A major international conference on lyric poetry will be co-hosted by WLL...
A major international conference on lyric poetry will be co-hosted by WLL and the International Network for the Study of Lyric this June 7-11. BU with its rich traditions of literary study is an ideal place to inquire into the situation of both “lyric” and “poetry” in literary history, in world literature, and in other arenas of language use and art. Proposals for papers and panels are invited: deadline February 17, 2017.
“Tolstoy, Bresson, and the Ground of the Ethical” will be about the relation between the sight of death and ethical understanding in Leo Tolstoy’s writing and in Robert Bresson’s film L’argent, a filmic adaptation of Tolstoy’s late short story “The Forged Coupon.”
Sharon Cameron, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of English, Johns Hopkins. Sharon Cameron teaches nineteenth-century American literature and twentieth-century American poetry. She is the author of Lyric Time: Dickinson and the Limits of Genre (1979); The Corporeal Self: Allegories of the Body in Melville and Hawthorne (1981); Writing Nature: Henry Thoreau’s Journal (1985); Thinking in Henry James (1989); Choosing Not Choosing: Emily Dickinson’s Fascicles (1995); Beautiful Work: A Meditation on Pain (2000); and Impersonality: Seven Essays (2007). Her current work in progress is called “But not for Us”: Essays on Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Kafka, and Robert Bresson. At Johns Hopkins Cameron teaches graduate seminars in American poetry; nineteenth-century American authors (Melville, Stowe, Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Poe, James). She teaches undergraduate courses in these same subjects, and, in addition, a course on Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky in translation.
Read Tolstoy’s, “The Forged Coupon” here.
Watch Bresson’s film “L’argent” here. (*Hulu subscription required)
The Lectures in Criticism series brings renowned scholars in the humanities to Boston University. It has run continuously since 1983, hosting four external speakers every year in addition to one member of the BU faculty.
For more information, visit the Lectures in Criticism website.
Worldwide Reading on May 12, 2016 from 12-1:30pm GSU Art Gallery
In February 2016, Egyptian novelist Ahmed Naji was sentenced to two years in prison. The sentence, for “violating public modesty,” stems from the publication of an excerpt from his 2014 novel Istikhdam al-Hayah (Using Life) in Akhbar al-Adab magazine. This both violates Ahmed’s right to freedom of expression and has a chilling effect on creative writing in Egypt.
On Thursday, May 12, readings in solidarity with Ahmed are being held in cities around the world, including London, Paris, Beirut, Kampala, Turin, Amsterdam, Oslo, Frankfurt, Kuwait, NYC, the Bronx, and Boston.
The Boston reading will take place from 12:00 – 1:30 at the Sherman Art Gallery on the second floor of the George Sherman Union at Boston University. Light refreshments will be served and audience members are welcome to join in the collective reading of excerpts from Ahmed’s work (provided) in English, Spanish, French, Arabic, and Turkish.
The reading is co-sponsored by Boston University’s Department of World Languages and Literatures, the Middle East and North Africa Studies Program, the Creative Writing Program, the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilizations & Societies, and the College of Arts & Sciences Writing Program.
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Join us on April 14th at 5pm in 745 Commonwealth Avenue room B19 for a lecture by Yuji Kitamaru!Yuji Kitamaru lives in New York where he works as a Freelance Journalist, Columnist, and Radio Commentator for various Japanese Media. He is a former Tokyo Shimbun NY Bureau Chief (1996) and from 1981-1993 he served as a member of the writing staff for the Tokyo Shimbun Office and of the Mainichi Shimbun (Politics/Public Security/Special Reports/City News)
Sushi Reception to follow the talk.
