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2020 Marathon Read

When Oct 22, 2020
from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM
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Disability’s Environments

The Ninth Annual CALS Spring Symposium
When Sep 14, 2020
from 10:00 AM to 03:15 PM
Where Via Zoom
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Monday, September 14, 2020***

***Please note that this event was postponed from its original 3/23/20 date and rescheduled for 9/14/2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting event cancellations.

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Focused on how environments—social, material, ecological, and speculative—influence scholarly and popular conceptions of disability, this year’s spring symposium will showcase nationally prominent scholars alongside Penn State faculty who will examine the symposium topic from various vantage points.  This forum will explore stories of disability in narrative, text, and literature.

Welcome: 10:00 AM

I. Disability's Structured Environments

Roundtable One: 10:15—11:00 AM

  • Kathleen Collins, Associate Professor of Education, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Greg Eghigian, Professor of History, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Anita Mannur, Associate Professor of English and Asian/Asian American Studies, Miami University

Roundtable Two: 11:15 AM—Noon

  • Janet Lyon, Associate Professor of English and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Susan Squier, Brill Professor Emeritus of English and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Benjamin Reiss, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of English, Emory University

II. Disability’s Natural Environments

Roundtable Three: 1:15—2:00 PM

  • Christian Haines, Assistant Professor of English, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Matthew Cella, Assistant Professor of English, Shippensburg University
  • Maren Linett, Professor of English, Purdue University

Roundtable Four: 2:15—2:45 PM

  • Michael Bérubé, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Kim Hall, Professor of Philosophy, Appalachian State University

Wrap-up Session: 2:45—3:15 PM

Please register in advance for the symposium here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the symposium.

For additional information, please contact Sean X. Goudie, Director of the Center for American Literary Studies ()

**CANCELLED** An Evening with Alice McDermott

When Apr 16, 2020
Where HUB-Robeson Center, Freeman Auditorium
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**NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC**

Join us for the culminating event. National Book Award-winning novelist Alice McDermott will visit the Centre Region to discuss and read from her works.

Book Signing to Follow

Free and open to the public; no registration necessary.