Government and Aviation in the 20th Century: From the Wright Brothers to the Boeing 707 Jetliner
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 7:00–8:30 pm EDT Leader: W. Bernard Carlson, University of Virginia While we often think about aviation in terms of heroes such as Charles Lindbergh or Amelia Earhart, an equally important story to tell is the role that the Federal government has played in shaping the American aviation industry. In this talk, we’ll look at the origins of flight, the creativity of the Wright Brothers, and the multiple ways that government has shaped both the planes and the way we experience air travel.
Thursday, April 26, 2018 7:00–8:30 pm EDT Leader: Alex Woloch, Professor of English, Stanford University The year 1984 is now almost as far back in our past as it was far into Orwell’s future when he published his novel in 1948. But the book, unlike the year, has not simply dated. On the contrary, it seemed to surge back into contemporary relevance in the last year, briefly topping the bestseller list just after the 2017 presidential inauguration. Orwell’s novel, then, continues to hold political and literary significance, far outside of the Cold War context of its early reception. In his essay “Why I Write,” Orwell wrote: “What I have most wanted to do throughout the past ten years is to make political writing into an art.” In this webinar, we’ll consider Orwell’s novel as an example of such political art. How do we understand 1984 as a deliberately crafted work of writing? How can we connect it to Orwell’s previous fifteen years as a prolific and experimental writer? What literary strategies and imaginative techniques underlie the tricky art of engaging politics through writing?
Confronting the Past: Russian Fiction in the Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries
Leader: Julia Trubikhina, Adjunct Associate Professor, Division of Russian and Slavic Languages, Hunter College, City University of New York Teacher Leader: Nadia Kalman, Editor and Curriculum Designer, Words Without Borders Campus
Confederate Monuments and Contested Civic Space in the United States, 1865 to the 21st Century
Leader: Fitzhugh Brundage, William B. Umstead Distinguished Professor; Department Chair, History, University of North Carolina, Chapel HillNHC Fellow 1995–96 Teacher Leader: Kevin Levin, Civil War historian and former history teacher