Valerie Alhart

Valerie Alhart is press officer for humanities and broadcast media, and covers humanities and the arts at the University.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning author Stephen Greenblatt speaks at humanities symposia

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Stephen Greenblatt speaks at humanities symposia

October 15, 2014

One of the world’s most celebrated scholars in the humanities, Stephen Greenblatt will visit the University to lecture and participate in workshops with the campus community. Greenblatt will give a public talk for the University’s Ferrari Humanities Symposia on Thursday, Oct. 30 based on ideas introduced in his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Swerve: How the World Became Modern.

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Children in crisis focus of annual Anthony/Stanton Conversations

Children in crisis focus of annual Anthony/Stanton Conversations

October 14, 2014

Sheree Toth, the executive director of the Mt. Hope Family Center and professor of clinical psychology, will deliver this year’s keynote speech at this year’s annual Stanton/Anthony Conversations, which will focus on the mental wellness of children.

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Author and activist Ru Freeman to receive 2014 Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for fiction

Author and activist Ru Freeman to receive 2014 Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for fiction

October 8, 2014

Freeman will receive the award and $7,500 prize on Thursday, Oct. 23. As part of the award ceremony, Freeman will give a reading from the novel and she will sign copies of her book during a reception after the event.

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New history of University highlights 155 years of transformation

New history of University highlights 155 years of transformation

October 7, 2014

In a new book, Our Work Is But Begun: A History of the University of Rochester, 1850–2005, author Janice Bullard Pieterse traces the growth of the University of Rochester from a small undergraduate program in 1850 to a leading research university and engine for regional economic growth.

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Religion scholar to direct Anthony Institute

Religion scholar to direct Anthony Institute

October 6, 2014

Associate professor of religion Nora Rubel has been named director of the University’s Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies. As a scholar of religion, Rubel says she was excited to move to Rochester in 2007 to live near the ‘burned over’ district where many religious movements began. “But once I arrived I was just as drawn to the area’s ties to abolition and the women’s rights movements.”

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International Theatre Program starts 25th anniversary season with <i>What the Butler Saw</i>

International Theatre Program starts 25th anniversary season with What the Butler Saw

October 3, 2014

Sex, authority, and psychoanalysis take center stage on Thursday, Oct. 16, in Todd Theatre as the International Theatre Program begins its 25th season with the provocative farce, What the Butler Saw.

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Symposia, exhibit, opera look behind the veils of Salomé

Symposia, exhibit, opera look behind the veils of Salomé

September 23, 2014

The story of Salomé has been recreated in popular culture for more than 2,000 years. On Oct. 8-11, her evolving role in religion, society, and the arts will be explored in a two-day symposia and series of events titled The Veils of Salomé, at both the River Campus and the Eastman School of Music.

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Acclaimed author’s new novel steeped in family mystery

Acclaimed author’s new novel steeped in family mystery

September 16, 2014

As a child, professor and noted author Joanna Scott played with figurines collected by her great-grandfather, Armand de Potter. After unearthing a trunk filled with diaries and documents, Scott realized her great-grandfather wasn’t the man he seemed. This disquieting discovery became the basis for her new novel, De Potter’s Grand Tour.

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Institute for Popular Music celebrates Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones

Institute for Popular Music celebrates Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones

September 9, 2014

Institute for Popular Music kicks off its 2014-2015 performance and lecture series with a tribute to the iconic 70s rock band, Led Zeppelin. In the spring, lectures and a concert will focus on the music of the Rolling Stones and the 50th anniversary of the group’s career-making hit “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.”

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International celebration honors work of scholar, activist Douglas Crimp

International celebration honors work of scholar, activist Douglas Crimp

August 26, 2014

Leading scholars, artists, and critics from around the world will gather at the Arsenal Institute for Film and Video Art in Berlin on August 28 to celebrate the work of Douglas Crimp, who turned 70 this month. Known for his work as an art critic, theorist, curator, and activist, his work was instrumental in the development of the field of queer studies.

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