Almost years later, scholars and students from around the world are gathering at Northwestern University to discuss the life, work and vision of Whitman, the enduring 19th century poet. Held from June 24 to June 29 on the Evanston campus, the event marks the first time that the Transatlantic Walt Whitman Association is holding its annual meeting in the United States. A Whitman symposium -- the portion of the week that is free and open to the public -- begins at p.
Whitman transformed poetry around the world with his disregard for traditional rhyme and meter and his celebration of democracy and sensual pleasure. Carlsmith engaged Whitman in the game by manipulating the language of Song of Myself into a conversation between her and the poet, agreeing on rules and awarding points while attempting to stage an earnest exchange. The International Whitman Week brings students from different countries together each year for intensive seminars taught by an international team of Whitman specialists.
The seminars are followed by the free, public symposium.
Democratic Vistas: Whitman, Body and Soul
For more information about International Walt Whitman Week and the public Whitman symposium at Northwestern, call September 10, — University. September 16, — University. June 25, By Wendy Leopold.
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Thinking of contributing your own zine? Email us at smallsciencezines at gmail dot com. Here are some zine-folding directions for one of the more popular formats used. Topic Cloud. Based on a work at smallsciencezines. Whose Knowledge is Scientific Knowledge? Many say science is one of the most democratic forms of knowledge. At the same time, the gap between scientists and the public only seems to be widening. While the privatization and patenting of scientific knowledge increases rapidly, general scientific literacy lags woefully behind.
What personal role can each of us play in sharing curiosity about the natural world and the ways we come to know it? The goal of the Small Science Collective is to get everyone thinking about science through handy and inexpensive one page mini-zines. Our contributions come from researchers, students, artists, and seriously curious folk who want to share their love of nature — from gluons to gastropods — with fidelity and creativity.
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Applications for Winter Reading Group participants will open in Fall Sexuality scholarship has generally privileged binary sexualities e. This has contributed to the erasure and invisibility of non-binary sexualities, not only in scholarship but also at the broader societal level.
The goal of this reading group is to foster an interdisciplinary dialogue on non-binary sexualities, including their manifestations at the intersections of gender, race, ethnicity, and class, and the ways in which they are influenced by social, cultural, and political forces.
To that end, we will interrogate diverse conceptualizations and theories of sexual orientation, examine the roles of sociopolitical systems e. Session 1: Theorizing bisexuality and other non-binary sexualities Angelides, S. Historicizing bi sexuality. Journal of Homosexuality, 52, Better, A. How and for whom does gender matter? Rethinking the concept of sexual orientation. Sexualities, 18, Gurevich, M. Querying theory and politics: The epistemic dis location of bisexuality within queer theory.
Journal of Bisexuality, 9, Rust, P. Bisexuality: A contemporary paradox for women. Journal of Social Issues, 56, Wilde, J. Dimensional sexuality: Exploring new frameworks for bisexual desires. Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 29, Session 2: Non-binary sexual identities: Similarities, differences, and implications for our understanding of sexuality Callis, A.
Bisexual, pansexual, queer: Non-binary identities and the sexual borderlands. Sexualities, 17, Carrillo, H.OtherPeoplesPixels: Could you talk about text as image and image as text in your work? I'm also curious if you experience textual thinking as different than or similar to visual thinking. Caroline Carlsmith: Though there may well be a difference for some people between textual and visual thinking, I am not sure whether I experience it.
My artworks are most often the result of a constellation of ideas that are associated as I might want to associate them in a poem. If I want the impact to be simultaneous or sensory, then I make them objects. While there may not be, for me, a difference between visual and textual creating, there is certainly a difference between the experience of the reader of a text and the viewer of a non-text-based work of art. I tend to use images and words similarly, trying to play with their multiple meanings, placing them in congress with each other to facilitate controlled collisions.
How do you think about issues of legibility, believability and accuracy in relation to translation? CC: I believe there is no such thing as accuracy in translation.
Every translation—be it from language to language, image to text, material to material, body to fossil, artist to avatar—presents both loss and gain.
It is this transformation, or transubstantiation, that allows an idea, a thought or a figure to be carried beyond the boundaries of the original in time and space. But inevitably what is translated is not the thing itself. It is what we touch when we reach for what lies beyond it. It is the thin shell of space between skin and skin when we believe we are in contact with each other.
This is the space I am seeking to make visible. OPP: You've done numerous projects that take Walt Whitman's work as a subject or a jumping-off point. Why Walt Whitman, as opposed to any other writer?
What does he mean to you as a human, as an artist? What does he mean to your work? CC: Walt Whitman is a key figure to me in many ways. Most important is a move he makes throughout his work, in which he asks to be understood as present with the reader after his death, without his body, through the text. For him, to escape the body and the material world was to live on, but, perversely, that living can only be enacted within a new body. And what is conjured is not a man, but something both larger and smaller: a figure.
