Public Event Schedule
9:30 AM
Gladfelter Cannon Lounge
Maurice Manning: Hear Lies Andrew Baker: An Epitome on Figures of Speech
As the title of this lecture implies, I will offer a survey of figures of speech, how they indeed come to us through speech (through the ear first, as Frost advises), and how they work to enrich and enliven our writing. The lecture will look at portions of poems by Emily Dickinson, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Robert Hayden, Philip Larkin, and Edward Thomas.

10:45 AM
Gladfelter Cannon Lounge
Lauren Groff: Islands
“We are like islands in the sea,” William James wrote, “separate on the surface but connected in the deep.” Solitude breeds loneliness; human communication rose to salve, if not solve, our essential loneliness. During this lecture, we will think our way through issues of morality and connection through texts likely to include Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, J.M. Coetzee’s Foe, Elizabeth Bishop’s “Crusoe in England,” Derek Walcott’s Omeros, Anton Chekov’s Sakhalin Island and Tom McCarthy’s Satin Island.

Then join us at 8:15pm in Gladfelter, Cannon Lounge for a reading featuring faculty members:
Charles Baxter
Stephen Dobyns
Debra Spark
Ellen Bryant Voigt
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