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Upcoming Lectures in the Proseminar in Social Scientific Inquiry Series

September 30, 2011

Contact: Alice Myers
Bard College at Simon’s Rock 

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA—Bard College at Simon’s Rock announces the remaining six lectures in the Proseminar in Social Scientific Inquiry series this year. All lectures are free and open to the public.

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Each year Simon’s Rock hosts the Proseminar in Social Scientific Inquiry series, which provides intellectual exchanges with social scientists and interdisciplinary scholars. This year’s theme is: What's the Matter with Minerva's Owl? Time and Timeliness in Social Research.

"Compassionate Resistance: Feminism and the Politics of Solidarity"
Simona Sharoni, SUNY-Plattsburgh
Monday, October 3, 2011 • 5:00 pm
Clark Auditorium, Fisher Science and Academic Center

Simona Sharoni is a feminist scholar, researcher and activist. She holds a Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University and is the author of Gender and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: The Politics of Women's Resistance, (Syracuse University Press, 1995). She has taught at Haifa University in Israel, American University in Washington D.C., The Evergreen State College and St. Martin's University in Olympia, WA, the University of Oregon In Eugene and SUNY-Plattsburgh. She has written extensively on gender dynamics in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the North of Ireland, Middle East politics, the peace and justice movement peace and conflict resolution theory. She has also conducted research on the aftermath of peace agreements, comparing Israel-Palestine to the North of Ireland. Militarization and de-militarization and the relationship between violence against women and the violence of war have been among her primary topics of interest.

Sharoni lived much of her life in Israel and served in the Israeli military. Her practical experience includes over two decades of teaching, research, writing, facilitation and community organizing both in Israel and in the United States. In Israel, where she also worked for ten years coordinating and facilitating encounter groups between Israeli-Jews and Palestinians who hold Israeli citizenship. There she a founding member of Women in Black and involved in advocacy work with Israeli women's peace groups, which struggled to end the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. She also contributed to solidarity work with Palestinians in the Occupied Territories and in North America, with a special emphasis on women's initiatives.

"Critical Dialogic Engagement: Exploring the Ethos of Connection Among Social Constructions of Otherness”
Jana Vinsky, Ryerson University
Monday, October 17, 2011 • 5:00 pm
Clark Auditorium, Fisher Science and Academic Center

Jana Vinsky MSW, RSW is the Associate Director of Liberation Practice International (LPI). Jana provides critical self-reflective practice education to Human Service Providers, Educators and Community Leaders internationally.

Jana is the co-author of the LPI approach to critical dialogic engagement (See: She has lectured on this approach in Canada, England, South America, Turkey, and the Caribbean. Jana also teaches Social Work at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada

"Time Travel”
Bradley Monton, University of Colorado-Boulder
Monday, October 24, 2011 • 5:00 pm
Blodgett Oak Room

Bradley Monton is Associate Professor of Philosophy at University of Colorado, and works in philosophy of religion, philosophy of science (especially physics), probabilistic epistemology, and philosophy of time.

In philosophy of time, he is sympathetic presentism, the doctrine that only presently existing things exist, and has written a few papers related to that doctrine. In philosophy of religion, his papers include: “Mixed Strategies Can't Evade Pascal's Wager" and "Against Multiverse Theodicies." His book is titled Seeking God in Science: An Atheist Defends Intelligent Design. In philosophy of physics, a recent research project ("Prolegomena to Any Future Physics-Based Metaphysics") critiques some metaphysicans who appeal to physics to attempt to establish metaphysical conclusions. In probabilistic epistemology, he is interested in developing a probability theory which can handle indexical propositions (self-locating beliefs), an area where Bayesian epistemology breaks down. He is also interested in various issues involving reasoning with infinite possibility spaces.

