2016-17 Director’s Lectures

David I. Kertzer: Mussolini, The Pope, and Italy's Racial Laws
April 5, 2017

David I. Kertzer drew on newly released documents from the Vatican archives to chronicle the active role played by Pope Pius XI, his emissaries to Mussolini, and others in the Italian embrace of anti-Semitism as state policy. Kertzer, a profressor of social science at Brown University, was awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Biography for his most recent book, The Pope and Mussolini. Among his many other books, The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara was a finalist for the 1997 National Book Award for Nonfiction, and is currently being made into a film by Steven Spielberg. 

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Robert J. Shiller: Narrative Economics
January 26, 2017

Robert J. Shiller is an economics professor at Yale University, a columnist for the New York Times, and the winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Economics, which he shared with University of Chicago economists Eugene F. Fama and Lars Peter Hansen. For his Director's Lecture he investigated how popular narratives develop around economic phenomena and made a case for economists to broaden their inquiries in order to better understand how narratives affect economic activity. The lecture was an early draft of a paper Shiller later delivered as the presidential address at the annual meeting of the American Economic Association. 

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Anna Tsouhlarakis: She Made for Her
November 1, 2016

Anna Tsouhlarakis's Director's Lecture, delivered at the opening of her solo show in the Neubauer Collegium gallery, charted the evolution of her artistic practice. Showcasing a body of work that ranges widely across media, Tsouhlarakis described her efforts to expand the terms of what constitutes Native aesthetics. Immediately following the talk, she was joined by Neubauer Collegium Curator Jacob Proctor and Department of Visual Arts Chair Jessica Stockholder for discussion on the complex interplay of personal identity, social bonds, and artistic expression. 

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