reached.

Pre-Reading Article
Booth, Paul, "Rereading Fandom: MySpace Character Personas and Narrative Identification." Critical Studies in Media Communication, Dec 2008, Vol 25 Issue 5, p514-536

October 15 - 4:00 pm

This event will be held in the The Quincy Wong Center for Artistic Expression (formerly the Hokin Annex)
623 S Wabash, 1st floor

Dr. Lawrence Grossberg
Morris Davis Distinguished Professor of Communication Studies and Cultural Studies (Adjunct Distinguished Professor of America Studies, Anthropology and Geography), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

"From Financial Crisis to Political Ontology -- Rescuing Economics from Economists"

Lawrence Grossberg is the Morris Davis Distinguished Professor of Communication Studies and Cultural Studies, Adjunct Distinguished Professor of American Studies, Anthropology, and Geography, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.& He has won numerous awards from the National Communication Association and the International Communication Association for scholarship, teaching and mentorship, as well as, most recently, the University of North Carolina Distinguished Teaching Award (for Post-Baccalaureate Teaching).& He has been the co-editor of the international journal Cultural Studies for twenty years.& His work has been translated into a dozen languages.& His most recent books include New Keywords: A Revised Vocabulary of Culture and Society (with Tony Bennett and Meaghan Morris, Blackwells, 2005), MediaMaking: Mass Media in a Popular Culture (with Ellen Wartella, D. Charles Whitney and MacGregor Wise, Sage, 2005) and Caught in the Crossfire: Kids, Politics and America's Future (Paradigm, 2005).& His latest book, We All Want to Change the World: The Intellectual Labor of Cultural Studies (Duke University Press, 2010) considers the work necessary to create a cultural studies capable of understanding the contemporary conjuncture and of opening up possibilities for struggle and change.

Pre-Reading Article
Grossberg, Lawrence. "Does Cultural Studies Haves Futures? Should It? (Or What's the Matter with New York?" Cultural Studies, Vol. 20, No. 1 January 2006, pp. 1-32.

November 5 - 4:00 pm

Dr. Michele Janette
Director of Cultural Studies, Kansas State University

"Presentation to Cultural Studies Majors on the Graduate Program in Cultural Studies at Kansas State University"

Michele Janette teaches a wide range of cultural studies courses, form "Theory and Practice of Cultural Studies" to "Chinese and Vietnamese Literature" to "Women in Literature" to "Film."& Her research focuses on Vietnamese American literature.& She is the editor and compiler of My Viêt, and anthology of Vietnamese American literature in English from 1962 to the present, forthcoming 2010.& Her published articles include an analysis of "guerrilla irony" in Lan Cao's novel Monkey Bridge, a consideration of how Tony Bui's film Three Seasons reconfigures the way we look at Vietnam, an interview with Maxine Hong Kingston, and a rediscovery of the earliest Vietnamese American novel, No Passenger on the River (published in 1965).

There are no pre-reading articles for this lecture.

November 12 - 4:00 pm

This event will be held in the Weisman Room,
Columbia College Library, 2nd floor

Dr. Zizi Papacharissi
Professor and Head of the Department of Communication, University of Illinois-Chicago

"The Virtual Geographies of Online Social Networks: Social Behaviors and Architecture of Online Spaces"

Zizi Papacharissi (PhD, University of Texas at Austin, 2000), is Professor and Head of the Communication Department, at the University of Illinois-Chicago.& Her work focuses on the social and political consequences of online media.& Her most recent work, A Private Sphere: Democracy in a Digital Age (Polity Press, 2010) discusses how online media redefine our understanding of public and private in late-modern democracies, and she is also currently completing an edited volume on online social networks, titled The Networked Self: Identity, Community and Culture on Social Network Sites (Routledge, 2010).

Pre-Reading Article
Papacharissi, Zizi, "The Virtual Geographies of Social Networks: A Comparative Analysis of Facebook, LinkedIn and AsmallWorld." New Media and Society. 2009: 11, 199-220.

November 19 - 4:00 pm

Dr. Mehdi Semati
Associate Professor of Communication, Northern Illinois University

"Cultural Studies of Iran"

Mehdi Semati is Associate Professor of Communication at Northern Illinois University.& His research interests and writings address Iranian culture and media, cultural politics of global media, and cultural studies.& His writings have appeared as book chapters and as articles in various scholarly journals.& His books in English include Media, Culture, and Society in Iran: Living with Globalization and the Islamic State (Routledge, 2008), New Frontiers in International Communication Theory (Rowman & Littlefield, 2004) and Studies in Terrorism: Media Scholarship and the Enigma of Terror (Southbound, 2003).& His work in Persian includes The Age of CNN and Hollywood: National Interest, Transnational Communication (Nashr-e Nay, Tehran, 2007).& His current research addresses Iranian cultural studies, popular culture and religion, and culture and technology in Iran.

Pre-Reading Articles
Semati, Mehdi, "Media, Culture, and Society in Iran: Living with Globalization and the Islamic State" , (Routledge, 2008).

Semati, Mehdi, "Communication, Media, and Popular Culture in Post-revolutionary Iran" Viewpoints, The Iranian Revolution at 30.

December 3 - 4:00 pm

Dr. Jeffrey T. Nealon
Liberal Arts Research&Professor of English, Penn State University

"The Song Remains the Same: On the 'Post-Postmodern' Economics of Classic Rock"

Jeffrey T. Nealon is Liberal Arts Research Professor in the English Department at Penn State University.& He has published widely on contemporary cultural theory, and is the author of Double Reading: Postmodernism after Deconstruction (Cornell, 1993), Alterity Politics: Ethics and Performative Subjectivity (Duke, 1998), The Theory Toolbox (with Susan Searls Giroux, Roman & Littlefield, 2003), as well as co-editor of Rethinking the Frankfurt School (SUNY, 2002).& His latest book is And Foucault Beyond Foucault: Power and Its Intensifications since 1984 (Stanford, 2008).

Pre-Reading Articles
Nealon, Jeffrey T. "Empire of the Intensities: A Walk Down Las Vegas Boulevard." parallax, 2002, Vol. 8 No. 1, 2002/ p78-91/

Jameson, Fredric. "Postmodernism, or The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism." nlr142, p53-92.