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Message from the Director

Message from the Director

Fall 2020

As we begin this new semester, I hope that this message finds you all well. During these difficult times, the work of humanities centers is more important than ever. Humanistic perspectives embody the openness, imagination, critical thought, and generosity which good and just citizenship requires. The generous commitment of our faculty, students, and staff enables the Glasscock Center to fulfill our vital mission of promoting and fostering humanities research at Texas A&M and beyond. In 2020-2021, we continue our work of supporting the university community in flexible, creative, and safe ways.

We have an exciting calendar of virtual events planned for the semester, including our weekly faculty fellows’ colloquia and graduate fellows colloquia, Undergraduate Summer Scholars presentations, and events presented by our two initiatives. Global Health Humanities will be focusing on “Frontline worker’s stories during Covid-19.” Speakers will address such topics as training challenges in the health professions, emotional and physical burnout, and priorities in patient care during a time of crisis. The series will explore the role of sharing and listening to stories in understanding these issues. Humanities: Land Sea Space, in partnership with Texas A&M’s Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center, will present events on the theme of “Coastal Communities and Justice,” concerning environmental justice, energy, community, and forms of resilience in coastal areas in Texas and beyond. The series begins with a screening of the award-winning film, Seadrift, and Q&A with the director, Tim Tsai. This year, Humanities: Land Sea Space is delighted to be partnering with Rice University’s Center for Environmental Studies. Check our website for details about their series of virtual talks on sustainable design, Green New Deals, and ecologies of the global south. We also continue our Glasscock Book Chats series and will be featuring Chaitanya Lakkimsetti’s book, Legalizing Sex: Sexual Minorities, AIDS and Citizenship in India, with a response by Vanita Reddy to kick off our discussion.

Although we will miss the opportunity for in-person conversation and exchange of ideas this autumn, please do join us for our virtual events. We encourage you to explore our website for new information and updates about our activities, grants, and programs. 

All of us at the Glasscock Center wish you a safe and rewarding semester. 

 

Emily Brady
Susanne M. and Melbern G. Glasscock Director and Chair
Professor of Philosophy


Past messages

April 2020

The Glasscock Center team extends their concern and support to everyone affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope that you are well and safe.

In these extraordinary times, I have been struck by the tremendous response of the arts and humanities in providing much needed cultural support. Museums are offering virtual exhibitionstheatrical productions are streaming online and via social media, film festivals have become virtual, and the arts are striving to be more accessible in myriad ways. Teaching online is currently the norm, and libraries are making their collections more widely available to serve a range of needs. Humanities scholars, and many others from various disciplines, are responding imaginatively and critically to the unprecedented ways in which the pandemic has changed daily lives across the planet.

The Glasscock Center is developing ways to contribute, too. We continue our important mission of awarding grants and supporting faculty and student research, with necessary adjustments through digital and other means. Our colloquia series has been continuing online. The Global Health Humanities and Humanities: Land Sea Space initiatives have been active: check out the blog Health Humanities during COVID-19 and the upcoming discussion group on “Covid-19 and the Environment.” We are excited to announce a new, responsive grant, “Micro-Grants in the Arts and Humanities,” which is intended to encourage the documentation and creative interpretation of people’s experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage and welcome your participation in all of these activities!

The Glasscock Center will continue to work productively to find ways to be flexible, creative, and safe in line with our mission and these changing times.

Take care and best wishes,

Emily Brady
Susanne M. and Melbern G. Glasscock Director and Chair
Professor of Philosophy


Spring 2020

Our semester is well underway here at the Glasscock Center, with activities ranging from our weekly faculty and graduate colloquia, working group activities, and book chats, to our own major events and those which we support and co-sponsor through a range of grants.

We have been busy organizing the celebration of our 20th Annual Susanne M. Glasscock Humanities Book Prize for Interdisciplinary Scholarship, which has been awarded to Louis Hyman (Cornell). His book, Temp: How American Work, American Business, and the American Dream Became Temporary, is the untold history of the surprising origins of the “gig economy.” The book was named a “Triumph” of 2018 by The New York Times book critics, is the winner of the William G. Bowen Prize, and has been shortlisted for the 800-CEO-READ Business Book Award. The New York Times writes that Temp is “Illuminating and often surprising…a book that encourages us to imagine a future that is inclusive and humane rather than sentimentalize a past that never truly was.” Please join us for a community event at 6:30pm on Wednesday, March 4th in the George Bush Presidential Library, and the award presentation and lecture at 4pm on Thursday, March 5th in our own Glasscock Library (Room 311).

Our two initiatives, Global Health Humanities (GHH) and Humanities: Land Sea Space (HLSS), which reflect pressing global issues and novel cross-disciplinary research, have been gaining strong momentum through various research activities and building new partnerships. Colonial Psychiatry and its Aftereffects will take place on April 1st and is co-sponsored with the History Department. This forum engages the practices and concepts associated with colonial psychiatry and their ongoing effects upon global health. Coastal Communities and Justice, a symposium to be held on April 23rd, will explore questions concerning environmental justice, community, and forms of resilience in coastal places in Texas and beyond. This event is co-sponsored with the Hazard Reduction & Recovery Center at Texas A&M. We are very excited to be screening the documentary film, Seadrift (Tim Tsai, 2019) as part of the symposium. The film tells the story of tragic events which took place in the Seadrift, Texas fishing community in 1979 and their aftermath. Seadrift has been featured at numerous film festivals, including Slamdance, where it was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize. As always, our Glasscock events are free and open to all!

The Glasscock Center recently welcomed two graduate research assistants to the team, Shannon Gonzenbach (English) and Victoria Green (Philosophy). They are assisting us with our two initiatives, as well as making progress on researching and developing new GCHR projects related to the public humanities. We’re delighted to have them on board!

We hope that you enjoy the rest of the semester, and we look forward to welcoming you to our colloquia and upcoming spring events! Check them out on our web calendar for more information.

Emily Brady
Susanne M. and Melbern G. Glasscock Director and Chair
Professor of Philosophy