Faculty Lecture Series

Faculty Lecture

The Hartwick Faculty Lecture Series was established to highlight and share the scholarly work of our faculty with their peers, students, and community members.

The series consists of lectures given during the academic year. Faculty presenters discuss research conducted with students and colleagues across the globe.

Spring 2021

Due to COVID-19, the Spring Faculty Lecture Series will again be offered via Zoom. Announcements will also be posted to faculty and staff ZHDLists, on the WickWire, and on Hartlink. Participants’ mics will be muted upon entrance and the chat channel will be closed until the Q&A following each talk. If you missed an invitation, need the Zoom link, or want more information, please contact Bradley J. Fest at  festb@hartwick.edu.

Friday, March 12, 2021, 1:20–2:20 p.m.

Leah Frankel, “Changed Art Making through the Pandemic”

Many artists have seen their resources, spaces, and communities shift or disappear during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some artists have had to change where they work: perhaps they had limited access to their studio space and moved to a home-based practice. Some shifts have had to do with outlet: many artists took to Instagram or Zoom to present their work and connect with their audience. Some artwork has changed in scale, medium, and content altogether. Due to radical changes in practical, social, and political circumstances, these shifts have forced artists to change how they work and form new practices, creating interesting and challenging new art in response to global changes. Frankel will explore how artists have adapted to the circumstances introduced by the 2020 pandemic and will chart some new directions in artistic practice. She will also discuss recent work she has produced during her own circumstantial changes.

Friday, April 9, 2021, 1:20–2:20 p.m.

Weiwei Zhang,” Revisiting Conspicuous Consumption: Continuity and Change in Consumption Patterns in China”

After the opening-up policy, China entered the consumer society. Zhang’s research has identified different varieties of conspicuous consumption during this transformation. Some among the upper middle class attempt to differentiate themselves from other groups by emphasizing their frugal moral qualities in what Zhang calls “conspicuous frugality.” In contrast, others among the upper middle class choose brand products with no logo or subtle logos—what Zhang calls “unostentatious conspicuous consumption”—in order to distinguish themselves from the new rich. The driving force behind these phenomena is that culture has a profound influence on materialism, spirituality, and people’s orientation toward life. Therefore, Chinese people have their own ways to stand out in certain situations. That is, Chinese traditional values and culture directly and indirectly influence Chinese consumption practices and this legacy seems likely to continue in the future.

Friday, May 14, 2021, 1:20–2:20 p.m.

Robert Seguin, “The American Entanglement: Race, Class, and an Image in Faulkner”

In the aftermath of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential victory, an often contentious discussion arose among those seeking to explain his surprising electoral upset. The argument often split along a familiar binary: economic anxiety versus white supremacy. That is, were Trump’s white voters—many of lower or lower middle income—motivated more by the ravages of neoliberalism, deindustrialization, and so forth, or rather a deeply ingrained racism? But class and race in this country are utterly inextricable, and any social analysis that privileges one too strongly over the other seems bound to miss central aspects of the situation. To help us think through the powerful gravitational field generated by these profoundly interwoven realities, Seguin will turn to the novelist William Faulkner, a writer who thought about the dynamics of race and class as deeply as any American writer has. Perhaps Faulkner can help us attain the suppleness we need in our thinking if we are to respect the irreducible complexity of these questions.

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