Monday, April 21, 2008

at the end of the week:Radicalism, Reform, Reaction

Those folks not venturing north for the LA Times Festival of Books, may want to plan on attending some or all of these festivities. I highly recommend the Friday evening showing of Haskell Wexler's classic, "Medium Cool," hosted by UCI professor and author Jon Weiner.

The UCI Humanities Center will host a two-day conference on "The Future of the Sixties: Radicalism, Reform, Reaction." This conference will be a critical evaluation of emancipatory politics and institutional reforms in the wake of the cultural and political upheavals of the 1960s.

The conference will take place on April 25-26, 2008 in 135 Humanities Instructional Building.
For a complete schedule, please visit the Humanities Center website:

This conference will take place in conjunction with a special Film and Video Center Screening on Friday, 4/25 at 8 pm in 100 Humanities Instructional Building of a rare 35mm copy of Haskell Wexler's Medium Cool (1969), about a television news cameraman and Appalachian migrant worker who meet in Chicago on the eve of the Democratic National Convention. The film features a score by Frank Zappa.

Complete Schedule:
Friday, April 25th

9:30 am | Welcoming and Opening Remarks
9:45 | John Carlos Rowe: "The Death of Francis Scott Key and Other Dirges: The New American Studies and Music"
Respondent: Jerome Christensen
11:00 | Christopher Newfield: "Unmaking the Public University: The Political Meanings of the Downsized Middle Class."
Respondent: Michael Szalay
12:30 pm | Lunch
1:30 | Russell Berman: "Radicalism as Reaction: From Left-Fascism to Campus Antisemitism"
Respondent: Ellen Burt
3:00 | Coffee
3:15 | “The University and Forms of Freedom and Dissent”
Faculty roundtable with George Marcus, Nasrin Rahimieh, and Frank Wilderson
5:00 | Reception
8:00 | UCI Film & Video Center screening of Medium Cool (1969) in 100 Humanities Instructional Building, followed by Q&A with Jon Wiener

Saturday, April 26th
9:30 | Breakfast
9:45 | Ian Hunter: "The Spirit of Theory in the University"
Respondent: James Steintrager
11:15 | Counterculture, Cyberculture, Popular Culture:
Faculty roundtable with Anke Biendarra, Mark Goble, Peter Krapp, Mark Poster, and Julia Bryan-Wilson
12:30 pm | Lunch
2:00 | Jean-Michel Rabate: "68 + 1 : Lacan's annee erotique"
Respondent: Horacio Legras

Featured guest speakers:
Russell Berman, Professor of German and Comparative Literature and Walter A. Haas Professor in the Humanities, Stanford University
Ian Hunter, Research Professor in the Centre for the History of European Discourses, University of Queensland
Christopher Newfield, Professor of English, UC Santa Barbara
Jean-Michel Rabate, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, University of Pennsylvania
John Carlos Rowe, USC Associates Chair in Humanities and Professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California

Participating UCI Faculty:
Anke Biendarra, Julia Bryan-Wilson, Ellen Burt, Jerome Christensen, Mark Goble, Peter Krapp, Horacio Legras, George Marcus, Mark Poster, Nasrin Rahimieh, James Steintrager, Michael Szalay, Jon Wiener, and Frank Wilderson

Co-sponsored by the Humanities Center, the Department of English, and the Dr. Samuel M. Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture.

For more information, please contact Maritess Santiago at, or 949.824.3638.

1 comment:

Special Needs Mama said...

I so wish I could attend.

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