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Whitney Humanities Center Events

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September 8, 2006
Nashville (Robert Altman)
(Cinema at the Whitney, Whitney Humanities Center)
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Gala reception 7 pm Screening 8 pm
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September 12, 2006
Peter Cole
Peter Cole, “Real Gazelles in Imaginary Gardens: Art, Scholarship, and the Translation of Hebrew Poems from Muslim Spain” lecture 5 pm, Room 208.
The Whitney Humanities Center is pleased to announce the appointment of artist and scholar Peter Cole as the inaugural Franke Visiting Fellow for the fall semester of the 2006-2007 academic year.
A long-term resident of Jerusalem, Mr. Cole is a distinguished American poet and translator. He is also one of the founders and editors of Ibis Editions, a small press devoted to the dissemination and recontextualization of medieval and modern literature of the Levant, originally composed in Hebrew, Arabic, French, Turkish, and Greek. Himself the acclaimed author of two vital volumes of poetry—Rift and Hymns & Qualms—Mr. Cole’s prize-winning translations of the Hebrew Golden Age poets Shmuel Hanagid and Solomon Ibn Gabirol, among others, recreate the multifaceted world of medieval Spain, during which the Jewish artistic and intellectual communities flourished under Islamic rule. More recently, Cole has rendered into English the contemporary Arabic works of the Palestinian poet Taha Muhammad Ali as well as Hebrew political poems by Aharon Shabtai and the novels of Yoel Hoffmann. Mr. Cole’s larger poetic project, including The Dream of the Poem, a forthcoming comprehensive anthology of Hebrew poetry of the Iberian Peninsula from its eleventh-century beginnings through the forced expulsions of 1492, aims to reveal the interconnectedness of past and present and generate greater understanding among seemingly disparate communities.
The Franke Visiting Scholars and Artists Program is made possible by the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Franke of Chicago. The Frankes have already endowed the Whitney’s annual series of high-profile lectures and seminars presenting enduring topics in the humanities to Yale undergraduates and the broader New Haven community. Their latest gift and the creation of this special residential fellowship will ensure ongoing interdisciplinary exchange and creative debate at the Whitney in particular and at Yale in general.
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September 29-30, 2006
“Crises of Our Republics: Hannah Arendt at One Hundred” conference
(Yale Program in Ethics, Politics, and Economics, Whitney Humanities Center)
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October 13, 2006
"The Continuing Dialogue: Honoring Directed Studies at 60” conference
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October 17, 2006
“Why Translation Matters”
A discussion between translators, critics, scholars, and publishers about the place of translation today.
Moderators: Peter Cole, Franke Visiting Fellow, poet, translator, and editor John Donatich, Director, Yale University Press.
Panelists: Edith Grossman, award-winning translator of Don Quixote Eliot Weinberger, award-winning translator, essayist, and editor William Granara, Gordon Gray Professor of the Practice of Arabic, Harvard University Richard Sieburth, Professor of Comparative Literature and French, New York University.
4:30 pm, Auditorium
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October 18-19, 2006
The Tanner Lectures on Human Values
Anthony Grafton, Henry Putnam University Professor of History, Princeton University.
October 18, “Rat’s Alley? The Humanities in the American University”
October 19, “Clio’s Catastrophe? History and the Humanities”
October 20, Chris Wood
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November 16, 2006
Dramatic reading of Thucydides’ Peloponnesian War
Director: David Muse,
Associate Director: Shakespeare Theatre Company,
Commentator: Donald Kagan, Sterling Professor of Classics and History, Yale University.
7 pm, Auditorium
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November 30 – December 3, 2006
“Orson Welles in Europe” film conference
(Film Studies Program, Whitney Humanities Center)
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