Reading the World Conversation Series: Announcing Our Spring 2011 Events

Extended details on all three events are in the queue. In the meantime, though, here’s a rundown of the schedule for this spring’s Reading the World Conversation Series.

These events are hosted by Open Letter and University of Rochester Arts & Sciences, and all events are supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts.

FEBRUARY 21, 2011
Monday, 6:00 p.m.
Plutzik Library, Rush Rhees Library
University of Rochester
(Presented in coordination with the Department of English.
Free and open to the public.)

Samuel Hazo & Nirvana Tanoukhi

Samuel Hazo (author, translator of Lebanese and Palestinian Poetry, founder of the National Poetry Forum) will discuss art and translation, and read from his new poetry collection, Like a Man Gone Mad. Nirvana Tanoukhi (expert in Arab and African literature, fellow at Harvard’s W. E. B. Du Bois Institute) will dissect “How Translators Became Traitors.” Discussion and Q&A will follow.

APRIL 13, 2011
Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.
Sloan Auditorium, Goergen Hall
University of Rochester
(Presented in coordination with the Skalny Center.
Free and open to the public.)

Piotr Sommer & Bill Martin: Polish Poetry and Translation

Piotr Sommer (world-renowned Polish poet and translator) will read from his work and discuss Polish literature and translation with Bill Martin, Polish translator and former Literary Program Manager at the Polish Cultural Institute in New York.

APRIL 27, 2010
Wednesday, 6:00 p.m.
Welles-Brown Room, Rush Rhees Library
University of Rochester
(Free and open to the public)

Thomas Pletzinger & Ross Benjamin

One of Germany’s hottest young author’s, Thomas Pletzinger has received great praise for his novelistic debut, Funeral for a Dog, which is now available in Ross Benjamin’s English translation. The two of them will discuss this book, the vibrant new generation of German writers, and world literature in general.

(For additional info, contact: nathan dot furl at rochester dot edu)

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