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Remembering the Center for 20th Century Studies

October 26 @ 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

50th Anniversary PosterIn honor of 50 years of research and collaboration, C21 is hosting a special 50th anniversary symposium on Friday, October 26, 2018.

Remembering the Center for 20th Century Studies celebrates 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 will reflect upon and exemplify the Center’s intellectual history and legacy for humanities research today. The plenary speakers are Amelie Hastie (Amherst), Andreas Huyssen (Columbia), Tara McPherson (USC), Patricia Mellencamp (UWM), Gary Weissman (University of Cincinnati),and Kathleen Woodward (University of Washington).

Before we kick off our 50th anniversary symposium, please join us on Thursday for 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

9:00 Breakfast
9:30 Opening remarks by Dean Scott Gronert and Distinguished Professor Jane Gallop (UWM)
Live Stream
10 – 11:30 Panel 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)
Live Stream
11:45 – 12:45 Lunch
1:00 – 2:30 Panel 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)
Live Stream
2:30 – 2:45 Break
2:45 – 4:15 Panel 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)
Live Stream
4:15 – 4:30 Break
4:30 – 5:30 Roundtable: Dick Blau (UWM), Greg Jay (UWM), and Robin Pickering-Iazzi (UWM)
Live Stream

Reception: A light supper buffet with drinks will be provided by Greg and Martha Jay at their home from 7 – 10 pm. Symposium attendees and participants are invited to attend.

Food: Lunch and refreshments will be provided during the symposium.

Registration: Event is free and open to the public; registration is required.

Parking: If you are driving to the symposium, please consult the UWM Parking and Transit website for parking information.

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


October 26
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
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