CC: I initially became interested in calcium carbonate in its crystal form of optical calcite, which is a birefringent material that splits a ray of light into two beams. I was fascinated to encounter a naturally occurring material that had the capacity to split an image or a word viewed through it in two.
As I began to research further, however, I found multiple ways in which calcium carbonate shaped the history of the visual itself. For example, according to the fossil record, trilobites living in the prehistoric oceans saturated with calcium carbonate developed the first eyes, which were compound lenses of calcite. Later, when the oceans acidified, the bodies of the animals living in that environment and deposits from that water became chalk and limestone, or metamorphosed into marble.
In forms like these, as well as gesso and lime plaster, calcium carbonate has been an integral part of human art-making as far back as we can trace it.
Calcite remains the purest polarizing material in use in optical instruments today. Even now, it is still present at the expanding boundary of the visible. It is ultimately that polymorphism that attracts me to calcite.
It is part of why I use chemical formulas to indicate motifs and produce associations between seemingly disparate materials in my work. I like that a material can be so many different things and somehow still be the same, remain connected or cohesive. That installation also made use of multiple meanings of the word basicwhich is a characteristic of the alkaline calcium carbonate, but also a way to think about language, about the foundations of education and thought and about foundations themselves.
Blackboards, along with champagne and the lipstick Sam had worn to kiss the Twombly, interacted with calcium carbonate as substrates, solvents, and additives. By paring down the materials involved in an installation to just a few elements, I hoped the complex relationships between them would have a greater impact. In these drawings, I use the Rose of Jericho, as it opens and closes, to trace paths that lead out of seven-cycled labyrinths.
I'm also working on a written piece—or perhaps seven written pieces—that I hope will accompany the drawings when the series is finished. Manage New Post Logout Login.Come lie underneath a table with me! The seven artists in to be looked at and read demonstrate ways in which text and image can work with one another in tandem, in counterpoint, or in contradiction.
Sometimes language is illegible, and pictures may be read, and these two modes of expression have been known to engage in a bit of functional cross-dressing, as well—as when, for example, Arabic calligraphy poses as decoration, or when graphic novels wordlessly model narrative form.
The uneasy alliance of pictures and words has been expressed in multiple media in myriad ways throughout history, by quotidian and exalted means, and in more ways than one small exhibition can possibly demonstrate.
The range of this working partnership can be hinted at, however, and to be looked at and read includes examples of the call-and-response carried out between text and image in work that utilizes film, comics, printmaking, photography, sculpture, and optical toys.
More information about the exhibition here. As Morris describes the project:. This capsule of art reviews calls forward the subjective positionality from which any critic opines whether or not they willingly render this transparent ; it takes up the paragon of Feminism fundamental to an activist stance that the personal is political; it draws near to sexuality as a particularly vulnerable pressure point across a personal body; it hunts out sex not only in explicit coital scenes but also in the charged erotic potential of tone, structure and other formal devices in the artwork reviewed as well as in the textual body of the reviews themselves.
More details soon, and a tremendous thank you to Northwestern for making this possible! Final judging will take place on Thursday, May 30, Continuing open hours every weekend there after from 1pm-4pm until May 26th.
But soon found the act of reading a focus. Reading in various fashions - leisure, research, skimming, pleasure A place to read. Reading Room. More info here. Over 30 artists have killed over 30 things and erected over 30 monuments honoring the deceased. Located at the vacant lot adjacent to s. Morgan st. Chicago, IL. In its second form at the Hyde Park Art Center, the exhibition Two Histories of the World features all new artworks reflecting on the experience of the first exhibition, which took place in an old warehouse on the West side.
Through a series of discussions in the galleries this fall, the exhibition also becomes a conduit for personal recollections of a place that no longer exists—the original factory site, now demolished—and a way to gather different perspectives on the first version of this exhibition, one year ago.
More info on Two Histories of the World here. Throughout the duration of the cut, participants will present self-selected readings. The time and labor required for the cut will determine the length of the reading, thus participants must choose and present material based on a desired cosmetic edit, though the content of the reading may be completely unrelated to the experience of a haircut.
More information on MDW can be found here. While ranging in media from graphite on paper and panel, to photography, sculpture, collage, and painting, the pieces included in Dolphin Days are united in a delicate sense of quiet airiness.
However, a little time spent floating among them reaveals a hint of antagonism beneath the delicate twisting and undulations of paper, plants and trompe l'oeil effects. All extremely focused, or mired? Summer Gallery Hours: Thurs. Listed here as the number one thing to do this week in Chicago Magazine. There will also be a preview hour from pm. Las Manos Gallery presents an exhibition featuring young Chicago artists. The show will include all forms of media and captures the style and essence of young artists in America.
With the effects of political and economic unrest in the past decade, advancing technology, the internet and social uprising, this exhibition begs the question what makes today's young artists different?
