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2015-2016 Events

Another great academic year for CALS, 2015-2016 kicked off with the "Marathon of Madness" Marathon Read in September. The Centre County Reads program, co-Sponsored by CALS and The Richards Civil War Era Center, this year read Karen Abbott’s Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy, which inspired a round-table event on "Re-Imagining the Civil War" and a "Secret Writing" contest for Centre County community members in early March. One of this year's highlights was the return of the conference for C19, the Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, to Penn State. This conference, with the theme "Unsettling," was held in mid-March. The academic year wrapped up with the CALS Graduate Awards Symposium in April.

2015 Marathon Reading: Marathon of Madness
September 24-25, 2015

During this annual event co-sponsored by CALS, volunteers took turns reading over a 24-hour period. This year's event, Marathon of Madness, focused on literature surrounding madness and psychological themes by authors from around the world. Each title was available in English as well as the original language in which it was published.

 

Re-Imagining the Civil War: Gender Roles and the Ethics of History
March 1, 2016

Drawing upon first-hand accounts, diaries, and letters, Karen Abbott’s Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy re-writes the stories of four incredible, real-life women, exploring their active participation during the Civil War from both Union and Confederate perspectives.  In this roundtable discussion, three invited panelists used Abbott’s book as a touchstone for a broader discussion about the responsibilities of history, the investigation of female participation in a changing cultural, wartime landscape, and its intersections with literary fact and fiction.

 

"Secret Writing" Contest
March 1, 2016

As part of the 2016 Centre County Reads/CALS Community Read of Karen Abbott's Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy, community members were asked to submit their best "secret writing" in one of four categories. Winners were announced at the author event, "An Evening with Karen Abbot," on March 16.

 


C19 Conference: "Unsettling"
March 17-20, 2016

CALS was pleased to host the fourth biennial conference for C19, the first academic organization dedicated to nineteenth-century American literary studies.  CALS also hosted the inaugural conference in 2010 at Penn State. This year’s theme, “Unsettling,” challenged the notion of a defined field of study, seeking instead to explore approaches, methodologies, geographies, languages and texts that disturb and agitate American literary, historical and cultural studies.