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Apocalypse and Transformation

a colloquium, sponsored by the Center for Humanities and the Arts, University of Colorado at Boulder

February 28 - March 6, 2009

The colloquium will be held in the Center for British and Irish Studies (5th floor of Norlin Library), unless otherwise noted.  All events are free and open to the public.



7:00 and 9:00pm (two separate shows, same content)
ATLAS Black Box Theater
“What I Saw at the Apocalypse”

Inspired by the rich legacy of multimedia works created by such artists as John Cage, Robert Wilson, and the Bauhaus school, “What I Saw At The Apocalypse” is an immersive performance/concert/installation/spectacle, featuring music, dance, theater, sculpture, painting, and animation. The piece is conceived by Michael Theodore (who is also directing the music and creating animated projections), and features collaboration with Tim Eriksen, master folk musician, painter Michael Kuch, sculptor Talice Lee, choreographer Michelle Ellsworth, actor/director Elizabeth Jochum, violinist Lina Bahn, saxophonist John Gunther, and a large number of student performers.


10:30   Ruth Mas (University of Colorado at Boulder), On the Apocalyptic Tones of Islam in Secular Time
Michele Speitz (University of Colorado at Boulder), Formal Apocalypse: Human Futures and Remediated Histories
Moderator:Suzanne Magnanini (University of Colorado at Boulder)

2:00   Daniel Burton-Rose (University of Colorado at Boulder), The Hippest Apocalypse: Millennial Imaginings in Comics and Manga
Gillian Silverman (University of Colorado Denver), Reading at the End
Moderator: Faye Yuan Kleeman (University of Colorado at Boulder)

3:30   Reception

4:00  Keynote Address: Lawrence Buell (Harvard University), Apocalypse without Transformation?: Some Reflections on Environmental Crisis
Introduction: Teresa Toulouse (University of Colorado at Boulder)


10:00   David Cherney (University of Colorado at Boulder), Transforming Environmentalism: Perspectives on the Death of the Environmental Movement
David Glimp (University of Colorado at Boulder), The Theater of Emergency: Marlowe, Shakespeare and the Marketing of Geopolitical Disaster
Raphael Sassower (University of Colorado at Colorado Springs), Pragmatism in a Postcapitalist Age
Moderator: Jeremy Smith (University of Colorado at Boulder)

2:00   Eric Morgan (University of Colorado at Boulder), The Struggle is Our Own: Americans and Apartheid in South Africa
Lisa Keränen (University of Colorado at Boulder), Viral Apocalypse, Then and Now
Moderator: Paul Gordon (University of Colorado at Boulder)

4:00   Keynote Address: Ursula Heise (Stanford University), Slow Disaster: Species Extinction and Modernity
Introduction: Karen Jacobs (University of Colorado at Boulder)