The Intra-Disciplinary Seminar (IDS) Public Lecture Series, designed as an introduction to some of the most pressing questions driving contemporary thought and practice, consists of lectures by artists, theorists, scientists, activists, writers, and other practitioners involved in the arts from positions that embody an interdisciplinary approach or that imply new uses for disciplinary traditions. Each lecture is part of The Cooper Union's Intra-Disciplinary Seminar (IDS). The seminar and series are organized by Leslie Hewitt and Omar Berrada.
The 2018-2019 IDS is organized along three general directions that include: "Movement and Stasis," which studies the transformations of social space with a special emphasis on gentrification, displacement, and land rights; "Atmospheric Pressures," which tackles environmental issues from scientific, aesthetic, and geopolitical angles; and "Futures," which looks to move beyond current understanding to imagining potential futures.
Lectures, which are free and open to the public, are held weekly on Tuesdays starting at 7:00pm from January 29 through May 7, 2019.
The Frederick P. Rose Auditorium
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
41 Cooper Square
New York, NY 10003
January 29: Nicholas Mirzoeff, visual activist, working at the intersection of politics, race and global/visual culture
February 5: Michel Feher, philosopher and founder of Cette France-là, a monitoring group on French immigration policy
February 12: Siddhartha Deb, Associate Professor of Literary Studies at The New School Eugene Lang of Liberal Arts
February 26: Nick Estes, Assistant Professor in the American Studies Department at the University of New Mexico and author of the forthcoming bookOur History is the Future: #NoDAPL, Standing Rock, and the Long Traditions of Indigenous Resistance
March 5: Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Director of the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics and Professor of Geography in Earth and Environmental Sciences at The City University of New York
March 26: Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, a writer and historian who is author of Harlem Is Nowhere: A Journey to the Mecca of Black America
April 2: Françoise Vergès, political scientist, historian and feminist and consulting professor at Goldsmiths College
April 9: School of Echoes Los Angeles (SOELA), multi-racial and multi-generational autonomous collective of organizers, teachers, and artists founded in 2012
April 16: Chad Elias, Assistant Professor of Art History at Dartmouth University and author of Posthumous Images: Contemporary Art and Memory Politics in Post-Civil War Lebanon
April 23: Jill Fraley, Associate Professor of Law, Washington and Lee School of Law who works primarily at the intersection of property and environmental law
April 30: Coco Fusco, interdisciplinary artist and writer whose work explores the politics of gender, race, war, and identity
May 4 (Saturday): Mika Rottenberg, artist whose work illuminates an interconnectedness between seemingly unrelated economies by collapsing geographies and narratives
May 7: Emily Jacir, artist and filmmaker who is primarily concerned with transformation, questions of translation, resistance and silenced historical narratives