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2014 Fall Silence


September 8, 2014

Public Reading: Lydia Davis

Lydia Davis will read from her latest collection of short fiction, Can’t and Won’t (2014), as well as some of her recent translations of the Dutch writer A.L. Snijders and a short story by the late Lucia Berlin. In the course of the reading, she will touch briefly, between stories, on the silence of the […]

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Film Screening: “The Flat”

At age 98, director Arnon Goldfinger’s grandmother passed away, leaving him the task of clearing out the Tel Aviv flat that she and her husband shared for decades after immigrating from Nazi Germany in the 1930s. Sifting through a mountain of photos, letters, files, and objects, Goldfinger undertook the complex process of making sense of […]

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Exhibition Opening: “Silences”

This exhibition will be curated and installed by the Scripps College Humanities Institute Junior Fellows, with the help of Carrie Marsh, director of Special Collections and Libraries at Honnold/Mudd, and Judy Harvey Sahak, director of Denison Library. It will be on view in Denison through Tuesday, December 16.

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Faculty Seminar: David Cubek, “Venezuelan Silences”

Addressing recent controversies involving musicians and artists following the incendiary protests and government repression in Venezuela this year, this seminar will explore longstanding and fundamental questions regarding political responsibility: Should artistic and educational institutions be held accountable for the actions or the opinions of sponsors and patrons – or for their silence with regard to […]

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Public Talk: Pete Brook, “Prison Silences”

Prison Obscura, currently on view at the Clark Humanities Museum, presents rarely seen vernacular, surveillance, evidentiary, and prisoner-made photographs, shedding light on the prison-industrial complex. In this talk, Brook will discuss the silences that permeate prison culture in the United States: both the silencing of prisoners themselves and the silence of others about the issues […]

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Exhibition Reception: “Prison Obscura”

The exhibition is on view at the Clark Humanities Museum from Sept. 2 through Oct. 17. The reception will take place from 5:30-7:00pm. Brook will also present “Prison Silences,” a public lecture for the Humanities Institute on Oct. 2 at 4:15 p.m. in Garrison Theater at the Scripps College Performing Arts Center. Click here for the spectacular Los Angeles […]

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September 4, 2014

Seminar: Lydia Davis, “On Translation”

In the course of discussing her career as translator from French, Dutch, and other languages, Lydia Davis will describe the vital role of the translator in importing the writings of other cultures and traditions and exposing them to wider audiences. It is the translator into English who can give voice to those writers who would […]

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August 27, 2014

Faculty Seminar: Nathalie Rachlin, “Rithy Panh’s ‘The Missing Picture’ “

For many years, Rithy Panh looked for the missing picture: a photograph taken between 1975 and 1979 by the Khmer Rouge when they ruled over  Cambodia. On its own, of course, an image could not prove mass murder, but it could give us cause for thought, prompt us to meditate, to record History. Panh searched […]

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Faculty Seminar: Bill Anthes, “Indigenous Silences”

In 2013, the artist Edgar Heap of Birds created Native Hosts, an installation on the Pitzer College campus comprising twenty sign panels recognizing sites and landmarks in the Los Angeles basin. Heap of Birds’s public artwork combined familiar place names with those in the indigenous Tongva language (for example by juxtaposing “California,” here made strange by the […]

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Faculty Seminar: Paul Buchholz, “The Silent Earth”

Inspired by the mass circulation of environmentalist discourse around 1970, many European fiction writers became preoccupied with visions of empty, silent landscapes in which no humans remain. German-language fiction of the 1970s frequently envisioned desertified, depopulated landscapes that signified the destruction wrought by industrial society, consumerism, and militarism. The literary imagination of these spaces is […]

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Public Talk: Jeffrey Prager, “Like Parent, Like Child”

It is a well-documented yet not-well-understood fact that those who have suffered abuse in their lives have a greater likelihood of being abusive to others. Bringing together psychoanalytic and sociological perspectives, this lecture explores the phenomenon of the intergenerational transmission of trauma, examining the oftentimes hidden sources of traumatic repetition both by individuals and among […]

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August 26, 2014

Public Talk: Gregg Bordowitz, “On Trying to Shut Up”

There’s a difference between silence and quietude. The experiences of living with AIDS for more than half of one’s adult life demand fine distinctions. Some difficult lessons began in 1987 with the appearance of posters all over New York City proclaiming SILENCE=DEATH. Gregg Bordowitz is a writer and artist living in New York and the […]

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Piano Concert: Michael Abramovich

Federico Mompou, Música Callada, 28 Pieces for Piano in 4 Books Joseph Haydn, Sonata in D Major, Hob. XVI: 42 John Cage, 4’33” Olivier Messiaen, Regard du Silence Click here for the spectacular Student Life review of the concert  Born in Romania and based in Berlin since 1997, Michael Abramovich is a frequent performer across […]

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Book Reading and Publication Party: “The Silent History”

It begins with a statistical oddity: a spike in children born with acute speech delays. Physically normal in every way, these children never speak and do not respond to speech; they don’t learn to read, don’t learn to write. As the number of cases grows to an epidemic level, theories spread. Maybe it’s related to […]

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August 18, 2014

Film Screening: “Deaf Jam” and Tahani Salah

In Deaf Jam, Aneta Brodski seizes the day. She is a deaf teen introduced to American Sign Language (ASL) Poetry, who then boldly enters the spoken word slam scene. In a wondrous twist, Aneta, an Israeli immigrant living in the borough of Queens in New York City, eventually meets Tahani Salah, a hearing Palestinian slam poet. […]

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