Phil Klay’s 2020 Humanities Symposium Keynote Lecture (“War, Literature, and the Long Road Home”)
Monday, Sept. 14, 2020 at 6 p.m.
Phil Klay is a product of Jesuit education and a veteran of the US Marine Corps. He served in Iraq during the Surge and subsequently received his MFA from Hunter College. Redeployment, his 2014 story collection, received the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation’s James Webb award for fiction dealing with U.S. Marines or Marine Corps life, the National Book Critics’ Circle John Leonard Award for best debut work in any genre, the American Library Association’s W. Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction, among other awards. His writing appears widely in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and the Brookings Institution’s Brookings Essay series.
"Dinner and a Conversation" with Professors Zimmerelli and Crotty after Phil Klay Lecture
Conversations to take place in Professors Zimmerelli and Crotty's Zoom meeting rooms directly after the lecture.
Julia Elliott: Writers At Work on Genre Mixing
Monday, Sept. 28, 2020 at 6 p.m.
Julia Elliott’s writing has appeared in Tin House, The Georgia Review, Conjunctions, The New York Times, Granta online, and other publications. She has won a Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award, and her stories have been anthologized in Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses and The Best American Short Stories. Her debut story collection, The Wilds, was chosen by Kirkus, BuzzFeed, Book Riot, and Electric Literature as one of the Best Books of 2014 and was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. Her first novel, The New and Improved Romie Futch, arrived in October 2015. She teaches English and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.
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Eula Biss: Modern Masters
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020 at 6 p.m.
Eula Biss is the author of four books: Having and Being Had; On Immunity: An Inoculation, a finalist for the National Book Critic Circle Award for nonfiction; Notes from No Man’s Land: American Essays, winner of the National Book Critic Circle Award for criticism, and a collection of poetry, The Balloonists. Her work has been supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Howard Foundation Fellowship, an NEA Literature Fellowship, and a Jaffe Writers’ Award. She holds a B.A. in nonfiction writing from Hampshire College and a M.F.A. in nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa. Her essays have recently appeared in The Best American Nonrequired Reading and the Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Nonfiction as well as in The Believer, Gulf Coast, Denver Quarterly, Third Coast, and Harper’s. Eula Biss and John Bresland are the Chicago-based band STET Everything.
For more info: https://blueflowerarts.com/artist/eula-biss/.
Author Books are available for purchase.
"Dinner and a Conversation" with Professors Ross and Hofling after Eula Biss at 7 p.m.
Conversation to take place in a specified meeting room directly after the reading.
Allen Brizee on the Commitment to Justice Annual Panel: Disability Justice
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.
Ramón Espejo-Saavedra: Writers at Work presents Karsonya (Kaye) Wise Whitehead
Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020 at 6 p.m.
Ramón Espejo-Saavedra is Professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Loyola University Maryland. After studying Spanish and Philosophy at Occidental College in Los Angeles, he received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on Spanish fiction of the 19th and 20th centuries, with particular emphasis on the relationship between literature and history. He has published nationally and internationally in journals such as the Bulletin of Spanish Studies¸ Hecho teatral, Decimonónica, Crítica Hispánica, and Hispanic Review, among others. His last book is entitled Autenticidad y artificio en el costumbrismo español (Ediciones de la Torre, 2015). His most recent research, to be published this year, consists of two articles, one on monsters and freak shows in a short story by Leopoldo Alas, “Clarín”, and another on the figure of the war veteran in three short stories from the 1890s.
Karsonya (Kaye) Wise Whitehead recently selected as one of the Essence “Woke 100 Women” changing the world; the “Best Radio Host” in Baltimore by the Baltimore Sun; as one of the “Top 100 Women” in Maryland by The Daily Record; one of the “25 Women to Watch” by the Baltimore Sun; and, as the recipient of the 2019 Collegium Visionary Award, Karsonya (Dr. Kaye) Wise Whitehead is an Associate Professor of Communication and African and African American Studies in the Department of Communication at Loyola University Maryland and the host of the award-winning radio show, Today With Dr. Kaye on WEAA 88.9 FM. Dr. Kaye is one of the most sought-after speakers in the country and has given over 500 Keynotes.
