Ricardo J. Quinones Distinguished Lecturer

This lectureship was established in honor of Ricardo J. Quinones, the founding director of the Gould Center and Josephine Olp Weeks Professor of Comparative Literature Emeritus.

2018-2019 QUinONES LECTURER: Joyce Carol Oates

Athenaeum, 2.25.19

The New York Times bestselling author, Joyce Carol Oates is an acclaimed author of several literary genres. She is widely regarded as a contemporary and versatile writer, who has authored more than forty novels, numerous dramas, short stories, works of poetry and non-fiction. She has also served as an editor and a literary critic. A Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University, Oates previously taught at the University of Detroit and the University of Windsor. She has often written about her humble working–class upbringing in her fiction, expressing nostalgia about her growing days in the countryside outside of Lockport, New York, where she attended a 'one-room' school. Interestingly, she started writing stories since she was fourteen year old with a typewriter her grandmother had gifted her.

The list of awards Joyce has received is almost as long as her bibliography. In 1970, she won the National Book Award for one of her masterpieces, them. (She’s been nominated for this prize no less than five times!) In 1990, she received the Rea Award for the Short Story and, in 1996, the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Art of the Short Story. In 2002, she won the Carl Sandburg Award for Lifetime Achievement. The following year, she won the Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement. In 2007, she received the American Humanist Association’s Humanist of the Year Award. In 2010, she received the National Book Critics Circle’s Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2011, President Barack Obama presented her with the National Humanities Medal “for her contributions to American letters.” And in 2012, Princeton University bestowed on her the Howard T. Behrman Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities.


Golo Mann Lecturer

The Golo Mann Lectureship is made possible through the generosity of CMC alumnus Eugene Wolver '51 and recognizes Golo Mann, noted German historian, essayist, and writer and former professor of history at the College. He was the author of several books, including German History of the 19th and 20th CenturyWallenstein, and Vom Geist Amerikas (translated in English as The American Mind).

2018-2019 Golo Mann Lecturer: Jason Stanley

Athenaeum, 10.25.18

Jason Stanley is the Jacob Urowsky Professor of Philosophy at Yale University. Before coming to Yale in 2013, he was Distinguished Professor in the department of philosophy at Rutgers University. He has also been a professor at the University of Michigan (2000-4) and Cornell University (1995-2000). He earned his Ph.D in 1995 from the department of linguistics and philosophy at MIT, and he received his B.A. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1990.

Stanley has two forthcoming books: How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them (Penguin Random House, September 11, 2018) and The Politics of Language, co-authored with David Beaver (Princeton University Press, 2019).

Stanley has four previously published books. Knowledge and Practical Interests, published in 2005 by Oxford University Press, won the 2007 American Philosophical Association book prize. How Propaganda Works, published by Princeton University Press in May, 2015, was the winner of the 2016 PROSE award for the subject area of philosophy.


Lerner Lecture in the 1960’s in our time

The Lerner Lecture is made possible through the generosity of CMC alumnus Perry Lerner '65 P'89 GP'19 GP'20.

2018-2019 LERNER Lecturer: Neil Maher

Athenaeum, 2.7.19

Neil M. Maher is a professor of history in the Federated History Department at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers University, Newark.  His research interests include 20th-century environmental and political history, the history of technology and medicine, and cultural landscapes.

Maher's new book, Apollo in the Age of Aquarius, was recently published by Harvard University Press in March, 2017. The book is the first to explore the intertwined history of the space race to the moon and the social and political movements of the 1960s era, including those for civil rights, peace in Vietnam, environmentalism, women's equality, the hippie counterculture, and right-wing conservatism.

Maher's first book, Nature’s New Deal: The Civilian Conservation Corps and the Roots of the American Environmental Movement (Oxford University Press, 2008), received the Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Book Award in 2009.

He is currently working on two new book projects, including a guidebook for scholars in the environmental humanities interested in incorporating visual culture into their scholarship and teaching, and also an eco-biography of a 19th century Hudson River home.


Visiting Speakers

Paul Bloom is the Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Professor of Psychology at Yale University. His research explores how children and adults understand the physical and social world, with special focus on morality, religion, fiction, and art. Bloom is past-president of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology, and co-editor of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, one of the major journals in the field. He has written for scientific journals such as Nature and Science, and for popular outlets such as The New York Times, The Guardian, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic Monthly. He is the author or editor of seven books, including his most recent book, Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion, in which he argues that empathy is a bad thing—that it makes the world worse.

Bloom is speaking at the Athenaeum on the topic of “Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion” on September 20th, 2018.

Jerrold E. Hogle, professor emeritus and University Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Arizona, is an expert in English Romantic literature, literary and cultural theory, and the many different forms of the Gothic. His Athenaeum talk will show how many deep-seated cultural quandaries about the coming of the modern world—anxieties very much still with us—are symbolized in Mary Shelley's 1818 novel, particularly in the Creature who has be come its most lasting image.

Hogle is speaking at the Athenaeum on the topic of “‘Frankenstein’ and the Anxieties of Modernity” on September 26th, 2018.

Rabia Chaudry is a wife, mother, attorney, President of the Safe Nation Collaborative, National Security Fellow at the New America Foundation, and a senior CVE consultant. Chaudry is a frequent public speaker on issues related to diaspora Muslim communities, and her writing has appeared in numerous outlets including Time.com,  Patheos, the Huffington Post, the Chicago Times, the Hartford Courant, CommonDreams.org, The Truman Project, and The Moderate Voice. She has been a speaker at The Global Counterterrorism Forum, the Islamic Society of North America’s Annual Conference, the Islamic Circle of North America’s Annual Conference, and the 28th Annual Peace, Justice, and Environment Conference as well as dozens of local and regional events.

Chaudry is speaking at the Athenaeum on February 6th, 2019.

Cauleen Smith is an interdisciplinary artist whose work reflects upon the everyday possibilities of the imagination. Operating in multiple materials and arenas, Smith roots her work firmly within the discourse of mid-twentieth-century experimental film. Drawing from structuralism, third world cinema, and science fiction, she makes things that deploy the tactics of these disciplines while offering a phenomenological experience for spectators and participants.

Smith is the recipient of several grants and awards including the Rockefeller Media Arts Award, Creative Capital Film /Video, Chicago 3Arts Grant, and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Chicago Expo Artadia Award, and Rauschenberg Residency. She earned a BA in Creative Arts from San Francisco Sate University and an MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Theater Film and Television. Smith is based in the great city of Chicago and serves as faculty for the Vermont College of Fine Arts low-residency MFA program.

Smith is speaking at the Athenaeum on April 17th, 2019.