From the Quadrangle

March 8, 2023 | Nathaniel LaCelle-Peterson
Before we can really say what “World Cinema” is, we have to think about a more fundamental question,” explained Marta Figlerowicz. “What do you think a world is?” There are other terms to talk about cinema from more than one place—...
PERCIVAL EVERETT DELIVERS FINZI-CONTINI LECTURE
March 3, 2023 | Megan O'Donnell
Waiting for Percival Everett’s Finzi-Contini Lecture last week, folks in the lecture hall seemed more eager than usual to speak to one another, talking to strangers—sometimes over rows of seats—about stories. “Are you a fan?” asked a man to the...
SHEILA HETI ON PROCESS
January 23, 2023 | Nathaniel LaCelle-Peterson
Sheila Heti, author of How Should a Person Be? and Pure Colour, joined the Whitney Humanities Center for a semester as our Fall 2022 Franke Visiting Fellow. The Franke Visiting Fellows Program allows the WHC to host one fellow each year for a...
 ELIZABETH ALEXANDER ON ART AND DELAYED COMPREHENSION
December 5, 2022 | Ekalan Hou
At first Elizabeth Alexander ’84 didn’t see the small, brown-skinned servant in the portrait of Elihu Yale that hung in the Corporation Room at Yale, where she attended meetings as a professor and department chair. But later—and in a different...
LEARNING TO LOVE OUR MULTISPECIES ROOMMATES
November 9, 2022 | Nathaniel LaCelle-Peterson
For Emanuele Coccia, ecology starts at home. At home—a “temple of love,” as Coccia put it—we share an order with people and beings we love. We must learn to “imagine the world as a huge house, where everything is in order—like your apartments,”...
ANNIE ERNAUX AWARDED NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE
October 19, 2022 | Morgane Cadieu
This semester, I’m teaching an undergraduate seminar at Yale entitled “Fictions of Consumer Society.” After Émile Zola’s landmark novel on department stores, Au Bonheur des dames (The Ladies’ Delight, 1883), we were preparing to study Annie Ernaux’s...
May 11, 2022 | Xinyu Guan
Co-editor of Ferrante Unframed (2021) Costanza Barchiesi is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Italian Studies. Her research explores classical reverberations in twentieth- and twenty-first-century Italian novels, women’s writing, and feminism....
April 14, 2022 | Megan O'Donnell
If a person dies of dehydration, that’s it. They are gone. We would never think that pouring any amount of water onto a human corpse would somehow cause it to spring back to life. But that is not the case for all living things, as Carl Zimmer told a...
April 7, 2022 | Xinyu Guan
Films at the Whitney hosted a double bill of Maurice Pialat’s feature début, L’enfance nue (1968, Naked Childhood), and his prize-winning short L’amour existe (1960, Love Exists) on April 2, 2022. The event marked the second in-person screening...
Medea
March 21, 2022 | Xinyu Guan
Feet planted in the middle of the road, a young Black woman in a sundress stands alone against a phalanx of police in Baton Rouge. This moment, captured by photographer Jonathan Bachman in July 2016 freezes a singular moment of confrontation during...