2018-19 Speaker Series

Each year The Speaker Series brings in several visiting guest lecturers. Speakers over the years have included Jean Baudrillard, Lauren Berlant, Peter Brooks, Norman Bryson, David Carroll, Anthony Cascardi, Wlad Godzich, Jean-Joseph Goux, Elizabeth Grosz, N. Katherine Hayles, Linda Hutcheon, Martin Jay, Michael Hardt, Agnes Heller, Barbara Johnson, David Farrell Krell, Murray Krieger, Arthur Kroker, Dominick LaCapra, Jerome McGann, J. Hillis Miller, Chantal Mouffe, Christopher Norris, Mark Poster, Richard Rorty, Charles Scott, Thomas Sebeok, Kaja Silverman, Gayatri Spivak, Bernard Stiegler, Samuel Weber, Hayden White, Slavoj Žižek, and many others.

Watch some of our previous talks on youtube!

Upcoming speakers:



March 14, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

Joan Copjec

Professor of Modern Culture & Media at Brown University

"From the Cloud to the Resistance"


Abbas Kiarostami has been described as both a modernist and a realist filmmaker.

In a certain sense neither description seems quite right. His "foregrounding" of the cinematic apparatus is not reflexive and his reality is indiscernible from simulation. Focusing on one specific scene from The Wind Will Carry Us, this lecture will attempt to unpack the logic of the relation between the camera and reality and answer the question, "What does it mean to have an image?"



Past Speakers include:

Dr. Christine Daigle
Solving the Dissolve: Collective Material Agency
March 8, 2019

Dr. Diane Enns
Organized Loneliness
February 8, 2019

Dr. Paul North
Likeness and the World’s Face
February 1, 2019

Dr. David Ferris
Agamben's Exception: Misreading Schmitt and Benjamin
December 7, 2018

Dr. Robert Nicholls
Heidegger, Nietzsche and Nihilism
September 28, 2018

Dr. Simona Forti
The Ghost Of Totalitarianism: Between Politics and Philosophy
March 21, 2018

Dr. Mariana Ortega
Altars for the Living: Shadow Ground, Aesthetic Memory, and the U.S/Mexico Borderlands
March 16, 2018