Insight Seminars Fall 2013

image: trees and mountain reflected in lakeInsight Seminars Fall 2013

Free Lectures at UO Knight Library

  • Sept 30 7 pm Sashimi and Sexy Snowman: Woodblock Prints and Popular Culture in Edo Japan Professor Andrew Goble
  • Oct 28 7 pm The Two King Lears Professor Jim Earl
    Location for lectures: Knight Library Browsing Room  - 1501 Kincaid Street

Fall Classes - Register Now

RENAISSANCE SCIENCE: RARE BOOKS & THE NEW WORLD of KNOWLEDGE

Professor Vera Keller (Clark Honors College)
Wednesday, September 18 (1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Knight Library Browsing Room, 1501 Kincaid Street
Cost: $45
In this seminar we consider Francis Bacon’s role as fiction maker, provocateur, and publicist for Renaissance science. Through adventurous fictions and gorgeous images, Bacon offered a powerful image of future knowledge. We’ll explore the riches of UO Libraries Special Collections rare books and read sections of Bacon’s New Atlantis.  This seminar will be held in conjunction with the UO Libraries Printing Science Exhibition (June 3, 2013-Oct. 4, 2013).   No book required. [Note: This seminar's title was formerly History of Science: Francis Bacon.]

JAPAN IN THE AGE OF THE SHOGUNS 

Professor Andrew Goble (History)
Saturdays, October 5, 12, 19, 26 (9:30 a.m. – noon)
Knight Library Browsing Room, 1501 Kincaid Street
Cost: $99
As we explore Japan during the vibrant Tokugawa period (1600−1868), we will join Engelbert Kaempfer, a German
physician who sojourned in Japan during 1690−1692. Published in 1727, his rich description of life and customs was a
best seller. His direct voice will complement the lectures, famous wood-block prints, and an evocative Kurosawa film
(Redbeard) depicting the dramas of Japanese life in the early 1800s.  (Book for class: Kaempfer's Japan : Tokugawa Culture Observed by Engelbert Kaempfer; edited and translated by Beatrice Bodart-Bailey. University of Hawaiʻi Press, 1999. UO Bookstore/Duck Store will have it available shortly before the class.)

KING LEAR - class is full

Professor Jim Earl (English)
Saturdays, November 2, 9, 16, 23 (9:30 a.m. – noon)
Knight Library Browsing Room, 1501 Kincaid Street
Cost: $99
King Lear confronts the folly and the wisdom of old age. Is it Shakespeare’s greatest play? It is certainly one of the
richest in its language and themes, and legendarily challenging to perform. We will read the play closely and compare
four great film performances, by Orson Welles (1953), Paul Scofield (1971), Lawrence Olivier (1984) and Ian McKellen
(2009).  (Book for class: King Lear (Norton Critical Edition) edited by Grace Ioppolo.  UO Bookstore/Duck Store will have it available shortly before the class.)

EXPLORING YOUR FAMILY FOOD HERITAGE - Register

Professor Riki Saltzman (Oregon Folklife Network)
Saturday, December 7 (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
Knight Library Browsing Room, 1501 Kincaid Street
Cost: $45
This seminar will investigate the ways that food, family and folklore intersect.  We will reflect on the stories
behind family recipes, ethnic, regional, and holiday foods.  You will share your own stories around food
and learn creative ways to preserve family recipes and memories in a cookbook that will be treasured
for generations. No book required.