Literature Program

Thursday, March 29 at 4:00 p.m.


UB Humanities Institute & Hallwalls present

James Beebe

Scholars @ Hallwalls

This is the rescheduled date of this event which was postponed on 3/2/2018

These monthly presentations feature one fellow's research in an engaging lecture with lively follow-up conversation. This year's lineup highlights the interdisciplinary range of humanities research at UB.

Talks are on Friday afternoons at 4 pm and are free and open to the public. Complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres are served.

"Healthy Skepticism vs. Denialism: How to Tell the Difference"

James Beebe (Professor, Philosophy)

Philosophy professor James Beebe will draw upon insights from skeptical traditions in both the ancient and the modern worlds in an effort to understand what distinguishes healthy, constructive doubt from crude denialism. He will consider the role that humanistic disciplines can play in helping citizens in a post-truth political climate to recognize and communicate sources of reliable and unreliable testimony, legitimate and illegitimate reasons for doubt, and how to balance often conflicting expert advice.


Tuesday, April 10 at 7:00 p.m.

UB Dept. of English & Hallwalls present

Exhibit X Fiction: Samantha Hunt

Photo credit: Marion Ettlinger
Samantha Hunt is the author of The Dark Dark: Stories, and three novels. Mr. Splitfoot is a ghost story. The Invention of Everything Else is about the life of inventor Nikola Tesla. The Seas, Hunt's first novel, will be republished by Tin House Books in 2018. Hunt is the recipient of a 2017 Guggenheim Fellowship, the Bard Fiction Prize, and the National Book Foundation's 5 Under 35 Prize, and she was a finalist for the Orange Prize. Hunt has been published by The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Guardian, and a number of other fine publications. She teaches at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and lives in upstate New York.