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§ June 4-7, 2009 - Fordham Lincoln Center
International Conference: 2009 WOOLF AND THE CITY

Keynote address by writer and essayist Rebecca Solnit; plenary talks by Tamar Katz (Brown University), Anna Snaith (King's College, London) and Jessica Berman (University of Maryland). For more information visit the conference website.

§ Thursday, April 30, 2009 - 2:30pm - South Lounge (Lincoln Center)
The Literary Studies Annual Colloquium: NY/AVANT-GARDES

Participants: Matthew Buckingham, Bob Perelman, and
Lytle Shaw and Jimbo Blachly, editors of the Chadwick Family Papers, in conversation with Fordham's faculty Mark Street (Visual Arts), Nicola Pitchford (English) and Andrew Clark (Modern Languages and Literatures).

§ Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 1:00pm - Faculty Lounge, McGinley Center (Rose Hill)
The 2009 Cervantes Lecture: "Global Quixote: Rewriting the Contemporary Brazilian Social Narrative"
A lecture by
Rogelio Miñana, Associate Professor of Spanish at Mount Holyoke College and author of two monographs on Cervantes.

Sponsors: the Modern Languages and Literatures Department, the Latin American and Latino Studies Institute, and the Literary Studies Program.

§ Friday, April 24, 2009 - 4:00pm - McMahon 205-206 (Lincoln Center)

Pia Arvisu
"Textual Reappropriation from the 19th Century to the 21st: Confrontations and Deflections in the Works of Émile Zola,
Édouard Manet and Kehine Wiley"
Ellen Burke

"Anthropologist, Tourist or Intruder: Examining Peter Mayle's Memoirs of Provence"
Adam Kozaczka
"Stanislaw Trembecki and the Polish Public Sphere of the 18th Century"
Erin C. Rauch-Sasseen
"Walter Benjamin's Playground or The City, Surrealism, and Childhood Space: Passageways and Thresholds in Benjamin, Breton, and Cocteau"
Elizabeth Silva
"The Figure of the Exile in the 19th-Century Italian Novel"
Lara Wilson
"Hysteria and Modern Dance: A Critical 'Her-story' of the Madness of Movement"

§ Saturday, April 18, 2009 at NYU's Kimmel Center for Student Life
Third Annual NYC Asian American Student Conference: "ACT: Empowering Our Generation"

Co-organized by NYU, Columbia University, Fordham University, Hunter College, and Brooklyn College.
For registration and program visit the conference site at or contact Melissa Ng at

§ Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 6:00pm - Keating 1st (Rose Hill)
A lecture on diversity, inclusion, and the way in which each of us has covered our true selves by NYU Law School professor Kenji Yoshino, author of Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights.

Sponsors: the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Literary Studies Program, and the American Age Lecture Series.

§ Wednesday, April 15, 2009 - 5:00pm - Keating First (Rose Hill)
A reading by Junot Diaz, author of Drown and The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.

Organized by the English Department as part of "A Different Book: The Writers of Color Project."
The series is made possible by a generous donation from Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Reid.
Support for the event is provided by FCRH Dean's Office, Literary Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies, and American Studies.

§ Tuesday, April 7, 2009 - 5:30pm - McGinley Center, Room 235 (Rose Hill)
"A Day in the Life: Queer Writers and Their Experience"
A conversation with Charles Rice-Gonzales, Karen Jaime and Charlie Vazquez, moderated by Arnaldo Cruz-Malavé (Fordham University)

Sponsors: El Grito de Lares, Pride Alliance, the programs in Latin American & Latino Studies and Literary Studies, and the Modern Languages and Literatures Department.

§ Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - Plaza View Room, 12th Floor (Lincoln Center)
"The Demon of Reality: Why Diderot Couldn't Write Fiction"
A lecture by Nicholas Paige (University of California, Berkeley)

Paige is associate professor of French at Berkeley. He teaches courses ranging from Classical comedy and early modern conceptions of selfhood to detective fiction and films of the New Wave. He is currently completing Fiction before Fiction, a study of the strategies used by early French novelists to think through the fluid relation between books and the world; Lafayette, Crébillon, Rousseau, and Balzac are among the authors analyzed. Publications include: “Proto-Aesthetics and the Theatrical Image,” Papers on Seventeenth-Century French Literature 69 (2008); “Rousseau’s Readers Revisited: The Aesthetics of La Nouvelle Héloise,” Eighteenth-Century Studies 42.1 (2008); “Relearning to Read: Truth and Reference in Subligny’s La Fausse Clélie” (in The Art of Instruction: Essays on Pedagogy and Literature in Seventeenth-Century France, Rodopi, 2008); Lafayette’s Zayde: A Spanish Romance, (trans., University of Chicago Press, 2006); “The Storyteller and the Book: Scenes of Narrative Production in the Early French Novel,” MLQ 67:2, 2006; “Bardot and Godard in 1963 (Historicizing the Postmodern Image),” Representations 88, 2004; Being Interior: Autobiography and the Contradictions of Modernity in Seventeenth-Century France (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2001)

§ Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 5:30pm - Atrium of the Cafeteria (Lincoln Center)
"Going Home Ain't Always Easy: Southern (Dis)Comfort and the Politics of Queer Historiography"
A lecture by E. Patrick Johnson
- oral historian, perfomance artist, and Chair of the Department of Performance Studies and Professor in the Department of African American Studies at Northwestern University - on the ethical conundrums of conducting oral history research and the politics of moving it from the page to the stage.

