SLU Poets Read Works at Grand Center Arts Academy
April is National Poetry Month, and to celebrate SLU professors Paul Acker, Ph.D, Devin Johnston, Ph.D., and Vincent Casaregola, Ph.D., and 2011 graduate Matt Freeman read some of their poetry to eighth grade students at an event hosted by Grand Center Arts Academy.
In addition to learning proper audience etiquette, students at the Academy have explored how to craft and analyze poetry.
"We are very grateful to the SLU professors for sharing their gifts with our students," said Dan Rubright, director of Arts and Community Partnerships at the school explained. "I think we opened some eyes today about what poetry is about and can be."
Opened in 2010, Grand Center Arts Academy serves students in grades six through nine and provides world-class training in music, theater, visual arts and dance as part of a rigorous academic program. Saint Louis University serves as the sponsor of Grand Center, providing both academic and financial oversight as well as collaborative research and learning opportunities for faculty and staff.
5th Annual Walter J. Ong, SJ, Memorial Lecture
Alan Liu, "Transliteracies: The Big Bang of Online Reading"
Monday, April 23, 4:00 PM
Il Monastero, 3050 Olive St.
Alan Liu is Chair and Professor in the English Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an affiliated faculty member of UCSB's Media Arts & Technology graduate program. He began his research in the field of British romantic literature and art.
Liu founded the NEH-funded Teaching with Technology project at UC Santa Barbara called Transcriptions: Literature and the Culture of Information and the English Department's undergraduate specialization on Literature and the Culture of Information.
His current major digital initiative is Transliteracies: Research in the Technological, Social, and Cultural Practices of Online Reading. Presently, he is concentrating on the RoSE (Research-oriented Social Environment) software project that is the culmination of Transliteracies and a series of philosophical and practical essays on media histories, futures, and their impact on the institutions and practices of the humanities.
Mary Yukari Waters(Jean Drahmann Writer-in-Residence)
Fiction Reading: March 20, 2012
Craf t Talk: March 27, 2012
Waters is the author of The Favorites (a novel), and The Laws of Evening (a collection of short stories). A reviewer for Booklist writes of The Favorites, "Waters is a graceful, subtle writer, gifted at limning the intricate connections between women bound together by blood or marriage. This is a novel of extraordinary beauty." She lives in Los Angeles.
English Department Faculty Research Colloquium
Eloquentia Perfecta: Jesuit Theo-Rhetoric as Media Theory
Dr. Steven Mailloux, Loyola Marymount University
Thursday, March 22, at 4:00pm
Adorjan Hall Room 142
3800 Lindell Blvd.
Saint Louis, Mo. 63108
Steven Mailloux (Ph.D., University of Southern California) is the President's Professor of Rhetoric at LMU. Dr. Mailloux has taught at Temple University, University of Miami, Syracuse University, and the University of California, Irvine. He is the co-editor of Interpreting Law and Literature (1988) and editor of Rhetoric, Sophistry, Pragmatism (1995) as well as the author of Interpretive Conventions: The Reader in the Study of American Fiction (1982), Rhetorical Power (1989), Reception Histories: Rhetoric, Pragmatism, and American Cultural Politics (1998), and Disciplinary Identities: Rhetorical Paths of English, Speech, and Composition (2006).
The paper will be followed by a wine reception. All faculty and graduate students are welcome to attend.
C.D. Wright and Forrest GanderFebruary 14
Wright's most recent books include One With Others; Rising, Falling, Hovering, which won the Grifﬁn Poetry Prize; and One Big Self: Prisoners of Louisiana, all published by Copper Canyon. Originally from Arkansas, her work is marked by a strong sense of place, wry wit, and documentary methods. A reviewer for the New Yorker observes, "Wright has found a way to wed fragments of an iconic America to a luminously strange idiom, eerie as a tin whistle, which she uses to evoke the haunted quality of our carnal existence." Gander is the author of numerous books of poetry, including Core Samples from the World, Eye Against Eye, and Science & Steepleflower, all from New Directions, as well as a novel, essays, and volumes of translation. The New York Times has observed his "unflinchingly curious mind," and the Washington Post has described his work as "restlessly experimental . . . precise and hallucinatory." Both Wright and Gander teach at Brown University.
Note: This event will take place in the Pere Marquette gallery, Dubourg Hall, second floor, 221 N. Grand
Mario Vargos Llosa Library Associates Award for Literary Achievement
Nobel Prize-winning novelist Mario Vargos Llosa is visiting SLU today, November 14, to receive the Library Associates Award for Literary Achievement. After receiving the award, he'll have a "conversation" with Prof. Olga Arbelaez and will take questions from the audience as well. This event will be held in the Anheuser Busch Auditorium in the Cook School of Business at 4:30 p.m. You are all cordially invited to attend this special event, which will be televised on HEC-TV as well.
If you are not familiar with his work, you are also invited to attend Dr. Olga Arbelaez's discussion of Mario Vargas Llosa, to be presented on Monday, October 17, at 5 pm in the Knights Room of Pius XII Memorial Library. Dr. Arbelaez is the Director of the Latin American Studies Program at SLU, and is the author of a book about Mario Vargas Llosa's work.