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Spring lectures explore hot topics

Artist Janine Antoni paints with her hair.

     The cocurricular smorgasbord at Skidmore—from musical theater to science demonstrations to a visiting Andean condor—has always included a wide range of lectures by faculty and guest speakers. This spring many of these talks seemed especially intriguing and provocative.

Try these on for size:

  • Visual and performing art by Janine Antoni, whose work touches on issues from physical toil to seductiveness, self-image, and the generation gap (Susan Rabinowitz Malloy ’45 Visiting Artist Lecture)
  • “Christ, the Dark Star: Astrology in Early Christianity,” by Nicola Denzey, religion
  • “Rising Colour: The Legibility of Whiteness,” by Angela Rosenthal, professor of art history at Dartmouth College
  • “Money and Happiness in an Era of Excess,” by Robert Frank, Goldwin Smith Professor of Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy at Cornell University (William Weiss Lecture in Economics)
  • Research on the strontium in teeth from New York City’s African Burial Ground to determine the birthplaces and migrations of the Colonial-era slaves and freedmen buried there, by John Reid, professor of geology at Hampshire College (Lester Strock Lecture in Geology)
  • “Anti-Capitalist Tuesdays,” including lectures on “Indigenous Responses to Oil Drillings in the Amazon,” by Michael Ennis-McMillan, anthropology; “Of Donkeys, Automobiles, and Helicopters: the Multiple Faces of Globalization,” by Aldo Vacs, Palamountain Professor of Government; and “Bringing Good Things to an End: A Social Ecological Response to General Electric,” by Brian Schroeder, philosophy
  • “The Locker Room: The Last Closet,” by journalist and activist Dan Woog, author of Jocks: True Stories of America’s Gay Male Athletes
  • “Roman Oratory, the Forum, and the Construction of Masculinity,” by Amy Richlin, professor of classics at the University of Southern California
  • “The Politics of Licentiousness: Gender, Liberty, and Caricature in 1784,” by Amelia Rauser, art history
  • “Russia at the Millennium: Chechnya and Beyond,” by Mark Beissinger, professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin–Madison
 


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