Upcoming Events

Roger B. Henkle Memorial Lecture: Slavoj Zizek

Date/Time: Tuesday, October 13, 2015 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Location: Salomon Center for Teaching, DeCiccio Auditorium, Room 101, Main Green
Event type: Co-sponsored

More Alienation, Please!

Slavoj Zizek

International Director of the Birkbeck Institute of Humanities, University of London; Senior Researcher, Institute for Sociology and Philosophy, University of Ljubljana; and Global Distinguished Professor, German, New York University.

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Lecture by Jonathan D. Katz

Date/Time: Monday, October 26, 2015 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: Pembroke Hall
Event type: Co-sponsored


"Untitled (AIDS): The Poetics of a Politicized Postmodernism" Jonathan D. Katz Associate Professor of Visual Studies University at Buffalo

Recent Events

Great Brown Nonfiction Writers’ Lecture Series

Date/Time: Tuesday, October 06, 2015 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Event type: Nonfiction


Robert Folkenflik

Date/Time: Thursday, September 17, 2015 12:00am - 12:00am
Location: Barker Room 315, 70 Brown Street

Robert Folkenflik, Professor Emeritus in the School of Humanities at the University of California, Irvine, will present a lecture titled "Theobald's Problem Play (with Shakespeare, Fletcher, Cervantes and others)" on Thursday, September 17, 2015. Folkenflik is a distinguished scholar of eighteenth-century literature and culture. His publications include "The English Hero 1660-1800" (1982), "The Culture of Autobiography" (1993), and the Modern Library edition of Laurence Sterne's "Tristram Shandy" (2004).

Anne Anlin Cheng lecture

Date/Time: Thursday, April 23, 2015 5:30pm - 7:00pm


Anne Anlin Cheng, Professor of English, Princeton University, will present a talk entitled "Ornamentalism, Aesthetic Being” on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 5:30 pm in the Brown/RISD Hillel, 80 Brown Street, 2nd floor. This talk will explore the meeting of violence and beauty and ask what kind of life subsists as broken or superfluous things. Through a series of readings of literary, legal, and visual texts, her talk will isolate instances of dark, miraculous moments when ornaments become flesh.

Madeleine Blais talk

Date/Time: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Event type: Nonfiction


Sharon Cameron lecture

Date/Time: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 5:30pm - 7:00pm


Sharon Cameron, Professor of English at The Johns Hopkins University and one of the foremost literary critics of our time, will present a lecture titled “The Sight of Death in Tolstoy” on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 5:30 pm in Brown/RISD Hillel, 80 Brown Street, 2nd floor. The talk explores the relation between Tolstoy’s late story about death, “The Forged Coupon,” and Robert Bresson’s extraordinary and unsettling filmic revision of this work, "L’argent."

Sports Writer Karen Crouse is Featured on the BDH

Date/Time: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 12:00am - 12:00am
Event type: Nonfiction

Claire Colebrook lecture

Date/Time: Wednesday, April 08, 2015 5:30pm - 7:00pm


Claire Colebrook, Professor of English at The Pennsylvania State University, will lecture on “Scale and Refuge: Twilight of the Anthropocene” on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 in Smith-Buonanno Hall, Room 106 at 5:30 pm. This talk looks at the new geological scale of the anthropocene and the ways in which this new time frame seems to close down a certain conception of human history, while also returning 'us' to a unified (and no longer open) sense of what it means to be human.

Ross Posnock lecture

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 5:30pm - 7:00pm


Professor Ross Posnock of Columbia will lecture on “‘The Courage to be an Absolute Nobody’: Salinger and the Art of Renunciation in Postwar America” on Wed., March 18, at 5:30 pm in Brown/RISD Hillel, 80 Brown St., 2nd fl. Posnock links the plight of Franny Glass to other late 50s renunciants including the Trappist monk Thomas Merton and Salinger’s old college friend the abstract painter Ad Reinhardt, both of whom ponder the challenges of Christian mysticism and Eastern thinking for art and life.

Brown Degree Days, Alumni Writers' Forum

Date/Time: Friday, March 13, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Event type: Nonfiction


The Department of English, Nonfiction Writing Program, presents an “Alumni Writers Forum” on Friday, March 13, 2015 at 4:00 pm in Smith-Buonnano Hall, Rm. 201. This event will feature writers and editors Mimi Dwyer '13, Andrew Marantz '06.5, Dayna Tororici '11.5, and Natalie Villacorta '13, who will read from their work and offer perspectives on attaining careers in nonfiction writing.