Past Franke Lectures in the Humanities

These Franke Lectures has been organized in conjunction with the seminar “Interpreting Film Masterpieces” co-taught by Dudley Andrew and David Bromwich.

Monday, September 7
Grand Illusion (France, 1937) 114 min. 35mm.
Director Jean Renoir

Monday, September 14
Rules of the Game (France, 1939) 110 min. 35mm.
Director Jean Renoir

Monday, September 21
His Girl Friday (USA, 1940) 92 min. 35mm.
Director Howard Hawks
Introduced by Maria DiBattista, Princeton University

Monday, September 28
The Big Sleep (USA, 1946) 114 min. DVD
Director Howard Hawks

Monday, October 5
Citizen Kane (USA, 1941) 119 min. 35mm.
Director Orson Welles

Monday, October 12
Magnificent Ambersons (USA, 1942) 88 min. 35mm.
Director Orson Welles

Monday, October 19
Notorious (USA, 1946) 101 min. 35mm.
Director Alfred Hitchcock

Monday, October 26
Double Feature: Two Masterpieces of the 1950s
Johnny Guitar (USA, 1954) 110 min. Blu-Ray
Director Nicholas Ray
The Wrong Man (USA, 1956) 105 min. 35mm.
Director Alfred Hitchcock

Monday, November 2
A Man Escaped (France, 1956) 99 min. 35mm.
Director Robert Bresson
Introduced by Michael Roemer

Monday, November 9
Pickpocket (France, 1959) 75 min. 35mm.
Director Robert Bresson

Monday, November 16
Los Olvidados (France/Mexico, 1950) 80 min. 35mm.
Director Luis Buñuel

Monday, November 30
Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (France, 1972) 102 min. 35mm.
Director Luis Buñuel
Introduced by Linda Williams, UC Berkeley

Monday, December 7
Smiles of a Summer Night (Sweden, 1955) 108 min. 35mm.
Director Ingmar Bergman
Persona (Sweden, 1966) 83 min. 35mm.
Director Ingmar Bergman

Press release

These Franke Lectures has been organized in conjunction with the Yale College seminar “Utopia” taught by John Rogers.

  • Christopher Kendrick, Loyola, University-Chicago, “Marx, Winstanley, and Morris: Utopian Thinking and Practice in the Communist Manifesto, the Law of Freedom, and News from Nowhere”
  • Seo-Young Chu, Queens College, City University of New York, “Utopias Misplaced: The Cost of Outsourcing Dystopian Poetics to North Korea”
  • Chang-rae Lee, Princeton University and Yonsei University, “On Such a Full Sea (2014): A Reading”

 

These Franke Lectures have been organized in conjunction with the Yale College seminar taught by Paul North, Associate Professor of German, and Paul Grimstad, Assistant Professor of English.

  • David Mikics, University of Houston, “Emerson, Nietzsche, and the Romantic World”
  • Ross Posnock, Columbia University, “On the Pleasures of Self-Misunderstanding: ‘How One Becomes What One Is’ in Nietzsche and Emerson”
  • Kathleen M. Higgins, University of Texas Austin, “ ‘Thoughts That Come on Doves’ Feet’: Philosophy as Experience in the Work of Friedrich Nietzsche”
  • David Farrell Krell, Brown University, “Emerson, Nietzsche’s Voluptuary?”
     

This seminar was taught in conjunction with the exhibition “The English Prize: The Capture of the ‘Westmorland,’ an Episode of the Grand Tour” at the Yale Center for British Art, October 4, 2012–January 13, 2013. For further details see http://britishart.yale.edu.

  • Frank Salmon, University of Cambridge, “Carrying Off the Colosseum: British Architectural Encounters with Rome in the 1770’s”
  • Simon Goldhill, King’s College, Cambridge, “Sappho, Lincoln, and the Senate: Picturing Nineteenth-Century Female Desire”

The Fall 2012 Franke Lectures explore the constant adaptation and reinvention of classical texts spurred by the trauma of modern history. The lectures were organized in conjunction with the Yale College seminar “Contemporary Reception of Greek and Roman Classics,” taught by Professor Emily Greenwood.

  • Madeline Miller, author, “The Song of Achilles”
  • Robert Crawford, University of St Andrews and Norman McBeath, “Simonides and the War on Terror”
  • James Tatum, Dartmouth College, “Ragging the Classics: The Story of Music in James Weldon Johnson’s Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man”
  • Alice Oswald, poet, “Memorial: An Excavation of the Iliad”
  • Peter Meineck, New York University, “Combat Trauma and the Tragic Stage: Ancient Drama/ Modern Catharsis”

The Spring 2011 series studied the history of food and culinary styles from prehistory to the present, with a particular focus on Europe and the United States. These lectures were organized in conjunction with the Yale College seminar taught by Paul Freedman, Chester D. Tripp Professor of History.

  • Joanna Waley-Cohen, New York University, “Banquets and Politics in China”
  • Fabio Parasecoli, The New School, “The Masculine and the Meal: Representations of Food and Men in Blockbuster Movies”
  • Susan Tucker, Tulane University, “Inscribing Food/Talking Life: New Orleans Past”
  • Danny Meyer, New York City restaurateur, “The Power of Hospitality”