Gould Center for Humanistic Studies

The Gould Center for Humanistic Studies enhances CMC's mission to educate leading minds by providing opportunities for research, study, and experience in art, literature, history, philosophy and other fields as a means to understand and develop the power and use of the imagination.


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Two recent items explore the legacy of Czeslaw Milosz. Read Andrzej Franaszek's "Why Czeslaw Milosz Still Matters," from the May 15 edition of The New York Times. Franaszek also wrote Milosz: A Biography, an English translation of which has just been published by Harvard University Press. Adam Kirsch reviews the biography in the May 29 issue of The New Yorker, and you can read it here.

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Alice Sebold
Alice Sebold
We Move As a Group: Uniting the Genders in the Fight Against Rape Culture

 

Monday, April 9
5:30 p.m.
Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum

Alice Sebold, best selling author and memoirist, was raped while a student at Syracuse University and subsequently successfully prosecuted her assailant. She will draw from that personal experience to speak to the idea that it is not just the victims of sexual assault—found in every gender, ethnicity, age group, and social class—that suffer in a world where sex crimes are increasingly common place, but all of us. Though not shying away from the grim realities of the present, Sebold's goal is to provide hope by working to dismantle the antiquated and destructive divisions that still exist among us and to inspire a more open dialogue.

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Thomas Crow
Thomas Crow
Ricardo J. Quinones Lecture: Modern Time, Classical Time, and Cosmic Time in the Progress of Théodore Géricault

 

Monday, April 16
5:30 p.m.
Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum

From the moment of his journey to Rome in 1816, the young outsider Théodore Géricault—the most meteoric talent of Romantic painting—underwent dramatic transformations as an artist, under both the stimulus of ancient remains and the charged intensity of Roman daily life. He was accompanied in this odyssey by his lesser known contemporary Antoine Jean-Baptiste Thomas, whose startlingly vivid and sociologically sophisticated depictions of the city remain almost unknown. On his return journey to Paris in 1817, as Thomas Crow, professor of modern art at NYU will discuss, Géricault witnessed scenes of climate-induced privation and distress that haunted his fraught progress toward the epoch-making Raft of the Medusa.

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Adam Zagajewski
Adam Zagajewski
An Evening of Poetry

 

Wednesday, April 25
5:30 p.m.
Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum

“Not so long ago we had two incredible voices—Neruda and Milosz. Now we have Adam Zagajewski, who also speaks passionately from both the historical and the personal perspective, in poems reduced to a clean, lyrical clarity. In one poet’s opinion (mine), he is now our greatest and truest representative, the most pertinent, impressive, meaningful poet of our time.” —Mary Oliver, winner of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.

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Milosz Institute Fellows

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Jonathan Bolton
Jonathan Bolton

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Piotr Florczyk
Piotr Florczyk

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Eric Karpeles
Eric Karpeles

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Lillian Vallee
Lillian Vallee

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