August 2000



The English Institute's 59th meeting will explore new work under four headings, a topic, a genre, an author, and a text for group discussion. The topic panel, Compassion, will mark out a domain of attachment, of love, ethics, aesthetics, and politics. The discussion of genre will explore the formation of cultural categories, the subject, and sexuality in Renaissance prose. Rethinking the sympathy/compassion for which George Eliot is famous, the author panel will engage the renewed interest in ethics, affect, and the novel. Adorno's "Resignation," a brief essay, in which he reflects on the responsibilities of intellectuals, will be the subject of the roundtable discussion. For more information, please contact Betsy Brown, The English Institute, Humanities Center, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138. Web:; E-mail: <>.

Cambridge, MA: September 15 - 17, 2000



"Dreams of Interpretation/Interpretation of Dreams" commemorates the 100th anniversary of the publication of Sigmund Freud's Interpretation of Dreams -- an epochal book that has left an indelible mark on the last century. This conference looks both to the past and the future in its assessment of the Freudian legacy and seeks to address the following questions: What is the status of psychoanalytic theory today? At what new understandings of its history have we arrived? What is the future of psychoanalysis and its interventions in the clinic and in a wider cultural field? Contact: C. Liu, J. Mowitt, T. Pepper, University of Minnesota, Humanities Institute, 103 Nolte, 315 Pillsbury Drive SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455; Web:; E-mail Jakki Spicer <>

Minneapolis, MN: October 5 - 7, 2000



"The Modern Presidency: FDR to Clinton" will examine issues of presidential leadership, character and achievement and provide sustained discussion of the problems, limitations and possibilities of the modern presidency. Speakers include Douglas Brinkley, Robert Dallek, Dinesh D'Souza, Betty Glad, Doris Graber, Joan Hoff, William E. Leuchtenburg, Steve Neal, David Maraniss, Clarence Page, and Thomas Reeves. The conference will take place at the University of Illinois at Chicago and is sponsored by the Office of the UIC Historian, the Institute for the Humanities, the Provost, the Chancellor and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago; and the Illinois Humanities Council. For further information contact Linda Vavra, 701 S. Morgan, MC 206, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL 60607-7040; T: (312) 996-6354; E-mail: <>; Web:

Chicago, IL: October 13 - 14, 2000



The Humanities and Sciences Department of the School of Visual Arts announces the Fourteenth Annual National Conference on Liberal Arts and the Education of Artists. This year's focus topic is "Metamorphoses 2000: Expressive Technology, Art & the Humanities." The keynote speaker will be Jaron Lanier, Artist and Scientist. This two-day conference will examine how technologies used for art and communication challenge definitions of identity, physical and personal space, authorship and community while seeming to pit technique against creativity. The conference will take place on October 18 - 20, 2000 at the Algonquin Hotel, New York City. Registration is $245; after September 15, $255. For information, contact Dr. Maryhelen Hendricks, director, School of Visual Arts, 209 East 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010; T: (212) 592-2625; or visit our web site at

New York, NY: October 18 - 20, 2000



The College of Fine Arts at Ohio University presents an exploration of art as a process that is inseparable from how the body and the mind make a world. Invited artists and scholars: Mark Johnson, Lewis Hyde, Ellen Dissanayake, Nancy Aiken, Brian Hanson, Jacquelyn A. Lewis-Harris, Joseph Carroll, Carol-Lynne Moore. Power Boothe, Moderator. It is in the belief that the arts are an essential aspect of our embodied human existence that we come together to explore the wide-ranging implications of this approach. The keynote address: Mark Johnson, author of Body in the Mind and co-author of Philosophy in the Flesh. Registration info: Janis Carnahan T: (740) 593.1764; E-mail: <>; Web: Program info: Pam Douglas (740) 593-0672; E-mail: <>

Athens, OH: November 2 - 5, 2000



Albion College announces "Morality and Its Other(s): A National Conference on Moral Norms and Public Discourse." The Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Meaning and Value at Albion College in Michigan invites scholars to participate in an interdisciplinary effort to critically examine how moral norms operate in domestic and international spheres. We seek empirical, historical, theoretical and theological explorations on a range of themes including: Moral Autonomy and Subjectivity, Human Rights, Sexual Ethics, Virtue and Corruption, Ethics of Justice/Care, Women and Theology, Ethnography and Moral Diversity, Legal Norms and Social Justice, and more. Keynotes/Workshop leaders: Eva Feder Kittay, Henry Shue, Kathy Rudy, and others. For information contact Mimi Schippers, E-mail: <> or Kathy Purnell, E-mail: <> Closing date for abstracts/panel proposals: June 30, 2000.

Albion, MI: November 9 - 11, 2000



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