Humanizing the Global

Humanizing the Global, Globalizing the Human: Invisibility

The Global Studies Center proposes (in cooperation with the Humanities Center) a new year of programming under the banner of the ongoing Humanizing the Global, Globalizing the Human initiative. This year’s theme is “Invisibility” and will feature four visitors. The purpose of this seminar is to bring colleagues from the humanities and the social sciences (as well as cognate professional schools) together for a series of lectures and workshops in which they will jointly explore questions that highlight the urgency of thinking globally about the humanities and humanistically about globalization.

Throughout the year, we bring internationally-renowned scholars to campus to speak to our theme from their own (inter)disciplinary perspectives. Each of our guests presents a public lecture on Thursday afternoon at 4:30 PM. In addition, each will lead a workshop with seminar participants on Friday morning from 9 - 11 AM

Join us for these public lectures, which will be held in 4130 Posvar Hall at 4:30 PM



Upcoming Lecture

Gregory Cajete
Native Science: Natural Laws of Interdependence
January 16 - 17, 2020

Andrea Mubi
University of Trento, Italy
Dr. Brighenti is the aggregate Professor of Social Theory and Space & Culture at the University of Trento, Italy. As a Social Theorist, Territoriologist, and Melanchologist, Dr. Brighenti's research topics focus on space and society. He has published: The Ambiguous Multiplicities: Materials, episteme and politics of some cluttered social formations (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), Visibility in Social Theory and Social Research (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) and Territori Migranti [Migrant Territories. Space and Control of Global Mobility] (ombre corte, 2009). Has edited Urban Interstices: The Aesthetics and Politics of Spatial In-betweens (Ashgate, 2013), Uma Cidade de Imagens (Mundos Sociais, 2012 – with Ricardo Campos and Luciano Spinelli), and The Wall and the City (professionaldreamers, 2009). One of his latest publications is: Urban Walls: Political and Cultural Meanings of Vertical Surfaces (Routledge, 2018, co-edited with Mattias Kärrholm).
University of New Mexico
Dr. Gregory Cajete is professor of Native American Studies and Language, Literacy & Sociocultural Studies at the University of New Mexico. He received his Ph.D. from International College – Los Angeles New Philosophy Program in Social Science Education with an emphasis in Native American Studies. Dr. Cajete is a Native American educator whose work is dedicated to honoring the foundations of Indigenous knowledge in education. Dr. Cajete is a Tewa Indian from Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico. He has served as a New Mexico Humanities scholar in ethno botany of Northern New Mexico and as a member of the New Mexico Arts Commission. He worked at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico for 21 years. While at the Institute, he served as Dean of the Center for Research and Cultural Exchange, Chair of Native American Studies and Professor of ethno science. He organized and directed the First and Second Annual National Native American Very Special Arts Festival held in respectively in Santa Fe, NM in 1991and Albuquerque, NM in 1992.
University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Jose-Alain Sahel is Chair, Dept. of Ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Director of the UPMC Eye Center, and the Eye and Ear Foundation chair of Ophthalmology. José-Alain Sahel is the chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, director of the UPMC Eye Center, and the Eye and Ear Foundation Chair of Ophthalmology. Dr. Sahel is known worldwide for his expertise in vision restoration techniques. He has developed several interventions— including stem cell implantation, gene therapy, innovative pharmacologic approaches, and the artificial retina—for retinitis pigmentosa, age-related macular degeneration, vascular eye disease, and other vision impairments that currently are untreatable. Over the past decade he has led pioneering efforts in optogenetic vision restoration, a technique in which cells in the retina are genetically modified to express light sensitive proteins. This therapeutic technique has the potential to help patients who are blind or visually impaired as a result of a genetic defect. Sahel, who was born in Algeria, studied medicine at Strasbourg University and in Lariboisière, Saint-Louis. He received his medical degree with a Medal of the Faculty of Paris and obtained his specialty certification in ophthalmology. He completed a residency in neurology and neurosurgery at the Louis Pasteur University Hospital in Strasbourg. He also was a research fellow at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and a visiting scholar in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University. Dr. Sahel is the founder and director of the Vision Institute in Paris and currently a professor at the Sorbonne’s medical school Université Pierre-et-Marie-Curie.
University of California, Riverside
Dr. Victoria Reyes is assistant Professor of Sociology and the University of California, Riverside. Victoria Reyes is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Riverside. She received her PhD from Princeton’s Department of Sociology in January 2015, and was a 2016-2017 Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Center for Institutional Diversity at the University of Michigan. She previously taught in Bryn Mawr College’s Growth and Structure of Cities Department. Her research focuses on boundaries; how they are created and remade as well as how they shape inequality in global settings, and she has examined these processes as they relate to leisure migration, cultural politics, sovereignty, and legally plural, foreign-controlled places she calls “global borderlands.”

January 16-17, 2020

Dr. Gregory Cajete: "Native Science: Natural Laws of Interdependance"

March 5-6, 2020

Dr. Victoria Reyes: "Global Borderlands: Fantasy, Violence, and Empire in Subic Bay, Philippines"

March 19-20, 2020

Dr. Jose-Alain Sahel: "More Light, and the Gloom of that Light"