2013 Spring Line-Up

  • Literary Events Brochure 2012 - 2013
    Literary Events Brochure 2012 - 2013
December 19, 2012
This spring the Rose O’Neill Literary House and Sophie Kerr are bringing to campus a talented group of writers and lecturers including Siobhan Fallon, Barbara Mowat, Andrew Delbanco, and Anthony Swofford …

Siobhan Fallon“Writing in Wartime”:

An Evening of Fiction with Siobhan Fallon

February 19, 4:30 p.m., Rose O’Neill Literary House

Siobhan Fallon’s debut collection of stories, You Know When the Men Are Gone, was listed as a Best Book of 2011 by The San Francisco Chronicle and Janet Maslin of The New York Times. Her stories and essays have appeared in Women’s Day, Good Housekeeping, New Letters, Publishers’ Weekly, among others, and she writes a fiction series for Military Spouse Magazine. She earned her MFA at the New School in New York City and lives in Falls Church, VA. 


Barbara MowatSophie Kerr Lecture Series:

“‘And That’s True Too’: Puzzling the Texts of King Lear” by Barbara Mowat

March 6, 4:30 p.m., Rose O’Neill Literary House

Barbara A. Mowat is Director of Research Emerita at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Consulting Editor of Shakespeare Quarterly, and Editor (with Paul Werstine) of the New Folger Library Shakespeare. She holds an M.A. degree in English literature from the University of Virginia, a Ph.D. in English literature from Auburn University, and Doctorates of Humane Letters from Amherst College, St. Johns University, and Washington College. Before coming to the Folger, she was Hollifield Professor of English Literature at Auburn University and then Dean of the College at Washington College. She has served as President of the Shakespeare Association of America, President of the Southeast Renaissance Conference, Chair of the MLA Committee on the New Variorum Shakespeare, and a member of the Advisory Board of the International Shakespeare Conference (Stratford-upon-Avon).


Andrew DelbancoSophie Kerr Lecture Series:

“What is College For?” with Andrew Delbanco

March 25, 4:30 p.m., Hotchkiss Recital Hall, Gibson Center for the Arts

A distinguished scholar of American literary and religious history, and recipient of Columbia University’s Great Teacher Award, Dr. Delbanco will lecture on the topic of his latest book, College: What it Was, Is and Should Be. A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, in 2012 Dr. Delbanco was awarded a National Humanities Medal “for his writings on higher education and the place classic authors hold in history and contemporary life.” His previous books include The Real American Dream: A Meditation on Hope, Required Reading: Why our American Classics Matter Now, The Death of Satan: How Americans Have Lost the Sense of Evil, Melville: His World and Work, and The Puritan Ordeal.


Ryan Kelty“Writing in Wartime”:

A Faculty Tea & Talk with Professor Ryan Kelty

March 26, 4:30 p.m., Rose O’Neill Literary House

Ryan Kelty is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Washington College. His research examines the effects of civilian contractor integration on military personnel, diversity in the military, and the role of military service across the life course. Dr. Kelty’s work has appeared in Armed Forces & Society, The Future of Children, Teaching Sociology, the Annual Review of Political and Military Sociology, and several edited volumes. Dr. Kelty teaches a seminar on Armed Forces & Society at Washington College, and consults for various defense agencies and defense research organizations. Previously, Dr. Kelty served on the Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership faculty at West Point.


KJ Sanchez“Writing in Wartime”:

Playwright KJ Sanchez 2012 Douglass Wallop Fellow

April 9, 4:30 p.m., “Craft Talk” - Rose O’Neill Literary House

April 11, 4:30 p.m., “ReEntry” with student performance - Rose O’Neill Literary House

KJ Sanchez is founder/CEO of American Records, a theater company devoted to chronicling our time (www.amrec.us). As a playwright, she has been produced (select lists) at Asolo Rep, Actors Theater of Louisville, Two River Theater, Baltimore’s CENTERSTAGE, Round House Theater, Working Classroom, Cornerstone, and Off-Broadway at Urban Stages. She has directed plays by Dan Dietz, Kyle Schmidt, Heather Raffo, Jose Rivera, Quiara Hudes, and Kristoffer Diaz. As an actress she has been on stages at The Humana Festival, The Goodman, Berkely Rep, Long Warf, New York Theater Workshop, and BAM. She is the voice of many characters in the cartoons Dora the Explorer and Go Diego Go. As the producer, director and co-author of ReEntry, a play based on interviews with Marines returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, KJ produced its international tour and contracted with the Department of Defense, taking the play to service members at over thirty military bases and hospitals throughout the US and Internationally.


Elizabeth HarveySophie Kerr Lecture Series:

Shakespeare’s Spirit World” with Elizabeth Harvey

April 17, 4:30 p.m., Litrenta Lecture Hall, John S. Toll Science Center

Elizabeth D. Harvey is Professor of English at the University of Toronto. She is the author of Ventriloquized Voices: Feminist Theory and Renaissance Texts (Routledge, 1992), and co-editor of Soliciting Interpretation: Literary Theory and Seventeenth-Century English Poetry (University of Chicago Press, 1990), Women and Reason (University of Michigan Press, 1992), Sensible Flesh: On Touch in Early Modern Culture (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003), and Luce Irigaray and Premodern Culture: Thresholds of History, (Routledge, 2004). She is currently completing a co-authored book on early modern literature and science, John Donne’s Physics, the first section of which is forthcoming as an article in ELH. 


Anthony Swofford“Writing in Wartime”:

Anthony Swofford

April 18, 5:00 p.m., Decker Theatre, Gibson Center for the Arts

Author of the critically acclaimed and best selling memoir, Jarhead, A Marine’s Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles, Anthony Swofford served as a lance corporal in a U.S. Marine Corps Surveillance and Target Acquisition/Scout-Sniper platoon during the 1991 Gulf War. After finishing his military service, he attended the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and in time, wrote a book about his experience in the Marines. Published on the eve of the Iraq War, Jarhead reveals Swofford as an eloquent and brazenly honest spokesman for the “grunt” who is as aware of the political realities of the war as he is of warfare’s seduction over him. His newest book, Hotels, Hospitals and Jails: A Memoir, was released in June 2012 by Hachette Book Group. 


Senior Reading

April 30, 7:00 p.m., Rose O’Neill Literary House

Bid farewell to your favorite graduating senior writers as they read from their original pieces. 


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