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Michael Fried Decorated in France

The Humanities Center congratulates Michael Fried for his recently being honored by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication. Professor Fried has been named Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in recognition of his significant contributions to furthering the arts and literature in France and throughout the world. The award reflects a recognition of decades of important scholarship by Michael Fried in the areas of French painting, art criticism, and literature.  Major books include Absorption and Theatricality: Painting and Beholder in the Age of Diderot (1980), Courbet's Realism (1990), and Manet's Modernism, or, The Face of Painting in the 1860s (1996).  All three have been published in French translation by Gallimard.  In 2012, Fried published a major study of Gustave Flaubert, Flaubert's "Gueuloir": On Madame Bovary and Salammbô.  And a new book about to appear from Yale University Press, Another Light: Jacques-Louis David to Thomas Demand, includes major essays on David, Théodore Géricault, and Gustave Caillebotte.  In November 2014, the Centre Pompidou in Paris featured six lectures by artists and others under the rubric "Selon Michael Fried," all the speakers (among them Johns Hopkins professor Molly Warnock) having been invited and introduced by Fried.

New Master's Program in Humanistic Studies

   The Humanities Center is pleased to
   announce a new course of study, the
   Master of Arts in Humanistic Studies.

   Please click here for more information.

George Makari

The Humanities Center is proud to announce a conversation with author George Makari

   Revolution in Mind

   Thursday, April 30, 2015
   6:00-8:00 pm

   Gilman 208

George Makari is the Director of the DeWitt Wallace Institute for the History of Psychiatry and Professor of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College. He is Adjunct Professor at both Rockefeller University and the Columbia Psychoanalytic Center. Makari published his acclaimed history, Revolution in Mind: The Creation of Psychoanalysis, in 2008. This coming fall, his history of the origins of Western mentalism, Soul Machine: The Invention of the Modern Mind, will be published by W.W Norton.

Alain Badiou and Barbara Cassin

The Humanities Center and the Centre Louis Marin are proud to welcome Professors Alain Badiou (École Normale Supérieure, Paris) and Barbara Cassin (CNRS, Collège International de Philosophie, Paris, and Associate of the Humanities Center) for a three-part


   Seminar on Parmenides

   Tuesday, Wednesday, and
   October 13, 14, and 15, 2015
   4:00 - 6:00 pm

   Gilman 208

​Barbara Cassin will further offer her three yearly seminars as Associate of the Humanities Center:


   On Nostalgia: Language and People

   Monday, October 19, 4:00 - 6:00 pm

   Tuesday, October 20, 1:30 - 3:30 pm

   "Hannah Arendt"
   Wednesday, October 21, 4:00 - 6:00 pm

   Gilman 208


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