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The Author's Forum presents "The Selvage: A Conversation with Linda Gregerson and Daniel Herwitz," where U-M Professors Gregerson and Herwitz discuss Gregerson's new collection of poetry. In eloquent poems about Ariadne, Theseus, and Dido, the death of a father, a bombing raid in Lebanon, and in a magnificent series detailing Masaccio’s Brancacci frescoes, The Selvage deftly traces the “line between” the “wonder and woe” of human experience.
Presentation by Rolando Estévez, principal designer and founder of Ediciones Vigía, a producer of handmade books in Mantanzas, Cuba, with an accompanying exhibit. Estévez’s Ediciones Vigía books are collected privately and are held by cultural institutions in Europe and the US, such as the British National Library and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The U-M Library holds a major collection of these extraordinary books.
This lecture by David Valentine of the University of Minnesota marks the 40th anniversary of the publication of Esther Newton's Mother Camp, a singular milestone—as David Halperin has said, "Mother Camp was the first major book in queer studies." Valentine speaks to assumptions about gender and sexuality that reinforce racial and class hierarchies and that, ironically, negatively impact the most vulnerable transgender-identified people—young, poor people of color.
Christi Merrill, co-director of the UM LSA Translation Theme Semester, moderates a panel discussion featuring Françoise Massardier-Kenney, co-author of Translating Slavery and professor of French at Kent State University; Martha S. Jones, associate professor of history and co-director of the Michigan Law Program in Race, Law & History; and Jean M. Hébrard, visiting professor and co-director of the Law in Slavery and Freedom Project at UM. The panelists cover issues related to translation in the contexts of slavery and emancipation.
IRWG's Feminist Science Studies presents Sandra Harding, one of the world's most influential and foundational scholars of feminist and postcolonial science studies. Harding, professor of Social Sciences and Comparative Education at UCLA, has made major contributions to standpoint theory, postcolonial science studies, and feminist epistemology.
A reading of Antigonick (sophokles), a translation by Anne Carson, published by New Directions Press (2012).
New York Times bestselling author Marge Piercy, known for her roles in the anti-Vietnam War and women’s movements, reads selections of her poetry and fiction as part of the 50th anniversary conference: A New Insurgency: The Port Huron Statement in its Time and Ours. This event was cosponsored by the Center for the Education of Women; the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies; University Libraries; and the English Language and Literatures and History departments.