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Burchard Scholars Program | Seminar Tops and Special Events

 


 

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma, with Moira Yip '80, event sponsor, Dean Fitzgerald, and 2009 Burchard Scholars


 

Previous Burchard Dinner-Seminars and Special Events

 

Fall 2013

Ta-Nehisi Coates – MLK Visiting Scholar in Writing
“A college dropout at MIT” 

Lynn Chang – Associated Artist
Lowell Lindgren – Professor Emeritus of Music
Emily Richmond Pollock – Assistant Professor of Music
Discussion of “Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Strauss,” as performed by Yo-Yo Ma and the Boston Symphony Orchestra

Arthur Bahr – Associate Professor of Literature
“The Page before Print: the Strange and Beautiful Lives of Medieval Manuscripts”

Malick Ghachem – Associate Professor of History
“Kill All the [Bankers]”: Why the Law of Fraud Will Not Save Us”
 

Spring 2013

Vivek Bald - Assistant Professor of Writing and Digital Media
"Lost Histories, 'Old' Media, and New Technologies: Building a Digital Humanities Practice"

Manduhai Buyandelger - Associate Professor of Anthropology
“Exchanging History for Sheep: Remaking Memory after Suppression in Contemporary Mongolia”

Julia Markovits - Associate Professor of Philosophy
"Saints, Heroes, and Villains"

Adam Berinsky - Professor of Political Science
"Rumors, Truths and Reality: A Study of Political Misinformation"
 

Fall 2012

Natasha Dow Schüll - Associate Professor, Program in Science, Technology, and Society
"LOST IN THE MACHINES: The Technology of Gambling Addiction"

Diana Henderson - Professor, Literature Section
Alan Brody - Professor of Theater Arts
Discussion of ArtEmerson's production of Hamlet presented by Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Company

Andrea Campbell - Professor of Political Science
"How American Social Policies Really Work"
 

Spring 2012

Glenn Ellison - Gregory K. Palm Professor of Economics
"Google Advertising: How Does it Work and Why Should We Care?"

Martin Hackl - Associate Professor of Linguistics
"Covert Movement in Real Time"

Hanna Rose Shell - Leo Marx Career Development Assistant Professor of Science, Technology, and Society
"Playing Hide and Seek"

Christopher Leighton - Assistant Professor of History
"The History of Chinese Business, and Vice Versa"
 

Fall 2011

Chris Ariza - Visiting Assistant Professor of Music and Theater Arts
"Generative Music as a Prop for Technological Play: Historical Perspectives and Aesthetic Alternatives"

Trip to see Porgy and Bess at the American Repertory Theatre

Graham Jones - Assistant Professor of Anthropology
"Modern Magic and the Technology of Enchantment"

Ruth Perry - Ann Fetter Friedlaender Professor of Humanities
"Singing Literature"
 

Spring 2011

Nick Montfort - Associate Professor of Digital Media
"10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10"

William Broadhead - Associate Professor of History
"Judging Augustus Caesar: the making of Rome’s first emperor"

Caspar Hare - Associate Professor of Philosophy
"What Philosophy Tells us About How to Make Big Decisions"

Donal Fox - MLK Visiting Artist of Music and Theater arts
"Musical Improvisation: The Art of Making Mistakes and the Art of Discovery"
 

Fall 2010

Susan Silbey - Leon and Anne Goldberg Professor of Humanities, Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, and Section Head
"The Common Place of Law: Signs and Stories of Law in Everyday Life"

Evan Ziporyn - Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Music
"A House in Bali"

Sara Ellison - Senior Lecturer of Economics
"What Has the Internet Done to the Book?"

Fotini Christia - Assistant Professor of Political Science
"Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan: Can we win hearts and minds?"
 

Spring 2010

Wayne Marshall - Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences
"Follow the Musical Money: Public Culture on Corporate Platforms"

Kai von Fintel - Associate Dean and Professor of Linguistics
"Subjective Meaning"

Craig Wilder - Professor, History
"Darmouth's Warring Murals: Indians, Negroes, and Mascots"

 

Fall 2009

Noel Jackson – Associate Professor, Literature
"The Humanities as Half-Knowledge: Two Romantic-Period Examples."

