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November 2016

Kanner Forum – John Guillory

November 3, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The second speaker of the 2016-2017 Kanner Forum series is John Guillory, professor of English at New York University.  His lecture will be titled: “I.A. Richards, Neurophysiology and the History of Close Reading.” The Forum aims to promote scholarly dialogue and debate concerning the status and future of literary and cultural studies, with an emphasis on exploring and engaging new theoretical paradigms and critical perspectives in humanistic scholarship.  The 2016-17 Kanner Forum will be organized around a broad theme, “How to Read…”…

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Hammer Readings: Some Favorite Writers – Theater of War

November 10, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Hammer Readings: Some Favorite Writers Theater of War Thursday, November 10, 7:30 p.m.   Copresented by the UCLA Department of English In honor of Veterans Day, a performance of Bryan Doerries’s innovative Theater of War presents readings of Sophocles’s Ajax, the ancient Greek play about the suicide of a great warrior, as a catalyst for a powerful public discussion about suicide, combat stress, and alcohol and substance abuse in the military community. The readings will be performed by actors Michael Imperioli and Heather Goldenhershand founder Bryan Doerries.…

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January 2017

Kanner Forum – Geraldine Heng

January 12 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The third speaker of the 2016-2017 Kanner Forum series is Geraldine Heng, professor of English at the University of Texas, Austin.  Her lecture will be titled: “Getting a Read on the Room: Microsociology and the Postwar Novel” The Forum aims to promote scholarly dialogue and debate concerning the status and future of literary and cultural studies, with an emphasis on exploring and engaging new theoretical paradigms and critical perspectives in humanistic scholarship.  The 2016-17 Kanner Forum will be organized around a broad…

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Hammer Poetry Reading – Amaranth Borsuk

January 19 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 pm

Amaranth Borsuk is a poet, scholar, and book artist exploring materiality across media. She is the author of two books of poems, Pomegranate Eater and Handiwork, as well as three collaborative books and numerous projects spanning print and digital media. The recipient of an NEA-funded Expanded Artists’ Books grant for her intermedia collaboration Abra, she teaches in the MFA program in Creative Writing and Poetics at the University of Washington Bothell. This series of poetry readings is organized and hosted…

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February 2017

Hammer Poetry Reading – Robert Pinsky

February 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Robert Pinsky is a former United States poet laureate and a widely known proponent of poetry. He has written eight volumes of poems, the most recent of them At the Foundling Hospital. He is a translator of Dante’s Inferno and cotranslator of Czesław Miłosz’s Separate Notebooks, and the author of several influential prose books, including The Sounds of Poetry, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. This series of poetry readings is organized and hosted by poet, literary…

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March 2017

Hammer Poetry Reading – Evie Shockley

March 2 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Evie Shockley is the author of several poetry collections, including the new black, winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Poetry, and the forthcoming semiautomatic. She has also published a critical study, Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry. Her honors include the Stephen Henderson Award and the Holmes National Poetry Prize. Currently the creative editor for Feminist Studies, Shockley is an associate professor of English at Rutgers University. This series of poetry readings is organized…

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April 2017

Branka Arsić – “Entomological Persons: Insects and Ahab”

April 18 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Branka Arsić – “All One Stuff: Emerson’s Materialism”

April 20 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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May 2017

Namwali Serpell – University of California, Berkeley – How We Read Faces

May 2 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Forum aims to promote scholarly dialogue and debate concerning the status and future of literary and cultural studies, with an emphasis on exploring and engaging new theoretical paradigms and critical perspectives in humanistic scholarship. The 2016-17 Kanner Forum will be organized around a broad theme, “How to Read…” As you know, reading has long held a privileged place in literary studies as a term of art for what literary scholars do. Along with associated terms like literacy and interpretation,…

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UCLA Marathon Reading

May 19

  The English Department will be hosting the UCLA marathon reading for the first time since 2005. The organizers of the 2017 incarnation of the event chose to open up the choice of novel to a public vote, in order to rebuild interest in this once annual event. We have since received an outpouring of support for the event as a whole, and the choice of novels in particular. This year, we are happy to reintroduce the marathon reading with…

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