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February 16, 2016 -- The Cave Lecture by Clayton Eshleman

Poet and emeritus of EMU's English Department Clayton Eshleman will talk about his exploration of the Ice Age caves in Southern France, among them Lascaux. His lecture will include slides of cave art and poems he wrote in response.

Location: G02 Halle Library, Auditorium

Time: 6.30-8.00 pm

March 11, 2016 -- JNT Symposium "Cross-Disciplinary Conversations on Race and Racism"

 Journal of Narrative Theory and Eastern Michigan University Faculty are holding a symposium “Cross-Disciplinary Conversations on Race and Racism," as a prelude to the the 2016 JNT Dialogue featuring keynote speakers Homi Bhabha and Claudia Rankine (See Dialogue information below). For more information, visit https://converswordpresscom.wordpress.com/about/.

Location: 201 Pray-Harrold

Time: 2.00-5.00 pm

March 18, 2016 -- Book Launch: Posthuman Lear by Dr. Craig Dionne

Literati bookstore is hosting a book launch of Dr. Craig Dionne's new monograph Posthuman Lear: Reading Shakespeare in the Anthropocene (Punctum Books, 2016).

Approaching King Lear from an eco-materialist perspective, Posthuman Lear examines how the shift in Shakespeare’s tragedy from court to stormy heath activates a different sense of language as tool-being — from that of participating in the flourish of aristocratic prodigality and circumstance, to that of survival and pondering one’s interdependence with a denuded world. Dionne frames the thematic arc of Shakespeare’s tragedy about the fall of a king as a tableaux of our post-sustainable condition. For Dionne, Lear’s progress on the heath works as a parable of flat ontology.

Location: Literati, 124 E Washington, Ann Arbor

Time: 7 pm

April 9, 2016 -- JNT Dialogue

The next Journal of Narrative Theory Dialogue will take place on April 9. The Dialogue will feature keynote speakers Homi K. Bhabha and Claudia Rankine. 

Homi K. Bhabha is the Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities in the Department of English, the Director of the Humanities Center and the Senior Advisor on the Humanities to the President and Provost at Harvard University. Bhabha is the author of numerous works exploring postcolonial theory, cultural change and power, and cosmopolitanism, among other themes. Some of his works include Nation and Narration and The Location of Culture, which was reprinted as a Routledge Classic in 2004. Harvard University Press will publish his forthcoming book A Global Measure, and Columbia University Press will publish his next book The Right to Narrate

Claudia Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry: Citizen: An American Lyric (Graywolf Press, 2014), which received the 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry; Don’t Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric (Graywolf Press, 2004); PLOT (Grove Press, 2001); The End of the Alphabet (Grove Press, 1998); and Nothing in Nature is Private (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 1995), which received the Cleveland State Poetry Prize. Rankine has edited numerous anthologies, including American Women Poets in the Twenty-First Century: Where Lyric Meets Language (Wesleyan University Press, 2002) and American Poets in the Twenty-First Century: The New Poetics (Wesleyan University Press, 2007). Her plays include Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue, commissioned by the Foundry Theatre and Existing Conditions, co-authored with Casey Llewellyn. She has also produced a number of videos in collaboration with John Lucas, including "Situation One.”

Location: McKenny Ballroom

Time: 6.00 pm - 7.30 pm