Event Archive 2008-2009

Tuesday, September 16, 4:00 p.m.

Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace: Literature and Philosophy in Ruins: Lecture Series 2008-2009

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David L. Clark, McMaster University 
Imagining Peace: Kant's Wartime and the Tremulous Body of Philosophy
Brown/RISD Hillel, 80 Brown St.

 
Tuesday, September 23, 4:00 p.m.

New Vistas in African American Literary and Cultural Studies: Lecture Series 2008-09

Series Organizer: Rolland Murray, Associate Professor of English and Africana Studies

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Mark Thompson, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 
The Critique of Nonviolence: Walter Benjamin, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Sovereignty
Barker Presentation Room 315, 70 Brown St.


Monday, October 6, 4:00 p.m.

New Vistas in African American Literary and Cultural Studies: Lecture Series 2008-09

Series Organizer: Rolland Murray, Associate Professor of English and Africana Studies

Cherene Sherrard-Johnson, University of Wisconsin-Madison 
"They Lost Us the Beach": Dorothy West and the Geography of Class
Barker Presentation Room 315, 70 Brown St.

 
Tuesday, October 14, 4:00 p.m.

New Vistas in African American Literary and Cultural Studies: Lecture Series 2008-09

Series Organizer: Rolland Murray, Associate Professor of English and Africana Studies

Kevin Bell, University at Albany, State University of New York
Non-cognitive Aspects of the City: Image as Rend in "Still/Here"
Barker Presentation Room 315, 70 Brown St.

 
Tuesday, October 21, 4:00 p.m.

Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace: Literature and Philosophy in Ruins: Lecture Series 2008-2009

Series Organizer: Jacques Khalip, Assistant Professor of English

Mary Favret, Indiana University 
Still Winter Falls
Barker Presentation Room 315, 70 Brown St.

 
Thursday, November 6, 4:00 p.m.

New Vistas in African American Literary and Cultural Studies: Lecture Series 2008-09

Series Organizer: Rolland Murray, Associate Professor of English and Africana Studies

Louis Chude-Sokei, University of California, Santa Cruz
The Uncanny History of Minstrels and Machines: 1835-1901
Barker Presentation Room 315, 70 Brown St.

 
Monday, November 10, 5:00 p.m.

Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace: Literature and Philosophy in Ruins: Lecture Series 2008-2009

Series Organizer: Jacques Khalip, Assistant Professor of English

Ian Baucom, Duke University 
Cicero's Ghost: The Atlantic, the Enemy, and the Laws of War
Brown/RISD Hillel, 80 Brown St.

 
September 16, October 23, October 30, and November 11

Lecture Series: German Studies and the Humanities: New Directions

For more information, see the German Studies events webpage. Co-sponsored by the English Department.

Tuesday, November 11, 4:00 p.m.

Nonfiction Writing Program: True Stories

Caroline Dworin Writer, The New York Times

Barker Presentation Room 315, 70 Brown St.

This event is funded by a Salomon Grant (Dean of the College) and the Nonfiction Writing Program, Department of English.

Thursday, December 4, 4:00 p.m.

Nonfiction Writing Program: Turning the Seams Inside Out: Fun with Conspicuous Editing

Nick van der Kolk, Creator and Senior Producer for alt.NPR's Love and Radio podcast

Barker Presentation Room 315, 70 Brown St.

This event is funded by a Salomon Grant (Dean of the College) and the Nonfiction Writing Program, Department of English.

Thursday, February 5, 5:00 p.m.

New Scholarship in Early Modern Studies: Lecture Series 2008-09

Series Organizer: Coppélia Kahn, Professor of English

Jessica Wolfe, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Chapman's Ironic Homer
Barker Presentation Room 315, 70 Brown St.
This event is made possible by the Wetmore Fund for Literature and co-sponsored by the Program in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies.

Monday, February 9, 5:00 p.m.

Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace: Literature and Philosophy in Ruins: Lecture Series 2008-2009

Series Organizer: Jacques Khalip, Assistant Professor of English

Paul Saint-Amour, University of Pennsylvania 
Peace, Prophecy, and Critical Futurities in Joyce and Beyond
Brown/RISD Hillel, 80 Brown St.

 
Thursday, February 19, 5:00 p.m.

New Scholarship in Early Modern Studies: Lecture Series 2008-09

Series Organizer: Coppélia Kahn, Professor of English

Elliott Visconsi, Yale University
The Literary Invention of the First Amendment
Barker Presentation Room 315, 70 Brown St.
This event is made possible by the Wetmore Fund for Literature and co-sponsored by the Program in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies.

