International Conference Presentations by Lindsay Davies
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.
Mr. Tomlinson is on his usual writing and publishing tear. This month, he published his short story, “B.A.R.” in the Blue Lyra Review. The story represents a Foote family Christmas story of sorts. The Footes are the family of Clifford Foote, whose coming of age Tim has serialized in linked short stories. In “B.A.R.,” as in the entire series, Tim displays an uncanny ability to capture the structure of feeling of 1960s working-class urban America, as one becomes intimately acquainted with this teenager and his family.
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.
Michael Rectenwald‘s short story “Launching Pad” has been published in Ducts.org: the webzine of personal stories. “Launching Pad” features an angst-ridden painter and adjunct professor of Art History whose life has been complicated yet a bit more by the recent arrival of his “step-daughter.” The story also appears in Michael’s collection of short stories, The Thief and Other Stories, published earlier this year.
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.
Novelist, essayist and Master Teacher Stephen Policoff is the winner of the 2012 Dzanc Books mid-career novelist award. Policoff’s manuscript, Come Away, was selected from nearly 100 submissions. This collection will be published in October 2014. Dzanc co-founder and publisher, Steven Gillis said of the manuscript: “Stephen Policoff’s Come Away is the sort of book that leaves you in awe of the way the universal subject of love and parenting and the complexities of human relationships can be handled here in such a new and inspiring way…” Read more.
Michael Rectenwald has published his article “Secularism” in George Eliot in Context, edited by Margaret Harris and published by Cambridge University Press (2013). Prodigiously learned, alive to the massive social changes of her time, defiant of many Victorian orthodoxies, George Eliot has always challenged her readers. She is at once chronicler and analyst, novelist of nostalgia and monumental thinker. The anthology includes cogent essays on the many contexts – historical, intellectual, political, social, cultural – to her work. Rectenwald’s contribution considers the importance of secularism to George Eliot’s worldview and fiction, in particular tracing the texts and contexts important to her conversion from Christianity, and her expressions of a secularist perspective.
The following annual awards — as recommended by committees of their peers to the Dean of Liberal Studies, Fred Schwarzbach — have been announced for the Liberal Studies faculty.
Student Mentor: Farzad Mahootian and Heidi White
Program Service: Molly Martin
The awards will be delivered during the end-of-semester party this Thursday afternoon (for which it is not too late to RSVP).
We at GLSNC offer our heartfelt congratulations to this year’s award winners.
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?