Events Archive

Shakespeare Film Festival

Date/Time: Sunday, March 06, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Shakespeare Film Festival presents its first screening: “Throne of Blood,” dir. Akira Kurosawa (1957), on Sunday, March 6, 7:00 pm in Martinos Auditorium, Granoff Center, 154 Angell Street. The ...

Nonfiction Writing Program, Faculty Reading

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 02, 2016 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Event type: Nonfiction


Works in Progress: A Reading and Talkback with the Nonfiction Writing Faculty The Department of English invites the community to a reading and talkback by four members of its Nonfiction Writing Program on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 6:30 pm, in Wilson Hall, Room 102. Nonfiction faculty members Adam Golaski, Edward Hardy, Susan Resnick, and Robert Ward will read from their works in progress and discuss the process of writing these works with the audience. Book signings will follow.

"Empire's Dead: Incivility, Indigeneity, and the Cultural Politics of Settling"

Date/Time: Monday, February 01, 2016 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Please join us to hear Jodi A. Byrd, Associate Professor of English and Gender and Women's Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her talk "Empire's Dead: Incivility, Indigeneity, and ...

Television, Race, and Re-Visioning the American Dream

Date/Time: Friday, December 04, 2015 9:45am - 5:00pm
Location: Campus Center, Petteruti Lounge, Room 201
Event type: Co-sponsored

An Evening with Edwidge Danticat and Jesmyn Ward

Date/Time: Thursday, November 19, 2015 6:00pm - 8:15pm
Location: Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Martinos Auditorium
Event type: Co-sponsored

Kamel Daoud talk

Date/Time: Tuesday, November 17, 2015 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Location: Rochambeau House, 84 Prospect Street
Event type: Co-sponsored

Drew Daniel talk

Date/Time: Monday, November 16, 2015 5:30pm - 7:00pm


Thomas Pfau lecture

Date/Time: Thursday, November 05, 2015 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Location: Pembroke Hall, Room 305
Event type: Co-sponsored
"Forms of Attention:  Image-Consciousness in Hopkins and Tolstoy"

Great Brown Nonfiction Writers’ Lecture Series

Date/Time: Wednesday, November 04, 2015 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Event type: Nonfiction


Susan Wolfson lecture

Date/Time: Monday, November 02, 2015 5:30pm - 7:00pm


Bibliography and Its Discontents: How the Victorians Invented the English Reformation

Date/Time: Monday, October 26, 2015 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: Brian Room/Maddock Alumni Center, 38 Brown Street
Event type: Co-sponsored

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

Steve Lehman Octet in Concert

Date/Time: Thursday, October 22, 2015 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Martinos Auditorium
Event type: Co-sponsored
The Steve Lehman Octet is comprised of an all-star assemblage of performer/improvisers who represent the absolute state-of-the-art on their respective instruments.

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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Introducing Steve Lehman

Date/Time: Wednesday, October 07, 2015 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Grant Recital Hall
Event type: Co-sponsored
Saxophonist and composer, Steve Lehman, will kick off his artist residency at Brown with an introduction to his creative and intellectual work.

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.

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.

Mark Feeney talk

Date/Time: Tuesday, November 04, 2014 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Event type: Nonfiction


Mark Feeney is a Pulitzer Prize winning culture critic for “The Boston Globe” and writes about art and culture, primarily photography and film. He is currently a Visiting Professor of English in the Nonfiction Writing Program at Brown. Feeney will discuss the creation of a book in a public lecture, “President in the Dark: Writing ‘Nixon at the Movies,’ ” and will demonstrate how he refracts Nixon’s life and career through various Hollywood films and film genres and vice versa.