Lecture Series

2013 lectures

EZEKIEL EMANUEL - OCTOBER 3, Room 106 Meiling Hall, 6:00 pm

Eventbrite - Health Care Reform and the Future of American Medicine

Ezekiel EmanuelTrained both as an oncologist (MD, Harvard Medical School) and a political scientist, Ezekiel Emanuel is one of the leading practitioners shaping healthcare reform and the transformation of American medicine.

From February 2009 to January 2011, Emanuel was a special advisor for health policy to the White House Office of Management and Budget. As one of the most prominent voices advising the White House about healthcare, he had a signifi­cant impact on federal healthcare budgets and the Affordable Care Act.

Today, Dr. Emanuel holds a joint position at the Wharton School and the School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, where he chairs the Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy. He is a founding chair at the Clinical Center of the National Institutes of Health. Until 1997, he was an associate professor at the Harvard Medical School. Emanuel is also a fellow at the Hastings Institute, a center for nonprofit bioethics research.

Emanuel is the author of Healthcare: Guaranteed: A Simple, Secure Solution for America (Public Affairs 2008) and The Brothers Emanuel (Random House 2013), a memoir about brothers Rahm, mayor of Chicago and former White House Chief of Staff, and Ari, a Hollywood superagent.

This Humanities Institute event is co-sponsored with the Wexner Medical Center, OSU College of Medicine; OSU College of Nursing; OSU College of Public Health; The Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute; OSU College of Arts and Sciences; LiteracyStudies@OSU; and COMPAS – Conversations on Morality, Politics, and Society.

ERIC KLINENBERG - OCTOBER 16, Room 165 Thompson Library, 4:30 pm

Eric KlinenbergEric Klinenberg is Professor of Sociology, Public Policy, and Media, Culture, and Communications at New York University where he teaches courses on the sociology of cities, culture, and media, as well graduate seminars on research methods, ethnography, and urban design.  

His most recent book, Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone, was published in February 2012 by the Penguin Press.  He is also the author of award-winning books Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago (University of Chicago Press, 2002) and Fighting for Air: The Battle to Control America’s Media (Metropolitan Books, 2007).

In addition to his post as editor of the journal Public Culture, Klinenberg has contributed to such popular publicationsas The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, The London Review of Books, The Nation, The Washington Post, Mother Jones, The Guardian, Le Monde Diplomatique, Slate, and the radio program This American Life.

Klinenberg is currently working on three research projects: The first, a study of the problem of urban security, examines the rise of disaster expertise, the range of policy responses to emerging concerns about urban risk and vulnerability, and the challenge of cultivating a culture of preparedness. The second explores how social media, crowd sourcing, and the distrust of experts is changing communications during crises. The third is an ongoing ethnographic investigation of news production in a digital age.

Upcoming lectures in 2014

Anthony Grafton

Tony Grafton

Henry Putnam University Professor of History at Princeton University.  His field is Renaissance and Reformation and Historiography.

Professor Grafton’s special interests lie in the cultural history of Renaissance Europe, the history of books and readers, the history of scholarship and education in the West from Antiquity to the 19th century, and the history of science from Antiquity to the Renaissance.

Professor Grafton likes to see the past through the eyes of influential and original writers, and has accordingly written intellectual biographies of a 15th-century Italian humanist, architect, and town planner, Leon Battista Alberti (Leon Battista Alberti:  Master Builder of the Italian Renaissance, Harvery University Press, 2002); and a 16th-century Italian astrologer and medical man, Girolamo Cardano (Cardano’s Cosmos:  The Worlds and Works of a Renaissance Astrologer, Harvard University Press, 2000). He also studies the long-term history of scholarly practices, such as forgery and the citation of sources, and has worked on many other topics in cultural and intellectual history.

Professor Grafton is the author of ten books and the coauthor, editor, coeditor, or translator of nine others. His latest collection of essays is Bring Out Your Dead: The Past as Revelation (Harvard University Press, 2002). He has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (1989), the Los Angeles Times Book Prize (1993), the Balzan Prize for History of Humanities (2002), and the Mellon Foundation’s Distinguished Achievement Award (2003), and is a member of the American Philosophical Society and the British Academy.

Professor Grafton’s current project is a large-scale study of the science of chronology in 16th- and 17th-century Europe: how scholars attempted to assign dates to past events, reconstruct ancient calendars, and reconcile the Bible with competing accounts of the past. He hopes to reconstruct the complex and dramatic process by which the biblical regime of historical time collapsed, concentrating on the first half of the 17th century.

Mark Edmundson

Professor of English at the University of Virginia.  His areas of specialty are 19th century American, 19th century British, Poetry, and Romanticism.

Mark Edmundson

In Why Read? published by Bloomsbury in 2005, Edmundson reconceives the value and promise of reading. He enjoins educators to stop offering up literature as facile entertainment and instead teach students to read in a way that can change their lives for the better. At once controversial and inspiring, this is a groundbreaking book written with the elegance and power to change the way we teach and read.

In The Death of Sigmund Freud:  Fascism, Psychoanalysis and the Rise of Fundamentalism, published by Bloomsbury in 2008, Edmundson traces Hitler and Freud's oddly converging lives, then zeroes in on the last two years of Freud's life, during which he was rescued and brought to London.

Edmundson’s publications include the memoir The Fine Wisdom and Perfect Teachings of the Kings of Rock and Roll, published by HarperCollins in 2010. His work has appeared many journals, including Harper’s Magazine and Chronicle of Higher Education, and his 2011 essay "Who Are You and What Are You Doing Here? / A Message in a Bottle for the Incoming Class" was chosen for inclusion in Best American Essays 2012.

Among other awards, Edmundson has been a Guggenheim Fellow and an NEH Distinguished Teaching Professor.

Public Humanities Lecture Series

2013 Lectures

"Poor Jane's Almanac: Or, the Life and Opinions of Benjamin Franklin's Sister"

Wexner Film/Video Theater
1871 N High St
April 24, 2013 - 3:30 pm

Jill LeporeJill Lepore is the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard College and chair of Harvard's History and Literature Program.  She is also a staff writer at The New Yorker  and has been a contributor since 2005.

Lepore's books include The Mansion of Happiness:  A History of Life and Death (Knopf, 2012); The Story of America:  Essays on Origins (Princeton, 2012); The Whites of Their Eyes (Princeton, 2010), a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice; and New York Burning (Knopf, 2005), winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Award for the best non-fiction book on race, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, among others.

Book of Ages:  The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin, Lepore's biography of Ben Franklin's sister, will be published by Knopf in 2013.

A co-founder of the magazine Common-place, Lepore’s essays and reviews have also appeared in the New York Times, the Times Literary SupplementAmerican Scholar, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington PostThe Daily Beast, the Journal of American History and American Quarterly

Co-sponsored with the Department of History, Project Narrative, and the Wexner Center for the Arts.

Reception following

2012 Lectures

"What Every College Student Needs to Know"

November 14

Louis Menand, English and American Literature and Language, Harvard University

Menand lecture flyer