Archived Events: Spring 2014


Tuesday, February 4, 2014 | 4:30pm
Center for the Humanities at Tufts (CHAT)
Fung House – 48 Professors Row
*Q&A and Reception to follow

A Reading and Discussion
Rachel Kushner

Rachel Kushner’s novel, The Flamethrowers, a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award was named one of the top five novels of the year by The New York Times and Best Book of The Year by New York Magazine. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New York TimesThe Paris ReviewThe BelieverArtforumBookforum, FenceBomb, and Grand Street. She is the recipient of a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship.


Wednesday, March 12, 2014 | 4:30pm
Center for the Humanities at Tufts (CHAT)
Fung House – 48 Professors Row
*Q&A and Reception to follow

A Reading and Discussion
Mary O’Donoghue, Novelist, Poet and Translator

Mary O’Donoghue was born and grew up in Co. Clare. Ireland. She is the author of the novel Before the House Burns and a forthcoming collection of stories The Sweet Forbearance in the Streets. She has received awards for fiction from the Hennessy/Sunday Tribune, New Irish Writer and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Her poetry collections include Tulle (Salmon Poetry, 2001) and Among These Winters (Dedalus Press, 2007). Her translations of Irish language poet Seán Ó Ríordáin are forthcoming in a Yale UP volume. She teaches in the Arts and Humanities division at Babson College, Massachusetts, and lives in Boston MA and Tuscaloosa AL.


Tuesday, April 8, 2014 | 4:30pm
Center for the Humanities at Tufts (CHAT)
Fung House – 48 Professors Row
*Q&A and Reception to follow

Nonlocality: A Lecture and Discussion
David Albert, Philosopher and Frederick E. Woodbridge Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University

Professor Albert is the author of “Quantum Mechanics and Experience” and “Time and Chance”, both from Harvard University Press. A third book – “After Physics” – will come out this fall, also from Harvard. He has taught physics or philosophy or both at Princeton, Harvard, Rutgers, Tel Aviv University, the Weizmann Institute, and the University of South Carolina. 

2014 marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most astonishing discoveries in the entire history of natural science: John Bell’s proof that certain of the predictions of quantum mechanics – predictions which have since been verified by experiment – cannot be reproduced by any “local” description of the world. What’s interesting about all this – aside (of course) from the discovery itself – is the persistent difficulty that much of the scientific community has had, even to this day, in fully taking it in. Professor Albert will discuss both.

Thursday, April 10, 2014 | 4:30pm
Pearson Hall, Room 104

The Promise(s) of Digital Humanities
Neil Fraistat, Director of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH)

Professor Fraistat chairs the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) and is Co-Founder and Co-Chair of centerNet, an international network of digital humanities centers. He currently serves on the boards of the Society for Textual Scholarship; Project MUSE; INKE; NITLE Digital Humanities Council; Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth Century Electronic Scholarship (NINES); Brown’s Women Writer’s Project; Studies in Romanticism; Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net (RaVoN); and the Keats-Shelley Association. He has been awarded both the Society for Textual Scholarship’s biennial Fredson Bowers Memorial Prize and the biennial Richard J. Finneran Prize, the Keats Shelley Association Distinguished Scholar Award, and honorable mention for the Modern Language Association’s biennial Distinguished Scholarly Edition Prize.

Friday-Saturday, April 11-12, 2014
Cabot Intercultural Center, 7th Floor

Self-Knowledge and the Philosophy of Mind: Kantian Questions and Approaches
A Two-Day Conference
Organized by Yoon Choi, Mellon Postdoctoral Scholar

Information and registration at

Friday, April 11, 2014
Center for the Humanities at Tufts (CHAT)
Fung House – 48 Professors Row

Animations: Image, Movement, Affect
An Interdisciplinary Workshop
Organized by:
Margareta Ingrid Christian
 (Mellon Postdoctoral Scholar)and Jeremy Melius (Associate Professor, Department of Art and Art History)
Information and Full Conference Program >

Thursday, April 17, 2014
Center for the Humanities at Tufts (CHAT)
Fung House – 48 Professors Row

CHAT Open House: Music, Fiction, Poetry, and Refreshments
The Center for the Humanities at Tufts (CHAT) celebrates Spring with an afternoon of music, fiction, poetry, and refreshments. Our Open House will allow you to meet our accomplished faculty and staff, and explore how our Center promotes innovative, collaborative study in the humanities and arts.

Schedule of Events

4:00pmWelcome and Reception
4:30pmReading by Winners of the student Morse Hamilton Prize in Fiction and the Academy of American Poets Prize in Poetry
5:00pmReading by Adam Wilson, (LA ’04)
Author of What’s Important Is Feeling: Stories (2014)
5:30pmKhalilah Imani Tyre
Vocal Music Selection

A Reading and Discussion
Adam Wilson

Adam Wilson is the author of What’s Important is Feeling: Stories (Harper Perennial, 2014) and Flatscreen: A novel (Harper Perennial, 2012), which was a National Jewish Book Award Finalist and an Amazon Book of the Month. In 2012, he received the Paris Review’s Terry Southern Prize.

His short stories, essays, journalism and criticism have appeared in many publications including Best American Short Stories 2012The Paris ReviewTin HouseThe Literary ReviewWashington Square ReviewThe New York TimesThe New RepublicBookforum, the Los Angeles Review of BooksThe New York Observer, and Salon.

He teaches creative writing at New York University and Columbia University.