Upcoming Lectures

Upcoming lectures:


Will Kaufman, Oct. 15th at 1:15 at 3032: on Woody Guthrie

Previous lectures:

Nov. 22nd: Guest lecture by Dr. Julia Straub from the University of Bern, on ‘Cultural Memory and its (New) Media in Early America’

1:15-2:45 in Anthropole 2064

This lecture is based on Julia’s new book, which explores transatlantic literary culture by tracing the proliferation of ‘new media,’ such as the anthology, the literary history and the magazine, in the period between 1750 and 1850. The fast-paced media landscape out of which these publishing genres developed produced the need of a ‘memory of literature’ and a concomitant rhetoric of remembering strikingly similar to what today is called a cultural memory debate. Thus, rather than depicting the emergence of an American national literature, The Rise of New Media(1750–1850) combines impulses from media history, the history of print, the sociology of literature and canon theory to uncover nascent forms and genres of literary self-reflectivity and early stirrings of a canon debate in the Atlantic World.



Nov. 30th, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. in 5196

Talk and concert by Will Kaufman on Woody Guthrie and racism

“The Long Road to Peekskill”


THE LONG ROAD TO PEEKSKILL presents the story of Woody Guthrie’s personal transformation from a youthful Oklahoma racist to the ardent anti-racist champion who, along with many others, risked his life holding the line against American fascism during the notorious Peekskill riots of 1949. Conventionally known for his championing of the poor white Dust Bowl migrants, Guthrie also left an extensive body of songs condemning Jim Crow segregation, lynching and race hatred. Most of these songs were never recorded, but they are the legacy of this remarkable journey that eventually brought Guthrie into the fellowship of Lead Belly, Josh White, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee and Paul Robeson. The Long Road to Peekskill is both a harrowing and uplifting presentation, showing through the example of Woody Guthrie that racists are not born, but made – and that they can be unmade.



Previous lectures

April 21, 2015

Gay Shame

April 22

Queer Communication

March 24, 10-12 : Matilde Martin (Universidad de la Laguna, Tenerife), “Asian American Literature”

Asian-American Literature6

April 22, 13-15: Tomasz Basiuk (American Studies Center, University of Warsaw), “Shame in Gay Life Writing

May 7: William Kaufman (University of Central Lancaster), “The Long Road to Peekskill,” Concert and lecture about Woody Guthrie and Civil Rights


Will Kaufman, Talk & Concert [4]
RECENT LECTURES in the English Department
Workshop on Postfeminism – Spring 2014 (Université de Lausanne)

March 20: Angela McRobbie: What is at stake in the feminist politics of affect?”



March 21: Rosalind Gill: Postfeminism, Power and Intimacy”

Dr Rosalind Gill


November 13, Judith Butler: “Is Gender Untranslatable?” (Anthropole 2024, 17:00)



Nov. 22: Maisha Wester, “Beloved and the African American Gothic” (Anthropole 2013), 3:15 p.m.

Maisha Wester, Poster [2]


December 13: Teresa Goddu, “Slave Narratives and the American Gothic” (Anthropole 5081, 13:15-15:00)