Archived Events: Fall 2015


Thursday, September 18, 2015 | 5:00 pm
Aidekman Arts Center, Remis Sculpture Court
15 Lower Campus Road

Last Folio: Public Opening Reception and Panel Discussion (Co-Sponsored with the Tufts Art Gallery)
Katya Krausova and Yuri Dojc

Serendipity led the Canadian-Slovakian photographer Yuri Dojc a decade ago to an abandoned Jewish school in eastern Slovakia, where time had stood still since the day in 1942, when all those attending it were deported to the concentration camps, primarily Auschwitz. Its other contents were still there—untouched—books and notebooks with corrections on desks and shelves, reports, birth certificates, accounting ledgers, even sugar still in the kitchen cupboard… all decaying on dusty shelves, the final witnesses to a once thriving culture.

Dojc treats the abandoned, disintegrating books like the survivors they each are — every one photographed like a portrait, preserved in its decrepit, poignant beauty.

Together with British media producer Katya Krausova and a documentary film team, Dojc traveled across Slovakia and found dozens of similar Jewish schools, synagogues, cemeteries, and concentration camp survivors. Last Folio (an exhibition, film, and book) charts this personal journey in cultural memory and reflects on the universal losses of the Holocaust.

Throughout 2015 Last Folio is part of international commemorations of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II; it has appeared at the United Nations in New York, the National Library of Germany in Berlin, the Mark Rothko Museum in Latvia, the New Museum of Tolerance in Moscow, and at Tufts.


October 6 – 9, 2015

Last Folio Residency Week, with Katya Krausova and Yuri Dojc
Co-Sponsored with the Tufts University Art Gallery

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 | 7:00 pm
Tisch Library, Room 304
35 Professors Row

Last Folio Film Screening and Discussion
Katya Krausova and Yuri Dojc

Thursday, October 8, 2015 | 5:00 pm
Tufts University Art Gallery
40 Talbot Avenue

Panel Discussion, Book Signing & Reception

Panel Discussion moderated by Jonathan Wilson: “The Architecture of Memory,” Book Signing, and Reception.  Panelists: Katya Krausova, Yuri Dojc, Diane O’Donohue, and Rachel Applebaum.

Friday, October 9, 2015 | 6:15 pm
Services at 6:15pm | Dinner at 7pm | Storytelling Program at 8pm
Granoff Family Hillel Center
220 Packard Ave

Shabbat Stories: What’s Your Narrative? 
Co-Sponsored with Tufts Hillel

Shabbat Dinner, followed by an intriguing program with storyteller Norah Dooley.  This is the final event of the Last Folio residency week.  Register >

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 | 6:00 pm
Barnum Hall, Room 104 (*UPDATED LOCATION)
163 Packard Avenue

Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution
Mona Eltahawy

Mona Eltahawy is an award-winning Egyptian American feminist writer and commentator. Her essays and op-eds on Egypt, the Islamic world, and women’s rights have appeared in various publications, including The Washington Post and The New York Times. She has appeared as a guest commentator on MSNBC, the BBC, CNN, PBS, Al-Jazeera, NPR, and dozens of other television and radio networks, and is a contributing opinion writer for the International New York Times. She lives in Cairo and New York City.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 | 7:00 pm
Lincoln Filene Hall, Rabb Room
10 Upper Campus Road

Alexandra Fuller

Alexandra Fuller has written five books of non-fiction. Her debut book, Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood (Random House, 2001), was a New York Times Notable Book for 2002, the 2002 Booksense Best Non-fiction book, a finalist for the Guardian‘s First Book Award and the winner of the 2002 Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize. Her 2004 Scribbling the Cat: Travels with an African Soldier (Penguin Press) won the Ulysses Prize for Art of Reportage. In 2008, Fuller’s The Legend of Colton H. Bryant told the story of a modern-day Wyoming cowboy working on that state’s oil rigs (Penguin Press). She contributed the essay on Wyoming in the 2008 book State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America. The New York TimesBest Selling, Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness (August, 2011), is a prequel/sequel to Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight. Her latest book, a memoir of marriage and divorce, is entitled Leaving Before the Rains Come (January, 2015). Fuller has written for The New Yorker, Vogue, and is a frequent contributor to National Geographic Magazine.


Tuesday, November 17, 2015 | 6:00 pm (*CANCELLED*)

Destinies of Finitude
Alain Badiou

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 | 6:00 pm (*CANCELLED*)

Capitalism/Communism: Reflections on Politics as a Possible Condition for Philosophy
Cécile Winter

Thursday, November 19, 2015 | 7:00 pm (*CANCELLED*)

Cinema in the Contemporary World
Alain Badiou


Thursday, December 3, 2015 | 5:00 pm
Center for the Humanities (CHAT), Fung House – 48 Professors Row

Does the Rise of China Threaten the United States?
Andrew J. Nathan

China has quickly become the number two economic power in the world, is rapidly building up its military, and is behaving more assertively in the South China Sea. What is Beijing’s strategy? Does it intend to drive the United States out of Asia, as some commentators believe, or even to replace the U.S. as the number one global power? Or will economic interdependence and shared interests in issues like climate change force the two powers to cooperate? The co-author of China’s Search for Security (2012), Professor Nathan will discuss China’s security strategy and its implications for American interests. Q&A and Reception to follow.

Andrew J. Nathan is Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science at Columbia University. His teaching and research interests include Chinese politics and foreign policy, the comparative study of political participation and political culture, and human rights. He is chair of the administrative committee of the Institute for the Study of Human Rights and chair of the Morningside Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Columbia. His books include “The Tiananmen Papers”, co-edited with Perry Link (2001); “Negotiating Culture and Human Rights: Beyond Universalism and Relativism”, co-edited with Lynda S. Bell and Ilan Peleg (2001); and “China’s Search for Security”, co-authored with Andrew Scobell (2012).