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Programs and Events

Ongoing Events

The Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities promotes interdisciplinary research and study in the humanities and social sciences and, when appropriate, the natural sciences. Members of the Vanderbilt community representing a wide variety of specializations take part in the Center’s programs, which are designed to intensify and increase interdisciplinary discussion of academic, social, and cultural issues.

VU Press: A Conversation with Author Aaron Deter-Wolf:  Oct. 19th, 4:30 pm (CT) Live and in person at Buttrick 123
Featuring guest speaker, Aaron Deter-Wolf, Mastodons to Mississippians: Adventures in Nashville’s Deep Past

Environments: Lightning Talks: Oct. 21st, 4:00-6:00 p.m (CT) Live and in person at the RPWC. 

Contemporary in Theory: Oct. 22nd, 3:00 - 5:00 pm (CT) Live and in person at the RPWC.

East Europe: Critical Encounters Seminar: Oct. 22nd, 3:00 - 5:00 pm (CT) via Zoom, Register Here
Featuring guest speaker, Kate Brown (MIT) "The Great Chernobyl Accelaration: Environment and Health in the Nuclear Age"

Political Ideology in Modern Life:  Oct. 27th, 12:30 (CT) Live and in person at Buttrick Hall 123
Featuring guest speaker, Dr. Idit Dobbs-Weinstein (Philosophy, Vanderbilt University) "Why Adorno Now? Or, Adorno After Trump."

Film Theory and Visual Culture Seminar: Oct. 29th, 12:30-1:30 p.m. (CT) (Zoom discussion of a prerecorded presentation, which will be available a week before).
Featuring guest speaker, Nicholas Baer (University of Groningen)  “‘Films of Thought’: On Hegel, Adorno, and the Good of Cinema”

Film Theory and Visual Culture Seminar: Nov. 12th, 12:30-2:00 p.m. Live and in person at the RPWC.
Featuring guest speaker, Caetlin Benson-Allott  (Georgetown University)  “Expanding the Scene of the Screen: Material Cultures of Film and Television”