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Copernicus and the Astrologers, with Robert Westman
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 6:00pm. CWY 206
In 1543, Nicolaus Copernicus publicly defended his hypothesis that the earth is a planet revolving together with five other planets around a stationary sun. Historians often describe Copernicus’s proposal as the beginning of the Scientific Revolution.
But why did Copernicus make this bold proposal?
Historian Robert Westman reframes this pivotal moment by centering the story on a conflict over the credibility of astrology that erupted in Italy just as Copernicus arrived in 1496 – even though not a single word about astrology exists in any of Copernicus’s extant writings.
This event is co-sponsored by ResearchOne and the USF Department of Philosophy
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Could This Be What Democracy Looks Like?: Participatory Politics, Transmedia, Mobilization, and the Civic Imagination with Henry Jenkins
Thursday, Sept. 25, 6:00pm. CWY 206
Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence Henry Jenkins will discuss the work of the USC Media, Activism, and Participatory Politics research group, which has documented the ways innovative organizations are helping American youth to become more civically engaged and politically active. “Often, this new political language remixes and redeploys elements borrowed from popular culture—from the Hunger Games to Harry Potter to Superman—in order to develop shared frameworks through which they can change the world. What if we saw fantasy not as escapism but as a tool for promoting social justice?”
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In addition to this public talk, Dr. Jenkins will spend the week of Sept. 22 visiting USF classes and interacting with students and faculty.
Announcing our Fall 2014 Lineup!
This semester has something for everyone. We're hosting events on everything from Copernicus to American gothic horror; from the ethics of sex selection to urban gentrification. You can also read about our Fall 2014 Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence, Henry Jenkins who will be at USF starting September 22. See which USF faculty members won HI Summer Grants to support their research and who our Fall Homegrown Humanities scholars will be.
Download the Humanities Institute's Fall 2014 Newsletter for all the details.