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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."

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.

Branka Arsić Lecture

Date/Time: Monday, March 09, 2015 5:30pm - 7:00pm


Branka Arsić, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and Visiting Professor of English at Brown University, will present a lecture titled “Swamps, Leaves, Galls: Thoreau on Disease and Decay” on Monday, March 9, 2015 at 5:30 pm in Brown/RISD Hillel, 2nd fl. This talk traces how, in Thoreau, life is a yielding and fragile force that inexplicably endures in a condition of perpetual convalescence.

Simon Gikandi lecture

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 04, 2015 5:30pm - 6:30pm


Law's Moving Image: Justice on the Screen

Date/Time: Friday, December 12, 2014 1:00am - 5:00am
Location: Petteruti Lounge, Stephen Robert '62 Center


The Humanities Initiative and the Department of English will present the symposium, “Law’s Moving Image: Justice on the Screen” on Friday, December 12, 2014 from 1:00-5:00 pm and Saturday, December 13, 2014 from 9:00-4:00 pm. Location: Petteruti Lounge, Stephen Robert ’62 Center, 75 Waterman St., 2nd floor. Discussion will focus on “Judgment at Nuremberg” and “Hannah Arendt” and will be discursive and interactive.

Bradin Cormack Lecture

Date/Time: Thursday, November 20, 2014 6:00pm - 7:30pm


Bradin Cormack, Professor of English at Princeton University, will present a lecture on Shakespeare titled “In the Time of Example: Being Unruly in Shakespeare" on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 6:00 pm in the Department of English, 70 Brown Street, Room 315. Cormack will consider the basic questions, central to any theory of exemplarity, of how cases or examples make knowledge and what, in turn, it is to follow an example into action. “The Merchant of Venice” and “Macbeth” will be among his primary texts.