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       True to Life: An Interview with Martin Hägglund  An interview with     Martin Hägglund   Martin Hägglund speaks about This Life, his new book about love, grief, wealth, and Karl Marx.  "View from Mount Holyoke, Northampton, Massachusetts, after a Thunderstorm—The Oxbow" by Thomas Cole, 1836. Metropolitan Museum of Art / Wikimedia
May 28, 2019
True to Life: An Interview with Martin Hägglund Jacobin’s Meagan Day spoke to Hägglund about Karl Marx, C. S. Lewis, St Augustine, Martin Luther King Jr, and how democratic socialism — not liberal capitalism — can fulfill our shared commitment to the values of freedom and democracy. See full interview here.
May 23, 2019
THE THERON ROCKWELL FIELD PRIZE was awarded to Alice Yang, B.A. 2019, Literature and Comparative Cultures for her senior essay “Abounding Freedom: A Collection of Prose Poetry by Julien Gracq, Translated from the French by Alice Yang” The Theron Rockwell Field Prize is given for “a poetic, literary, or religious work” of scholarship. The award was established in 1957 by Emilia R. Field in memory of her husband, Theron Rockwell Field, 1889S. Congratulations!
The idea of eternity, Martin Hägglund argues, destroys meaning and value. Illustration by Deanna Halsall
May 13, 2019
The idea of eternity, Martin Hägglund argues, destroys meaning and value. See the review here.
May 9, 2019
Our PhD candidate, Pelin Kivrak has won a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Harvard University’s Mahindra Humanities Center. It is a one-year postdoctoral fellowship in connection with the Center’s Andrew W. Mellon Foundation seminar on the topic of migration and the humanities. Migration plays as critical a role in the moral imagination of the humanities as it does in shaping the activist vision of humanitarianism and human rights. Too often, the humanities are summoned merely as witnesses to...
May 7, 2019
Moira Fradinger is awarded the Berlin Prize. She will spend Spring 2020 in Germany. The full story was published in the Yale News. Congratulations to you Professor Fradinger!
March 25, 2019
Join us for a discussion of Martin Hägglund’s new book, This Life: Secular Faith and Spiritual Freedom. Ranging from fundamental existential questions to the most pressing social issues of our time, This Life argues that our commitment to freedom and democracy should lead us beyond both religion and capitalism. Leading theorists of society, culture, literature and politics will offer comments on the book, the author will respond, and we’ll have plenty of time for the audience’s participation....
March 13, 2019
Fifth-year Ph.D. candidate Shaj Mathew has published an article on the Turkish filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan:  “Traveling Realisms, Shared Modernities, Eternal Moods: The Uses of Anton Chekhov in Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Winter Sleep.” Adaptation (2019). 1-15.