On and Around Campus: Week of 5/6-5/12

A talk with former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, the University of Chicago U.S.-China Relations Forum, and the South Asian Music Ensemble’s Spring Concert among other events in this week’s calendar.

Friday, May 6

Art Is What Resists, Even If It Is Not the Only Thing That Resists: Lecture by Raymond Bellour

4 p.m., Logan Screening Room 201

Literature and film critic Raymond Bellour will be examining the complex relationships between art, philosophy, and resistance. Bellour, the Director of Research Emeritus at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris, has written numerous books on the impact of cinema.

Deirdre McCloskey: “Bourgeois Equality: How Ideas, Not Capital or Institutions, Enriched the World

6 p.m., Seminary Co-Op Bookstore

Economist and historian Deirdre McCloskey will be hosting a discussion about the subject of her latest book: how the true catalyst for the Great Enrichment of the 1800s was a buildup of ideas rather than a buildup of capital or the strength of cultural institutions. She will not only speak about the influence of technological advances, like electric motors, but also about the importance of social and political ideas, such as equal liberty for all people.

Saturday, May 7

12 O’Clock Boys

2 p.m., Max Palevsky Cinema (Ida Noyes)

The Renaissance Society in partnership with Doc Films will be showing the 2014 documentary 12 O’Clock Boys, a film following a young man’s obsession with a local group of wild dirt-bike riders in the suburbs of Baltimore.

South Asian Music Ensemble: Spring Concert

7:30 p.m., Logan 901

The South Asian Music Ensemble is hosting their annual spring event, which will feature a variety of South Asian music and traditional dance.

Book Launch: K.B. Jensen’s A Storm of Stories

2 p.m., 57th Street Books

Local author K. B. Jensen is holding a launch party for her second novel, A Storm of Stories. This work of fiction centers on a woman and a hitchhiker who must tell stories to pass the time while her group is stuck in a terrible snowstorm. Jensen is also the founder of Indie City Writers, a neighborhood group that tries to strengthen the South Side writing community.

Monday, May 9

The University of Chicago U.S.-China Relations Forum

9 a.m.–5:30 p.m., International House Assembly Hall

The University of Chicago Chinese Students and Scholars Association will host a series of speeches, panels, and interviews on a variety of topics related to U.S.-China relations, including finance, climate change, and politics. Speakers will include UChicago professors, businesspeople, and Henry Paulson, former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. Lunch will be provided.

Simon Sebag Montefiore: The Romanovs: 1613–1918 

6 p.m., Seminary Co-Op Bookstore

Simon Sebag Montefiore, a British historian of Russia, will be discussing his new book The Romanovs: 1613–1918. The historical chronicle covers the reigns of some of Russia’s most famous rulers and some of its most obscure, tracing the story of the Romanov dynasty from the 18th-century Age of the Imperial Petticoat to the reign of the last tsar, Nicholas II.

Tuesday, May 10

Kestnbaum Reading by Jennifer Egan

6:30 p.m., Logan 901

Jennifer Egan, the Kestnbaum Writer-in-Residence, will be reading from her Pulitzer Prize–winning book, A Visit from the Goon Squad. This novel centers on a punk-rock-singer-turned-record-executive and one of his employees.

Larissa MacFarquhar: Strangers Drowning

6 p.m., Seminary Co-Op Bookstore

Author Larissa MacFarquhar will discuss her latest book, Strangers Drowning, which tackles the delicate balance in life between doing good and being practical. MacFarquhar examines a number of real individuals whose strong morals drastically influence their lives, such as a couple who decided to start a leprosy colony in the wilderness of India even though their children ran the risk of contracting the disease or being eaten by animals.

Wednesday, May 11

Humble Mediocrity: The Moral Treatment of Ambition During the Early Nineteenth Century

4 p.m., Social Science Research Building Room 224

Javier Moscoso, the Lurcy Visiting Professor and Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at the Institute of History of the Spanish National Research Council, will be giving the Georges Lurcy Lecture. The Lurcy Visiting Professorship, supported by the Georges Lurcy Charitable and Educational Trust, seeks to bring distinguished European scholars to UChicago in the Humanities and Social Sciences Divisions.

