Events Prior to 2007

Lecture Series in English 2006-2007

Lecturer Lecture Title Date & Time Location
John Plotz, Brandeis University India's First Strawberries: Cultural Portability in Victorian Greater Britain Monday
October 23
5:00 p.m.
Barker Presentation Room 315 
70 Brown St.
Co-sponsored by the Departments of Comparative Literature and Modern Culture & Media
Marjorie Garber, Harvard University Patronizing the Arts Thursday
November 2
4:00 p.m.
The Glenn & Darcy Weiner Center, Brown Hillel, 80 Brown St.
Reception to follow in the English Department Lounge at 70 Brown Street
David Halperin, University of Michigan What Do Gay Men Want? Sex, Risk, and the Subjective Life of Male Homosexuality Monday
November 6
5:00 p.m.
Brown Hillel
80 Brown St.
Co-sponsored by the Departments of Comparative Literature and Modern Culture & Media, the Pembroke Center, and the Cogut Center for the Humanities
Jay Allison, Independent Broadcast Journalist This I Believe and the Art of Citizen Storytelling Monday
November 20
7:00 p.m.
Smith Buonanno 106

Lectures & Events 2005-2006

Great Writers Lecture Series

The Great Writers Lecture Series presents four of the most celebrated nonfiction writers of our time, brought to Brown by the Expository Writing Program in the Department of English. The program uniquely links academic writing with all forms of nonfiction: literary journalism, memoir, lyric essay, and the narrative of science, history, and travel.

Lecturer Lecture Title Date & Time Location
Judith Ortiz Cofer, Department of English, University of Georgia Writing the Bi-cultural Memoir Wednesday
October 5
6:30 p.m.
Salomon Center 001
Alan Lightman, Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Writing the Science Narrative 
Einstein Lecture
Wednesday
November 16
6:30 p.m.
Salomon Center 001
John D'Agata, Nonfiction Writing Program, Department of English, University of Iowa Writing the Lyric Essay Wednesday
February 15
6:30 p.m.
MacMillan Hall 117
Marian Wright Edelman, Founder and President, Children's Defense Fund Writing the Political Memoir 
Casey Shearer Memorial Lecture
Tuesday
April 11
6:30 p.m.
Salomon 101

The Great Writers Lecture Series is made possible through generous contributions from the Charles K. Colver Lectureship and Publication Fund, the Zucker Family Endowment, the Goldway/Shearer family, the Dean of the College, the Department of Physics, the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, the Literary Arts Program, the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research, the Department of Modern Culture and Media, the Department of Comparative Literature, the Africana Studies Department, and the Department of Hispanic Studies.

English Department Lecture Series

Lecturer Lecture Title Date & Time Location
Marcus Rediker, University of Pittsburgh Toward a History of the Slave Ship Tuesday
November 8
5:00 p.m.
Barker Presentation Room 315 
70 Brown St.
K. Ian Grandison, University of Virginia Razing the Dead: Interment and American Spatial Ideology at Jefferson's Monticello Thursday
April 20
4:00 p.m.
Barker Presentation Room 315 
70 Brown St.

David H. Hirsch Memorial Lecture Series in American Literature

Lecturer Lecture Title Date & Time Location
William Pannapacker, Hope College Walt Whitman and the City Wednesday 
September 28 
5:00 p.m.
Barker Presentation Room 315 
70 Brown St.
Wai Chee Dimock, Yale University Global Civil Society: Thoreau on Three Continents Wednesday 
October 12 
5:00 p.m.
Barker Presentation Room 315 
70 Brown St.
Timothy Marr, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill American Ishmael: Melville's Muslim Modalities Monday 
October 24 
5:00 p.m.
Barker Presentation Room 315 
70 Brown St.
Hsuan Hsu, Yale University Genre, Geography, and the Production of Scale in Nineteenth-Century America Thursday
November 3 
5:00 p.m.
Barker Presentation Room 315 
70 Brown St.
Meredith McGill, Rutgers University Circulating Ballads: The Preliterary and the Paraliterary in Antebellum American Literature Thursday
November 17 
5:00 p.m.
Barker Presentation Room 315 
70 Brown St.

This series is made possible by a generous gift from Robert R. and Susan Clark Levine '73. Series Organizer: Professor Mutlu Blasing.

English Department Graduate Student Lecture

Lecturer Lecture Title Date & Time Location
Mary Poovey, New York University Jane Austen and the Spectral Event Thursday
September 15
5:30 p.m.
The Glenn & Darcy Weiner Center, Brown Hillel, 80 Brown St.

Lectures & Events 2004-2005

Affiliated conference: Fifth International Conference on Laʒamon's BRUT, August 1-6, 2004

Lecture by Edward Watts: "The Leaden Plates: French Colonial History and Postcolonial America" Wednesday, November 3, 2004.