Join us on April 20th from 3-5pm in STH 636 for an exciting talk by Professor Roanne Kantor of Brandeis University’s Department of English
Lectures in Criticisim: W.J.T Mitchell “Salvaging Israel/Palestine: Art, Collaboration and the Binational State”
Weijia Huang and Chi-Han Liang Present in the New England Chinese Language Teachers Association and the 4th Chinese Teaching International Annual Conference in Brown University of 2015
On Oct 3rd, 2015, five language faculty from MLCL, Weijia Huang, Huiying Ma, Chi-Han Liang, Huimin Li and Ying Su went to Brown University to attend the New England Chinese Language Teachers Association and the 4th Chinese Teaching International Annual Conference. In this conference, Professor Weijia Huang acted as the Chair in the last section and presented his paper “The Problems of Cohesion between Paragraphs in Chinese Cultural Textbooks”. Besides, Ms Liang presented her research in the first section with the title “Error Analysis and Correction techniques in Chinese Language Acquisition”. And Ms Li served as the Board Member of Chinese Language Teachers Association.
It’s the rare writer who can pick up where Albert Camus — master of midcentury philosophy and fiction — left off in the modern classic, The Outsider (formerly translated as The Stranger). But Kamel Daoud, an Algerian journalist and writer, has done just that in his new novel, The Meursault Investigation, just released in English.
Maybe you read Camus’s Outsider in college — or absorbed its frank fatalism through noir or New Wave cinema, in ‘80s rock, or in the televised angst of A. J. Soprano. The book’s antihero is Meursault, a disenchanted young clerk who murders a nameless Arab on the beach at Algiers, under the weight of heat and circumstance. Unable to defend himself or show remorse, Meursault is condemned to death — and confronts the essential absurdity of the universe.
Leading Cities From The Left
The Initiative on Cities (IOC) is partnering with the Center for the Study of Europe at the Pardee School of Global Studies to host Leading Cities From The Left, a conversation with Mayor Thomas Geisel of Dusseldorf, Germany, on the challenges of leading a city from the political left.
The event will be taking place on September 22nd at the Pardee School, First Floor, 121 Bay State Road, Boston, from 12:00pm-2:00pm.
Leading Cities From The Left will also feature Dan Koh, Chief of Staff to Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, and Kaija Schilde, Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Pardee School of Global Studies. Moderated by IOC Director Graham Wilson, the conversation will include a presentation on Dusseldorf as well as the Mayor’s goals for his thriving city.
Thomas Geisel was elected Mayor of Dusseldorf in June 2014. A lawyer by education (with an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School), Mayor Geisel worked in the energy sector prior to his position in City Hall. He is the first social democratic mayor in Dusseldorf after 15 years of conservative rule.
Tasked with leading one of Europe’s business, financial, and cultural hubs, Mayor Geisel’s policy priorities include:
- Transportation and bike infrastructure
- Sustainable energy and the environment
- Housing affordability
- Effectively managing and serving a growing refugee population
- Curating a strong relationship between the city and it’s flagship university, Heinrich Heine University Dusseldorf, which hosts over 20,000 students
What are the challenges associated with being an urban leader from the political left? How can a Mayor pursue a wide array of policy goals in the complicated environment of European politics?
Join us September 22nd for lunch and an intimate talk with Mayor Geisel.
Please register for the event here!
Pitoti. Digital Humanities at the Barbarian Rock-face: Proto-cinema and tribal modernism in the classical art of the ancient Alps
Dr. Frederick Baker (Cambridge University)
Friday, September 18, 4-6pm
745 Commonwealth Avenue, School of Theology, Rm. 625
The Boston University Myth and Religion Study Group presents Dr. Frederick Baker of Cambridge University. He will present on his Pitoti project, Paleolithic rock carvings that he and his colleagues have studied with cameras under different lighting conditions. At different times of the day, they discovered that the carved figures are not static at all. Instead they seem to “move” and tell astonishing narratives. Dr. Baker is a senior researcher at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research at Cambridge.
This event is sponsored by the BU Classics Department and the BU Center for the Humanities. Refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.
For further information, contact Meghan Kelly at 617-353-2427 or email@example.com