Archived Events: Fall 2014


Tuesday, September 30, 2014 | 6:00pm
Center for the Humanities at Tufts (CHAT)
Fung House – 48 Professors Row
*Refreshments will be served

Poetry Reading
Eileen Myles and Alan Felsenthal

Hosted by Ariana Reines
Co-sponsored by the Center for the Humanities at Tufts (CHAT) and the English Department

Eileen Myles is the author of 18 books including “Snowflake/ different streets” (poems, 2012) and Inferno (a poet’s novel) (2010). Her new & selected poems “I Must Be Living Twice” will be published in 2015. She’s a Guggenheim fellow and in 2014 she received a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Art.

Alan Felsenthal is a graduate of the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. He is co-editor of a small press called The Song Cave. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Fence, The Iowa Review, and Sea Ranch.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014 | 5:30pm
ASEAN Auditorium, Cabot Intercultural Center
170 Packard Ave.
*Q&A and Reception to follow

Humanities Lecture Series: Storytelling and the Modern World
Jonathan Franzen, Author

Jonathan Franzen is the author of four novels, including The Corrections, for which he received the National Book Award, Freedom, and a memoir The Discomfort Zone. His short stories and his essays, including political journalism, have most recently appeared in The New YorkerThe Best American EssaysThe New York Times, and The Guardian. A new collection of his nonfiction, Farther Away, appeared in 2012. His most recent nonfiction book is The Kraus Project, in which he translates and annotates essays by the satirist Karl Kraus.

Monday, October 27, 2014 | 8:00pm
Tisch Library, Room 304
*Q&A and Reception to follow

“Winter, Go Away!” Film Screening
Anna Moiseenko, Documentarian

In early 2012, as the protest movement against Vladimir Putin’s government gained steam, Novaya Gazeta and Moscow’s School for Documentary Film and Theater partnered to send ten young documentarians into the streets to chronicle as much of the movement as they could. The resulting film, “Winter, Go Away!” (Russia, 2012) is a kaleidoscopic vision of the anti-Putin protest movement as it plans, debates, and confronts the authorities. This event is part of the “Counter-Culture and Protest in Contemporary Russia” series, and is co-sponsored by Tisch College and the Institute for Global Leadership.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 | 6:45pm
Distler Performance Hall
20 Talbot Ave.

Poetry and Music
Kirill Medvedev, Activist

Kirill Medvedev has recently emerged as one of the most exciting, unpredictable voices on the Russian literary and music scenes. Widely published and acclaimed as a poet, he is also is an activist and a member of the Russian Socialist movement “Vpered” [Forward]. This event is part of the “Counter-Culture and Protest in Contemporary Russia” series, and is co-sponsored by Tisch College and the Institute for Global Leadership.

Friday, October 31, 2014 | 9am – 6pm
Coolidge Room, Ballou Hall
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Fear in the Revolutionary Americas, 1776-1865
This conference is sponsored by the Center for the Humanities at Tufts (CHAT), the Department of History, the Center for the Study of Race & Democracy, Latin American Studies, and the Department of Romance Languages.


9:00 Welcome: Jonathan Wilson, Director of CHAT

9:15-11:15 Session 1: Disruptions of Power and the Uses of Fear
Chair: Kendra Field, Tufts University
Edward Rugemer, Yale University, “Fear of Slave Violence in Jamaica and South Carolina during the American Revolution”
Nicole Eustace, New York University, “Republics of Saints? Fear and Virtue in the Age of Revolutions”
Karen Racine, University of Guelph, “Wars to the Death: Annihilation and Identity in Spanish America’s Independence Era”


11:45-12:45 Keynote 1: Alan Taylor, University of Virginia, “Fear and Loathing in the American Revolution”

12:45-1:45 Lunch break

2:00-4:00 Session 2: Fearful Rumors and Wars of Resistance
Chair: Nina Gerassi-Navarro, Tufts University
David Nichols, Indiana State University, “Capitalizing on Fear: Violence, Insecurity, and Negotiation in Native North America, 1750-1830”
Marcela Echeverri, Yale University, “Pasto’s Invincible Liberators”
Anne Eller, Yale University, “‘Tomorrow you will be slaves’: Spanish Annexation (1861-1865) and Popular Discontent on Hispaniola”


4:15-5:15 Keynote 2: David Geggus, University of Florida, “Fear, Greed, and the Haitian Revolution”

5:15-5:45 Roundtable Discussion: Chris Schmidt-Nowara, Tufts University and Ben Carp, Brooklyn College

For more information, contact Chris


Tuesday, November 18, 2014 | 6:00pm
Center for the Humanities at Tufts (CHAT)
Fung House – 48 Professors Row
*Q&A and Reception to follow

Distinguished Author Series
A Reading by Poet Ariana Reines

Ariana Reines is a poet, playwright, artist, and translator. Her books include The Cow (Alberta Prize, Fence: 2006), Coeur de Lion

(Mal-o-Mar: 2007), Mercury (Fence: 2011), Thursday (Spork: 2012), and The Origin of the World, an essay produced for the 2014 Whitney Biennial (Semiotext(e) 2014). Her OBIE-winning play Telephone (2009) was commissioned & produced by The Foundry Theatre in New York. Other performances and theatrical works include Mortal Kombat, with Jim Fletcher, at Le Mouvement Biel/Bienne in Switzerland and Gallery TPW in Toronto (2014), The Origin of the World at Stuart Shave Modern Art, London (2013). Volumes of translation include The Little Black Book of Grisélidis Real: Days and Nights of an Anarchist Whore by Jean-Luc Hennig (2009) and Preliminary Materials for a Theory of the Young-Girl by TIQQUN (2011), from Semiotext(e).

In 2009 she was Roberta C. Holloway Lecturer in the Practice of Poetry at UC Berkeley, and has since taught at Columbia University, The New School, and Tufts.