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The Writing faculty presents a new reading series at Liberal Studies. At each event, three faculty members will present a selection from their work. Students and faculty are invited, and readings will be followed by a Q&A. The second event in the series will take place on Tuesday, November 19 from 5 to 7 PM in the Liberal Studies Lobby and will feature readings by Irina Langer, Rob Fitterman, and Jacqueline Bishop. Hosted by Matt Longabucco and Tamuira Reid. Refreshments will be served.
Trumpet Fiction, Hosted by Ducts.org: Liberal Studies Writing Faculty Read at KGB Bar Saturday, November 9th
The registration period is now open for the Global Secularisms Conference hosted by the Global Liberal Studies Program at NYU. Registration is required for panelists, panel chairs, and NYU or non-NYU audience members. The conference takes place from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM and 9:30 AM to 3:15 PM, on Friday and Saturday, November 15th and 16th. Please register by visiting the secure registration page, here. The conference schedule is available, here.
Lindsay Davies has given papers at two international conferences in the UK this June. She spoke on the formal challenges of the “literary” comic and Alison Bechdel’s graphic autobiography Are You My Mother? at the International Comics and Graphic Novel & International Bande Desinee Society Joint Conference in Glasgow. She also presented a paper on Chariots of Fire and Scottish Nationalism at the Film and Media: Pleasures of the Spectacle conference hosted by the University of London.
Tim Tomlinson has given several presentations this summer, including “Poison Headache: Risk, Mess, and Sustainability in the Work of Bob Dylan,” presented at the 15th Biennial Symposium on Literature and Culture in the Asia Pacific Region’s recent conference, “Elegance and Messiness in the Age of Risk,” held at the University of Hong Kong. Tim discussed Bob Dylan’s creative process from the perspective of risk, mess-making, and trial-and-error, using the texts of songs to track the evolution of his idioms, and samples of “official” and “unreleased/bootleg” tracks to show his trial-and-error process in the recording studio.
Also, Tim was invited by the Center for Creative Writing at University of Santo Tomas, Manila to give the 3rd Ophelia Alcantara Dimalanta Memorial Lecture on July 3, 2013. Tim presented “Person, Place, Prose, Poem: A Workshop in Creative Writing,” an open lecture/workshop that brought together UST undergrads, graduate students, faculty, and even Santo Tomas high schoolers for talk, exercise, writing, and reading. Tim is most proud of the fact that he was able to get high schoolers out of class for his lecture.
The schedule for the Global Secularisms Conference hosted by the Global Liberal Studies Program is now available on the conference website. The conference will be held on Friday, November 15 and Saturday, November 16, at New York University in New York, NY. Stay tuned for paper abstracts and the titles for plenary session papers, to be posted soon.
Lindsay Davies presented her paper “Multiple Modes and Multiple Selves: Graphic Depictions of Intersectionality in Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home” at “Troubling Gender: The Question of Multiple Identities,” May 24th, 2013, at Sheffield University UK. This one-day conference on gender and intesectionality was hosted by the University of Sheffield Postgraduate Gender Research Network and the Centre for Gender Research at The Interdisciplinary Centre of the Social Sciences (ICOSS), Sheffield University.
Master Teacher and Core Program Coordinator Peter Diamond recently presented at the Nineteenth Annual Association of Core Texts and Courses Conference, in Ottawa-Gatineau, Canada, April 26, 2013. Peter’s paper, entitled, “Miscreant Fathers: On Comparing Confucian and Western Philosophical Perspectives,” is a close reading of Confucius’ Analects 13:18 and Plato’s Euthyphro, texts that present very different responses to the question: how should a son respond if his father commits a crime?
Master Teacher, poet, fiction writer and essayist Tim Tomlinson is at it again. On May 9th, he presented on Bob Dylan at the 52nd National Writers Workshop. In his presentation, “Idiom Wind: Bob Dylan and American Literary Expression” (the title a play on the anthemic Bob Dylan song, “Idiot Wind”), Tomlinson considers, among other things, scene construction in Dylan’s “Highlands” from the viewpoint of a fiction workshop, and his “Clothes Line Saga” from the perspective of Mark Twain’s “How to Tell a Story.”