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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Claudia Rankine Poetry Reading

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Location: Ira Alllen Chapel
Description: Acclaimed poet Claudia Rankine will read from her new collection Citizen. For details, go to: www.uvm.edu/~english/?Page=rankinepoetryreading4-2-15_001.html

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Guest Speaker Naoki Sakai

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Kalkin 004
Description: Naoki Sakai (Professor of Asian Studies and Comparative Literature, Cornell University), is a nationally and internationally recognized scholar whose work has shaped and re-defined comparative cultural and literary studies. Starting with his seminal Translation and Subjectivity: On Japan and Cultural Nationalism, Sakai’s work has encompassed Asian Studies, comparative literature, and critical theory. Traversing these areas of scholarship, his unique contribution has been to expand their scope beyond their traditional disciplinary frameworks, and to engage them in productive dialogue. At international academic conferences organized around his work in Germany, South Korea, and the United States, many scholars have witnessed the intellectual energy and originality he brings to thinking about such issues as nation, gender, and transpacific cultures and societies.

Sakai’s work illuminates issues that are critical to many different disciplines concerned with questions of nation, gender, and human subjectivity. He approaches these questions in ways that have been opened by both continental philosophy and cultural studies. Accordingly, his lectures, whether public or in-class, will speak to a broad spectrum of scholars who do research in race, ethnicity, and gender in film and literary studies.
Sakai’s most recent work involves defining the ways in which American studies, Asian-American studies, and Asian studies can be placed in creative and transformative dialogue.

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12th Annual Tolkien Conference Fireside Readings

Time: 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Location: Lafayette Hall L207
Description: The University of Vermont | April 10-12, 2015

For more information and updates regarding the Tolkien Conference go to: www.uvm.edu/~english/?Page=TolkienConference2015.html

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

12th Annual Tolkien Conference

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Lafayette Hall L207
Description: For more information and updates regarding the Tolkien Conference go to: www.uvm.edu/~english/?Page=TolkienConference2015.html

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

12th Annual Tolkien Conference Springle-ring

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Location: Cook Green
Description: For more information and updates regarding the Tolkien Conference go to: www.uvm.edu/~english/?Page=TolkienConference2015.html

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Reading: Karen Shoemaker

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Description: Karen Gettert Shoemaker is the author of Night Sounds and Other Stories (Dufour Editions, 2002; Parthian, 2006) and The Meaning of Names (Red Hen Press, 2014). Her stories, poems, and essays have appeared in such venues as the London Independent and Prairie Schooner and anthologized in A Different Plain: Contemporary Nebraska Fiction Writers, Nebraska Presence: An Anthology of Poetry, and An Untidy Season. She is a writing mentor with the University of Nebraska's MFA in Writing Program and lives in Lincoln, Nebraska, where she is also co-owner of Shoemaker's Travel Center (Route 80's best truck stop).

Praise for The Meaning of Names, a novel about one Nebraskan family's confrontation with the nationalist violence that swept across the World War I United States:

"The Meaning of Names is a hauntingly tender story set in Nebraska during World War I, a time when nationalism led to prejudice against German-Americans, a time when the influenza pandemic of 1918 killed millions ... Gerda Vogel is a character I'll remember always." --Lee Martin, author of Break the Skin

"The Meaning of Names is a breath-taking story that illuminates the bonds that hold us together and the fears that tear us apart ..." --Ladette Randolph, editor, Ploughshares

"Karen Shoemaker's rich historical novel is reminiscent of the fiction of Willa Cather and every bit as memorable." --Timothy Schaffert, author of The Swan Gondola

For additional information, go to: www.uvm.edu/~english/images/2015_04-15KarenShoemakerFlyer.JPG

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Department Meeting

Time: 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: John Dewey Lounge

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Painted Word: Valzhya Mort

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Fleming Museum
Description: www.uvm.edu/~english/?Page=JMBPaintedWord.html&SM=eventssubmenu.html

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Friday, April 24, 2015

English Department Honors Day

Time: 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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