The Humanities Institute

Program Archive

Silence

Is silence the absence of sound? Is it the space between words, a pause between heart­beats? Is silence a refusal to speak — or to respond? Is silence collaborative, complicit? Is it pleasant, peaceful? Contemplative? Is meditation a form of silence? Does silence signify absence? Does it entail presence? Does silence make you nervous? Is silence menacing? In fall 2014, the Humanities Institute explores the theory and practice of silence: voluntary and coerced, solitary and communal, literal and metaphoric. What are the politics of silence? How has silence been mandated and inflicted across historical periods and in a range of cultures and geographic locations? How are silence and gender related? Can silence be palpable, visual, deafening, architectural, dynamic? Hush. Let’s think about it.

Speakers and Events

September 11, 2014
Film Screening: "Deaf Jam" and Tahani Salah
dir. Judy Lieff (USA, 2011, 70 minutes), followed by Q&A with Tahani Salah
poet, educator, and activist, New York

Humanities Auditorium, Bette Cree Edwards Humanities Building

September 25, 2014
Book Reading and Publication Party: "The Silent History"
Eli Horowitz and Kevin Moffett
co-authors of "The Silent History"

Founders Room, Honnold/Mudd Library

October 2, 2014
Faculty Seminar: David Cubek, "Venezuelan Silences: Music and Politics"
David Cubek
Music, Scripps College

Baxter 108

October 2, 2014
Public Talk: Pete Brook, "Prison Silences"
Pete Brook
curator of "Prison Obscura"

Garrison Theater, Scripps College Performing Arts Center

October 2, 2014
Exhibition Reception: "Prison Obscura"
Visit website

Clark Humanities Museum

October 9, 2014
Faculty Seminar: Paul Buchholz, "The Silent Earth: Environmental Fears in Late-Twentieth-Century Central European Literature"
Paul Buchholz
German Studies, Scripps College

Baxter 108

October 16, 2014
Piano Concert: Michael Abramovich
Michael Abramovich
pianist and conductor, Berlin

Balch Auditorium

October 23, 2014
Public Talk: Gregg Bordowitz, "On Trying to Shut Up"
Gregg Bordowitz
artist and writer, New York

Boone Recital Hall, Scripps College Performing Arts Center

October 30, 2014
Faculty Seminar: Bill Anthes, "Indigenous Silences"
Bill Anthes
Art History, Pitzer College

Baxter 108

October 30, 2014
Exhibition Opening: "Silences"

Denison Library

October 30, 2014
Film Screening: "The Flat"
dir. Arnon Goldfinger (Israel, 2012, 97 minutes)

Boone Recital Hall, Scripps College Performing Arts Center

November 6, 2014
Public Talk: Jeffrey Prager, "Like Parent, Like Child: Transmissions of Trauma across Generations"
Jeffrey Prager
Sociology, UCLA

Boone Recital Hall, Scripps College Performing Arts Center

November 13, 2014
Faculty Seminar: Nathalie Rachlin, "Rithy Panh's 'The Missing Picture' "
Nathalie Rachlin
French Studies, Scripps College

Baxter 108

November 20, 2014
Seminar: Lydia Davis, "On Translation"
Lydia Davis
writer and translator

Baxter 108

November 20, 2014
Public Reading: Lydia Davis
Lydia Davis
writer and translator

Hampton Room, Malott Commons