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SU Humanities Center ends semester with back-to-back programming

Topics range from transgenerational trauma, to Nuremberg Trial, to Afro-Brazilian politics

April 3, 2013, by Rob Enslin

Film producer Sandra Schulberg
Film producer Sandra Schulberg
The Syracuse University Humanities Center concludes its spring schedule—and fifth anniversary--with a series of back-to-back events. They include a Humanities Faculty Fellow Lecture by Meera Lee titled “Transgenerational Trauma, Phantom Emotion” (April 9); a screening of and an HC Mini-Seminar about the landmark documentary “Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today” (April 11-12); and an HC Faculty Fellow Symposium on “Cultural Politics in Brazil: The Case of Salvador da Bahia” (April 15).

All events are free and open to the public, except for the HC Mini-Seminar (April 12), which requires registration. For more information and to register, contact Karen Ortega at 315-443-5708 and

“This semester has been unprecedented, given the breadth and depth of our public offerings,” says Gregg Lambert, referring to the more 20 events organized and presented by The SU Humanities Center. “We think this final installment of lectures and discussions ends the year on a high note, while enabling our faculty fellows to bring their research to bear for the betterment of the campus community.”

Lambert is Dean’s Professor of the Humanities, founding director of The SU Humanities Center, and the newest addition to the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes’ International Advisory Board.

The schedule is as follows:

“Transgenerational Trauma, Phantom Emotion”
Faculty Fellow: Meera Lee, affiliated faculty member of Asian/Asian American studies at SU
Respondent: Silvio Torres-Saillant, professor of English and Latino-Latin American studies at SU
Tuesday, April 9, at 5 p.m.
Tolley Humanities Building (304)

Lee is the author of “Who’s Afraid of Hemingway Men?: Psychoanalysis and Masculinity” (Doing-In, 2006) and of the forthcoming book project, “The Malady of Han: Trauma and Phantom in Korean Literature and Film.” She has published journal articles and book chapters about Korean movies, such as Kim Ki-duk's “Time” and Bong Joon-ho's “The Host,” as well as essays on subaltern and diaspora studies. In 2013, Lee was awarded a prestigious research fellowship from the Academy of Korean Studies and a Faculty Working Group Grant in “Global Translation Studies” from The Central New York Humanities Corridor. Her research spans Korean cinema and literature, trauma studies, Asian diaspora, comparative postcolonial studies, gender and sexuality, psychoanalysis, and critical theory. 

“Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today”

A 2009 restoration of the classic documentary of the Nuremberg Trials
Thursday, April 11, at 7 p.m.
The Palace Theatre (2384 James St., Syracuse)

Panelists: Richard Breyer, professor and co-director of documentary film and history at SU
Tara Helfman, assistant professor of law at SU
Isaac Kfir, visiting professor of international relations and law at SU
Sandra Schulberg, producer of the restoration and daughter of the original filmmaker, Stuart Schulberg
C. Cora True-Frost, assistant professor of law at SU

HC Mini-Seminar: Breyer, Helfman, Kfir, Schulberg, and True-Frost
Friday, April 12, at 9 a.m.

“Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today” depicts one of the most famous courtroom dramas of the 20th century. It also was the first trial to be extensively documented, aurally and visually. Despite severe limits imposed upon them, writer/director Stuart Schulberg and editor Joseph Zigman shot more than 25 hours of film, which were whittled down to 78 minutes for the 1948 premiere. In 2009, a restoration team--led by Schulberg’s daughter, Sandra, and Josh Waletzky—created the critically acclaimed version featured here.

Co-sponsors: The Regional Holocaust and Genocide Initiative: Resistance, Resilience, and Responsibility in the School of Education; Department of History in the Maxwell School; SU College of Law; and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
Ollie A. Johnson (Photo by Tim Jackson)
Ollie A. Johnson (Photo by Tim Jackson)
“Cultural Politics in Brazil: The Case of Salvador da Bahia”
Faculty Fellow: Kwame Dixon, assistant professor of African American studies at SU
Guest Speakers: Ollie A. Johnson, associate professor of Africana studies at Wayne State University; and John Burdick, professor and chair of anthropology at SU
Monday, April 15, at 9 a.m.
Tolley Humanities Building (304)

Johnson headlines this symposium devoted to Salvador da Bahia, one of oldest, largest, and wealthiest cities in Brazil, as well as the undisputed center of Afro-Brazilian culture. An expert on Afro-Brazilian and Afro-Latin American politics, Johnson is the author of “Brazilian Party Politics and the Coup of 1964” (University Press of Florida, 2001), which focuses on the rise of Brazilian party factions and trans-party alliances, and is co-editor with Karin Stanford of “Black Political Organizations in the Post-Civil Rights Era” (Rutgers University Press, 2002). He is joined by Dixon, who studies how racial and gender discrimination lead to human rights violations, and Burdick, whose research encompasses social, political, and cultural change in Brazil and Latin America, in general.

Co-Sponsors: Department of AAS in The College of Arts and Sciences and Department of Anthropology in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

The SU Humanities Center, founded in 2008, fosters public engagement in the humanities, and is home to The CNY Humanities Corridor; the Watson Visiting Collaborator and Jeanette K. Watson Distinguished Visiting Professorship programs; the HC Mini-Seminar and Syracuse Symposium Seminar series; and other research initiatives, annual fellowships and public programming.

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