Affiliated conference: Beyond Colonial Studies: An Interamerican Encounter, November 4-6, 2004

Lectures & Events 2003-2004

Fall Lecture Series: New Work in African American Studies

Field Group Lecturer Date Lecture Title
III Michelle Wright, Associate Professor, Macalester College 9/23/2003 Becoming Black: Creating Identity in the African Diaspora
III Rolland Murray, Assistant Professor, Ohio State University 10/7/2003 The 'Clumsy Trap' of Manhood: Revolutionary Nationalism, John Edgar Wideman, and the Problem of Masculine Ideology
III Arlene Keizer, Associate Professor, University of Michigan 10/21/2003 Gayl Jones, Kara Walker, and African American Postmemory
III Naomi Pabst, Assistant Professor, Yale University 11/5/2003 Invisible Empires: Canada and the Black Diaspora
III Brent Edwards, Associate Professor of English, Rutgers University 11/5/2003 Late Romance

Creative Writing Program and Department of English Geri Braman Hill '41 Lecture Series

Lecturer Date Lecture Title
Susan Stewart, Donald T. Regan Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania 9/29/2003 Praising Dejection: The "Dejection Ode" of the romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Spring Lecture Series: Other Orientalisms

Sponsored by the Pembroke Center for Research and Teaching on Women, The Malcolm S. Forbes Center, the Department of English, the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, the Department of Comparative Literature, and the Graduate Student Council.

Date & Time Lecture Title Lecturer Location
February 16 
4:00 p.m.
Rethinking Orientalism Henry Yu, Department of History, UCLA Smith Buonano Rm. 106
February 27
4:00 p.m.
Re-Orienting the Renaissance: The View from Agra Ania Loomba, Department of English, University of Pennsylvania Alumnae Hall, Crystal Room
March 24
4:00 p.m.
Nagakami, Irigaray, and the Way of Breath Margherita Long, Department of Comparative Literature, University of California Riverside Petteruti Lounge, Faunce House
April 8 
4:00 p.m.
Shadowing History: National Narratives and the Persistence of the Everyday Harry Harootunian, Department of East Asian Studies, New York University Smith Buonano Rm. 106
April 22
4:00 p.m.
Occluded Voices, Occult Transmissions: Religion after Religion in Literary Modernism Gauri Viswanathan, Department of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University Alumnae Hall, Crystal Room

Lectures Series: New Work in English Literatures and Cultures

Field Group Lecturer Date Lecture Title
I & II David S. Shields, Professor, The Citadel 9/24/2001 The Learned World
I Jeffrey J. Cohen, Associate Professor of English, George Washington University 12/6/2001 The Becoming-Liquid of Margery Kempe
I Mary Baine Campbell, Professor of English and American Literature, Brandeis University 3/13/2002 The Dreaming Body: Cartesian Psychology, Enlightenment Anthropology and the People of the New World
II Anne Mellor, Professor of English, UCLA 4/5/2002 Liberating Female Desire: Romantic Orientalism and Charlotte Dacre's ZEFLOYA
II & III Timothy Watson, Assistant Professor of English, Princeton University 4/23/2002 From Man Friday to Brother Quamina: African Conversion and the Romantic Novel in the British West Indies

Lecture Series 2000-2001: New Work in English Literatures and Cultures

Field Group Lecturer Date Lecture Title
I Nicholas Watson, Professor of English and American Literature, Harvard University 3/14/2001 The Visionary Mode: Inventing the World in Middle English
III Rosemary Marangoly George, Associate Professor, Literature Department, University of California, San Diego 3/22/2001 Partitioned into Diaspora / Born Besides Nations: Fictional Representations of the 1947 Partition of the Indian Subcontinent

Lecture Series 1999-2000: New Work in English Literatures and Cultures

Field Group Lecturer Date Lecture Title
I Wendy Wall, Associate Professor, Northwestern University 2/17/2000 In Memory's Kitchen: Domestic Fantasy in Early Modern English Drama
I Seth Lerer, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Stanford University 3/21/2000 The Future of the Past: Early Modern Studies in the Twenty-First Century
II Srinivas Aravamudan, Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature, University of Washington 12/6/1999 In the Wake of the Novel: The Oriental Tale as National Allegory
II Priscilla Wald, Professor, Duke University 3/16/2000 Humanities' Borders: From the Shtetl to the Ghetto in Sociology and Fiction
II Wil Verhoeven, Professor and Chair of American Literature at the University of Groningen, Netherlands 4/18/2000 A Seminar on Transatlantic Literary Relations during the Early Nineteenth Century
III Sean McCann, Assistant Professor, Wesleyan University 3/2/2000 Achieving the Disembodied: Stein and the Evolution of American Nationalism
III Vilashini Cooppan, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, Yale University 3/8/2000 The Literature of Transition: Post-coloniality and the 'new' South Africa