1 Nov

La Ficción Venezolana (Spanish Speaking Event)

¿Es posible ficcionar Venezuela? ¿Es la autocensura un recurso cotidiano? Los escritores venezolanos Israel Centeno, Carlos Patiño Pereda y Hensli Rahn Solórzano responderán estas y otras preguntas. Evento en castellano.   Carlos Patiño Pereda y Hensli Rahn Solórzano son escritores venezolanos invitados por el Programa Internacional de Escritura de la Universidad de Iowa (International Writing […]

2 Nov

Reading with Clayton Eshleman

Join us for a reading with Clayton Eshleman.  Clayton Eshleman was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, June 1, 1935. He has a B.A. in Philosophy and an M.A.T. in English Literature from Indiana University. He has lived in Mexico, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Peru, France, Czechoslovakia, and Hungary. He is presently Professor Emeritus, English Department, Eastern Michigan University. […]

3 Nov

Sembène Film Festival: Xala (The Curse)

Join us for a screening of Xala (The Curse) presented in partnership with Sembène – The Film & Art Festival and City of Asylum. Xala is director Ousmane Sembène’s savage and hilarious satire of the modern African bourgeoisie was heavily censored in Senegal.  Forsaking the more obvious (and politically acceptable) targets of European exploitation and racism, Sembène […]

5 Nov

International Reading Series: Vinciane Despret

Join us for a reading with Vinciane Despret as part of our International Reading Series.   Vinciane Despret studied philosophy and, later, psychology, coming back to philosophy with her PhD in 1996. Her first field work was in the Negev desert, in Israel, where she explored the possibility of doing an ethology of the ethologists […]

8 Nov

Aster(ix) Reading Series: Helena Maria Viramontes & Mary Gaitskill

Join us for a reading with Helena Maria Viramontes & Mary Gaitskill as part of the Aster(ix) Reading Series.  Helena María Viramontes is the author of Their Dogs Came with Them, a novel, and two previous works of fiction, The Moths and Other Stories and Under the Feet of Jesus, a novel. Named a Ford Fellow in […]

9 Nov

Elder Ones

Join us for a concert with the band Elder Ones, a quartet performing the compositions of vocalist Amirtha Kidambi,  featuring saxophonist Matt Nelson, bassist Brandon Lopez and drummer Max Jaffe.   As Ben Ratliff wrote in the New York Times, “the aggressive and sublime first album by the band Elder Ones, Holy Science, is a kind of […]

11 Nov

LGBT Reading Series: Marie Helene/Sam Bourcier

Join us for a reading with Marie-Hélène/Sam Bourcier as part of our LGBT Reading Series.   Marie-Hélène/Sam Bourcier is a queer activist and theorist. He teaches cultural studies, queer and gender studies at the University of Lille. Bourcier is a self-described “baby of French poststructuralism.” He is the translator of Monique Wittig and Teresa de Lauretis […]

15 Nov

When Living is a Protest

Join us for a discussion and book signing with Radcliffe Roye, John Freeman and Garnette Cadogan.   What does it mean when living itself is a protest? How does a black body occupy space differently than another? Who gets to watch it and how do writers and photographers not give subjects their dignity but rather recognize it?  In times […]

1 Dec

Book Talk with Harriet Levin Millan

Join us for a book talk between the author of How Fast Can You Run, Harriet Levin Millan, and the protagonist on whom the book is based, Michael Majok Kuch on the subject of immigration, refugees and life in South Sudan. Set across a backdrop of refugee migration that spans Africa, America and Australia, How Fast Can You Run […]

4 Dec

Rick Parker and Li Daiguo

Join us for a concert with Rick Parker and Li Daiguo.   Sounds of the trombone, cello, pipa, human voice and a variety of electronic remedies are conjured to form the psychoacoustic duo of Brooklyn’s Rick Parker and China’s Li Daiguo. “The sounds that the two create together are uncategorizable, a fluid blend of past and […]

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