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"Be Compassionate Towards None: Thinking About the Status of the Other through Buddhist Compassion, Augustine’s Charity, and Levinas’ Ethics" by Pierre-Julien Harter

Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 12 - 1:30pm
Humanities Building - Carolyn Tanner Irish (CTIHB)

WORK IN PROGRESS TALK OPEN TO THE PUBLIC | SEATING IS LIMITED | LUNCH PROVIDED by PIERRE-JULIEN HARTER | The Graham School, University of Chicago To whom, specifically, are we compassionate or ethical, when we act compassionately or ethically? Is compassion or ethics grounded in the presence of a specific other, or are others irrelevant to my determination of being compassionate or ethical? Some Buddhist texts explain rather strangely that the best kind of compassion is a compassion that has no object. How can we understand this counter-intuitive idea that compassion reaches its perfection when there is nobody to be compassionate to? Scholars of Buddhist philosophy have tried to answer that question theoretically, by referring to the Buddhist conception of reality as being empty – empty of substances, and empty of persons. This talk makes another attempt, following rather an ethical approach that questions the status of the other in our ethical relationships. To deepen our understanding of the matter, we will be looking at Augustine’s conception of brotherly love or charity, and Emmanuel Levinas’ reflection on the other in ethical relationships. This exercise in ethical thinking through distant places and times will lead us to understand Buddhist compassion from the perspective of the Buddhist path, the process of transformation that leads an individual to perfection, understood as Buddahood. ABOUT Work-in-Progress Talks give Tanner Humanities Center fellows and University of Utah faculty an opportunity to present the latest work on their current research and receive feedback in a casual setting from students, faculty, staff, and community.


Frontiers of Science: The Global Energy Challenge: A Moral Imperative for the University

Thursday, March 30, 2017, 6pm
Aline Wilmot Skaggs Biology Building (ASB)

The Global Energy Challenge: A Moral Imperative for the University
Featuring:  Dr. Daniel G. Nocera, Patterson Rockwood Professor of Energy Harvard University Climate change is an existential threat to society as we continue to meet energy demand with carbon-based fuels. Energy demand is set to grow in the coming decades, mostly driven by 3 billion people currently without access to reliable energy and an anticipated 3 billion new inhabitants of our planet by mid-century. Increasing global living standards, expanding access to education, and improving health outcomes are all inextricably linked to a need for greatly increasing access to affordable, reliable energy. Meeting this future global energy need for 6 billion new energy consumers, together with current energy users, with the expanded use of fossil fuels is inconsistent with a low-risk climate pathway; and yet, those fuels often remain the most affordable and widely available despite continued declines in the costs for zero-carbon energy technologies.


"Recreating the Grand View Garden: Truth Within Fiction in Dream of the Red Chamber” by Jonah Katz

Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 12 - 1:30pm
Humanities Building - Carolyn Tanner Irish (CTIHB)

WORK IN PROGRESS TALK OPEN TO THE PUBLIC | SEATING IS LIMITED | LUNCH PROVIDED by JONAH KATZ | Obert C. & Grace A. Tanner Humanities Center Honors Undergraduate Research Fellow Asian Studies Major, Honors College First-time readers of the seminal eighteenth century Chinese novel, Dream of the Red Chamber, invariably create a picture in their minds of scenery from the book’s main setting, the Grand View Garden. It is there the young girls of Rongguo Mansion dwell, frolic, and compose poetry. The vivid and specific descriptions of the garden etch for readers a place of opulence, ease, and beauty. The garden’s insulation from the anxiety of adult reality has led many scholars to view the garden as a separate world where the growing children can escape, for a time. While the garden is fanciful in essence, many descriptions of the garden we find are quite concrete in their geography. In this talk I will explain how I have used textual clues to create a digital map of the Grand View Garden; a map as close as possible to the landscape imagined by the novel’s author, Cao Xueqin. I will then compare data collected from Dream of the Red Chamber to the original text in an effort to understand how space is meaningfully constructed for the girls living in the garden. Within the fictional map lies truth about the intimate connection between people, space, and the transience of dreams. ABOUT Work-in-Progress Talks give Tanner Humanities Center fellows and University of Utah faculty an opportunity to present the latest work on their current research and receive feedback in a casual setting from students, faculty, staff, and community.


"Holy Syncretism: Muslim Poets and Hindu Devotion" by Harish Trivedi

Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 3:30 - 4:30pm
Humanities Building - Carolyn Tanner Irish (CTIHB)

Speaker: Harish Trivedi (University of Delhi) India has the second largest Muslim population of any country in the world while 80% of the population remains Hindu. In the first few centuries of Muslim rule, several Muslim poets found ways of negotiating Hindu religion and culture which may still be of wide relevance to us, as may be the fact that these modes and models of mutual accommodation, assimilation, and syncretism were challenged and threatened in succeeding periods.


Beyond the Language–Content Divide: Integrating Language and Literary–Cultural Content in Upper-Division Courses

Friday, April 7, 2017, 8:30am - 12pm
Business Classroom Building (BU C)

Since the publication of the 2007 report of the MLA Ad Hoc Committee on Foreign Languages, which called for “replacing the two-tiered language–literature structure with a broader and more coherent curriculum in which language, culture, and literature are taught as a continuous whole” (p. 3), there have been numerous efforts by language departments to respond productively—if not across the whole spectrum of the undergraduate curriculum, then at least in individual courses at elementary/intermediate or advanced levels. Third-year courses, in which students typically engage for the first time in reading literary–cultural texts both extensively and intensively, writing analyses, and summarizing and interpreting texts orally in class, are good sites for experimenting with ways to integrate linguistic development, literary analysis, and cultural learning. This workshop will present for discussion several approaches and activity types that promote language learning as well as development of interpretation and analysis of literary–cultural texts. Judith Liskin-Gasparro (PhD, University of Texas–Austin) is Associate Professor Emerita of Spanish and Applied Linguistics at the University of Iowa. During her 22 years at the University of Iowa, she directed the elementary and intermediate Spanish program (1993–2006) and co-directed the university’s interdisciplinary doctoral program in Second Language Acquisition (2000–2016). She taught courses in second language acquisition, applied linguistics, and Spanish language. Her research interests include the development of second language speaking skills in classroom and study abroad contexts, oral proficiency assessment, and program evaluation and the assessment of student learning outcomes. In addition to her publications in these areas, she gives presentations and workshops on foreign language program evaluation and on linking outcomes assessment and program evaluation to strategies for improving language instruction. She is the co-author of three college-level Spanish textbooks, and formerly was the co-editor of the Pearson monograph series, Theory and Practice in Second Language Classroom Instruction, and the Associate Editor for Reviews of The Modern Language Journal.


NT LIVE Presents: "Hedda Gabler"

Saturday, April 8, 2017, 12 - 3pm
Broadway Centre Cinemas 111 E. Broadway Salt Lake City, UT 84111

“I’ve no talent for life.” Just married. Bored already. Hedda longs to be free... Hedda and Tesman have just returned from their honeymoon and the relationship is already in trouble. Trapped but determined, Hedda tries to control those around her, only to see her own world unravel. Tony Award-winning director Ivo van Hove (A View from the Bridge at the Young Vic Theatre) returns to National Theatre Live screens with a modern production of Ibsen’s masterpiece. Ruth Wilson (Luther, The Affair, Jane Eyre) plays the title role in a new version by Patrick Marber (Notes on a Scandal, Closer).


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