Events Archive - Spring 2009
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|Monday, April 13, 2009 - 7:30 p.m.|
Owen L. Coon Forum, Jacobs Center (Leverone Hall) 2001 Sheridan Road (near Foster Street) Evanston Campus
Pultizer Prize winning novelist MICHAEL CHABON on Edgar Allan Poe
Michael Chabon is one the most distinguished American writers of his generation. His novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Klay won the Pulitzer Prize in 2001. His collection on works include, The Yiddish Policeman's Union, The Final Solution, and Wonder Boys (which was made into a major motion picture starringn Michael Douglas.) He is a prominent critic and cultural observer, as well as a screenwriter and children's book author. Chabon's works explore themes which include American superoheroism, Jewish identity, and history as popular culture, and his unique style blends complex literary metaphor with the action and energy characteristic of comic books.
This lecture is part of the "Great Authors" series made possible by the generous support of the Office of the President, Northwestern University. Co-sponsored by the Departments of Communication Studies, English, History, and Jewish Studies; The Program in Rhetoric & Public Culture;The Center for the Writing Arts; and the WCAS Leland Fund.
For more information, call 847-491-3525
50-minute lecture followed by 20-minute Q&A session; a book signing will follow
|Tuesday, April 14, 2009 - 5:15-6:15 p.m.|
John Evans Alumni Center, 1800 Sheridan Road, Evanston
Adina Hoffman Reads from Her New Book, My Happiness Bears No Relation to Happiness: A Poet's Life
"Reading Adina Hoffman's remarkable book, we are consoled that, in the face of terrible brutalities and sufferings, the enduring power of poetry might restore in words—and celebrate—a measure of what has been lost in reality."—Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran
Co-sponsored by The Buffeft Center of International Studies and Jewish Studies
|Thursday, May 7, 2009 - 12:30-1:30 p.m.|
Hagstrum Room-201 University Hall
Loren Ghiglione discusses "A Media Critic Pounces on the Prose of The Press"
Loren Ghiglione reads from his new book, CBS's Don Hollenbeck: An Honest Reporter in the Age of Journalism. Don Hollenbeck, described by a CBS president as "one of the few great writers that broadcasting has produced," won most of broadcasst journalism's major awards for a pioneering radio program of press criticism, "CBS Views the Press" (1947-1950). Some of Hollenbeck's best criticism focused on the writing by reporters at the New York Times and other major New York City newspapers.
Loren Ghiglione, a veteran of almost four decades in journalism and journalism education, is the inaugural Richard A. Schwarzlose Professor of Media Ethics at Medill, where he teaches journalism history and global journalism, as well as media ethics.
Q&A to follow with a book-signing.
|Thursday, May 14, 2009 - 12:30-1:30 p.m.|
Hagstrum Room-201 University Hall (Pizza and refreshments will be served)
A Conversation with Sandi Wisenberg: From Blog, to Radio, to Book
Wisenberg will read from and discuss the journey of her latest book The Adventures of Cancer Bitch. As Kirkus Review wrote, "An ongoing blog about the author's experience with breast cancer is transformed here into a deeply personal, often darkly funny memoir."
Wisenberg is the Co-Director of the Creative Writing Program for the School of Continuing Studies at Northwestern. She is also the author of Holocaust Girls. Wisenberg takes the reader from January 2007, when she was diagnosed, through surgery, chemotherapy and recovery, closing with a postscript in June 2008. This is not just a survival tale. The witty, opinionated author, a brusque intellectual and a self-described "Costumed Activist," freely shares her likes and, more often, her dislikes, both serious and petty. She has harsh words for the indifference of some in the medical establishment and for corporate-sponsored pink-ribbon campaigns that fail to sponsor adequate research into the environmental causes of cancer. She also scorns women who wear stiletto heels. Readers who want to know more, or to view photographs of the mammary-shaped baked goods at her Farewell to My Left Breast Party, can go to the Cancer Bitch blog. Rather than her breast, surprisingly, it's her hair loss she obsesses about. Eschewing wigs and turbans, she has a friend paint swirling designs and "US out of Iraq" in henna on her scalp, an act that says a lot about who she is and how she sees herself. Mostly though, she writes about carrying on her daily life during a stressful time: lecturing, reading, taking yoga classes, dining out with her husband, visiting friends, observing the Jewish holidays. The entry titled "What Is Mine," which names peoples, animals, places and things the author likes and identifies with, seems a tad self-indulgent. Not so "An Accounting," which illuminates and moves as Wisenberg sums up what she has learned from her experience.
Tart and scary.
|Monday, May 18, 2009 - 12:30-1:30 p.m.|
Hagstrum Room-201 University Hall
Monday, May 18, 2009 - 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Hagstrum Room-201 University Hall
A Conversation with Dave Tolchinsky: Teen murderers, Psychotics, the Devil and other Misfits (Excerpts from screenplays and video installations)
Dave Tolchinsky, Director of the MFA in Writing for the Screen+Stage and Chair of the Department of Radio-TV-Film, will share excerpts from his screenplays, and talk about his experiences writing for Hollywood as well as writing for more experimental media such as interactive computer environments and video installations.
David Tolchinsky is a produced screenwriter (Sony Tristar’s Girl) with screenplay commissions from MGM, USA Networks, Disney, Ivan Reitman’s Montecito Pictures, Edward R. Pressman Film Corp, Addis-Wechsler/Industry Entertainment, and many other projects in development. Some of his work centers on teen subcultures such as heavy-metal fans, Florida surfer teens, teen groupies, and female football players, particularly in relation to social decay. He is also interested in horror, both psychological and physical. He has a secondary interest in sound design and has designed the sound for interactive computer environments and video installations which have been exhibited internationally. He is also particularly intrigued by the musical, cultural and spatial meanings of dialogue. Currently Tolchinsky is working on a commissioned screenplay and is in post-production on a feature documentary he is co-producing with Debra Tolchinsky.