I republish information of interest from Blog de la AMHE by Itzayana Gutiérrez
As member of the International Committee of the American Studies Association, I am soliciting panels or individual papers for our upcoming conference (http://www.theasa.net/). Picking up on a now accepted move that transnationalizes the study of the United States, we would encourage analyses of U. S.-Mexican relations (broadly conceived) or that situate an analysis of Mexico in a wider North American perspective using a cultural approach. Among possible topics are those papers examining: how American Studies is approached from outside the United States; whether the current transnational moment in culture study gives us a special purchase on the United States and North America that may not have existed before; how the hardening of borders in politics is matched by a concern for border studies within our academic field. The deadline is Jan 26. See the webpage for more information.
More info (in Spanish): http://www.h-mexico.unam.mx/taxonomy/term/63
Today we are commemorating the birth of Ayn Rand. Ms. rand was a wonderful romantic realist novel writer that choose America as her home after fleeing from the USSR in the 1920s. Ms. Rand was the philosopher who made the first defense of the morality of Capitalist and who elaborated a complete philosophical system that she later called Objectivism.
Ms. Rand was the greatest advocate for individual rights and she is my heroine. It is in her ideas that I find daily inspiration to pursue happiness and objectivity in my life!
Today I share with you the audio to one of her most powerful lectures. “In March 1974, Ayn Rand faced the improbable task of lecturing on the crucial importance of philosophy—to the graduating class of West Point. She succeeded magnificently: she attracted three times the expected attendance, she elicited an enthusiastic ovation, and her lecture was reprinted in a new philosophy textbook published by the U.S. Military Academy. Relive this memorable occasion, and rediscover the irresistible intellectual power of Ayn Rand.”
Here is the link to Ms. Rand’s fabulous lecture in West Point
“Hatred is something peculiar. You will always find it strongest and most violent where there is the lowest degree of culture.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Today I’ll be traveling to Weimar, Germany to participate in the Festival “Rendez-vous de l’histoire”. The theme of the 3rd. Year of this “Rendez-vous with history” in Weimar is: Human Violence, Human Violence.
AS the website of the conference reads,
‘Violence’ is complex and disturbing. It is a historical, present and future threat. “Violence” in all its forms, including counter-violence and non-violence as a deliberate departure from the traditional and new power relationships will be discussed at the Weimar festival. Human societies as always dream of peace – but at the same time, violence is a constant and seemingly unavoidable part of our personal and political relationships.
Weimar’s international history festival will address not only the cruel dimensions of violence in history, but also ask for their anthropological origins and its liberating potential.
In about 20 panel discussions and lectures be at Weimar history festival tensions between freedom and violence, beauty and violence, explored “legitimate” and “illegitimate” violence – the relationship between media and violence, language, literature and violence, violence and reconciliation presented. The spectrum ranges from the Middle Ages to the year 2011, and is not geographically limited. But the focus is primarily on Europe – in particular the countries of the Weimar Triangle – and also to Weimar and Thuringia.
A film series and cultural evenings will complete the program.
Some of the lecturers are:
- Dr. Cathy Leblanc (Katholische Universität Lille),
- Dipl.-Psych. Johannes Pfäfflin (Erkrath),
- Dr. Michel Pierre (Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Déportation Paris),
- Dr. Tobias Ebbrecht (Bauhaus-Universität Weimar)
- Prof. Dr. Klaus Dicke (Rektor Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena)
- Klaus Dalski, Kriminaloberrat a.D. (Weimar)
- Steffi Marung (Universität Leipzig)
- Sylk Schneider (Weimar)
- Prof. Dr. Jörg Baberowski (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin),
- Prof. Dr. Gudrun Krämer (Freie Universität Berlin),
- Dr. Guillaume Lasconjarias (Paris),
- Dr. Daniel Schönpflug (Centre Marc Bloch Berlin)
- Bernd Karwen (Polnisches Institut Leipzig)
- Dr. Marc Buggeln (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin),
- Annemarie Franke (Stiftung Kreisau),
- Dr. Steffen Prauser (Deutsches Historisches Institut Paris),
- Dr. Jacek Andrzej Młynarczyk (Museum der Geschichte Polens, Warschau / Universität Thorn)
- Prof. Dr. Susanne Rau (Universität Erfurt)
- Patricia Bobak (Doktorandin, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen),
- Florian Grafl (Doktorand, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen),
- Sascha Reif (Doktorand, Universität Kassel),
- Daria Starcenko (Doktorandin, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen)
- Prof. Dr. Horst Carl (Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen)
- PD Dr. Claire Gantet (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
And many other wonderful lecturers!
I hope to share with you news and insights from this interesting event!