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The 2016 International Žižek Studies Conference will be from May 27 to 29, 2016 at Tangeman University Center. Speakers include Slavoj Žižek, Graham Harman, and Frances Restuccia.
Žižek is a senior researcher at the Institute for Sociology and Philosophy at the University of Llubljana (the oldest, largest, and best-ranked university in Slovenia), a Global Distinguished Professor of German at New York University,
and the international director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities of the University of London. His research explores a range of topics which include continental philosophy, political theory, cultural studies, psychoanalysis, film criticism, and theology. Harman is a philosophy professor at the American University in Cairo. He is one of the leading researchers of speculative realism. Restuccia is an English professor at Boston College. To visit the conference Web site, click here
- Taft Research Center Executive Director Adrian Parr is featured in the May 18 issue of the New York Times. Assistant News Editor of the Salon Media Group Natasha Lennard sat down with Dr. Parr to talk about her latest book, "The Wrath of Capital: Neoliberalism and Climate Change Politics." This interview is the fourth dialogue in The Stone's "The Disposable Life Project" series. The series consists of conversations with a number of experts that explores violence and how it is connected with disposable life, especially within the framework of 20th Century, large-scale violence. (The Stone is a part of the New York Times' editorial section which features the writing of contemporary philosophers and other scholars." To read Dr. Parr's interview, please click here.
Recent Honors, Recognitions
Professor Jon Hughes, an award-winning reporter, author and photojournalist, took first place in the faculty/staff category in the UC Bicentennial essay contest for his piece, "The Provost Doesn't Call There Anymore."
English student, Julialicia Case also took first place in the student competition for "Cincinnati Storystorm." The contest was announced in Otober 2015 and it ended on March 31, 2016. Wining essays will be published in a book that celebrates UC's upcoming bicentennial. Other categories in the competition included alumni competition, and the visual essay competition. Prize winners receive $1,000 for first prize, $500 for second prize, and $250 for third prize. For more information, click here.
Dr. Danielle Bessett an assistant professor with the sociology department, has been selected as "The Arts and Sciences Health Rising Star Award recipient! This award is give to a person who is active health-related research and who will be the future of our research prowess." There is only one award winner from each college at the University of Cincinnati, as well as one researcher from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, and the Cincinnati VA. The award will be presented during the opening ceremony of Research W22k 2016 from noon to 12:30 p.m. April 18 in the CARE/Crawley Atrium in the Medical Sciences Building.
The Taft Research Center would like to congratulate
Dr. Ethan Katz, with the History Department, for the receiving the National Jewish Book Award for 2015, for the category "Writing Based on Archival Material." Dr. Katz wrote, "The Burdens of Brotherhood: Jews and Muslims from North Africa to France." For a link to see who else won this year, click here. Past winners of the National Jewish Book Award include Philip Roth, Saul Bellow, Elie Wiesel, Abraham Joshua Heschel, Mordechai Kaplan, Irving Howe, and Isaac Bashevis Singer.
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