These techniques have been developed for centuries all over the globe. Referencing Neo-pagan traditions, where women are beacons of spring renewal, this show offers a medley of stalwart individuals whose work is a reflection of their unique character and strives for authentic thinking.Cognitive dissonance refers to a situation involving conflicting attitudes, beliefs or behaviors.
This produces a feeling of mental discomfort leading to an alteration in one of the attitudes, beliefs or behaviors to reduce the discomfort and restore balance. For example, when people smoke behavior and they know that smoking causes cancer cognitionthey are in a state of cognitive dissonance. Cognitive dissonance was first investigated by Leon Festinger, arising out of a participant observation study of a cult which believed that the earth was going to be destroyed by a flood, and what happened to its members — particularly the really committed ones who had given up their homes and jobs to work for the cult — when the flood did not happen.A Lesson In Cognitive Dissonance
While fringe members were more inclined to recognize that they had made fools of themselves and to "put it down to experience," committed members were more likely to re-interpret the evidence to show that they were right all along the earth was not destroyed because of the faithfulness of the cult members. Festinger's cognitive dissonance theory suggests that we have an inner drive to hold all our attitudes and behavior in harmony and avoid disharmony or dissonance.
This is known as the principle of cognitive consistency. When there is an inconsistency between attitudes or behaviors dissonancesomething must change to eliminate the dissonance.
Notice that dissonance theory does not state that these modes of dissonance reduction will actually work, only that individuals who are in a state of cognitive dissonance will take steps to reduce the extent of their dissonance.
The theory of cognitive dissonance has been widely researched in a number of situations to develop the basic idea in more detail, and various factors that have been identified which may be important in attitude change. When someone is forced to do publicly something they privately really don't want to do, dissonance is created between their cognition I didn't want to do this and their behavior I did it. Forced compliance occurs when an individual performs an action that is inconsistent with his or her beliefs.
The behavior can't be changed, since it was already in the past, so dissonance will need to be reduced by re-evaluating their attitude to what they have done. This prediction has been tested experimentally:. In an intriguing experiment, Festinger and Carlsmith asked participants to perform a series of dull tasks such as turning pegs in a peg board for an hour.
As you can imagine, participant's attitudes toward this task were highly negative. Almost all of the participants agreed to walk into the waiting room and persuade the confederate that the boring experiment would be fun. For example, suppose you had to decide whether to accept a job in an absolutely beautiful area of the country, or turn down the job so you could be near your friends and family.
Either way, you would experience dissonance. If you took the job you would miss your loved ones; if you turned the job down, you would pine for the beautiful streams, mountains, and valleys. Both alternatives have their good points and bad points.
The rub is that making a decision cuts off the possibility that you can enjoy the advantages of the unchosen alternative, yet it assures you that you must accept the disadvantages of the chosen alternative.
People have several ways to reduce dissonance that is aroused by making a decision Festinger, One thing they can do is to change the behavior.
As noted earlier, this is often very difficult, so people frequently employ a variety of mental maneuvers. A common way to reduce dissonance is to increase the attractiveness of the chosen alternative and to decrease the attractiveness of the rejected alternative. This is referred to as "spreading apart the alternatives.
Brehm was the first to investigate the relationship between dissonance and decision-making. The products included an automatic coffee maker, an electric sandwich grill, an automatic toaster, and a portable radio.
Participants in the control group were simply given one of the products. Because these participants did not make a decision, they did not have any dissonance to reduce. Individuals in the low-dissonance group chose between a desirable product and one rated 3 points lower on an 8-point scale.
Participants in the high-dissonance condition chose between a highly desirable product and one rated just 1 point lower on the 8-point scale. After reading the reports about the various products, individuals rated the products again. Participants in the high-dissonance condition spread apart the alternatives significantly more than did the participants in the other two conditions.Allan lived in Amherst, NH from to and more recently in Nashua. Upon moving to NH, he was hired by Improved Machinery in Nashua, a company that designed and manufactured equipment to manufacture paper products.
Allan became head of the engineering department, and later also took over sales. He traveled to launch new processors and equipment in paper mills across the U. In high school and college, he became fond of tennis, skiing, and tinkering with engines of all kinds.
As a boy Allan loved to build and fly model airplanes. In later years, he flew from Nashua to California and back, his longest trip. He had a metal working shop, and did much of the engine maintenance work there.
He also enjoyed soaring in a glider. In the Amherst community, Alan was active in helping build the Wilkins community school and the Amherst ski club. Allan and Rosemarie Garreffi were married for 18 years. They shared many interests including, traveling and wintering in Puerto Rico.
They were longtime members of Hampshire Hills Club in Milford. His daughter Jennifer Carlsmith died in A memorial gathering with Davis Funeral Home of Nashua is being finalized. Please see their website for details. Wanda L. Clarkson, age 94, passed away peacefully on September 16, at the Merrimack County Nursing Home in Brian was