Haimanti Roy – Assistant Professor, History
"Borderline Citizens: Becoming ‘Indians’ and ‘Pakistanis’ in Post-Partition Bengal, 1947-56"

David Jones - Associate Professor, Science, Technology, and Society
"Do Doctors Make Good Decisions? History and the Complications of Cardiac Surgery"

Ben Olken - Associate Professor, Economics
"The Economics of Corruption"

 

Spring 2009

Taylor Fravel – Associate Professor, Political Science
"Three Perspectives on China's Rise: Threat, Opportunity, or Menace?"

Yo Yo Ma – Multiple Grammy®-winning cellist, Special Burchard Event
Performance with the Silk Road Ensemble at Symphony Hall

Dr. Thomas Byrne – Clinical Professor of Neurology
"Mirror Neurons: Impact on Learning, Empathy and Theory of Mind"

George Ruckert – Senior Lecturer, Music and Theater Arts
"The Sarod and the Raga in North Indian Tradition"

 

Fall 2008

Ed Barrett- Senior Lecturer, Writing and Humanistic Studies
“What Splendor! It All (most) Coheres. Discontinuity, Imagination, and for example, Digital Poetry"

Lily Tsai- Associate Professor, Political Science
“Accountability Without Democracy: Solidary Groups and Public Goods Provision in Rural China”

Elena Ruehr- Lecturer, Music
“Music, History, Movies”

William Uricchio- Professor, Comparative Media Studies
“Television as Provocation: rethinking media history”


Spring 2008

Ken Oye- Associate Professor, Political Science
“Assessing Implications of Emerging Technologies: Looking Back to Look Ahead”

Melissa Blanco- Visiting Artist, Music and Theater Arts
“Can Hips Talk? An Inquiry Into Corporeality, Cuban Mulatas, and ‘Caderas’”

David Macaulay- Author of "The Way Things Work," Special Buchard Speaker
“Let’s Eat”

Panle Jia- Rudi Dornbusch Career Development Assistant Professor, Economics
“What Can We Learn About the Real World With a Little Bit of Economics”


Fall 2007

Norvin Richards- Professor, Linguistics and Philosophy
“Structured disorder:VP-ellipsis in Maliseet”

Deborah Fitzgerald- Dean, School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, Professor of the History of Technology
“Fast Planes and Fast Food: How World War II Changed the Way We Eat”

Chris Capozzola- Associate Professor, History
“Should the United States Reinstitute the Draft?: Lessons from History”

Sandy Alexandre- Class of 1948 Career Development Professor, Literature
"If Trees Could Talk: Lynching in American Literature & Culture"


Spring 2007

Henry Jenkins – Professor, Comparative Media Studies
“What Does It Mean to be Literate in the 21st Century?”

Michael Cuthbert – Assistant Professor, Music and Theater Arts
“Geek Musicology”

Mary Fuller – Associate Professor, Literature
“Before there was American Literature, who read John Smith, and why?”

Abhijit Banerjee – Ford International Professor, Economics
“The Economic Lives of the Poor”


Fall 2006

Diana Henderson – Professor, Literature
“Why Shakespeare? Why Now?

Chap Lawson – Associate Professor, Political Science
“Mexico’s Recent Elections and the Controversy that Followed Them”

Suzanne Flynn – Professor, Linguistics and Philosophy
“Multilingualism: Nature’s Standard”

Tuli Banerjee – Lecturer, Foreign Languages and Literatures
“India”

 

Spring 2006

Junot Diaz – Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing
"The Uses of Apocalypse"

Michael Ouellette and Charles Shadle – Senior Lecturer, Theater Arts and Senior Lecturer, Music
“A Question of Love: Opera and Collaboration”

Ed Steinfeld – Associate Professor, Political Science
“China's Real Energy Crisis”

Meg Jacobs – Associate Professor, History
“The Energy Crisis of the 1970s”

 

 



Photograph, top:

A Backstage Visit with Yo Yo Ma — On March 8, 2009, the 2009 Burchard Scholars, along with Dean Fitzgerald and faculty members, attended a concert by the Silk Road Ensemble at Boston's Symphony Hall. After the performance, Burchard Scholars met and talked with cellist Yo-Yo Ma in a backstage visit organized by Professor of Music Lowell Lindgren.