Furst Forum in Comparative Literature

The Lilian R. Furst Forum in Comparative Literature is a lecture series organized in 2005 as a graduate student initiative, with financial support from the Department of English & Comparative Literature. The Forum features two kinds of speakers:

  • professional scholars from a variety of humanistic fields at UNC interested in sharing their research with an interdisciplinary audience.
  • advanced graduate students in the Department of English & Comparative Literature wanting to share their work with colleagues and faculty in a professional setting.

The Forum is named in honor of Marcel Bataillon Professor of Comparative Literature Lilian R. Furst (retired 2006), whose distinguished scholarship and reputation as a comparatist have brought prestige to the program and to the university. The Forum generally features four speakers every semester (two faculty members, two graduate students).

All members of the UNC community are invited to attend, but the forum is also open to the general public. Light refreshments will be provided by the Mediterranean Deli