Dr. Kimberly Hamilin, Associate Professor of American Studies at Miami University of Ohio, will give a talk today at noon in Garrison 1.102. Hamilin’s lecture, entitled “Finding Sex and Gender in the (History of Science) Archive,” will consider the relationship between scientific study, gender, and the women’s rights movements of the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries.
Hamlin is the author of From Eve to Evolution: Darwin, Science, and Women’s Rights in Gilded Age America (2014, University of Chicago Press). She received her PhD from the University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Leif Fredrickson, Ambrose Monell Fellow in Technology and Democracy at the Miller Center of Public Affairs, University of Virginia, will give a public lecture this Monday, February 19th at 9 AM. The lecture will be held in Burdine (BUR) 214, and will feature a question and answer period following the lecture.
Fredrickson will lecture on a key aspect of his research: the link between mid-century processes of suburbanization and the environmental degradation of inner cities. Specifically, Fredrickson’s talk will examine the history of lead poisoning in Baltimore and the nation, exploring how metropolitan development – especially suburbanization – produced or exacerbated unequal lead exposure to across racial, spatial, and class lines. Suburbanites and suburban development benefited from lead-related technologies, such as lead piping, lead-solder, lead-acid batteries and leaded gasoline. These benefits were often not shared by those in the inner city, however. Moreover, many of the pollution externalities of these technologies were foisted onto the residents of the inner city. This was particularly true of leaded gasoline used by suburban commuters. But the production and recycling of other lead products, such as lead-acid batteries, was also concentrated in the inner city, and so was the pollution from these products. In addition, suburbanization increased lead hazards in the inner city by accelerating housing deterioration, which exacerbated lead paint hazards. Some suburbanites even benefited more directly from this housing deterioration through their profitable ownership of slum housing in the inner city. Suburbanites, meanwhile, were able to carve out healthier, and wealthier, environments on the metropolitan periphery.
Dr. Christina Sharpe, Professor of English at Tuft’s University, will deliver the Audre Lorde-Cedric Robinson Distinguished Lecture in Black Studies this Thursday, February 15th at 3 P.M. The lecture will take place at the Glickman Conference Center, CLA 1.302B. Sharpe will lecture on her 2016 book In the Wake: On Blackness and Being.
From Duke University Press: “In this original and trenchant work, Christina Sharpe interrogates literary, visual, cinematic, and quotidian representations of Black life that comprise what she calls the “orthography of the wake.” Activating multiple registers of “wake”—the path behind a ship, keeping watch with the dead, coming to consciousness—Sharpe illustrates how Black lives are swept up and animated by the afterlives of slavery, and she delineates what survives despite such insistent violence and negation. Initiating and describing a theory and method of reading the metaphors and materiality of “the wake,” “the ship,” “the hold,” and “the weather,” Sharpe shows how the sign of the slave ship marks and haunts contemporary Black life in the diaspora and how the specter of the hold produces conditions of containment, regulation, and punishment, but also something in excess of them. In the weather, Sharpe situates anti-Blackness and white supremacy as the total climate that produces premature Black death as normative. Formulating the wake and “wake work” as sites of artistic production, resistance, consciousness, and possibility for living in diaspora, In the Wake offers a way forward.”
This Monday, January 29th from 9 – 10:30 A.M. Dr. Betsy Beasley, Member at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University, will give a lecture entitled “Expert Capital: Houston and the Making of a Service Empire.” The talk will be held at Burdine 214, and will feature a Q & A period at the end of the event. Dr. Beasley’s lecture is based on her forthcoming project of the same name, under contract with Harvard University Press. Dr. Beasley has provided a short description of her lecture, which you can read below. We hope to see you there!
“What are the environmental, political, and cultural implications of an economy dominated by companies that profit from fossil fuels without actually getting their hands dirty producing them? During the second half of the twentieth century, U.S.-based oil companies faced both domestic and international threats. At home, easily accessible oil reserves sputtered, their supplies in decline, while refinery workers organizing across racial lines challenged corporate power, and new social movements demanded greater environmental responsibility from fossil fuel producers. Abroad, anti-colonial campaigns decades in the making transformed oil-rich colonies into new nations skeptical of the U.S. and committed to nationalizing natural resources. The traditional model of the U.S. oil company–in which a company’s value and profits stemmed from the crude reserves it controlled and the refined fuel it marketed and sold–was in jeopardy. As the oil giants faced uncertainty, oil executives, engineers, and logisticians invented a business strategy to adapt to a new economic, environmental, and political climate. Rather than profit from their direct ownership of oil reserves, they built oilfield services companies that sold their management, engineering, and logistical expertise to oil producers around the world. This talk shows how these white-collar experts created a new market that commodified their self-proclaimed oilfield experience and knowledge. In the process, they diffused the threat of oil industry unionization at home, staved off responsibility for environmental destruction, and made U.S. economic power palatable in a postcolonial world.”
Dr. Randolph Lewis, Professor of American Studies at UT Austin and author of the recently published book Under Surveillance: Being Watched in America, was interviewed for the most recent cover story in National Geographic magazine, entitled “They Are Watching You–and Everything Else in America.” The article is about the expansion of surveillance technologies and practices over the past few decades, and Dr. Lewis specifically discusses the detrimental effects of surveillance’s “constant badgering” of the American populace–especially for those “who really feel its undertow.” Give it a read!
Stephen Shore. US 97, South of Klamath Falls, Oregon. 7/21/1973. © Stephen Shore, 303 Gallery, New York.
Dr. Steven Hoelscher will give a Gallery Talk on the Blanton Museum’s blockbuster photography exhibition entitled “The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip.” The talk will occur on Thursday, December 14th at 12:30 P.M. in the First Floor Temporary Exhibition Gallery at the Blanton.
More information about the talk can be found here: https://blantonmuseum.org/events/perspectives-hoelscher/
More information on the exhibition itself can be found here: https://blantonmuseum.org/exhibition/the-open-road-photography-and-the-american-road-trip/
Congratulations to UT AMS PhD and current faculty Dr. Randolph Lewis who was interviewed this week in the Texas Obserabout his new book, Under Surveillance: Being Watched in Modern America. We’ve included an excerpt below, and you can read the whole interview here:
You introduce the concept of the Funopticon, or the lighter side of surveillance — from hobby drones to surveillance cameras designed to look like cuddly animals. Why did you want to write about how surveillance can be fun?
The Panopticon, from Foucault, was the dominant metaphor in surveillance studies in the last 100 years — thinking about how we’re going to internalize the gaze of the warden in all these senses. It’s a powerful metaphor, but it tends to be deployed in a sinister, scary, Orwellian way. And I was looking for a way to account for the lighthearted, voyeuristic and sexual side of surveillance. What do you do with the fact that people like to download apps that let them see random CCTV footage from around the world?
So much of surveillance culture is driven by men looking at women in objectifying ways, sometimes called “perveillance.” For example, a lot of casino CCTV operators and shopping center parking lot operators are young men who are using the equipment maliciously as a form of sexual harassment. There’s pleasure in there, and some of it’s dark and disturbing.
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Lewis!