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First Book Institute

When Jun 04, 2017 11:55 PM to
Jun 10, 2017 11:55 PM
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This summer marks the fifth anniversary of the First Book Institute, which features workshops and presentations led by institute faculty aimed at assisting participants in transforming their book projects into ones that promise to make the most significant impact possible on the field and thus land them a publishing contract with a top university press.

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Rethinking the American West Roundtable

When Apr 03, 2017
from 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM
Where Mann Assembly Room, Paterno Library
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Rethinking the American West PosterThis event was rescheduled for April 3 due to inclement weather (it was originally scheduled for March 14)

In Under a Painted Sky, Stacey Lee reenvisions life on the Oregon Trail in 1849 from the point of view of two female outcasts: a second-generation Chinese-American violinist and a runaway slave. Using Lee’s text as a touchstone for this roundtable discussion, three invited panelists will discuss contemporary ideas about the American West as it has been reimagined and recreated in literature, film, and television.

Featured Presenters include Susan Kollin, College of Letters and Science Distinguished Professor at Montana State University and editor of A History of Western American Literature; Richard Aquila, Professor Emeritus of History and American Studies at Penn State Behrend and author of Wanted Dead or Alive: The American West in Popular Culture (1996); and Charity Fox, Assistant Professor of American Studies and Gender Studies at Penn State Harrisburg, who focuses on intersections of gender, class, race, and everyday cultures in 20th and 21stcentury American popular culture.

Following their opening statements, the panelists will invite questions from the audience.

For more information about this and other related events, see the 2017 CALS Community Read page.

Radical Engagements: Speculative Fictions and Social Justice, the Sixth Annual CALS Spring Symposium

When Mar 20, 2017
from 10:05 AM to 04:15 PM
Where Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library
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Five leading scholars of speculative fiction join the Penn State community to explore ways in which speculative fictions make possible and reveal the limitations of how to imagine socially-just realities. Cognizant of the multi-generic origins of the speculative—including fantasy, horror, folklore, myth, science fiction, and the weird—the symposium’s two roundtables will highlight the relationships between speculation, futurity, and the ethico-political imagination.

More information can be found on the 2017 Annual Spring Symposium page here.

For additional information, please contact Tina Chen (tina.chen@psu.edu).