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Greenberg Distinguished Scholar Program lecture: Haun Saussy

Wednesday, January 28, 7:00 PM
Vollum lecture hall
This event is open only to current Reed students, faculty, and staff.

"Communications and Constitutions: Transparency, Irony, and the Avatars of the Enlightenment Subject"

In recent years, “Enlightenment universalism" and the “Enlightenment subject" have come under a great deal of criticism, whether from a Frankfurt School angle or a postcolonial one. But the problems of subjectivity and ethical responsibility as explored by Enlightenment people show them to have anticipated many aspects of that critique and attempted to deal with it through the characteristic 18th-century genres of letter-writing and constitution-making. Haun Saussy taught at UCLA, Stanford, and Yale before joining the University of Chicago in 2011. His books include The Problem of a Chinese Aesthetic, Great Walls of Discourse and Other Adventures in Cultural China, Comparative Literature in an Age of Globalization, and, forthcoming, The Ethnography of Rhythm. He has also edited books on modernist poetry, Chinese women's writing, sinography, and global public health. He is currently a Guggenheim fellow. Established on the occasion of Reed’s centennial with a gift from Dan Greenberg ’62 and his wife and philanthropic partner Susan Steinhauser, the Greenberg Distinguished Scholar Program aims to bring visiting scholars to campus to stimulate and support the work of students and provide faculty with the opportunity for in-depth intellectual exchange with a prominent member in their field.

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Posted on Dec 4, 2014


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