Apr 4 - The Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexualy presents "Feminist to the Core: On Marx," a talk by Gayatri Spivak. The Feminist to the Core series "puts feminists in conversation with the Columbia Core, inspiring new ways of seeing and thinking about the texts that are at the heart of the Columbia experience." More information at irwgs.columbia.edu.
Apr 4 - The 1900 Americanist Colloquium and the 20/21 Americanists will be hosting Salamishah Tillet (University of Pennsylvania) for a talk titled "A Lovely Surging: Nina Simone and The Outing of Black Rage" on Monday April 4 at 6:30pm. Room TBD.
Apr 6 - Professor Chris Hilliard, "one of the most creative and perceptive intellectual historians of modern Britain" (English Historical Review), works at the intersection of literature and literary criticism in popular intellectual life. He is the author of To Exercise Our Talents: The Democratization of Writing in Britain (Harvard, 2006) and English as a Vocation: The Scrutiny Movement (Oxford, 2012), as well as articles in the Historical Journal, the Journal of Modern History, and the American Historical Review.
April 11 - Jarula M. I. Wegner will be presenting his paper "Rethinking Countermemory: Transcultural Memory Negotiations." The event is sponspored by The Diaspora, Race, and Empire colloquium.
Apr 18 - Branka Arsić, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, will be leading a discussion on “Affirmative Reading," the introductory chapter from her recent book Bird Relics: Grief and Vitalism in Thoreau (Harvard 2016). Prof. Sarah Cole (Chair of English and Comparative Literature), Paula Hopkins (ENCL), and Valeria Tsygankova (ENCL) will be responding. All interested graduate students and faculty are welcome to come. Light refreshments will be provided.
Apr 20 - The Pre-1900 Americanist colloquium is cosponsoring next week with CSER and the MA program in American Studies. The talk, by Professor J. Gerald Kennedy will take place next Wednesday, April 20 at 5:30 pm in 420 Hamilton. Author of the book Strange Nation: Literary Nationalism and Cultural Conflict in the Age of Poe, just released from Oxford University Press, Kennedy will discuss the invention of America as a national idea, from 1820-1850, as a way of understanding the culture of anger we presently inhabit.
Apr 22 - Reading Against Time seeks to create a forum for scholars working seriously across the traditional boundaries of academic periodization. With one foot planted firmly in the early modern period, we ask how perspectives from eras both adjacent and distant can influence our reading practices, offer new interpretations of standard texts, and help us rethink the chronological barriers that often confine our work as literary scholars.