The Americanist Speaker Series presents: Claudia Milian
Extremely Latin, XOXO: Notes on LatinX
Thursday, March 30, 7:00 p.m.
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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Rare Book Collection Recent Acquisitions Evening
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Fearrington Reading Room, Wilson Library
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, 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.
Sharon Cameron, William Kenan Jr. Professor Emerita at Johns Hopkins University, will deliver a lecture on "Tolstoy, Bresson, and the Ground of the Ethical" on Wednesday, March 8, at 5 p.m. in the University Room in Hyde Hall. All are welcome to attend.
"This lecture considers the relation between the sight of death and ethical understanding in Leo Tolstoy's writing and in Robert Bresson's L'argent, a flimic adaptation of Tolstoy's late short story, 'The Forged Coupon.'"
Sharon Cameron's visit is sponsored by Global Cinema Studies, the Institute of Arts and Humanities, and the Department of English and Comparative Literature.