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Exploring the Humanities Through Films and Lectures at HISB

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Vanessa Agard-Jones speaks on “Body Burdens” November 19 as part of the Humanities Institute’s fall lecture series.

How has digital technology impacted the Humanities? Why is Kate Bornstein a “Pleasant Danger?” Is Edward Snowden a traitor or patriot? These questions and many more will be addressed during the Humanities Institute at Stony Brook’s 2014 fall season.

The Humanities Institute at Stony Brook (HISB) was established in 1987 to promote interdisciplinary research and collaboration across the University. Through conferences, lectures, seminars, workshops, exhibitions, film series and performances, HISB draws on and stimulates new knowledge at the cutting edge of intellectual life. Events hosted by HISB are free and open to the public. For more information on the below events, please visit

Fall 2014 Humanities Institute Calendar of Events
(All events, unless indicated, are held in the Humanities Building, next to the Administration Building on Stony Brook University’s main campus.)

September 18 to September 20, 2014
Conference and film series — Global Women’s Cinema: Transnational Contexts, Cultural Difference and Gendered Scenarios
Humanities 1008, Hilton Garden Inn and Charles Wang Center
Please see Happenings story on the Conference here.

Thursday, October 2, 4 pm
Sam Feder, filmmaker, presents a screening of “Kate Bornstein is a Queer and Pleasant Danger”
Humanities 1006

Tuesday, October 7, 4 pm
Martha Vicinus, Distinguished University Professor, 
University of Michigan, speaking on “Agnostic Spirituality: Late Nineteenth-Century Women Writers and Religious Belief”
Humanities 1008

Wednesday, October 29, 4 pm
Stephen Robertson, professor and director, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, speaks on “The Differences Digital Technology Makes: Humanities Research and Scholarship in the Digital Age”
Humanities 1008

Thursday, October 30, 4 pm
Andrew Flescher, associate professor of preventive medicine and English, speaks on “Dealing With Satan’s Minions”
Humanities 1008

Saturday, November 1, 12 pm to 4 pm
Port Jefferson Village Go Green Information Fair
Port Jefferson Village Center

Wednesday, November 5, 4 pm
Kale Fajardo, associate professor of American studies and Asian American studies, University of Minnesota, speaks on “Chasing Carlos: Filipino Migration, Space/Place and Settler Colonialisms”
Humanities 1006

Thursday, November 6, 4 pm
Great Debate: “Edward Snowden: Patriot or Traitor?”
Humanities 1006

Thursday, November 13, 4 pm
Jacob Rogozinski, author, speaks on “The Avowal of Truth: Torture and Confession in the Witch Hunt”
Humanities 1008

Wednesday, November 19, 4 pm
Vanessa Agard-Jones, assistant professor of women’s, gender and sexuality studies, Yale University, speaks on “Body Burdens: Accretive Violence and the Biopolitics of Health in Martinique”
Humanities 1008

Thursday, November 20, 4 pm
Robert Nixon, Rachel Carson and Elizabeth Ritzmann Professor of English, and Anne McClintock, Simone de Beauvoir Professor of English and women’s and gender studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, speak on “Environmental Humanities”
Humanities 1006

For more information please visit or call (631) 632-9983 or (631) 632-9957.

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