Winter 2023

Discussions will normally take place Thursdays at 4pm in the Social Sciences Tea Room. Note any exceptional dates, times, or locations marked with an asterisk (*).


*FRIDAY, January 6
*3-5:20pm, Cobb Hall 102
“Goethe on Tragedy”
David Wellbery, LeRoy T. and Margaret Deffenbaugh Carlson University Professor of Germanic Studies, Social Thought, and in the College
Joint Session with the German Philosophy Workshop

January 26

“‘Every Living Thing’: Life and Endeavor in Milton’s Paradise Lost
Timothy Harrison, Assistant Professor of English and Social Thought
Respondent: Richard Strier, Frank L. Sulzberger Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of English

*MONDAY, February 6
*5-6:30pm, Social Sciences Tea Room
“Blindness Without Will: HBO’s Succession and the Problem of Corporate Collective Knowledge”
Lisa Siraganian, J. R. Herbert Boone Chair in Humanities and Chair of the Department of Comparative Thought and Literature, Johns Hopkins University
Respondent: Robert Pippin, Evelyn Stefansson Nef Distinguished Service Professor in the Committee on Social Thought, the Department of Philosophy, and the College
Joint Session with 20th & 21st Century Cultures Workshop

February 23
*Foster 505
“’When the light of sense goes out in flashes’: Reading Wordsworth’s ‘Nature’ Through Heidegger’s ‘Ontological Difference'”
Mat Messerschmidt, Postdoctoral Social Sciences Teaching Fellow
Respondent: David Wellbery, LeRoy T. and Margaret Deffenbaugh Carlson University Professor of Germanic Studies, Social Thought, and in the College

March 2
“Conviction and Theatricality: Fried, Cavell, and Cinema”
Sam Lee, PhD Student, Committee on Social Thought
Respondent: Tanya Desai, PhD Candidate, Cinema and Media Studies

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Please contact David Hernandez (davidahb@uchicago.edu) or Jimmy White (jjwhite@uchicago.edu) with any questions.