Dec 10 - Mark your calendars for "Leonard Cohen: a retrospective” on December 7th, 7-9pm — a roundtable at the Heyman Center featuring our own Austin Graham, as well as Mason Golden and Austin Vishio with views from musicology. Next we'll play Cohen’s songs and read his poetry — write to me with your suggestions. Leonard Cohen was once a Columbia English graduate student, and I hope many of you can attend at least some of the evening.
Feb 17 - This talk considers Claudia Rankine's depictions of Serena Williams and Zinedine Zidane in her latest poetry collection, Citizen: An American Lyric alongside Marvel Comics recent reconceptualization of Captain America to illuminate the ways that exceptional citizenship extends to those racial minorities that purportedly represent the noblest ideals of the state.
Feb 22 - Laying out large-scale framing questions for a new project, “Networked Solitude” asks what relevance acts of solitude in American literature and culture from the 19th century to the present—with their ancient and modern tributaries, from Buddhist, Christian, psychological, poetic, disciplinary, and social-theoretical sources—have for our conception of social life. The talk proposes that in transforming our understanding of what it at stake in the archives of solitude that we may reopen older questions about exactly how and to what end human acts of imagination have their effects.