"A Year in the Land of Upright Men: Reflections on Conflict, Displacement and Reintegration in a West African Town”
Kathryn Boswell, Bard College at Simon's Rock
Monday, October 31, 2011 • 5:00 pm
Blodgett Oak Room

Katie Boswell is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Bard College at Simon's Rock. She has conducted research in both Côte dʼ Ivoire and Burkina Faso, where her doctoral and current work focused on Burkinabé labor migrantsʼ forced return to Burkina Faso from Côte dʼ Ivoire following the eruption of the Ivoirian civil war in September 2002. While Boswell continues to work with this displaced population, she has also recently begun two new projects on women’s material accumulation and the collection of a Burkinabé man’s life history detailing his experiences with Islamic conversion, migration, and flight from conflict.

She has received multiple grants and fellowships, including two IIE Fulbright Fellowships to conduct field research in Côte d’Ivoire (1999–2000) and Burkina Faso (2004–2005); three Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS) to study Arabic (2001-2002) and Bamana (2003; 2003-2004); and multiple Indiana University research grants (2002; 2003). She was also a pre-doctoral summer fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. (2006). She held a Future Faculty Teaching Fellowship at Indiana University-East in Richmond, IN (2007-2008). Finally, she presents her work annually at the African Studies Association meetings as well as at the meetings of the American Anthropological Association, Central States Anthropological Association, Northeastern Anthropological Association, and Association for Behavioral and Social Sciences.

"Compassion for Country: Simone Weil’s New Conception of Patriotism"
David Rice, Duke University
Monday, November 7, 2011 • 5:00 pm
Blodgett Oak Room

David Rice works in political theory and has been articulating an anti-colonial reading of Simone Weil alongside issues of accompaniment practices as a mode of resistance. He writes: “Moving beyond empathy/sympathy is absolutely key, and the intentional deployment of the physical presence of the body is one way to attempt to accomplish that -although no guarantees. I take Elaine Scarry's critique of Nussbaum's ‘generous imaginings’ quite seriously on this score without seeking the refuge of law as Scarry does. I think accompaniment at its best is a discipline that those in positions of security, privilege, and power may undergo periodically...allowing one's time and security to determined by the pace and perspectives of another. Accompaniment's attempt to USE privilege and inequality tactically against radical insecurity requires constant reflection, reevaluation, and epistemic humility. I'm actually theorizing accompaniment in terms of Weil's notion of "attention" and her attempt to respond to attention's insufficiencies. If attention is largely about generous imagining or a loving posture toward the other, it is typically still woefully inadequate to correct extreme blindness toward the other. Weil begins to adopt strategies of bodily travel as one response, but some lacunae remain.

"Past Arts, Democratic Futures: The Halo in Renaissance Art and Modern Oblivion"
Gregg Horowitz, Pratt Institute
Monday, December 5, 2011 • 5:00 pm
Blodgett Oak Room

Gregg Horowitz is chair of the Institute’s Social Science and Cultural Studies Department. Prior to that, he was Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University from 1993 to 2010. His areas of specialization include aesthetics and the philosophy of art history, critical theory of culture, and philosophy and psychoanalysis. Horowitz received several awards while at Vanderbilt including the Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching. He has also received the Berthold Leibinger Berlin Prize at the American Academy in Berlin as well as teaching and research fellowships at numerous U.S. institutions.

In addition to Vanderbilt, Horowitz has taught at The University of Chicago, Sarah Lawrence University, The School of Visual Arts, and Rutgers University. He has authored books including Sustaining Loss: Art and Mournful Life (Stanford University Press, 2001) and The Wake of Art: Criticism, Philosophy, and the Ends of Taste. Essays by Arthur C. Danto (co-edited and co-written with Thomas Huhn; Gordon and Breach Publishers, 1998) and has authored numerous essays and reviews on poetry, video art, politics and psychoanalysis. Horowitz has also presented his work at a variety of national and international conferences, workshops, and seminars and has organized conferences and served on selection and program committees.

Horowitz received a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy and film from Sarah Lawrence College, a master’s degree in philosophy from Boston University, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Rutgers University. He is a current resident of Greenwich Village.

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