Critical Speakers Series - Tiffany Stern Talk: "Singing Plays and Playing Songs: Ballads and Plays in the Time of Shakespeare"

Poster for Tiffany Sterk talk
The Critical Speaker Series presents two illuminating sessions on April 18 and 19 with Tiffany Stern, Professor of Shakespeare and Early Modern Literature at Royal Holloway, University of London:
Talk: "Singing Plays and Playing Songs: Ballads and Plays in the Time of Shakespeare"
Tuesday, April 18, 3:00 p.m., Toy Lounge, Dey Hall
Seminar: "Dumb Shows and the Invention of Stage Directions"
Reading for the seminar is available here.
Wednesday, April 19, 3:00 p.m, Donovan Lounge, Greenlaw Hall

Both events are free and open to the public.

2017 Boundaries of Literature Symposium

The 2017 Boundaries of Literature Sumposium presents two exciting events on April 6-7 with Michael Levenson, William B. Christian Professor of English from the Universtiy of Virginia:
"Expertise and the Everyday: the Humanities and Ordinary Life"
Thursday, April 6th, 3:00 p.m., Toy Lounge, Dey Hall
This talk is free and open to the public.
"Who Knows Who Knows? Zadie Smith's 'The Embassy of Cambodia' and Wiki Truth"
Friday, April 7th, 11:00 - 12:30 p.m, Donovan Lounge, Greenlaw Hall
Graduate students are invited to this seminar; please RSVP to A free boxed lunch will be provided.
These events are sponsored by the Comparative Literature and English Association of Graduate Students, the Department of English and Comparative Literature, the Critical Speaker's Series, and the Graduate and Professional Student Federation of UNC.



Americanist Speaker Series presents: Claudia Milian

Please join us for the next UNC-Duke Americanist Speaker Series event!


 The Americanist Speaker Series presents: Claudia Milian

(Duke University)


Extremely Latin, XOXO: Notes on LatinX 


Thursday, March 30, 7:00 p.m.


2605 McDowell Road
Durham, NC
At the home of Priscilla Wald & Joseph Donahue


Refreshments provided!



This talk is a conceptual exploration of the extant materialization and far-reaching circulation of the “LatinX” category, delving into the instability of the “Latin” and “X” matter. Tracking the comings and goings of LatinX, the presentation attempts to feel the pulse on the open X-ness of it all, paired with the revelations, occlusions, and motley connections that are happening with this new signifier. The discussion theorizes the X in the context of Latinas and Latinos, asking what the X is signifyingwhat it is inhabitingwhat it is entrusted to tell (or not); what it is replacing or supplementing; and what its investments arealongside its dissonances and gestures.


Claudia Milian is Associate Professor of Romance Studies at Duke University and the author of Latining America: Black-Brown Passages and the Coloring of Latino/a Studies (University of Georgia Press, 2013). 


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Organized by Sean DiLeonardi, Katya Gorecki, Benjamin Murphy, and Nora Nunn. 

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Rare Book Collection Recent Acquisitions Evening

Rare Book Collection Recent Acquisitions Evening

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Fearrington Reading Room, Wilson Library

5:00-7:00 p.m.

Please join us for a not-under-glass display of additions to the Rare Book Collection from the past two years, including the Library’s eight-millionth volume, presented by the Hanes Family Foundation. This year’s event features important works on the history of printing, books that invite interaction between viewer and object, and a number of items that challenge the traditional meaning of the word “book.” The Rare Book Collection’s global focus will also be emphasized, with books printed in London, Mexico City, Cameroon, Paris, Augsberg, Tehran, Saigon, Rome, Mexico, Nigeria, and more.

Gabrielle Calvocoressi's Chapbook featured on Epicurious

Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Assistant Professor and Walker Percy Fellow in Poetry at UNC, recently published a chapbook entitled The New Economy Chapbook Cookbook, vol. 1. For this cookbook, poets and writers contributed recipes that can be made on a budget. The cookbook is also available to download online.

In a new interview with Epicurious, Calvocoressi talks about the meaning behind the name "New Economy:"

"I've been thinking in general about this idea of 'new economy' in my own life. Not just in terms of this cookbook but also for my life as a writer, and a writer who has a certain kind of privilege in the writing world—who has been, at least in the world of poetry, successful—but who also, like many people, has faced times of incredible economic difficulty and who is also concerned about the effects that capitalism is having on every aspect of making art and being an artist, and also just being a citizen of this country.

"Before I did the cookbook, I had been using this hashtag #neweconomy. For instance, for the period of a year, pretty much every Sunday, I would work for four or five hours and meet with people individually via Skype. I would edit—we could talk about their poems, we could talk about prose, we could do syllabus work—in return for a donation receipt for $40 to a charity that I had chosen for that week. I ended up raising close to $7,000 without ever touching money.

"That's where I started using this term 'new economy'—what if there was an economy outside of the monetization of everything we did that had to do with making art and the branding of everything we did making art? What if I could reframe my own understanding of what my economy was, and have an integral part of that be helping other people out and resisting the push to monetize everything that I do?"

Worley's full interview with Gabrielle Calvocoressi can be found here


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