The English Department’s own Dr. Kathryn Laity will be a keynote speaker later this month at the 20th Anniversary Conference at the Finnish Institute of Japan. The conference focus is Finnish artist Tove Jansson, probably best known as the creator of The Moomins but also a painter and novelist. Dr. Laity’s keynote will be ‘Improvisation is a beautiful word’: Tove Jansson & Living Art Every Day.
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You’ve almost definite heard of the ubiquitous feel-good poem “Desiderata.” Professor Daniel Nester has just been published on the Poetry Foundation’s website, in search of the origins of this famous poem.
You remember “Desiderata.” Maybe you heard its sweet strains on the radio. Or you recall key phrases—“you are a child of the universe” or “be gentle with yourself.” Chances are you have an aunt who hung a plaque of the poem set in calligraphy, its first words, “Go placidly,” standing out in decorated capitals. Or maybe we’re just talking about my aunt.
Check out the rest of the essay on the Poetry Foundation, and if you would like to hear him speak on the subject of “Desiderata,” go to Opalka Gallery tonight, October 16th, at 6:30 p.m. Opalka is located at 140 New Scotland Avenue.
No matter what you do, go placidly.
College of Saint Rose English Professor Barbara Ungar will read from her work at the Social Justice Center, 33 Central Ave., Albany on Thursday, May 21 at 7:30PM.
Barbara Ungar has published four books of poetry, most recently Immortal Medusa and Charlotte Brontë, You Ruined My Life, both Hilary Tham selections from The Word Works. Her prior books are Thrift and The Origin of the Milky Way, which won the Gival Press Poetry Award, a silver Independent Publishers award, a Hoffer award, and the Adirondack Center for Writing poetry award. She is also the author of several chapbooks and Haiku in English. She has published poems in Salmagundi, Rattle, The Nervous Breakdown, and many other journals. A professor of English at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, she coordinates their new MFA program. For more information, please see Barbaraungar.net.
The event also includes an open mic.
Sign-up starts at 7:00PM, with the reading beginning at 7:30.
The suggested donation is $3.00.
“The Colored American Project: African American Print, Materiality and Digital Archives”
Join CREST as Dr. Eurie Dahn and Dr. Brian Sweeney, both from the Department of English and CREST Residential Fellows, 2014-2015; present their joint digital humanities project about how they are creating a curated digital archive of the Colored American periodical.
March 30, 2015
Location: Carondelet Symposium, Lally School of Education, 1009 Madison Ave.