Conversations with Williams Faculty about Writing and Publishing
Organized by the library and co-sponsored by the Dean of the Faculty's office, the Tuesday Teas series celebrates Williams authors and honors their writing and creative work. On four Tuesdays after spring break, we gather for tea and listen to faculty- authors talk about a recent publication/production and reflect on the joys and trepidations of the writing, creating and publishing process.
Free and open to the public. 4:00 P.M. Sawyer Library
For questions or further information, contact Christine Ménard
APRIL 9, 2019
"Russian Performances: Looking Back on 3 Editors, 27 Essays, and 10 Years "
Julie Cassiday, Willcox B. and Harriet M. Adsit Professor of Russian
Throughout its modern history, Russia has seen a succession of highly performative social acts that play out prominently in the public sphere. This innovative volume brings the fields of performance studies and Russian studies into dialog for the first time and shows that performance is a vital means for understanding Russia's culture from the reign of Peter the Great to the era of Putin. These twenty-seven essays encompass a diverse range of topics, from dance and classical music to live poetry and from viral video to public jubilees and political protest. As a whole they comprise an integrated, compelling intervention in Russian studies. Challenging the primacy of the written word in this field, the volume fosters a larger intellectual community informed by theories and practices of performance from anthropology, art history, dance studies, film studies, cultural and social history, literary studies, musicology, political science, theater studies, and sociology.
APRIL 16, 2019
"Diversity through a data science lens"
Chad Topaz, Professor of Mathematics
Discussion of the forthcoming article Diversity of Artists in Major U.S. Museums due to be published in PLOS One in spring 2019. Press and social media for this article
Chad's research focuses on data science, applied computational topology, nonlinear dynamics and pattern formation, mathematical modeling; mathematical biology, educational psychology and learning science, technology, diversity and art.
APRIL 23, 2019
In Praise of Kings. Rajputs, Sultans and Poets in Fifteenth-Century Gujarat
Aparna Kapadia, Professor of History
In Praise of Kings
Ground breaking study of the long-neglected fifteenth century in South Asian history. Contrary to the conventional focus on the Delhi-centred empires which consider this period as an age of decline, this book illuminates the cultural and political dynamism of the era. It reconstructs the fascinating world of the royal courts of Gujarat, including those of the Rajput chieftains and the regional sultans, through close readings of rarely used literary works in Sanskrit and Gujarati. The book also complicates another popularly held perception: that of Gujarat as the land of traders and merchants. Instead, it shows how Gujarat's warrior past was also integral to this region's identity and history.
A Political Companion to Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass (1818--1895) was a prolific writer and public speaker whose impact on American literature and history has been long studied by historians and literary critics. Yet as political theorists have focused on the legacies of such notables as W. E. B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington, Douglass's profound influence on Afro-modern and American political thought has often been undervalued. In an effort to fill this gap in the scholarship on Douglass, editor Neil Roberts and an exciting group of established and rising scholars examine the author's autobiographies, essays, speeches, and novella. Together, they illuminate his genius for analyzing and articulating core American ideals such as independence, liberation, individualism, and freedom, particularly in the context of slavery. The contributors explore Douglass's understanding of the self-made American and the way in which he expanded the notion of individual potential by arguing that citizens had a responsibility to improve not only their own situations but also those of their communities. A Political Companion to Frederick Douglass also considers the idea of agency, investigating Douglass's passionate insistence that every person in a democracy, even a slave, possesses an innate ability to act. Various essays illuminate Douglass's complex racial politics, deconstructing what seems at first to be his surprising aversion to racial pride, and others explore and critique concepts of masculinity, gender, and judgment in his oeuvre. The volume concludes with a discussion of Douglass's contributions to pre-- and post--Civil War jurisprudence.