Crook County: Book Discussion by Author, Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve

4:30 p.m., The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration Lobby,

969 East 60th Street, RSVP Online*

Author Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve will be discussing her new book Crook County, an account of the injustices she witnessed during her 10 years working in the Chicago Cook County Courthouse. In particular, her work focuses on the racial injustices and how prejudice influences the justice system as a whole.

Leora Auslander, “Jews at Home in Paris and Berlin, 1918–1933/40

5–6 p.m., Social Science Research Building Room 224

Leora Auslander, professor of history and Arthur and Joann Rasmussen Professor in Western Civilization, will be speaking at a joint meeting of the Jewish Studies and Modern Europe workshops. The event is part of the Council of Advanced Studies Workshop Program, a series of interdisciplinary workshops bringing together students and faculty from the Divinity School, the Humanities Division, and the Social Sciences Division.

Scattering the Dark: A Poetry Reading and Conversation with Krystyna Dabrowska

6–7:30 p.m., Classics Building Room 110

Polish poet and Wisława Szymborska Prize winner Krystyna Dabrowska will read a selection of her poetry, followed by a discussion with fellow poet Karen Kovacik and literary translator Antonia Lloyd Jones. Participants will discuss female poets in Poland and the challenges involved in poetry translation. Food and wine will be provided afterward during the book signing.

Every Picture Tells a Story: Illustrated Art from Poland at Chopin Theatre

7 p.m., Chopin Theater, 1543 West Division Street

Married illustrators, children’s book authors, and graphic designers, Aleksandra Mizielińska and Daniel Mizieliński, will speak about the use of art in communication alongside local author Richard Reeder.

Family History of Fear: Agata Tuszynska and Ron Balson, in Conversation with Greg Archer

6:30 p.m., 57th Street Books

Polish historian Agata Tuszynska, Chicago litigator Ron Balson, and journalist Greg Archer will discuss Tuszynska’s new memoir, Family History of Fear. In the chronicle of her life and family, Tuszynska wrestles with the discovery that her mother hid her Jewish identity during World War II and continued to keep the secret after Tuszynska’s birth.

Thursday, May 12

Former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on America’s Security Architecture

Doors open at 3 p.m., event begins at 3:30 p.m., Logan Performance Hall

Former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will be discussing America’s security architecture, the threat of ISIS, and the challenges that the U.S. faces in Syria. Robert Pape, professor of political science and director of the Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism, will moderate the discussion.

Spring Film Series – “UnSlut: A Documentary Film”

4:30–6:30 p.m., Centers for Gender/Race Studies Community Room 105, 5733 South University Avenue

UnSlut: A Documentary Film is inspired by the death of Rehtaeh Parsons, who took her own life after being gang-raped, labeled as a slut, and constantly harassed online. The film seeks to explore the causes of sexual shaming in North America and is part of the CSGS’s Consent, Choice, Agency documentary film series. The film is 40 minutes long and will be followed by a discussion.

Spanish Film Club Festival, “I AM FROM CHILE

5–7 p.m., Rosenwald Hall Room 015

I AM FROM CHILE, a coming-of-age film by Gonzalo Díaz Ugarte, will be screened in Spanish with English subtitles. It follows Salvador, a Chilean immigrant living in London with his parents’ financial support. A financial crisis forces him to adapt to a harsh new reality.

Anthony David : An Improbable Friendship

6 p.m., Seminary Co-Op Bookstore

Author and UChicago alum Anthony David will be discussing his book, An Improbable Friendship, with associate professor of Hebrew and comparative literature Na’ama Rokem. An Improbable Friendship is a dual biography that traces the 40-year relationship between Israeli Ruth Dayan and Palestinian journalist Raymonda Tawil in the middle of endless conflict.