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Imaginary Vistas

Over a series of six lectures in 2008-2009, speakers covered topics ranging from the "radical democracy" of 18th-century town commons to the human genome project, expanding the scope of literary imagination beyond traditional disciplinary and national borders. 

In addition, the morning after their lecture, each speaker shared some of their work-in-progress with all interested graduate students. These workshops gave the speakers and students the opportunity to continue the conversations begun in the afternoon lectures and to engage with the critic in the midst of the writing process.

The 2008-2009 Imaginary Vistas series was coordinated by CALS Senior Scholar in Residence Christopher Castiglia, with the assistance of Brian Neff and Eric Norton.

2008-2009 Schedule:

  • Christopher Looby, September 4-5, 2008, 2:30-4:00pm, Stuckeyman Family Building
  • Priscilla Wald, October 2, 2008, 2:30-4:00pm, 112 Kern; October 3, 12:20-2:15, 112 Kern
  • Nancy Bentley, November 13, 2008, 2:30-4:00pm, 112 Kern; November 14, 9:30am, Grucci Room, Burrowes
  • Donald Pease, February 19, 2009, 3:30-5:00p, 124 Sparks; February 20, 9:30am-12:00pm, Grucci Room, Burrowes
  • Dana Nelson, March 19, 2009, 4:00-5:30p, 124 Sparks; March 20, 9:30am-12:00pm, Grucci Room, Burrowes
  • Anna Brickhouse, April 9, 2009, 4:00-5:30p, 124 Sparks; April 10, 9:30am-12:00pm, Grucci Room, Burrowes