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Sunday, March 31, 2013


Curated by a group of interdisciplinary students from Pratt Institute, and supported by the Critical and Visual Studies program, the Wallabout Film Festival celebrates its 5th anniversary next month!
Wallabout will present the work of innovative student short filmmakers from around the world on Thursday, April 18 at Williamsburg's indieScreen with two shows - 6:30pm and 8:30pm - followed by a party and awards ceremony.

289 Kent Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

$12 regular, $10 students/seniors per program or $18 regular, $15 students/seniors for both

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Basil Tsiokos
what (not) to doc
Programming Associate, Documentary Features, Sundance Film Festival Shorts & Panel Programmer, DOC NYC Documentary Film & Festival Consultant Curator, Indiewire @ Hulu Documentaries
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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Breaking Vows: An Irreverent Conversation around Monogamy, Celibacy, Chastity, and Marriage.
Lead by
Lisabeth During
Professor of Social Sciences & Cultural Studies at Pratt Institute.

Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)
Hotel Particulier.
6 Grand Street
Address Line 2
New York, NY 10013

Marriage is the topic of the hour, gay or straight it seems to be getting good press almost everywhere. Hotel Particulier invites you to an irreverent conversation with Lisabeth During and Scot Nakagawa, to think together and talk about making and breaking vows, and about the implications of the fight for same-sex marriage.
In correlation with our dossier: Yes I do (k)not.

Lisabeth During teaches philosophy and film theory at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY. She studied theology at Cambridge and is completing a book called 'The Chastity Plot: Studies in an Ascetic Ideal'. Marriage (along with chastity and virginity) has been on her mind for a number of years.

Scot Nakagawa is a senior partner at ChangeLab, a grassroots political lab that explores structural solutions to achieve racial justice. His current blog, Race Files, addresses race and racism in U.S. politics and culture. An unusual entry, expressing his position on same-sex marriage, recently shook the debate around marriage equality.

Saturday April 13, 2013
Limited capacity
Ticket $12, includes coffee or tea; petits fours, tax and gratuity.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

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The Departments of
History of Art & Design
Social Science & Cultural Studies

Professor James Maffie 

Weaving the Aztec Cosmos: 
The Metaphysics of the Fifth Age

Thursday, March 21, 2013
Engineering, Room 305

Friday, March 15, 2013

Social Science and Cultural Studies Spring Speakers Series
co-sponsored with the Department of Humanities and Media Studies
  Nona Shepphard
Associate Director and Creative Director of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) 
  in conversation with 
Prof. Gregg Horowitz
Chair, Department of Social Science & Cultural Studies

Video from the Social Science and Cultural Studies Speaker Series event: Nona Sheppard in conversation with Gregg Horowitz, held on February 28, 2013.  Sheppard's lively discussion is wide-ranging, from an overview of her own career to the staging of Greek tragedy, accents and performance of Shakespeare, differences between American and British acting, and the power of words to convey the image, and of the image to convey the words.

On February 28, 2013, The Department of Social Science & Cultural Studies was pleased to welcome Nona Sheppard, Associate Director and Creative Director of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA),for a conversation with Prof. Gregg Horowitz, Chair of the Department of Social Science & Cultural Studies, and the audience. Nona Sheppard and Gregg Horowitz are introduced by Professor Traci Morris of the Department of Humanities and Media Studies

Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Department of 
Social Science and Cultural Studies 
Speakers Series
David Harvey
Distinguished Professor of Anthropology & Geography
Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY)
The Contradictions of Capital

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On February 26, 2013, the Department of Social Science & Cultural Studies at Pratt Institute welcomed David Harvey to speak as part of our department's lecture series.  His presentation focuses on the distinction between Capital and Capitalism, the housing crisis, global economics, alternative currencies, and  the impact of social movements such as Occupy Wall Street.
Department of  
Social Science and Cultural Studies
Speakers Series
Lisabeth During
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Pratt Institute
Ross Poole
Professor of Political Science, New School for Social Research
Rape and the Republic: 
Lucretia, Livy, Augustine, Machiavelli

March 19th, 5pm
Dekalb Hall
Seminar Room 208
Pratt Institute
Brooklyn, N. Y.

