War, Violence and the Humanities
The 2010-11 theme of the Humanities Institute--War, Violence, and the Humanities--emerged at the intersection of several opportunities. First, Faculty Fellow in Residence Steven Sonnenberg offered to organize a seven-week community course on a seven-week community course on "Helping Our Teenagers Think About Violence and Peace."
Dr. Sonnenberg, a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and expert on PTSD, will give a Distinguished Visiting Lecture on March 1 entitled "There Are No Bystanders When We Are At War."
Second, we had the opportunity to collaborate with Texas Performing Arts on events complementing two of their productions. In the fall we worked with the Austin Public Library to organize Atomic Cinema, a series of film screenings offered in conjunction with L.A Theatre Works production of "The Real Dr. Strangelove: Edward Teller and the Battle for the H-Bomb". And we are also collaborating with Texas Performing Arts on a series of exciting events to complement the Scottish National Theatre's production of Black Watch.
The series began with two showings of film-maker and UT professor Nancy Schiesari's documentary, Tatooed Under Fire. And in February and March the acclaimed writer Lawrence Wright appears on campus as Cline Visiting Professor in the Humanities.
A playwright, screenwriter, and staff reporter for The New Yorker, Wright won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction for The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11. He has also won the National Magazine Award for Reporting. Mr. Wright is offering several free public events during his residency.
*WEDNESDAY 16 FEBRUARY, 7:30 p.m., Avaya Auditorium, ACE 2.302
A screening and discussion of "My Trip to Al-Qaeda," a documentary film written and performed by Mr. Wright, and directed by Academy Award winner Alex Gibney (2010).
*THURSDAY 17 FEBRUARY, 4:00 p.m., UT Law School, CCJ 2.306
Keynote address, "Aftershocks: Legacies of Conflict" conference.
The conference was organized by the Rapoport Center for Human Rights to coincide with Texas Performing Arts production ofBlack Watch. Requires registration.
*TUESDAY 29 MARCH, 7:30 p.m., Avaya Auditorium, ACE 2.302
Featured speaker, Difficult Dialogues Public Discussion Series. Mr. Wright will discuss his experiences as a journalist in the Middle East.
Events will be followed by a reception and book-signing. For more information on Mr. Wright, please visit his web site.