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November 2019

Talk: Human Simulation: Artificial Intelligence, Ethics, and the Future of the Humanities
F. LeRon Shults

November 18, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The capacities of Artificial Intelligence (AI) are growing rapidly and new technologies are impacting society in a variety of ways, all of which raise significant ethical issues. LeRon Shults (University of Adger, Norway) argues that the Humanities are needed to help guide the ethical conversations around AI by becoming more engaged in “Human Simulation,” a new interdisciplinary approach to simulating human futures (as well as studying the past) that requires the expertise of historians, philosophers, ethicists, and other students of human nature. F. LeRon Shults, Ph.D. is a Professor at the Institute for Global Development and Social Planning at the University of Agder, Norway, and Scientific Director, Center for Modeling Social Systems. Shults, whose graduate training was in the study of religion, has been collaborating with computer modelers to demonstrate the value of computer modeling and simulation for refining and…

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December 2019

Talk: Hamlet Sings!: The Operatic Life of Shakespeare’s Dane from the Baroque Era to the 21st Century
William Germano

December 5, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

William Germano, Professor of English at Cooper Union, is the author of Getting It Published: A Guide for Scholars and Anyone Else Serious about Serious Books; From Dissertation to Book; Eye Chart, among others. Prof. Germano will present a part of his current project tentatively titled, Shakespeare at the Opera: A History of Impossible Projects. *Prof. Germano will also hold a publication workshop on revising academic writing, which is mostly tailored for junior faculty who work on their first book projects. If interested, please RSVP with Abdulhamit Arvas . Please note there is very limited seating for this workshop and the priority will be given to junior faculty. It is on December 5th, Thursday, 1.30-3 pm at the TD seminar room. Sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, Department of Theater and Dance, Early Modern Center, the Dean of Humanities and Fine…

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April 2020

The 2020 Diana and Simon Raab Writer-in-Residence: Jesmyn Ward

April 29, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Corwin Pavilion, 494 UCEN Rd

MacArthur Genius and two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward has been called “the new Toni Morrison” (American Booksellers Association). In 2017, she became the first woman and first person of color to win the National Book Award twice—joining the ranks of William Faulkner, Saul Bellow, John Cheever, Philip Roth, and John Updike. Her writing, which encompasses fiction, nonfiction, and memoir, is “raw, beautiful, and dangerous” (The New York Times Book Review). Ward’s novels, primarily set on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast, are deeply informed by the trauma of Hurricane Katrina. Salvage the Bones, winner of the 2011 National Book Award, is a troubling but ultimately empowering tale of familial bonds set amid the chaos of the hurricane. Ward’s memoir, Men We Reaped, deals with the loss of five young men in her life—to drugs, accidents, suicide, and the bad luck that follows people…

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