14 Wednesday / November 14, 2018

Hoosier Conductors Day Trip: Levi & Catharine Coffin and the Underground Railroad

08:30 am to 07:00 pm
Monroe County History Center, 202 E 6th Street

Jump onto a luxury passenger bus and travel to a known Indiana stop on the Underground Railroad! Located in Fountain City, Indiana, the Levi & Catharine Coffin State Historic Site and the Quaker Welcome Center will be our destinations for a day filled with discussion about these Hoosier conductors and how their actions shaped the community.

$68 for members/ $78 for non-members

Ticket price includes round-trip transportation, admission & speaker fees, and a hot lunch buffet at the Old Richmond Inn. Follow the link below to book your ticket today!
Ticket sales end on November 14. Call 812-332-2517 with any questions or to purchase over the phone.

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14 Wednesday / November 14, 2018

Soup and Serenity

12:15 pm to 01:15 pm
Kadampa Meditation Center Bloomington 406 S. Walnut St. Bloomington, IN 47401

Join us for a meaningful and delicious lunch break!
Nourish your mind with a relaxing, guided breathing meditation.
Then enjoy homemade soup with bread and the company of
friendly, like-minded people.
Bring a friend! Everyone is welcome.

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15 Thursday / November 15, 2018

Redeeming Icarus: Human / Animal Attributes and the Rise of the Microscope

04:00 pm
President's Room of the University Club in the Indiana Memorial Union

At 4:00 pm on Thursday, November 15, in the President’s Room of the University Club at the Indiana Memorial Union, Professor Laurie Shannon (Northwestern University) will give a talk on Human / Animal Attributes and the Rise of the Microscope.

Though humans have worked tirelessly to distinguish ourselves from non-human animals, the nature of the “slash” we use to divide us from them varies profoundly over time. This talk will explore an important pivot in the history of that “slash” by considering the state of affairs around the rise of the microscope (c. 1600). It will also calibrate these two, before-and-after regimes of vision to more broadly philosophical developments, particularly the Cartesian dispensation between human and animal. Montaigne and Shakespeare, Thomas Moffett’s The Theatre of Insects: or, Lesser Living Creatures (1658), and Robert Hooke’s meticulous recordings of “minute bodies” under the microscope (Micrographia, 1665) will be considered.

More specifically, the notion that an upright posture indexes human privilege seems perennial; the vertical vector of the human body has long been said to assure our ascendancy over other creatures. But this traditional conceit sidesteps a basic logical and physical glitch: the human incapacity to fly. While human theorizing made an uneasy peace with birds, appropriating their flight as an allegory of the (human) soul, this lecture will analyze an early modern revolution in our attention to winged insects. For a lay observer like Shakespeare, flying insects were very admirably borne on “slender gilded wings.” But when insects began to be scanned with the newfangled microscope in the seventeenth century, what new challenges did they pose? In a rising technoscientific regime of visibility and mechanism, how did the tiniest of insects, the “fabrick” of their wings, and the dizzying new micro-scale they revealed affect conceptions not only of the human, but of the very “empire” humans constantly claimed over other creatures? Viewing flies under the microscope, as we will see, sent human claims to exceptional status in a new, more extreme direction.

The lecture will be followed by a roundtable discussion featuring Constance Furey (Religious Studies), Abby Ang (English), and Domenico Bertoloni Meli (History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine).
Laurie Shannon is Franklin Bliss Snyder Professor of English Literature and Chair of the English Department at Northwestern University. She has written two field-defining books: Sovereign Amity: Figures of Friendship in Shakespearean Contexts(University of Chicago Press, 2002) and the award-winning The Accommodated Animal: Cosmopolity in Shakespearean Locales (University of Chicago Press, 2013).

Laurie Shannon’s visit to Bloomington is made possible through the support of the College Arts and Humanities Institute, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of English, the Department of Religious Studies, and Themester 2018: Animal/Human. The event will be followed by a reception.

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8 Friday / February 8, 2019

Of Bodies and Borders: Ana Teresa Fernandez- Public Lecture

05:00 pm to 06:00 pm
Grunwald Gallery of Art

The Grunwald Gallery at Indiana University is pleased to present Of Bodies and Borders, an exhibition of paintings, drawings and video by artist Ana Teresa Fernández (b. 1981, Tampico, Mexico). The exhibit, organized by Gallery Wendi Norris and previously shown in Miami, will open on January 11 and continue through March 2, 2019. The artist will be present the week of February 6 and will be engaged in gallery talks, student critiques and will present a public lecture on Friday, February 8. A reception for the exhibition will follow the lecture from 6-8pm.

Ana Teresa Fernández’s visit to the Indiana University campus is part of Mexico Remixed: A Global Arts and Humanities Festival. The global festival is sponsored by Indiana University Bloomington’s Arts & Humanities Council.

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