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Humanities Speaker Series 2022: Welcome!



Welcome to the guide for the Humanities Speaker Series of 2022! This guide provides details about the virtual sessions, as well as sources that dive deeper into each session's topic. Some are accessible with one click, while others might require you to login with your Atlas credentials. Contact Librarian Ciara Hensley at if you need help accessing any of the sources. For questions about the series, please contact Dr. George Brooks at

Virtual Speaker Sessions

1. “At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance”

Featuring Dr. Danielle McGuire 

February 8, 2022 | 6 PM EST

Link to Recording

2. “The Great Restoration of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris”

Featuring Dany Sandron

April 1, 2022 | 1 PM EST

Link to Recording

3. "Witches, Sphinxes, and Other Feminist Monsters"

Featuring Dr. Catherine McCormack

October 26, 2022

Link to Recording

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Supplementary Resources (eBooks, Videos, Articles, and More)

  • Saving Notre Dame (53:25) PBS video
    • "When the Notre Dame cathedral caught fire in April 2019, Paris came very close to losing over 800 years of history. As engineers rebuild, researchers use cutting-edge technology to piece together what happened and restore the cathedral. Distributed by PBS Distribution."
  • "The Restoration and Reconstruction of Notre-Dame of Paris: A Test for the Profession" by Francesco Bandarin
    • "On April 15, 2019, the cathedral of Notre-Dame of Paris suffered a major disaster: a fire destroyed its eight-hundred-year-old roof, the nineteenth-century spire, and threatened other parts of the building. An effective intervention by the firemen managed to contain the damages and saved the other parts of the cathedral from destruction. The disaster caused huge emotional reactions throughout the world, highlighting the symbolism of Notre-Dame as a place of spiritual and historical values, enshrined in its World Heritage status. The restoration and reconstruction of Notre-Dame has become an important case for Heritage conservation. There are many significant issues at stake: the way in which monuments are protected from risks; the approach and the methodologies of architectural reconstruction; the role played by technical, financial and institutional actors; the relationship between politics and heritage in a highly symbolic place; and finally, the role played by its World Heritage status. The choices for the reconstruction of Notre-Dame have significant impacts on future conservation and restoration projects."
  • "The Flames of Notre-Dame and the Ravaged Landscape of French Heritage Management" by Dominique Poulot
    • From Museum Worlds, this article discusses the history and architecture of the cathedral, as well as the fire and its effects from an economical, environmental, political, and societal perspective. 
  • Reconstruction Progress Report | Friends of Notre-Dame de Paris 
    • Read about restoration updates as they occur.
  • "Notre Dame Rises Again" by Robert Kunzig (National Geographic)
    • "Three years after a devastating fire, the iconic Paris cathedral’s restoration honours its medieval roots—and the once vilified architect who saved the church in the 1800s."


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