Henkle Memorial Lectures

About Roger B. Henkle

Professor of English and Modern Culture and Media

Beginning in 1968, when he arrived in Providence from Stanford University, Roger Henkle was an unparalleled source of intellectual energy, disciplinary innovation, and Green Marvelous Laughter. For over twenty years, until his death in 1991, he led his students and his colleagues into new areas of critical inquiry, refusing to accept conventional academic boundaries and offering aid and comfort to any scholar who sought to join him in overturning the commonplaces of literary and historical analysis. Professor Henkle’s critical works, from Reading the Novel (1977) and Comedy and Culture: England, 1820-1900(1980) to his final project, The Imagination of Class: Masculinity and the Victorian Urban Poor (Ohio State 2006), completed by his former student Professor Dan Bivona, reveal the trajectory and breadth of his historical imagination and literary thought. As the founder and director of the Program in Modern Literature and Society, chair of the English Department and a founding member of the Center For Modern Culture and Media, he built an institutional legacy that will shape the work of cultural studies at Brown well into the twenty-first century.

April 26, 1993 - Naomi Schor (1993 Inaugural Lecture)

William Hanes Wanamaker Professor of French Comparative Literature, Duke University
"French Feminism Is a Universalims"
4:00 p.m.
Salomon Center 001

1994 - Lauren Berlant

 George M. Pullman, Professor of English, University of Chicago 
"Vital Excess: Minor Citizens, Sexual Fantasy, and the Lodging for National Culture" 
4:00 p.m.
Salomon Center 001

April 27, 1995 - Jennifer Wicke

Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, New York Universiy
"Double-Cross Dressing: The Politics of a Genre" 
3:00 p.m.
Petteruti Lounge
Faunce House

November 7, 1996 - Richard Dellamora

Professor of English, Trent University
"Benjamin Disraeli, Nationhood, and the Concept of Genealogical Inheritance" 
4:00 p.m.
Crystal Room
Alumnae Hall

November 6, 1997 - David Harvey

Professor of Geography, The John Hopkins University
"The Spaces of Utopia"
4:00 p.m.
Petteruti Lounge
Faunce Hause

March 4, 1999 - Linda Williiams

Univeristy of California, Berkeley
"Trials in Black and White" 
4:00 p.m.
Petteruti Lounge
Faunce House

March 3, 2003 - Clifford Sisken

SiskenSiskenA.C. Bradle, Professor of English Literature, University of Chicago
"Blaming the System: Enlightenment and the Forms of Modernity"
4:00 p.m.
Barker Presentation Room 315
English Department, 70 Brown Street

April 4, 2006 - Laura Mulvey

Professor of Film and Media Studies, Birkbeck College, University of London
"Seeing the Past from the Present: Cinema Spectatorship in the Light of New Technologies"
6:30 p.m.
Smith-Buonanno, Room 106

September 25, 2006 - James Chandler

Barbara E. and Richard J. Franke Professor of English Language and Literature, University of Chicago
"Sentimental Modernity: Rethinking Point of View in Fiction and Cinema" 
5:00 p.m. 
Barker Presentation Room 315
English Department, 70 Brown Street

November 15, 2007 - D. A. Miller

John F. Hotchkis Professor of English, University of California, Berkeley
"From style to virtuosity: Fellini's 8 1/2" 
5:00 p.m.
Barker Presentation Room 315
English Department, 70 Brown Street

April 23, 2009 - Leo Bersani

Emeritus Professor of French, University of California, Berkeley 
"Ardent Masturbation (Descartes, Freud, et al.)" 
5:00 p.m.
Barker Presentation Room 315
English Department, 70 Brown Street

September 24, 2009 - Sharon Marcus 

Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University
"Salome and the "Drama of Celebrity" 
5:00 p.m.
Brown/RISD Hillel
80 Brown Street, 2nd floor

March 17, 2011- Lesley Stern

Professor of Visual Arts, University of California, San Diego
"Scarlet Expectations": Migration and Transmutation of Color, Plants, People
5:00 p.m.
Brown RISD Hillel
80 Brown Street, Chapel, 2nd floor

April 9, 2012 - Mark Hansen

Professor of Literature, Duke University
"Recorded Future?: Temporal Analytics and 21st Century Media"
5:00 p.m.
Brown/RISD Hillel
80 Brown Street, Chapel, 2nd Floor 

April 4, 2013 - Lisa Lowe

Professor, English and American Studies, Tufts University
"Sugar, Tea, Opium and Coolies: The Intimacies of Four Continents"
5: 30 p.m.
Brown/RISD Hillel,
80 Brown Street, Chapel, 2nd Floor 

October 7, 2013 - Etienne Balibar

Professor Emeritus of Moral and Political Philosophy at Université de Paris X, Nanterre and Visiting Professor of French and Romance at Columia University
"Althusser's Dramaturgy and the Critique of Ideology"
5: 30 p.m.
Granoff Center, 154 Angell Street
Studio 1, S410