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Spring 2016

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Lunchtime Presentation on Matters of Life and Death

Yale Working Group on Globalization and Culture Presentation 

Thursday April 21
noon to 1:20pm
Stanhope 201

The Yale Working Group on Globalization and Culture will share their research on matters of life and death. The group is  a continuing experimental collective research project — a cultural studies laboratory — that is made up of graduate students from several disciplines.  In this collective presentation, the Working Group looks at the dialectic of living and dying, its spaces, specters, and temporalities. Life and death, biopolitics and necropolitics, loom large in critical vocabularies of culture, and the Working Group will here consider the increasingly blurred distinctions between virtuality and “real life,” various forms of death, new epistemologies of haunting endemic to globalization, and the quest to unravel the human genome as “the book of life.” How might cultural studies be a kind of life studies? Whose lives matter and of what matter are lives made?

Noise Uprising: The Audiopolitics of a World Musical Revolution

Michael Denning
William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor
American Studies
Yale University

Thursday April 21
4.30pm to 6pm
Betts Auditorium

Join the Program in American Studies for a presentation by Professor Michael Denning (Yale) on his latest book Noise Uprising: The Audiopolitics of a World Musical Revolution. Between the development of electrical recording in 1925 and the outset of the Great Depression in the early 1930s, the soundscape of modern times unfolded in a series of obscure recording sessions, as hundreds of unknown musicians entered makeshift studios to record the melodies and rhythms of urban streets and dancehalls. The musical styles and idioms etched onto shellac disks reverberated around the globe: among them Havana’s son, Rio’s samba, New Orleans’ jazz, Buenos Aires’ tango, Seville’s flamenco, Cairo’s tarab, Johannesburg’s marabi, Jakarta’s kroncong, and Honolulu’s hula. They triggered the first great battle over popular music and became the soundtrack to decolonization.

Professor Denning was the 2014 recipient of the Carl Bode-Norman Holmes Pearson Prize, honoring lifetime achievement in and contribution to the field of American Studies. His presentation will be followed by a conversation on his latest book,  Noise Uprising , with Tao Leigh Goffe (African American Studies) and David Minto (History, Society of Fellows), and Q&A with the audience.

Reception to follow in Woolworth (Music Department)

The Subject of Tonight's Address is the 25th Episode of the X-Files

Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas
Award-winning theater maker
Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas shares a ghost story, followed by a conversation with
Mr. Cortiñas and Professor Brian Herrera of the Lewis Center
April 25, 2016
5:00 p.m.
101 McCormick Hall

Critical Encounters Series is proud to present a film screening and a conversation between
S. Leo Chiang and Professor Erin Huang

April 26, 2016 
• 4:30pm • 100 Jones
Program will include a screening of filmmaker S. Leo Chiang's new documentary, entitled OUT RUN.

OUT RUN follows the only LGBT political party in the world on its historic quest to win Congressional seats in the Philippines. Campaigning in an intriguing culture where conservative Catholicism dominates yet gender non-conformity is unusually visible, the Ladlad (“Coming Out”) Party, led by transgender pioneer Bemz Benedito, pursues an offbeat, untested, and controversial campaign strategy—reaching out to a disparate network of working-class gay and transgender hairdressers and training them to be its grassroots campaign organizers. Culminating on election day, Ladlad’s unexpected and empowering story sheds light on the burgeoning struggles of LGBT rights movements in the Global South and East.

Screening will be followed by a conversation between filmmaker and Erin Huang, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and East Asian Studies.

For a recent interview with S. Leo Chiang in Filmmaker Magazine:

 For information on the screening of Chiang's new film at the Asian Pacific Film Fest:

Native Testimony

May 6-7, 2016
105 Bobst Center

The second graduate conference of the Princeton American Indian Studies Working Group will feature work on Native American and Indigenous Studies topics by graduate students, as well as remarks from faculty commentators. Keynote speaker will be Christine DeLucia, Assistant Professor of History at Mt. Holyoke College