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Summer Distinguished Teaching Humanist Workshop, The Promise of Beauty

Posted 05/09/2017
Submitted by Nels Highberg
Category: Campus Announcements

This year, the summer Distinguished Teaching Humanist (DTH) workshop will be held from Tuesday, June 20, to Thursday, June 22, from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The focus will be The Promise of Beauty.

The 2017 Harry Jack Gray Distinguished Visiting Professor is Mimi Thi Nguyen, Associate Professor of Gender & Women's Studies and Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Nguyen is the author of The Gift of Freedom: War, Debt, and Other Refugee Passages (Duke University Press, 2012; Outstanding Book Award in Cultural Studies from the Association of Asian American Studies, 2014). Her scholarship has appeared in SignsCamera ObscuraRadical History ReviewWomen & Performance, and other places. She was also a columnist for Punk Planet and a volunteer for Maximumrocknroll.

Beauty intervenes in history (the conditions under which beauty endures) and life itself (what meaning beauty lends). The concept of beauty is posited as fundamental to an idea of life and its continuation, which includes its governance, especially when promise narrates a particular historical consciousness of future action, whether with or against everyday despair or spectacular crisis. Considering the promise of beauty ranging from beautiful objects, persons, or scenes, which might hold out to us clusters of real or ideal objects such as romantic love, spiritual transcendence, economic mobility, or political transformation, this workshop will examine the concept of beauty as an imperative discourse, one that determines what conditions beauty requires to flourish, with and against the threat of its disappearance or destruction; and about the transformation of those conditions to sustain such life that the beautiful promises to us.

The workshop is open to all University of Hartford full-time and part-time faculty. Participants will receive a $600 stipend for taking part in the workshop. Lunch will also be provided.

To apply, please send an email to Nels P. Highberg, Distinguished Teaching Humanist, at explaining why you wish to take part in the workshop and attaching your latest resume or CV.

Deadline: Monday, May 22, 2017

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