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The Every Wednesday Luncheon series connects faculty to the work of their colleagues in the humanities and the humanistic social sciences. On Wednesdays at noon during the academic year, a faculty member gives an informal talk on current research over a catered lunch, followed by group discussion. Faculty of any rank are encouraged to present, but there is a particular emphasis on work by new humanities faculty and visiting professors associated with collaborative projects. The spirit of the Every Wednesday series is transdisciplinary, as scholars from across the Division and the University gather to share ideas and learn from one another.

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Romance Languages & Literatures

on Pasolini in Yemen

English / Creative Writing

on When I Was a Monster

South Asian Languages & Civilizations

on Known Unknowns


on Linguistic Prejudice

East Asian Languages & Civilizations

on Theatrical Prosthetics in Meiji Japan

Divinity School & Art History

on Narrative and Comparativism


on Special Effects and Soviet Wonder

History, South Asian Languages & Civilizations

on Planetarity

English Language & Literature 

on Commonplaces


on language and AI


on nature and theory in Plato

LA: History, AB: English Language & Literature 

on More than Diversity at the University of Chicago 

Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations

on the Evolving Heritage Crisis in Afghanistan: Culture, Conflict and Preservation

English Language & Literature
on the Novel and Social Criticism: The Case of William Gardner Smith

Cinema & Media Studies

on Early Black Filmmaking in Chicago: Lost and Found


BH: Music, AS: Music

on music and racial trust in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

AC: Philosophy, MH: Philosophy

on academic busyness

MD: Cinema & Media Studies, DM: Cinema & Media Studies

on (not) drawing humans 

LA: History, SA: English, AB: English, AG: History
on the More than Diversity campaign

JI: Social Thought, JL: History

on the political foundations of economics

TL: Cinema & Media Studies, MB: East Asian Languages & Civilizations

on sciences and literature in a time of contagion

NBM: Romance Languages & Literatures, LP: History

on the art of knowing everything there is to know

JI: English, RD: English

on literary memorials

CM: Germanic Studies, OS: Comparative Literature

on queer romantic collage

FM: Comparative Literature, RN: Art History

on Claude Lanzmann’s autobiography and disparate cultures

MB: Cinema & Media Studies, EG: History

on Stalin and cinema

SN: Anthropology, RN: Art History

on species without history

JF: Civic Leadership, NL: Strategic Initiatives 

on community engagement in context

TG: Art History, JS: Romance Languages & Literatures

on artifice and evidence


History of Science, University of Edinburgh

Putting the ‘Media’ in Remediation

English, Cinema & Media Studies
Vertigo in The Conversation

Divinity School

Winged Stallions and Wicked Mares: Horses in Indian Myth and History

Good and Evil

Germanic Studies

Gendered Language

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Divinity School

Academic Writing as Autobiography: Writing The Donigers of Great Neck: A Mythologized Memoir

Visual Arts

A Proposition, or on the Allure of Photography

Dean of the Divinity School; Social Thought, History, Divinity School, Romance Languages & Literatures, Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Math and Monotheism


Understanding Wisdom Through Psychological Science

Classics, Comparative Literature, Social Thought

Postapocalyptic Fiction


Minimalism and the Aesthetics of Black Threat


Riddles, Cryptographic Errors, and Intellectual Humility

Comparative Literature

Yiddish Avant-Gardes

Cinema & Media Studies

What is Screenwriting?

Cinema & Media Studies, Romance Languages & Literatures

The Image and Historical Matter


The Fundamental Operations of Syntax

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