Schedule - Fall 2016 Lecture Series August 29 - November 28


Start:  Mon, Aug 29 2016 - 05:30pm

 End:  Mon, Nov 28 2016 - 07:00pm

All lectures (except for special Oct 4 event, see below)
5:30 pm
George Pearl Hall Auditorium (map)

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The Power of Place: Globalization and Local Identities

During the last decades, the world has witnessed and unprecedented movement of population. Some is borne out of expanded work opportunities, other by political strife. The purpose of this lecture series is to examine the power of place and the role of globalization in the formation of local identities. Speakers address how communities and individuals identify with the physical, built environment—the home, the neighborhood, the town, and the community- in a world that relies increasingly on virtual connections. What is the meaning of place, space, and geography today? And how do individuals and communities adapt to a new place, as a result of relocation? What is the meaning of the memory of place? And how do our individual place identities intersect in our globalized world? All invited speakers have deep and long-standing expertise in the study of place and identity. Their presentations engage perspectives from geography, philosophy, and architecture. Both place and identity are at the core of our experience in New Mexico.  This lecture series enhances the community's understanding of place, both across time and in different socio-political contexts today.

Our speakers are asked to question conventional wisdom and easy answers and engage the audience with critical topics that are cannot be summarized in sound bites. Lectures are 45-50 minutes long, followed by Q & A and discussion with the audience. At the conclusion of each lecture and discussion, the audience comes away with several different points of view and more questions regarding place and identity in an age of globalization. 

The International Studies Institute Fall 2016 Lecture series, "The Power of Place: Globalization and Local Identities," is funded by the New Mexico Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities and the University of New Mexico: College of Arts & Sciences; Departments of English,  Geography, History, and Philosophy; Religious Studies Program; School of Architecture and Planning; Indigenous Design and Planning Institute (iD+Pi); School of Law; Geospatial and Population Studies Center; Center for the Southwest;   Center for English Language and American Culture (CELAC).
Poster design by Mark Forte.
We thank all our sponsors who helped make this lecture series possible.
Special thanks to our videographer, Bart Hood.

August 29

The Power of Place through Poetry:
Cubans on the Island and in the Diaspora

Margaret Randall, feminist poet, writer, photographer and social activist

Margaret Randall is a feminist poet, writer, photographer and social activist. In 2004 she was the first recipient of PEN New Mexico’s Dorothy Doyle Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing and Human Rights Activism. Her latest book, Only the Road / Solo el camino: Eight Decades of Cuban Poetry, is due out in October 2016 from Duke University Press. •

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September 12

Chinese Vernacular Architecture and its Implications on Modern Housing
Mui Ho
,  Senior Lecturer (Professor Emerita), UC Berkeley

Mui Ho will discuss how resettlement housing and the study of traditional housing can better inform the design and planning of housing in existing and new cities all over the world. Mui Ho is Senior Lecturer (Professor Emerita) at UC Berkeley. She has conducted extensive research on Chinese traditional and contemporary dwellings and settlements.

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September 19

Many Maps - Knitting Place
Mark Childs
,  Associate Dean for Research, School of Architecture and Planning, UNM

Mark Childs will discuss the significance of context in designing places, and possible design resolutions in cases where two or three contexts appear in conflict with each other. Professor Mark C. Childs, AIA is Associate Dean for Research for the School of Architecture and Planning at UNM. His books include The Zeon Files: The Art and Design of Route 66 Signs (2016), Urban Composition (2012), and Squares: A Public Place Design Guide (2004). He is also a science fiction poet.

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September 26

Reinventing the Street as a Place of Action and Activity
Renia Ehrenfeucht
, Professor and Director of Community & Regional Planning, UNM

Renia Ehrenfeucht is a Professor and the Director of Community & Regional Planning at UNM. She investigates the politics of public space use, asking how everyday interactions and institutions shape people’s opportunities in diverse, urban environments. She also researches shrinking cities or how people, places and institutions respond to population loss. Her publications include Sidewalks: Conflict and Negotiation in Public Space, Urban Revitalization: Remaking Cities in a Changing World (2011) and numerous journal articles.
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October 3

Place, Poetry, and Local History
Dolores Hayden
, Professor of Architecture, Urbanism, and American Studies, Yale University

Dolores Hayden is an urban historian and professor of architecture, urbanism, and American studies at Yale University. Her books include: The Grand Domestic Revolution: A History of Feminist Designs for American Homes, Neighborhoods and Cities (1981); The Power of Place: Urban Landscapes as Public History (1995); Redesigning the American Dream: The Future of Housing, Work and Family Life (1984, rev. ed. 2002); and poetry collections American Yard (2004) and Nymph, Dun, and Spinner (2010).

