In honor of 50 years of research and collaboration, C21 hosted a special 50th anniversary symposium on Friday, October 26, 2018.

Remembering the Center for 20th Century Studies celebrated a half century of one of the first humanities centers in the US, the Center for 20th (now 21st) Century Studies. Current and former faculty, doctoral students, and directors gathered at UWM’s Curtin Hall to reflect upon and exemplify the Center’s intellectual history and legacy for humanities research today. Plenary speakers included Amelie Hastie (Amherst), Andreas Huyssen (Columbia), Tara McPherson (USC), Patricia Mellencamp (UWM), Gary Weissman (University of Cincinnati),and Kathleen Woodward (University of Washington).

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To kick off the 50th anniversary symposium, we hosted a special event dedicating the Patricia Mellencamp Founding Collection, a special archive of 16mm prints donated by Mellencamp and currently being catalogued and preserved by the UWM Moving Image Society.

Symposium Program


Opening remarks by Dean Scott Gronert and Distinguished Professor Jane Gallop (UWM)

 10 – 11:30Panel 1:
Patricia Mellencamp (Emerita, UWM): “UnCommon Women: Remembering the Center From My Third St(age)”
Amelie Hastie (Amherst College): “The Vulnerable Spectator: Feminism, Affect, Writing”
Moderated by Kristie G. Hamilton (UWM)
 11:45 – 12:45Lunch
 1:00 – 2:30Panel 2:
Andreas Huyssen (Columbia University): “Tracing Urban Imaginaries: Literature, Photography, Visual Art”
Gary Weissman (University of Cincinnati): “On Photographing Nazi Camps”
Moderated by Rachel Baum (UWM)
 2:30 – 2:45Break
 2:45 – 4:15Panel 3:
Kathleen Woodward (University of Washington): “Global Biorisk, Radical Unpredictability, and Outbreak Narratives”
Tara McPherson (University of Southern California): “Platforming Hate: The Right in the Digital Age”
Moderated by Anne Basting (UWM)
 4:15 – 4:30Break
 4:30 – 5:30

Roundtable: Dick Blau (UWM), Greg Jay (UWM), and Robin Pickering-Iazzi (UWM)

This event was sponsored by the Humanities Division of the College of Letters & Sciences and the Office of Research.