Event Archive - Spring 2004

For a listing of current CWA events, visit the events index page or the Center's calendar.

Books by CWA speakers can usually be purchased at the events, or beforehand from Northwestern's Norris Center Bookstore.

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4/9/2004 - 12 - 1:30 PM
Harris Hall #108
"Goldhagen's Celebrity: Numbness and Empathy in History Writing about the Holocaust." A professor of history at Brown University, Carolyn Dean is a specialist in Modern European intellectual history and the history of gender and sexuality. She is the recipient of many awards including a John Simon Guggenheim fellowship. Dean's publications include The Self and its Pleasures: Bataille, Lacan, and the History of the Decentered Subject (1992), Sexuality and Modern Western Culture (1996), and The Frail Social Body: Pornography, Homosexuality, and Other Fantasies in Interwar France (2000). Her visit is co-sponsored by Northwestern's Department of History and the Center for the Writing Arts.
4/14/04 - 5:00 PM
MTC Forum
The 9th Annual Greg Hinderyckx Travel Writing Lecture will feature Pico Iyer, author of Video Night in Kathmandu, Falling Off the Map, and, most recently Sun After Dark: Flights into the Foreign. The "poet laureate of wanderlust," Iyer has contributed essays to Harpers, The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books and many other publications around the world. He has described himself as a "multinational soul on a multicultural globe" and his writing eloquently probes what personal identity means in the global village.
4/22/04 - 4:30 PM
University Hall 201, Evanston Campus
Charles Altieri, Rachel Anderson Stageberg Professor of English at University of California-Berkeley, presents "The Fate of the Imaginary in 20th-Century American Poetry." The author of numerous articles and books on contemporary poetry, literary theory and literature and the visual arts, Altieri was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences last year. His most recent book is The Particulars of Rapture: An Aesthetics of the Affects.
4/21/04 - 7:00 PM
Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Evanston Campus
The Ragdale Foundation of Lake Forest presents best-selling author Homer Hickam. His novel Rocket Boys was made into the acclaimed feature film October Sky. A book signing will follow his reading. Tickets are $30 for the general public and $20 for students. For more information or reservations, please call 847-234-1063, ext 201.
4/23/04 - 3:30 PM
Swift Hall, Room 107
"Whatever Happened to English Grammar?" presented by Geoffrey K. Pullum, Department of Linguistics and Distinguished Professor of Humanities at the Univeristy of California, Santa Cruz. Pullum discusses the state of English grammar and why "almost everything most educated Americans believe about English grammar is wrong." He'll take to task grammar's "myth-creators and fear-mongers" such as William Strunk, E. B. White and George Orwell. Reception will follow. Co-sponsored by the Department of Linguistics, SESP and the WCAS Writing Program. For information call 847-491-7020.
4/29/04 - 7:30 PM
Women and Children First Bookstore, 5233 N. Clark St.
First Person Imperfect is an anthology of stories by students in Paul McComas' NU Norris Mini-Course, Fiction Writing In Depth. The contributing authors will present a free reading at Women and Children First Bookstore in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood. For more information call 847-491-1309.
5/13/04 - 12:30 PM
201 University Hall

The Asian American Students United present author Shawn Wong. Wong is Director of the University Honors Program and a professor of english at the University of Washington. His award-winning first novel, Homebase: A Novel (1979), as well as his most recent work, American Knees (1995), have been translated into many languages.

Co-sponsored by Asian American Studies, Office of the Provost, Center for the Writing Arts, and the English Department.

5/17/04 - 12 noon
Fisk Hall, Room 211
Journalist Michael Wolff presents "The Self-Referential Press: Reporting on the Media." Wolff is a media columnist for Vanity Fair, a former contributor to New York Magazine and The Industry Standard and author of Burn Rate: How I Survived the Gold Rush Years on the Internet and Autumn of the Moguls. Sponsored by the Center for the Writing Arts, the Medill School of Journalism, Communications Residential College and the Alumnae Association of NU.