Crucible of Care: De-industrialization, Inequality, and the Making of the Service Economy

Gabriel Winant
Palmer 223 Thursday Feb. 8th @ 2PM

While nobody was looking, health care became by far the largest sector of employment across the postindustrial United States. Why did this happen? And what relationship did this change have to the rise of social inequality in America’s cities? This talk uses the transformation of the city of Pittsburgh to explore these larger changes in work and inequality in America.

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Job Talk History Candidate – Annelise Heinz
Monday, Feb. 5 @ 2pm Palmer 223

Jewish Women, a Chinese Game, and the Paradoxes of Postwar Domesticity

This talk is drawn from Ms. Heinz’s current book project, an American history of the Chinese parlor game mahjong. Mahjong was a modern Chinese game that, after an international craze in the 1920s, became a hallmark of post-World War II Jewish American culture. Jewish women’s weekly mahjong games carved out space for temporary female-only recreational spaces in their family-centered homes. The culture of the game reinforced the consensus of middle-class American domesticity to which Jewish Americans had unprecedented access in the 1950s and 1960s, while simultaneously establishing a unique norm – albeit limited – of autonomous female leisure.

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Black History Month Lecture – Feb. 8th – David Canton

Where Do We Go from Here? The Golden Anniversary of Continuity and Change 1968 – 2018
David Canton – Thursday, Feb. 8 @ 5pm – Bemis Great Hall

This year is the Golden Anniversary of the assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy and the creation of the first Black Studies Program at San Francisco State University. Fifty year anniversaries can be measured as a fork in the road, a pause to review and discuss ongoing progress, different strategies, and a change of direction. This talk will review, discuss, and offer strategies to address the last fifty years of what Ralph Ellison refers to as “the changing same of racism.”

David Canton graduated with a B.A. in History from Morehouse College, received his M.A. in Black Studies from The Ohio State University and earned his PhD in history from Temple University. Currently, he is an Associate Professor of History and Director of Africana Studies at Connecticut College. In 2015, Professor Canton served as the Interim Dean of Institution Equity and Inclusion at Connecticut College. He hired the college’s first Associate Dean of Institutional Equity and Inclusion and Title IX Coordinator, and the college’s first full-time LGBTQIA Director.

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Black History Month Lecture – Feb. 5th

Jimi Hendrix’s Stars and Stripes: Race, Place and Dissonance in the American National Anthem – Tammy L. Brown, PhD

Cornerstone 131 (Screening Room) Monday, Feb. 5 @ 4pm

In this lecture, Tammy L. Brown, PhD, will explore the politically loaded meanings of the American national anthem as rendered by legendary African-American performance artists from the 1960s through the present. If you understand the beauty and tragedy of American democracy, it is not surprising that three of the most memorable renditions of “The Star Spangled Banner” were performed by American-born black artists–descendants of African slaves whose voices and guitar riffs reflect the violence and beauty of this country: Jimi Hendrix in 1969, Marvin Gaye in 1983, and Whitney Houston in 1991. I analyze these renditions as statements of national pride coupled with tragic individual and collective memories, with emphasis on Hendrix’s electric interpretation of the anthem at the iconic Woodstock Music and Art Fair in 1969.

Jimi Hendrix’s performance of the “The Star Spangled Banner” is unforgettable because it was the first time American audiences witnessed a public performance of that “sacred” sonic text altered to such a far-out extent that it troubled the author’s original intent. Hendrix electrified a familiar soundscape by adding his signature dissonant notes, shrill and strident sounds that invite listeners to question: Is this an anthem or a dirge?

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The Theatre and Dance Department invites members of the campus community to attend our third candidate’s talk for the tenure-track position, assistant professor of dance studies. Dr. Pallavi Sriram’s talk, titled “Performative Geographies: Dancing Translocal Urban Space, Place, and Mobility” will be held today, February 2, in the Cornerstone Arts Center’s Screening Room at 4 pm.

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Please come to 2018 Cornerstone Arts Week, “What Is The Creative Brain?,” featuring concerts, lectures, films, and plays devoted to understanding the relationship between our brains and creativity. The week includes a dynamic kickoff concert by Tanya Tagaq, mind-bending lectures by neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky and famed writer and cartoonist Lynda Barry, student installations and compositions, Charlie Kaufman’s quirky film meditation on the brain and creativity, and a stage adaptation of Oliver Sacks’ “The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat.” All free, all open to the public, with most evening events starting a 7pm. Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Avenue, Monday January 29 through Saturday February 2.

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On First Wednesday of Block 6, from 7-9pm in Cornerstone Screening Room, J Street U will be hosting speakers from Combatants for Peace. This nonprofit organization was formed by a collective of former Israeli soldiers and Palestinian militants who now advocate for peace in Israel/Palestine. Two of them will be at CC to give a presentation on their experiences as fighters and activists. This is a can’t-miss opportunity for those who wish to enhance their knowledge on and understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from people who have experienced it first-hand. There will also be time for questions and a short discussion at the end.

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THE MAN WHO – a unique play inspired by Oliver Sacks’ best-seller “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat” – is performed TODAY & SAT at 7.00pm in CORNERSTONE STUDIO C and its FREE! We all have a brain and we think we know it. But, the moment we go inside, we find we are on another planet….THE MAN WHO explores case histories of patients lost in this vast mysterious world….a fAIL bETTER pRODUCTION for Cornerstone Arts Week directed by ANDREW MANLEY & performed by Mekael Daniel, Emily Gardner, Natalia Dellavalle, Theo Merrill, Aidan Hendrickson and Max Sarkowsky.

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