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Experimental Humanities Program Presents

Saturday, April 13, 2019
Cultivating Arts of Attention Keynote with Jason Farman and Marina van Zuylen
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium
1:00 pm – 2:15 pm
The keynote will feature Jason Farman (University of Maryland), who will speak on his book Delayed Response: The Art of Waiting from the Ancient to the Instant World (Yale UP, 2018). Bard’s own Marina van Zuylen, author of The Plenitude of Distraction (Sequence/MIT Press, 2018) will serve as respondent. The keynote is free and open to all.

Jason Farman is the Director of the Design Cultures & Creativity Program, an Associate Professor in the Department of American Studies, and a faculty member with the Human-Computer Interaction Lab at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is author of the book Mobile Interface Theory: Embodied Space and Locative Media (Routledge, 2012 — winner of the 2012 Book of the Year Award from the Association of Internet Researchers), which focuses on how the worldwide adoption of mobile technologies is causing a reexamination of the core ideas about what it means to live our everyday lives: the practice of embodied space. Farman has been a contributing author for The Atlantic, Atlas Obscura, Real Life, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. He has also been interviewed on NPR, ABC News, the Associated Press, the Christian Science Monitor, the Baltimore Sun, and the Denver Post, among others. He received his Ph.D. in Performance Studies and Digital Media from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Marina van Zuylen is a Professor of French and Comparative Literature at Bard College. She was educated in France before receiving a B.A. in Russian Literature and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at Harvard. She is the author of Difficulty as an Aesthetic Principle, Monomania, and The Plenitude of Distraction (Sequence/MIT Press). She has published articles in praise of some of the most beleaguered maladies of modernity—boredom, fatigue, idleness—and written about snobbery, dissociative disorders, and obsessive compulsive aesthetics. She has contributed to a number of collections about the work of Jacques Rancière and has written for MoMA and other art-related publications. She has taught at Harvard, Columbia, Princeton, and the university of Paris VII. She is the national academic director of the Clemente Course in the Humanities, a free college course for underserved adults, and accepted on its behalf a National Humanities Medal from President Obama in 2014. She is presently writing Good Enough, a book about the unsung virtues of classical and modern mediocrity.

For more information, call 845-758-7103, or e-mail

Time: 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Location: Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium