Superdeep #22: “Wild Experiment: Feeling Science & Secularism After Darwin” (Donovan Schaefer, UPenn) | Jan 11, 6:04pm

IB 2026

What’s better than to start the new year & semester on a Wild Experiment? Join Superdeep in welcoming Donovan Schaefer (University of Pennsylvania) for a discussion of his eponymous monograph (Wild Experiment: Feeling Science & Secularism After Darwin), & comments by James Miller (…& food & drink).
Thu Jan 11, 6:04pm, IB 2026.

For companion events with Prof Schaefer that week, consider also his:
– University Colloquium: Feeling is Believing: A New Approach to Conspiracy Theory (Tue Jan 9, 4:00-5:30pm AB 1087), and
– (for faculty or staff members) Faculty Development and CTL Workshop: The Affective Academic: Reflecting on Embodied Research and Pedagogy. Thursday 3:30-4:30pm, Library Tea House. For the latter Professor Schaefer asks that you kindly read the circulated text on cogency theory and the intellectual passions in preparation for the workshop.

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The Workshop is Superdeep‘s venue for philosophical work-in-progress research & practice. For more info or to submit proposals for the Workshop, follow this link; for more info on Superdeep more generally, follow this one.

Superdeep is sponsored by DKU’s Humanities Research Center.

Superdeep #21: “Behind the Text: AI’s Absent Subjectivity” | Thu Dec 7, 6:04pm

IB 2026 | Zoom 6979897969

Superdeep ends the semester with yet another such Workshop session, with Siyu (Sue) Wang helping us see “Behind the Text: AI’s Absent Subjectivity” (…& food & drink). 6:04pm, IB 2026 | Zoom 6979897969.

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The Workshop is Superdeep‘s venue for philosophical work-in-progress research & practice. For more info or to submit proposals for the Workshop, follow this link; for more info on Superdeep more generally, follow this one.

Superdeep is sponsored by DKU’s Humanities Research Center.

Superdeep Nighthawks: “Past Lives” (Song 2023) | Dec 7, 8:04pm

8:04pm | IB 1008

What could better bring closure to another hurlyburly semester than a heart-rending meditation on life’s very big counterfactuals. Join the Nighthawks for the love of Celine Song’s 2023 Past Lives (…& food & drink).

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Superdeep Nighthawks meet on Thu eve (~8pm till late). For more info, or to submit proposals for the Nighthawks, follow this link; for info on Superdeep more generally, follow this one.

Superdeep is sponsored by DKU’s Humanities Research Center.

Superdeep Nighthawks: “Blurring the Color Line” (Kwok 2022) | Nov 30 6:15pm, CCT Theater

6:15pm CCT Theater | 8pm Performance Café

The Nighthawks are thrilled to co-sponsor a special DKU treat this week: join us for a screening of Crystal Kwok‘s 2022 award-winning documentary Blurring the Color Line, which will be followed by a Q&A (& food & drink) with Crystal Kwok moderated by Prof. Selina Lai-Henderson. Then on Friday morning Crystal Kwok will lead a filmmaker & storyteller salon. For further details on Crystal Kwok and our events see the HRC’s initial announcement. Overview of events:

    • Thu Nov 30, 6:15pm, CCT Theater, Screening of Blurring the Color Line
    • Thu Nov 30, 8:00pm, CCT Performance Café, Q&A.
    • Fri Dec 1, 10:00am, Water Pavilion, Filmmaker & Storyteller Salon.

The events are sponsored by DKU UG Studies, Division of Arts and Humanities, and the Humanities Research Center (Doc Lab + Freedom Lab + Supedeep).

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Superdeep Nighthawks generally meet on Thu eve (~8pm till late). For more info, or to submit proposals for the Nighthawks, follow this link; for info on Superdeep more generally, follow this one.

Superdeep is sponsored by DKU’s Humanities Research Center.

Blurring the Color Line

Mark your calendar (Nov 30, 6:15pm, CCT Theater) for an fascinating in-person film screening, Blurring the Color Line, with the award-winning film director, actress, and talk-show host, Crystal Kwok!

See the trailer of Blurring the Color Line

More about Crystal Kwok’s film work

Crystal Kwok holds a PhD in Performance Studies and an advanced Graduate Certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She is an award winning filmmaker who established her career in Hong Kong as an actress, writer, director, and controversial talk show host. Her debut feature film, The Mistress, won the Audience Choice Awards at the Deauville Asiatic Film Festival and her Cable TV and RTHK radio talk show pushed boundaries in Hong Kong, addressing socially sensitive topics around sexuality and the body. She has taught courses in Women and Film/Media at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa and currently teaches at the University of Hong Kong under the Department of Comparative Literature. Her latest film production, Blurring the Color Line, examines race-relations between the Chinese and Black communities. This documentary was streamed nationally on PBS under America ReFramed and has won multiple awards including Best Documentary at the Silicon Valley Asian Pacific Film Festival, Courage Award at DisOrient Film Festival, and the Mira Nair Rising Female Filmmaker Award at the Harlem International Film Festival. Through both creative and scholarly work, Crystal is committed to breaking boundaries and amplifying voices of women and marginal communities.

