2013-2014 Distinguished Visiting Scholars in the Humanities
See Also: Past Recipients
2013-2014 2nd Annual Distinguished Lecture Series
The Sacred and the Secular: Conflict and the Creation of a Moral World
Professor for the History of the High and Late Middle Ages, University of Vienna
“Wars to End All War: Apocalypse and Conflict in Medieval Europe and Beyond”
Monday, September 9, 2013, 5:00 P.M.
Hodges Library Lindsay Young Auditorium
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Deep structures in Christian hermeneutics, as well as the eschatological horizon (the relationship between End Times and the present), account for some recurrent features in the shape that religious violence has taken in the Christian and post-Christian West over two millennia, into the 21st century. Another related factor was the dialectical relationship between war and peace, vengeance and pardon, demanded by the duality of Christian Scriptures (the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament). Together, they explain (in part), for instance: the kind of violence perpetrated during the crusades and wars of religion; the pairing of reform, purge, and foreign war; and the dream to coerce people into salvation. Far from being an anthropological universal, then, violence in the West can be understood fully only on the background of the imprint of Christian culture.
Philippe Buc was educated in both France and the USA (BA Swarthmore, MA Paris I-Sorbonne, MA University of California, Berkeley, Doctorat École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. He was Professor of Medieval European History at Stanford from 1990 to 2011, and is now Universität-Professor at the University of Vienna, Austria. His research interests focus on religion and power in European History. He is the author of L'ambiguïté du Livre: Prince, pouvoir, et peuple dans les commentaires de la Bible au Moyen Age (Paris, 1994) and of The Dangers of Ritual: Between medieval texts and social-scientific theory (Princeton, 2001). His Holy War, Martyrdom, and Terror: Christianity, Violence, and the West, from the Jewish War to the Iraq War, ca. 70 CE to ca. 2003 CE will come out next year from Pennsylvania University Press.
Dr. Philippe Buc was invited to The University of Tennessee by Jay Rubenstein (History)
Sponsors: Office of Research & Engagement, The University of Tennessee Humanities Center, Department of History, Marco, Department of Religious Studies, Judaic Studies, Center for the Study of War and Society
Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, University of Chicago Law School
“The New Religious Intolerance: Overcoming the Politics of Fear”
Monday, September 16, 2013, 3:30-4:30 P.M.
University Center Auditorium, Room 329
Since the events of 9/11, the Muslim community has been stigmatized for the horrific events of that day. Today there are approximately 2.7 million Muslims in the United States. The American Muslim population is expected to increase in the next two decades. Many of these families have been here for generations, and they are the pillars of their communities. Thinking individuals know we cannot blame a community for the actions of a minority. Yet, it is often difficult to see one's way to such truth. Martha Nussbaum provides a rational and morally appropriate prescription to allay the anxieties and prejudices against the Muslim population during this tumultuous decade. Professor Nussbaum advocates “equal respect for human dignity,” “principled consistency and self-examination,” and an “active, curious imagination” which is accepting of different religious perspectives. Her talk will provide an ethical roadmap for understanding and confronting the roots of such hatred.
Martha Nussbaum holds appointments in the University of Chicago Law School and Department of Philosophy, as well as associate appointments in the Divinity School, and the departments of Classics and Political Science. Her interests include ancient Greek and Roman philosophy, political philosophy, feminism and ethics, including animal rights. She previously taught at Oxford, Brown and Harvard Universities. Having served on the Council of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Council of Learned Societies, Professor Nussbaum is presently a member of the Committee on Southern Asian Studies and a board member of the Human Rights Program. She is the recipient of honorary doctorates conferred by over 40 national and international universities. Dr. Nussbaum is the author of, among many other publications, Political Emotions: Why Love Matters for Justice (to be published in 2013), The New Religious Intolerance: Overcoming the Politics of Fear in an Anxious Age (2012), Creating Capabilities: The Human Development Approach (2011).
Sponsors: The University of Tennessee Humanities Center, The Haines-Morris Endowment Fund, Ready for the World, Office of Research & Engagement, School of Art, Department of Classics, Department of English, Department of History, Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures, Department of Philosophy, Department of Religious Studies, College of Law
President, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
“Applying for a Guggenheim Fellowship”
Monday, September 30, 2013, 3:30-5:30 P.M.
John D. Tickle Engineering Building, Room 403
Edward Hirsch, a MacArthur Fellow, has published eight books of poems, including The Living Fire: New and Selected Poems (2010), which brings together thirty-five years of work. He has also written four prose books, among them How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry (1999), a national bestseller, and Poet’s Choice (2006), which is based on his columns for the Washington Post Book World. He edits the series “The Writer’s World” (Trinity University Press). He has edited Transforming Vision: Writers on Arts (1994), Theodore Roethke’s Selected Poems (2005) and To a Nightingale (2007). He has co-edited A William Maxwell Portrait: Memories and Appreciations (2004) and The Making of a Sonnet: A Norton Anthology (2008). He holds a B. A. from Grinnell College (1972) and a Ph.D. from The University of Pennsylvania (1979). He has received numerous awards and fellowships, including the National Book Critics Circle Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Ingram Merrill Foundation Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, a Pablo Neruda Presidential Medal of Honor, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature. He is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and holds seven honorary degrees. He taught in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston for seventeen years.