As one of only a handful of daily drive-time afternoon radio shows hosted by a black woman, Today With Dr. Kaye received the 2019 Associated Press Award for Outstanding Talk Show and the second place Award for Outstanding Editorial and Commentary. Dr. Whitehead also writes a bi-monthly column, “Dispatches from Baltimore,” for the Baltimore Afro newspaper based upon her deep ethnographic study within the Black Butterfly neighborhoods of Baltimore City. She is the author of four books including RaceBrave: new and selected works; Notes from a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emilie Frances Davis, which received both the 2015 Darlene Clark Hine Book Award from the Organization of American Historians and the 2014 Letitia Woods Brown Book Award from the Association of Black Women Historians; and, Letters to My Black Sons: Raising Boys in a Post-Racial America. She is a K-12 master teacher in African American History; an award-winning curriculum writer and lesson plan developer; an award-winning former Baltimore City middle school teacher; and, a three-time New York Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker.
From 2013-2015, Dr. Whitehead was selected as one of only four experts to participate in the White House's Black History Month Panel co-sponsored by President Obama and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) on topics ranging from the Emancipation Proclamation to the president’s policies on women and girls. In 2014, she was one of the featured speakers at the Youth Mentoring Summit at the U.S. Capital in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. She has received various fellowships and grants to support her work including a 2012 Gilder Lehrman Fellowship in American History, a 2011 Lord Baltimore Fellowship from the Maryland Historical Society, a 2010 NEH Summer Stipend, and a 2007 SREB Pre-Doctoral Fellowship for Maryland (only one doctoral fellowship is awarded per state).
In February 2016, Dr. Whitehead received the Joan B. Kroc’s Institute for International Peace Studies “Distinguished Alumni” Award for her work as a peace activist, scholar, filmmaker, writer, and poet. In 2014, she received the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Progressive National Baptist Convention (PNBC); was selected as one of the top 25 women professors in Maryland by Online Schools Maryland; and in 2013, she was the recipient of Loyola University Maryland's Faculty Award for Excellence in Engaged Scholarship for her work documenting the stories of women who are temporarily experiencing homelessness. Whitehead has also received the 2006 Gilder Lehrman Preserve America Maryland History Teacher of the Year Award (sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the Maryland State Department of Education); was one of fifty alumni to receive the Distinguished Black Alumni Award from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana (2005); and, was a winner of both the Langston Hughes, David Diop, Etheridge Knight Poetry Award (1999, 2000) and the Zora Neale Hurston Creative Writing Award (1998) from the Gwendolyn Brooks Creative Writing Center at the University of Chicago.
Prior to her work in academia, Dr. Whitehead was a documentary filmmaker with MetroTV, a PBS-affiliate and a senior producer for Music Television Networks (MTV). In 2001, she directed and produced Twin Towers: A History, a documentary film that describes the technical problems that were overcome, including the challenge to the ironworkers and it recounts the daredevil stunts that the buildings attracted. The film was nominated for a New York-Emmy in 2002 (Dr. Whitehead’s third nomination). It has since become the second-largest selling film about 9/11 and airs regularly on PBS stations around the country.
She received her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in the Language, Literacy, and Culture program, her M.A. from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana in International Peace Studies, her graduate degree in Advanced Documentary and Narrative Filmmaking from the New York Film Academy, and her B.A. from Lincoln University, PA. Dr. Whitehead can be reached by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, via twitter @kayewhitehead, or at her website www.kayewisewhitehead.com. She lives in Baltimore with her family.
Camille Dungy: Modern Masters
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 6 p.m.
Camille T. Dungy is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Trophic Cascade (Wesleyan UP, 2017), winner of the Colorado Book Award, and the essay collection Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys into Race, Motherhood and History (W.W. Norton, 2017), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Dungy has also edited anthologies including Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry and From the Fishouse: An Anthology of Poems that Sing, Rhyme, Resound, Syncopate, Alliterate, and Just Plain Sound Great. A 2019 Guggenheim Fellow, her honors include NEA Fellowships in poetry (2003) and prose (2018), an American Book Award, two NAACP Image Award nominations, and two Hurston/Wright Legacy Award nominations. Dungy’s poems have been published in Best American Poetry, The 100 Best African American Poems, the Pushcart Anthology, Best American Travel Writing, and over thirty other anthologies. She is University Distinguished Professor at Colorado State University. https://blueflowerarts.com/artist/camille-dungy/