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Special Event - Tuesday, October 4
12:30 - 2:00 pm Ortega Hall 335 (Ortega Reading Room) map

Poetry Reading
by Dolores Hayden

(see previous entry for more information on Prof. Hayden)

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October 10

Bodies Up Against the Wall: Borders, Boundaries, and Migration
Edward Casey
, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Stony Brook University

Ed Casey will focus on border walls, which, in their fierce protectiveness are profoundly inhumane, acting to undermine a very fundamental human right: to take up residence in another country or region if life is unsustainable in one’s home country. Dr. Casey is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Stony Brook University. His publications include: The World at a Glance (2007); Representing Place: Landscape Painting and Maps (2002); The Fate of Place: A Philosophical History (1997); Getting Back into Place: Toward a Renewed Understanding of the Place-World (1993; 2009); Spirit and Soul: Essays in Philosophical Psychology (1991; 2004); Remembering: A Phenomenological Study (1987; 2000); Imagining; A Phenomenological Study (1976; 2000); and with Mary Watkins: Up Against the Wall: Re-Imagining the U.S.-Mexico Border (2014)," and The World on Edge (forthcoming 2017).

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October 17

The Shadow of the Sacred Rock: Claiming the Right to Place under the Acropolis
Roxane Caftanzoglou
, Research Director, National Center for Social Research, Athens, Greece

Roxane Caftanzoglou will discuss the settlement “Anafiotika,” located under the monumental site of the Acropolis of Athens, which was built in the 19th century, contrasting representations and uses of place, as articulated by the “managers” of the archaeological site and the small community of inhabitants of Anafiotika. Dr. Caftanzoglou is Research Director at the National Center for Social Research, Athens, Greece.

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October 24

The Primacy of Place for Architectural Meaning
Alberto Pérez-Gómez
, Saidye Rosner Bronfman Professor, History of Architecture, McGill University

Dr. Pérez-Gómez is Saidye Rosner Bronfman Professor of the History of Architecture at McGill University, where he directs the History and Theory option. His books include: Architecture and the Crisis of Modern Science (1983); with Louise Pelletier, Architectural Representation and the Perspective Hinge (1997); Built Upon Love: Architectural Longing after Ethics and Aesthetics (2006) and Attunement: Architectural Meaning after the Crisis of Modern Science (2016).

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October 31

Geographies of Loss
Eleni Bastéa
, Director, International Studies Institute; Regents’ Professor, Architectural History, UNM

Eleni Bastéa will examine the power of place in the narratives of immigrants and refugees, focusing primarily on the Middle East.  Dr. Bastéa is Director of the International Studies Institute, and Regents’ Professor of Architectural history at UNM. Her books include The Creation of Modern Athens: Planning the Myth (2000), Memory and Architecture (2004), and the poetry collection Venice without Gondolas (2013).

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November 7

Where you Find (their) Earth
Beverly Singer, Associate Professor Emerita and Director, Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies, Department of Anthropology, UNM.

Beverly Singer will discuss the growing expression of globalization and use New Mexico as a historically significant place for remembering. Dr. Singer is Associate Professor (Emerita) of the Department of Anthropology at UNM. She is Tewa and Diné from Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico. An award-winning documentary video producer, she is the author of Wiping the War Paint Off the Lens: Native American Film and Video (2001).

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November 14

Place, Space, and Modernity
Jeff Malpas
, Distinguished Professor, University of Tasmania

Jeff Malpas will draw from his current research on philosophical topology and topography and philosophical hermeneutics, and his interdisciplinary engagement with issues of place, ethics, and the self. Dr Malpas is Distinguished Professor at the University of Tasmania and Adjunct Professor at RMIT University. He is currently working on topics including the ethics of place, the failing character of governance, the materiality of memory, the topological character of hermeneutics, the place of art, and the relation between place, boundary, and surface.

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November 21

Culture, Identity & Urbanism: A Historical Perspective from Colonialism to Globalism
Nezar Alsayyad, Professor of Architecture and Urbanism, UC Berkeley

Dr. Alsayyad is Professor of Architecture and urbanism at UC Berkeley. His books include: Traditions: The ‘Real’, the Hyper and the Virtual in the Built Environment (2014); Cairo: Histories of a City (2011); Cinematic Urbanism (2006); The End of Tradition (2003); Muslim Europe or Euro-Islam (2002); Consuming Tradition, Manufacturing Heritage (2001); Hybrid Urbanism (2000)

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November 28

The Black Chador: Power, Place, and Play among Iranian Howzevi (Seminarians)
Amina Tawasil
, Visiting Lecturer at the International Studies Institute, UNM

Amina Tawasil will focus on the intersections of the 1979 Iranian revolution as collective memory, the black chador as a revolutionary symbol and religious practice, and how the howzevi insert play at this intersection. Dr. Tawasil, Visiting Lecturer at the International Studies Institute at UNM, was the inaugural Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Middle East and North African Studies at Northwestern University.

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