Caxton Club: Wayne Koestenbaum
Thursday, May 02, 2013
Alumni Room, Old Main
Wayne KoestenbaumPoet and cultural critic Wayne Koestenbaum earned a BA at Harvard University, an MA at the Johns Hopkins University, and a PhD at Princeton University. Koestenbaum’s work often explores the male body and the emotional, sexual, and social weight of its exposure. Koestenbaum is the author of several collections of poetry, including Blue Stranger with Mosaic Background (2012), Best-Selling Jewish Porn Films (2006), The Milk of Inquiry (1999), and Ode to Anna Moffo and Other Poems (1990), which was named one of the Village Voice Literary Supplement’s Favorite Books of the Year. His prose works include Humiliation (2011); Hotel Theory (2007); the novel Moira Orfei in Aigues-Mortes (2004); Cleavage: Essays on Sex, Stars, and Aesthetics (2000); and National Book Critics Circle Award–nominated The Queen’s Throat: Opera, Homosexuality, and the Mystery of Desire (1993).
Koestenbaum’s honors include a “Discovery”/The Nation Poetry Prize and a Whiting Writer’s Award. He has taught at Yale University and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and lives in New York City.
Caxton Club: Brian Turner
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Bookfellow Room, Seymour Library
Brian Turner is the author of two collections of poetry—Here, Bullet and Phantom Noise (Alice James Books; 2005, 2010). Both collections are also available in the U.K. from Bloodaxe Books (2007, 2010). Here, Bullet is a New York Times “Editor’s Choice” selection and has won numerous awards (including the 2005 Beatrice Hawley Award and the 2007 Poets Prize).
The 2009-2010 Amy Lowell Traveling Poetry Scholar, Turner has also been awarded a 2009 USA Hillcrest Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship, and a Lannan Literary Fellowship. His work has been published in Poetry Daily, The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Georgia Review, and others. He teaches at Sierra Nevada College.
Lecture: “Unexpurgated Classics” by Amy Richlin
Monday, April 29, 2013
Round Room, Ford Center for Fine Arts
Professor of Classics at the University of California Los Angeles, Amy Richlin, will give a lecture titled, “Unexpurgated Classics: Profane Texts in a Christian Curriculum.”
This talk is about the unlikely survival of the classical curriculum after the rise of Christendom, when there was no logical reason why it kept being read, especially considering the presence of the classical pantheon and non-Christian-approved sex, including pederasty. The talk will include discussion of bowdlerization, the material history of pedagogy (circulation of school texts, the secondhand book trade and what Jonathan Rose calls “the working-class autodidact”), the difference between what teachers do in the classroom and what students take away, as gauged by marginalia in school texts from 18th and 19th century textbooks.
This event has received support from the Department of Classics, the Fellowes Fund of the English Department, the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, the Religious Studies Department, the Department of Educational Studies, and the Cultural Events Committee.
European Identities/Berlin Istanbul Program Informational Meeting
Monday, April 29, 2013
Common Room, Old Main
In December 2013, Professors Beers, Heidt, and Sencer will lead an interdisciplinary short term study abroad program through Berlin and Istanbul focused on European Identities. Travel will take place during the December break, with preparatory courses in Fall term and a follow-up course in Winter term.
This meeting will provide important information for interested students regarding academic prerequisites, program structure, fees and more.
Douglas Wilson, Lincoln Studies Center, gave a talk on “Lincoln and Shakespeare” at New York University on April 9.
Green Oaks Stewardship Program
We are accepting applications from students interested in working in the Green Oaks
Stewardship Program for the summer of 2013. Two stewardship positions are currently
available. Green Oaks Stewards will work at Green Oaks removing invasive species,
doing trail maintenance, brush clearing and other useful work to help maintain the
facility. Stewards should work a minimum of 20-30 hours per week. The Stewardship
program has an educational aspect, so stewards will be asked to write a brief essay at
the end of the summer explaining what they learned as part of the stewardship program.
The performance of the stewards will be evaluated during the summer to ensure that
work goals are being met. Stewards will receive a stipend of $3000, payable in three
monthly installments. Stewards may live at Green Oaks in Schurr Hall if they want to.
The stewardship program will run from June 10 until August 23, 2013. Those applying
for a stewardship position should submit a one page essay describing the applicant’s
relevant experience and the educational benefits to be derived from the experience.
Preference will be given to applicants with experience at Green Oaks or with similar
field stewardship experience. If you have any questions, please contact Stuart Allison
(email@example.com). Applications must be submitted to Stuart Allison by 5 pm Monday,
May 6, 2013.