Patrick Johnson’s visit is sponsored by the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at CUNY, the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU, and Fordham University 's American Studies Program, departments of Communication & Media Studies, English, History, and Sociology & Anthropology; and programs in Literary Studies, Theatre, and Women's Studies.

§ Friday and Saturday, 20-21 February 2009 - Fordham Lincoln Center, 12th Floor

How do we speak of music and its effects? What is the sense and meaning of sound? Although these questions are asked in every age, the answers are always and obviously provisional, for they say as much about the questioner as they do about the medium of music. In this two-day colloquium, we wish to ask thesequestions anew, but not because we hope to answer them once and for all. Rather, we hope in the first place to discuss the avenues of questioning that might be fruitful at a time marked by the dissolution of boundaries between musics and between disciplines. Second, we hope to use the question to reflect on our own disciplines, both on their high achievements and ontheir possible limits. The participants in this colloquium come from musicology and music theory, from philosophy, political science and literary studies, and from cognitive science. The four half-day panels are organized thematically and deliberately cross disciplines. Participants: Per Aage Brandt, Kiene Brillenburg Wurth, Keith Chapin, Andrew Clark, Matthew Gelbart, Christopher Gogwilt, John Hamilton, Lawrence Kramer, Jairo Moreno, Jean-Luc Nancy (in absentia, paper to be read), Laura Odello, Alexander Rehding, Tracy Strong, Peter Szendy, Saander van Maas, Lawrence Zbikowski. Organized by: Keith Chapin (New Zealand School of Music), and Andrew Clark (Fordham University),

Funding generously provided by the Deans of Fordham University and by a University Research Fund grant from Victoria University Wellington.

Thinking of going to graduate school? Meet chairs and former chairs of departments in the humanities from Princeton, Rutgers and Fordham.They will give you expert advice and answer various questions on the application process.
Maria DiBattista
(English & Comparative Literature, Princeton University)
Maryanne Kowaleski
(History & Medieval Studies, Fordham University)
Nicola Pitchford
(English & Literary Studies, Fordham University)
Ben Sifuentes-Jáuregui
(American Studies & Comparative Literature, Rutgers University)

When? Tuesday, November 18, 2009 at 4:00pm
Where? Atrium of the Cafeteria at Lincoln Center
Sponsors: Literary Studies and the Dean of Fordham College Lincoln Center

§ Tuesday, October 14, 2008 - 3:30pm - University Commons, Duane (Rose Hill)
"Testimony and Storytelling: A Conversation with Antonia Arslan and Immaculée Ilibagiza"

Antonia Arslan is the author of the best-selling novel La Masseria delle Allodole (translated intoEnglish as Skylark Farm: A Novel  by Geoffrey Brock [Knopf, 2007]) in which she draws on the story of her family during the 1915 Armenian genocide. Her book, which was awardedprestigious literary prizes in Italy and was a finalist for The Los Angeles Times 2007 Book Prize for First Fiction, was adapted into a film by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani in 2007.

Immaculée Ilibagiza survived the 1994 Rwandan genocide and told her story in Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust (Hay House, 2006) and Led by Faith: Rising from the Ashes of the Rwandan Genocide (Hay House, 2008), both authored with Steve Erwin. Left to Tell, a New York Times Best Seller, was made into the documentary The Diary of Immaculée by Peter LeDonne, and has been translated into 15 languages worldwide.

Sponsors: the Departments of African and African American Studies, History, Philosophy, and Theology; the Literary Studies Program; International Philosophical Quarterly; Rose Hill Campus Ministry; the Arts & Sciences Deans; and the President's Office.

§ Friday, October 3, 2008 - 5:00pm - McMahon 109 (Lincoln Center)
"The Arok Conspiracy: Literature, History, and Political Activism"
Max Lane on Pramoedya Ananta Toer's novel Arok of Java.
Max Lane (Visiting Fellow, National University of Singapore) is the English translator of the Buru Quartet of novels by Indonesian novelist, Pramoedya Ananta Toer (This Earth of Mankind, Child of All Nations, Footsteps, House of Glass), and the author of Unfinished Nation: Indonesia Before and After Suharto (Verso, 2008). He has recently translated Pramoedya Ananta Toer's Arok of Java (Horizon Books, 2007), a historical novel set in 13th-century Java. Lane will discuss the relevance of this novel for contemporary political activism and the dynamics of Indonesian history.

Sponsors: the Literary Studies Program; the English Department; the Center for Medieval Studies, the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures; and the Arts & Sciences Deans.

§ Thursday, September 25, 2008 - 7:00pm - McGinley Ballroom (Rose Hill)
A lecture by Philip Gourevitch
Philip Gourevitch is a long-time staff writer for The New Yorker and the editor of The Paris Review. His most well-known book to date, We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda, grew out of a series of New Yorker articles covering the genocide in Rwanda and its aftermath. His second book, A Cold Case, is the gripping story of an unsolved murder in New York. Gourevitch's most recent book, Standard Operating Procedure—written in collaboration with the filmmaker Errol Morris—is a disturbing account of what happened at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq in 2004, when the release of images of prisoner abuse shocked the world and forever changed the image of the United States around the globe. Gourevitch’s book reconstructs the events at the prison based on extensive interviews with the soldiers who were there.

Sponsors: the American Studies Program; the American Age Lecture Series/CAB; the Center on Religion and Culture; the Deans of Fordham College; the Departments of Communication and Media Studies, English and History; and the programs in& Literary Studies and Women's Studies.

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