Calendar of Events

Spring 2015

Thursday, March 26, 2015
John Patrick Leary (English, Wayne State)
Plast Man comic book cover
Protestant Ethics and the Spirit of Austerity: The Moral Economy of Branding and Entrepreneurship
2:00 pm Garland 104

Cosponsored with Department of English, Department of History, and the UWM Center for Economic Development

John Patrick Leary is an assistant professor of English at Wayne State University. In addition to his scholarly writing in the field of transnational and Latin-American Studies, Leary has also written extensively for publications such as Guernica and The Huffington Post.

Leary is also the creator of the popular blog “Keywords for Austerity," and this talk will expand on ideas from the “Keywords” project such as the language of morality, the ideology of self-branding, and the economics of neoliberalism.

Nota bene: On Friday, March 27, John Patrick Leary will be one of the featured speakers at Marquette University's one-day symposium on Cultural Preservation Today:

Cultural Preservation Today
a one-day symposium
Raynor Beaumier Suite B/C
Raynor Library
1355 W Wisconsin Ave
Poster (PDF)

Friday, March 27
10 am - 3 pm

The program will consist of two sessions, each discussing problems and issues facing contemporary efforts to preserve culture.

In session one, from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, John Patrick Leary (Wayne State) and George Steinmetz (Michigan) will discuss “Ruins & the City,” focusing on ruin photography in post-industrial cities such as Milwaukee and Detroit, and the sorts of cultural narratives that now come out of these sites of memory.

In session two, from 1:00 -3:00 pm, “Remembering Things That Are Hard to Remember,” Julia Hell (Michigan) and Stephen Small (Berkeley) will discuss the memorialization of historical events, such as slavery, war, and the Holocaust.

Both sessions will use a “workshop” format, with each speaker speaking for approximately half an hour, followed by breakout groups and Q and A. Attendance at both sessions is not required.

The event is sponsored by an “Enduring Questions” grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and is the culminating event of two years of the special topics course made possible by the grant, ENGL 4931: “Cultural Preservation.” To register, please contact Professor Gerry Cananvan (English) at

Both sessions are free of charge, and a light lunch will provided for attendees in the middle.

UWM Year of the Humanities

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