Day 1: Thursday, February 28, 2019

Location: Nancy Schrom Dye Lecture Hall

4:30–5:30 p.m.
Film Screening: “Faith in Ailao Mountain” (Ci Zhang, 2015; 56 minutes)

7–8:10 p.m.
Film Screening: “Bumming in Beijing” (Wu Wenguang, 1990; 70 minutes)

Day 2: Friday, March 1, 2019

Location: Hallock Auditorium, AJ Lewis Center (Unless otherwise noted)

8:30–9:00 a.m.
Coffee and Refreshments

9:00–9:15 a.m.
Welcome Remarks

President Carmen Twillie Ambar

9:15–10:45 a.m.
Panel Discussion: “Chinese Cinema and the World”


Lingzhen Wang (Brown University)
“Geopolitics, Feminist (Film) Theory, and the Reception of Chinese Women’s Cinema”

Jiwei Xiao (Fairfield University) and Dudley Andrew (Yale University)
“The News, in fact, is Poetry”:  Bi Gan’s Kaili Blues”

Ci Zhang (Independent artist)
“From a Social Actor to a Public Artist”

Moderator: Joshua Sperling (Oberlin College)

10:45–11 a.m.

11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Keynote: “The Art of Unforgetting: A Folk Memory Project”

Speaker: Wu Wenguang (documentary filmmaker)

Introduction: Gavin Tritt (Oberlin Shansi)

12:15–1:30 p.m.

1:30–2:45 p.m.
Allen Memorial Art Museum Tour (Kevin Greenwood)

2:45–3 p.m.

3–4:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion: “The Global Phenomenon of Elena Ferrante: Public Intellectual Without a Face”


Tiziana de Rogatis, University for Foreigners of Siena
Michael Reynolds, editor in chief, Europa Editions

Moderator: Stiliana Milkova (Oberlin College)

4:30–5 p.m.

5–6:30 p.m.
Keynote: “Where Public Intellectuals Should Probably Fear to Tread: Sex and Gender Politics in a Changing World”

Speaker: Laura Kipnis (Northwestern University)

Introduction: DeSales Harrison (Oberlin College)

6:30–8:30 p.m.
Reception and Dinner (Location: StudiOC, Peter B. Lewis Gateway Center)

9–10:30 p.m.
Film Screening: “Investigating My Father” (Wu Wenguang, 2016; 80 minutes)

Day 3: Saturday, March 2, 2019

Location: Hallock Auditorium, AJ Lewis Center (Unless otherwise noted)

8:30–9:15 a.m.
Coffee and Refreshments

9:15–10:00 a.m.
Panel Discussion: “The ‘World’ in World Literature” Part I


Mariano Siskind (Harvard University)
“About the end of the world: mourning, melancholia, and nothing more”

Moderator: Sebastiaan Faber (Oberlin College)

10–10:15 a.m.

10:15–11:30 a.m.
Panel Discussion: “The ‘World’ in World Literature” Part II


Christi Merrill (University of Michigan)
“What ‘a Harijan bai riding... a bicycle!’ has to teach the reader of World Lit”

Pashmina Murthy (Kenyon College)
“Re-orienting the World”

Moderator: Anuradha Needham (Oberlin College)

11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Round Table Discussion on “The ‘World’ in World Literature”

Mariano Siskind
Christi Merrill
Pashmina Murthy
Sebastiaan Faber
Anuradha Needham

12:15–1:30 p.m.

1:30–2:30 p.m.
“Art, Culture, and Emotional Well-being”

Speaker: Carol Ryff (University of Wisconsin–Madison)

Moderator: Taylor Allen (Oberlin College)

2:45–4:15 p.m.
“Public Music in a Changing World”


Imani Mosley (Duke University)
“‘White European Men Aren’t The Only People Who Composed Classical Music #historiansignbunny’ or ‘What Happens When You Do Discourse on Social Media’”

Will Robin (University of Maryland)
“Public Musicology and Public Writing”

Moderator: Charles McGuire (Oberlin College)

4:15–4:30 p.m.

4:30–6 p.m.
Film Screening: “Self-Portrait with Three Women” (Zhang Mengqi, 2011; 75 minutes)

6:30–8:30 p.m.
Dinner Reception (Sponsored by Oberlin Shansi)

9–10:15 p.m.
Jazz Concert: Benjamin Bock (Location: Cat in the Cream Coffeehouse)