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Poet James Longenbach unites spare and spooky in <em>Earthling</em>

Poet James Longenbach unites spare and spooky in Earthling

November 29, 2017

This fifth collection of poetry from the Joseph H. Gilmore Professor of English had its roots in a poem he wrote called “Pastoral,” which would set the collection’s tone of “feeling or spiritual development.”

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What makes Pulitzer Prize–winner Laurel Thatcher Ulrich curious?

What makes Pulitzer Prize–winner Laurel Thatcher Ulrich curious?

November 8, 2017

In a 1976 journal article, Ulrich coined a phrase that has become ubiquitous: Well-behaved women seldom make history. The Humanities Center hosts the feminist historian, who will speak about writing and micro-histories.

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Thinking about time

Thinking about time

November 3, 2017

Spring forward. Fall back. On two Sundays each year, as we move in and out of Daylight Saving Time, time itself suddenly starts to seem a little arbitrary. Every discipline in the University has its own way of constructing and thinking about time.

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Nobelist Ishiguro: Novelist of ‘quiet riskiness’

Nobelist Ishiguro: Novelist of ‘quiet riskiness’

October 7, 2017

Adam Parkes ’93 (PhD) explores the writing of Kazuo Ishiguro, recipient of this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature, noting his fearless literary experimentation meshed with a simple austerity.

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Humanities Center announces public lecture series speakers

Humanities Center announces public lecture series speakers

September 26, 2017

The Humanities Center has announced its slate of public lecture series speakers for this year’s theme of “memory and forgetting.”

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Douglas Crimp to discuss memory and writing

Douglas Crimp to discuss memory and writing

September 19, 2017

The theme of this year’s Humanities Center lecture series is “Memory and Forgetting,” and in this first lecture, art and cultural critic Douglas Crimp will discuss “Relying on Memory: From AIDS to Merce Cunningham.”

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Mysteries shape Joanna Scott’s newest novel

Mysteries shape Joanna Scott’s newest novel

September 19, 2017

Careers for Women, a new novel by English professor Joanna Scott, had its beginnings in her attic where she rediscovered a paper bag full of newspaper clippings that she’d collected in the wake of September 11, 2001.

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Remembering John Ashbery

Remembering John Ashbery

September 13, 2017

John Ashbery was memorialized as one of America’s premiere poets upon his passing earlier this month. English professor James Longenbach reflects on a long friendship with Ashbery and his impact on poetry and literature.

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Is it reasonable to ‘agree to disagree’?

Is it reasonable to ‘agree to disagree’?

August 31, 2017

When people disagree, and all involved in the discussion believe that theirs is the reasonable position, what’s to be done? That’s a question that underlies a lecture series in September by philosopher Richard Feldman.

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Artist Elizabeth Cohen remembered for gifts of observation

Artist Elizabeth Cohen remembered for gifts of observation

July 14, 2017

Colleagues pay tribute to Elizabeth Cohen, an associate professor in the Department of Art and Art History and director of the University’s Art New York program, who died in May.

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