Tuesday, February 24, 4:00 p.m.

Clones, Chimeras, and Other Creatures of the Biotech Revolution: Towards a Genomic Mythology

Priscilla Wald, Duke University

Barker Presentation Room 315, 70 Brown St.
This lecture is made possible by the Wetmore Fund for Literature

Thursday, March 5, 5:00 p.m.

Graduate Student Lecture

Bill Brown, University of Chicago
Subjects & Objects, Words & Things (Notes on Philip K. Dick)
Brown/RISD Hillel, 80 Brown Street
Sponsored by the Department of English and the Zucker Family Fund. Co-sponsored by the Departments of American Civilization, Comparative Literature, History, History of Art and Architecture, and Modern Culture and Media and the Malcolm S. Forbes Center for Media and Culture, the Cogut Center for the Humanities and the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women.

Tuesday, March 10, 7:00 p.m.

Nonfiction Writing Program: At the End of the Road: Reporting in the Seams

C.J. Chivers

Foreign Correspondent, The New York Times
Brown/RISD Hillel, 80 Brown Street
This event is made possible by the Shane Family Program Fund and is sponsored by the Nonfiction Writing Program in the Department of English.

Monday, March 16, 5:00 p.m.

Talk: Thick Love: The Double Helix of Eros and Thanatos in Beloved

Abdul JanMohamed, Professor of English and African American Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Barker Presentation Room 315, 70 Brown St.

Friday, April 3

Symposium: A Hole in the Nation? American Literature After Deleuze

Speakers:
Branka Arsić, SUNY Albany
David Jarraway, University of Ottawa
Timothy Murphy, University of Oklahoma
A response by Brian Evenson, Brown University Program in Literary Arts, will follow.
 
Symposium Organizer: Timothy Bewes, Brown University Department of English
Smith Buonanno 106, Pembroke Campus

This symposium is made possible by the Wetmore Fund for Literature.


Tuesday, April 7, 4:00 p.m.

Nonfiction Writing Program: Narrative Journalism: Reporting, Organizing, Writing and Ethics

David Finkel, Reporter, The Washington Post
Brown/RISD Hillel, 80 Brown Street
This event is made possible by the Shane Family Program Fund and is sponsored by the Nonfiction Writing Program in the Department of English.

Thursday, April 9, 5:00 p.m.

Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace: Literature and Philosophy in Ruins: Lecture Series 2008-2009

Series Organizer: Jacques Khalip, Assistant Professor of English

Elaine Scarry, Harvard University
The Soldier's Dissent in Homer and Hobbes
Crystal Room, Alumnae Hall

 
Monday, April 13, 5:00 p.m.

Talk: "The Cry of My People": Voicing Against the Grain of Orality

Aldon Lynn Nielsen, George and Barbara Kelly Professor in American Literature, Pennsylvania State University

Barker Presentation Room 315, 70 Brown St.

Thursday, April 23, 5:00 p.m.

The Roger B. Henkle Memorial Lecture

Leo Bersani, UC Berkeley
Ardent Masturbation (Descartes, Freud, et al.)
Barker Presentation Room 315, 70 Brown St.
  
Tuesday, April 28, 4:00 p.m. 

READINGS BY NONFICTION WRITING PROGRAM AWARD WINNERS 2008-2009

Brown Bookstore

Casey Shearer Memorial Award for Excellence in Creative Nonfiction:

1st Place: Kevin B. Roose, The Workers are Few, from The Unlikely Disciple
2nd Place: Noam Dorr, Wouldn't It
Honorable Mention: Sandra E. Allen, The Problem With the Writer
Honorable Mention: Rachel Z. Arndt, So Much Can Happen When You Don't Speak the Language

Barbara Banks Brodsky Prize for Excellence in Real World Writing: 

Sandra E. Allen, A Story About Bobby

David Rome Prize for Best Lyric Essay: 

Emily A. Silverman, 120/80

Thursday, April 30, 4:00 p.m.

Talk: Baldwin's Sissy Heroics

Marlon Ross, Professor of English, University of Virginia

Barker Presentation Room 315, 70 Brown St.

Monday, May 4, 6:30 p.m.

Nonfiction Writing Program: Faculty Reading

Nonfiction Writing Faculty will read from their most recent books. Book signing to follow.

Brown/RISD Hillel, 80 Brown Street

This event is made possible by the Shane Family Program Fund and is sponsored by the Nonfiction Writing Program in the Department of English.