Please join us for the next installment of the Social Science & Cultural Studies Speaker Series for a talk by our own Lisabeth During and the New School's Ross Poole on "Rape and the Republic: Lucretia, Livy, Augustine, Machiavelli" at 5pm on March 19th.

The story of Lucretia is well known. She was the virtuous wife of a Roman nobleman who committed suicide after being raped by Sextus Tarquinius, the son of the king. Her body was displayed in the forum and the enraged citizens, led by Junius Brutus, expelled the Tarquins and established the Roman Republic. Slightly less well known is the story of Virginia. Fifty or so years after the rape of Lucretia, Claudius Appius, a patrician with tyrannical ambitions, attempted to enslave the daughter of a respected plebeian in order to have his way with her. When all seemed lost, her father seized a butcher’s knife and killed her -- to ‘make her free,’ as Machiavelli had it. After Virginia’s body was displayed in the forum, the citizens and the army forced Claudius Appius into exile, and the republican order was restored.

What do these stories tell us? What is it about rape that demands a political response? Why is republican rule established – and then re-established – through the death and display of a woman? Do these stories tell us something, not merely about republican forms of political order, but about the nature of sovereignty as such? In addressing these questions, we will consider, not merely the canonical account of Livy, but also the interpretations of later writers, especially St. Augustine, Machiavelli, and Lessing.

We will also consider, though more briefly, whether these ancient stories have anything to say to contemporary liberals anxious to keep the state out of their bedrooms, or to fathers ready to murder daughters in the name of honor.

Lisabeth During is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Pratt Instittue. She studied theology at Cambridge University, taught for many years in the Philosophy Department at the University of New South Wales, and now works at Pratt Institute of Art and Design in Brooklyn. She has published on Hegel, Artaud, George Eliot, Surrealism and André Bazin. Most recently, she co-edited with Lisa Trahair a special issue of Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities on Belief in Cinema which revisits themes from André Bazin (17.4, December 2012). Her “The Book of Chastity: Studies in an Ascetic Ideal” will be on the shelves soon.

 Ross Poole is the author of Morality and Modernity (Routledge, 1991), Nation and Identity (Routledge, 1991) and many articles and book chapters. Recent work includes 'Two Ghosts and an Angel,' Constellations 16(1) (2009) and 'Misremembering the Holocaust: Universal Symbol, Nationalist Icon, or Moral Kitsch?' in Memory and the Future, ed. Amy Sodaro et al. (Macmillan Palgrave, 2011). He teaches philosophy and politics at the New School for Social Research.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Social Science and Cultural Studies Speakers Series
Professor Amy Gansell
Visiting Assistant Professor of Art and Design, Pratt Institute
Concepts of Feminine Beauty and Adornment in Ancient Mesopotamia Illuminated through Near Eastern Cultural Practices of the Twentieth-century to the Present

March 6th, 5pm
Dekalb Hall  
Seminar Room 208
Pratt Institute
Brooklyn, N. Y.

Amy Gansell is a Visiting Assistant Professor in Pratt's History of Art and Design department.  She is a specialist of ancient Mesopotamian visual and material culture, c. 3000 to 500 BCE. Her areas of scholarly interest include ancient aesthetics, figural representation, ivory sculpture, dress, and landscape. She has written a number of essays and articles, as well as contributed to museum catalogues and educational publications. She is currently writing a book about female beauty in ancient Mesopotamian royal court during the early first millennium BCE.

If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, how can we recuperate notions of beauty from the depths of the past? While we cannot ask the ancient Mesopotamians what they see as beautiful, interdisciplinary research can uncover multiple facets of their aesthetics. In an effort to interpret ancient Mesopotamian ideals of feminine beauty, I have examined surviving artworks, texts, archaeological remains, and Near Eastern cultural practices of the twentieth century to the present. A primary theme of my investigation, across media and disciplines, is adornment. In relation to ancient evidence, this paper particularly discusses my field research, conducted in 2003 and 2006, on traditional Syrian bridal costume and earlier ethnographic reports documenting regional values of feminine beauty.
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Main Brooklyn Campus
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