* The event is sponsored by DKU UG Studies, Division of Arts and Humanities, and the Humanities Research Center (Doc Lab + Freedom Lab + co-host Supedeep)

Superdeep #20: “DKU Philosophy ’23” | Thu Nov 23, 6:04pm

6:04pm | Water Pavilion

Come to the Water Pavilion this Thursday, Nov 23 at 6:04pm to spend time with arcane creatures of DKU legend, the likes of which you’d normally only encounter in books, caves, or airports: the Philosophers. Members of DKU’s philosophical community (faculty & students, across Divisions) will share & discuss what we’re are up to & excited about philosophically (…& food & drink). Join us!

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The Workshop is Superdeep‘s venue for philosophical work-in-progress research & practice. For more info or to submit proposals for the Workshop, follow this link; for more info on Superdeep more generally, follow this one.

Superdeep is sponsored by DKU’s Humanities Research Center.

Superdeep Nighthawks: “Philo Night” (DKU Philosophers 2023) | Nov 23, 8:04pm

8:04pm | secret venue

This week the Nighthawks return to one of their original callings: following the philosophers’ convergence in Superdeep #20 we will venture out into the night for a good old time together. Join the Philo Night!
To find out where they’ll be headed (which they may or may not know in advance, quite frankly), find them during Superdeep #20 (6:04~7:42pm) in the Water Pavilion.

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Superdeep Nighthawks meet on Thu eve (~8pm till late). For more info, or to submit proposals for the Nighthawks, follow this link; for info on Superdeep more generally, follow this one.

Superdeep is sponsored by DKU’s Humanities Research Center.

Superdeep Nighthawks: “Minari” (“미나리”; Chung 2020) | Nov 16, 8:24pm

IB 1008 (IB Auditorium)

In a bustling week join the Nighthawks for a cineastic meal with Lee Isaac Chung‘s 2020 Minari  (미나리; & food & drink). Thu, Nov 9, 8:24pm, IB 1008 (Auditorium).

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Superdeep Nighthawks meet on Thu eve (~8pm till late). For more info, or to submit proposals for the Nighthawks, follow this link; for info on Superdeep more generally, follow this one.

Superdeep is sponsored by DKU’s Humanities Research Center.

Superdeep Nighthawks: “Trois couleurs: Rouge” (Kieślowski 1994) | Nov 9, 8:24pm

IB 1008 (IB Auditorium)

This week the Nighthawks are showing their true color – one of them, at any rate – with Krzysztof Kieślowski‘s Trois couleurs: Rouge (& food & drink). Thu, Nov 9, 8:24pm, IB 1008 (Auditorium).

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Superdeep Nighthawks meet on Thu eve (~8pm till late). For more info, or to submit proposals for the Nighthawks, follow this link; for info on Superdeep more generally, follow this one.

Superdeep is sponsored by DKU’s Humanities Research Center.

The Superdeep Well

The Well is Superdeep‘s joint research & reading group. We meet weekly to discuss work on a shared theme (over coffee, tea, & Pocki chocolates). Everyone (faculty, students, staff, visitors) is invited to attend and to source & draw from the Well.
The Well meets on Tue ~5pm in IB 1017 (Zoom attendance: …conceivable. Reach out for a link).

Inaugural theme: Creatures of Habit. We are considering materials on such issues as practical capacity, skill, & expertise; disposition, habit, & habitus; engrossed coping, flow, effortless or non-action (无为), etc; drawing on contemporary historical sources, across disciplines.*

“Social reality exists, so to speak, twice, in things and in minds, in fields and in habitus, outside and inside of agents. And when habitus encounters a social world of which it is the product, it is like a “fish in water”: it does not feel the weight of the water, and it takes the world about itself for granted.”
(Bourdieu, An Invitation to Reflexive Sociology)

Meeting plan:

    • Tue Dec 5: John Dewey, “The Place…”, up to sec. 4. (“Custom and Habit”)
    • Tue Nov 28: John Dewey, “The Place of Habit in Conduct” (Pt I of his Human Nature and Conduct), sec. 1-3.
    • Tue Nov 21: William James, “Habit” (from his Principles of Psychology); DF Wallace, “This is Water”
    • Tue Nov 14: initial planning meeting

☛ Reach out for access to our Zotero group & copies of readings!

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