Dr. Hirsch was invited to The University of Tennessee by Arthur Smith (English)
Sponsors: Office of Research & Engagement, The University of Tennessee Humanities Center, the John C. Hodges Better English Fund, Department of English
Associate Professor of History, University of Kentucky
“On the Frontlines of Freedom: Life Inside the U.S. Civil War’s ‘Contraband’ Camps”
Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 4:00 P.M.
University Center Shiloh Room - 235
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The liberation of four million men, women, and children from slavery in the United States is often told as a one-man, one-moment story. This lecture revisits the process of U.S. emancipation by looking at the emergence of “contraband” camps, settlements of refugees from slavery seeking protection in Union army lines, and tells the untold story of the many people and contingent moments that accomplished the real work of seeking freedom in this distinctly militarized context. It also considers how that process set the U.S. apart from other slave societies in the western hemisphere undertaking emancipation in the 19th century.
Amy Murrell Taylor is an historian of the U.S. South, with interests in the era of the Civil War and emancipation, as well as the history of gender and family. She is the author of The Divided Family in Civil War America (UNC Press, 2005), and co-editor, with Michael Perman, of Major Problems in the Civil War and Reconstruction (Cengage, 2010). Her essays have also appeared in popular publications such as The Civil War Monitor magazine and The Civil War: Official Park Service Handbook. Taylor’s research integrates the methods and questions of “digital history,” having served as a project manager of the Valley of the Shadow: Two Communities in the American Civil War digital archive, and as a member of the digital history advisory board of the Journal of American History. Her current research on the experiences of refugees from slavery who lived in military-sponsored “contraband” camps during the Civil War has been supported by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies.
Dr. Taylor was invited to The University of Tennessee by Luke Harlow (History)
Sponsors: Office of Research & Engagement, The University of Tennessee Humanities Center
Professor of History, The University of Washington
“Emperor Huizong: Daoist, Poet, Painter, Captive”
Monday, March 10, 2014, 3:30 P.M.
Black Cultural Center Rooms 102-104
Huizong came to the Song throne in the first month of 1100, a few months after his seventeenth birthday, and reigned almost twenty-six years, till the Jurchen invasion in late 1125. Since his reign ended so badly, traditional historians have viewed Huizong’s many pursuits as his vices, not his virtues. His love of art was seen as self-indulgence, his faith in Daoism as self-delusion, his trust in Cai Jing as irresponsible. So long as one sets aside this moral framework, however, there are ample sources to look at Huizong and his reign afresh, to consider how he understood monarchy and its challenges, what he got from Daoism, how he made use of the resources of the throne, why he chose to ally with the Jurchen, and other related issues.
Patricia Buckley Ebrey has taught at the University of Washington since 1997. Her scholarly interests have ranged broadly across social and cultural history, and include work on family history, women’s history, and visual culture. Her first book was The Aristocratic Families of Early Imperial China: A Case Study of the Po-ling Ts’ui Family (1978). Other notable books include Family and Property in Sung China: Yüan Ts’ai’s Precepts for Social Life (1984), Confucianism and Family Rituals in Imperial China: A Social History of Writing About Rites (1991), The Inner Quarters: Marriage and the Lives of Chinese Women in the Sung Period (1993), which won the 1993 Levenson Prize for the best book in China studies, and The Cambridge Illustrated History of China (1996, 2010), which has been translated into eight languages; and Accumulating Culture: The Collections of Emperor Huizong (2008), which won the 2010 Shimada Prize for the best book in East Asian art history or archaeology. Her most recent book, Emperor Huizong, will be published in early 2014. Dr. Ebrey has also been active in organizing conferences and is the co-editor of five conference volumes on the history of the medieval period, the Tang-Song period, the late Northern Song period, and such topics as kinship organization, marriage, and religion.
Dr. Ebrey was invited to The University of Tennessee by Charles Sanft (History)
Sponsors: Office of Research & Engagement, The University of Tennessee Humanities Center
Professor of Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles
"Where is Democracy Heading?"
Friday, April 25, 2014, 4:00 P.M.
1210 McClung Tower
Dr. Pateman was invited to The University of Tennessee by Jonathan Garthoff (Philosophy). For more information about Dr. Pateman, CLICK HERE.
Sponsors: Office of Research & Engagement, The University of Tennessee Humanities Center, Department of Philosophy