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Liberating Arts: Tackling Injustice Through the Humanities

A few weekends ago, I stepped into the Block Art Museum with a friend from out of town. We hadn’t planned much for the day, and I had a vague interest in one of their exhibits so we decided to … Continue reading

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Magical Doorknobs and Passing Time: Thoughts on ‘The Grown-Up’

On May 14th, the Kaplan Institute gathered a group of undergrads (Kaplan Scholars, Undergrad Affiliates, and Spring Break Plungers) to attend Shattered Globe Theatre‘s production of The Grown-Up at Theatre Wit. We kicked off the night with pizza in the theater space as … Continue reading

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Shifting Art: A Talk with Distinguished Harris Lecturer David Joselit

This week, the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities welcomes David Joselit, Distinguished Professor in Art History at City University of New York’s (CUNY) Graduate Center, as our Distinguished Harris Lecturer. Joselit, who has studied art from the likes of Marcel Duchamp … Continue reading

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Literacy and Leadership: A Talk with Professor Angela Ray

Angela Ray, an Associate Professor in the Communication Studies Department, has a voice that “sounds like home” (or so some of her former students from the South have told her) and is an expert in rhetorical history and criticism. Ray, … Continue reading

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Intelligent Machines: The Robotics of Humanity

Chappie, an upcoming movie by Neill Blomkamp, director of District 9, investigates the possibility of “a machine that can think and feel.” As Chappie poignantly (and chillingly for the audience) says, “I am consciousness. I am alive. I am Chappie.” … Continue reading

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Sounding Art: A Talk with Artist in Residence Walter Kitundu

This winter, the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities has the extreme pleasure of welcoming Walter Kitundu (MacArthur Fellow, multi-talented artist, daring musical innovator and admitted bird lover) as our celebrated Artist in Residence. Kitundu was generous enough to take a few … Continue reading

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