2018 Events

Colleen Rosenfeld Lecture

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

5:30pm - 7:00pm

Department of English

Brown/RISD Hillel

Winnick Chapel

“Missing the Point:  Just Forms of History in Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene.”

Book 5 of Spenser’s Faerie Queene begins with a stanza in which the world spins off its axis.  Having missed “the first point of his appointed sourse,” this “world is runne quite out of square,/…And being once amisse growes daily wourse and wourse.”  The poet therefore declares his intention to “forme” what follows not “to the common line/ Of present dayes” but “to the antique vse, which was of yore” (3.3-5).      

Adrienne Brown Lecture

Monday, November 12, 2018

5:30pm - 7:00pm

Department of English

Brown/RISD Hillel

Meeting Rm., 2nd fl.

Two Ways of Seeing the 1968 Fair Housing Act: The Landlord (1966) and The Landlord (1970).  

Ellis Hanson lecture, “Must We Arrest Oscar Wilde Again?: Sexual Panic at Present.”

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

5:30pm - 7:30pm

Department of English

Brown/RISD Hillel

Winnick Chapel

Ellis Hanson, Professor of English at Cornell will present a lecture, “Must We Arrest Oscar Wilde Again?:  Sexual Panic at Present.”  Hanson is the author of “Decadence and Catholicism” and the editor of “Out Takes: Essays on Queer Theory and Film.”  He is currently working on two books, one on aestheticism and the erotics of style and the other on the visual representation of child sexuality in contemporary American culture.  Professor Hanson teaches courses on Victorian and Modernist literature, visual studies, critical theory, and gender and sexuality studies.

Melville’s Worlds Symposium

Friday, October 12, 2018

9:00am - 5:30pm

Department of English Wetmore Fund for Literature and the Humanities Initiative Programming Fund

Pembroke Hall

Room 305

“Give me Vesuvius’ crater for an inkstand!” Ishmael’s imagining of what he needs to write Moby Dick testifies to the largeness of scale of Melville’s work, which crosses oceans, spans centuries, invents genres, and imagines new forms of life. “Melville’s Worlds” responds to this largeness of scale, exploring his work across a variety of discourses and disciplines: legal, political, ecological, sociological, and aesthetic.

Alexander Chee, “The Writer and the Life”

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Nonfiction Writing Program, Department of English and the Charles P. Sisson II Memorial Lectureship

Smith-Buonanno Hall

Room 106

Novelist/essayist/journalist Alexander Chee inaugurates this year’s public lecture series devoted to various forms of nonfiction writing.  [email protected], organized by the Nonfiction Writing Program in the Department of English, features Korean American writer Alexander Chee, Associate Professor of Creative Writing and Literature at Dartmouth College.  

Russell Leo: “Thomas Rymer, Poetic Justice, and the Limits of Representation: Dispatches from the Representative Regime of Art”

Thursday, October 4, 2018

5:30pm - 6:30pm

Department of English

Brown/RISD Hillel

2nd fl. Meeting Room

In this illustrative account of one of Shakespeare’s harshest early critics, Professor Russell Leo offers a provocative history of the origin of the term “poetic justice.” Leo, examining Thomas Rymer’s scathing assessment of the plot of Othello, demonstrates the interrelation of theology, criticism, and poetics in the development of eighteenth-century aesthetics. In doing so he elucidates the limits of the representative regime of art and explores how and why philosophical aesthetics collated religious and artistic experience.

255th Opening Convocation

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

4:00pm - 5:00pm

College Green

All students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend the 255th Opening Convocation to celebrate the start of the academic year and welcome new students to Brown. President Christina Paxson will officially open the school year. Provost and Schreiber Family Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs, Richard M. Locke, will deliver the keynote address. The Convocation procession of incoming students will form on College Street beginning at 3:40 PM and the ceremony will begin at 4 PM on the Main Green.

Jackie Wang Talk

Date/Time: Wednesday, May 02, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Event type: Nonfiction


Carceral Capitalism and Abolitionist Poetics

Write It Brown Presents our Annual Reading Event!

Date/Time: Friday, April 27, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: Brown Bookstore

The Write It Brown Noveling Club is a group of writers on campus that pursue long-form fiction over the course of the school year. This Friday we invite you to hear 10 members read aloud from the finished ...

Asale Angel-Ajani Lecture

Date/Time: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm


Asale Angel-Ajani "Engaged Observation and Essential Gestures"

Nathan Hensley lecture

Date/Time: Monday, April 09, 2018 5:30pm - 6:30pm


The Poetics of System Collapse: Tennyson, Carroll, Rossetti

Lloyd Pratt lecture

Date/Time: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 5:30pm - 7:00pm


Nonfiction: Alumni Writers Forum

Date/Time: Friday, March 16, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Event type: Nonfiction


The Department of English, Nonfiction Writing Program, will present an Alumni Writers Forum on Friday, March 16, 2018 at 4:00 pm in Smith-Buonanno Hall, Rm. 201, 95 Cushing Street. Four alums from the Nonfiction Writing Program will offer insights on careers in nonfiction writing, editing, and teaching. Poet and essayist, April Freely '04; "Wirecutter" staff writer, Sabrina Imbler '16; freelance writer and MFA student, Erica Schwiegershausen '13; and writer and environmental activist, Daniel Sherrell '13.5 will read from their work and talk about writing beyond Brown.

Molly Murray lecture

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 07, 2018 5:30pm - 7:00pm


Pleasures and Prisons: The Poetics of Carceral Liberty in Early Modern England

Jimmie Briggs, Great Nonfiction Writers Lecture Series

Date/Time: Monday, March 05, 2018 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Event type: Nonfiction