Public Copeland Events


Photographs of Catastrophe and the Unbearable Spectacle of Human Vulnerability

Wednesday, October 30, 4:30 p.m. Clark 100, Amherst College


Carolyn J. Dean is Professor of History at Yale University. She was previously John Hay Professor of International Studies at Brown, where she served as interim director of the Watson Institute for International Studies and as Senior Associate Dean of the Faculty from 2005-2011. She   is the author of several books, most recently Aversion and Erasure: The Fate of the Victim after the Holocaust. Her work explores an aversion to disempowerment and vulnerability to those affected by and represented in a photography of catastrophe.


Catastrophe’s Apocalypse

Monday, November 11 4:30 p.m. Clark 100, Amherst College

Professor Masco will present a paper that mobilizes nuclear history, policy, and visual culture to interrogate how catastrophe has been culturally coded and temporally framed in American culture since World War II. Masco is Professor of Anthropology and of the So-cial Sciences at the University of Chicago and teaches courses on science and technology, U.S. national security culture, political ecol-ogy, mass media, and critical theory. He is the author of The Nuclear Borderlands: The Manhattan Project in Post-Cold War New Mexico. His current research at the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study con-siders how the cumulative impacts of industry on the global bio-sphere challenge longstanding conceptualizations of nature, moder-nity, and progress.


Catastrophe & Human Order: From Political Theology to Political Physiology

Monday, December 9 4:30 p.m. Clark 100, Amherst College


David Bates is Professor of Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley and past Director of the Berkeley Center for New Media. His research focuses on the history of legal and political ideas and on the relationship between technology, science, and the history of human cognition. He is the author of States of War: Enlightenment Origins of the Political and a forthcoming new book, entitled Human Insight: An Artificial History of Natural Intelligence.




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