The College of Liberal Arts, University Forum Lecture Series presents “Present Tense: The Iconology of Time,” a talk by W. J. T. Mitchell, Gaylord Donnelley Distinguished Service Professor, The University of Chicago.
“Present Tense" asks a question that now seems to inform every social encounter: how are we feeling about the present? What is the mood of our times? Is the “time out of joint,” as Hamlet claims? Are “the times a-changing” as Bob Dylan insisted? Why does Nietzsche claim that “insanity in individuals is somewhat rare,” but in certain groups at certain times it's the rule. The main point of this illustrated talk is that, while we can never provide an adequate definition of time, we can still meditate on images of temporality in order to reflect on historical events as registered in real-time testimony.