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Visiting Writers and Speakers, Fall 2017 and Spring 2018

Mary Cisper

Mary Cisper

5:30 p.m. Thursday, October 26, 2017, Union Cottonwood Room


Mary Cisper, a poet, will read from her work. With expertise in chemistry as well as literature, Cisper completed her M.F.A. in Poetry at Saint Mary's College of California. Her poems and reviews have been published in various journals including Denver Quarterly, ZYZZYVA, Lana Turner, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Terrain, Water-Stone Review, Newfound, FIELD, 1110, Omniverse, and Fourteen Hills. For more information, visit her web site at http://www.marycisper.com/.



Christopher NewfieldChristopher Newfield

4:00 p.m. Thursday, November 2, 2017, Ekdahl Conference Room, Seaton Hall

Christopher Newfield will present "What Do Universities Do?: Paths Out of the Continuing Crisis."
Newfield is Professor of literature and American studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  Much of his research is in Critical University Studies, which links his enduring concern with humanities teaching to the study of how higher education continues to be re-shaped by social and economic forces. His most recent books on this subject are Unmaking the Public University: The Forty Year Assault on the Middle Class (Harvard University Press, 2008), and Ivy and Industry: Business and the Making of the American University, 1880-1980 (Duke University Press, 2003). A new book on the post-2008 struggles of public universities to rebuild their social missions, called The Great Mistake: How We Wrecked Public Universities and How We Can Fix Them, was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in November 2016. His current research, "Limits of the Numerical," studies the effects of learning and research measurement on higher education, and has been awarded a 2-year NEH Collaborative Research Grant. He teaches courses in Detective Fiction, Noir California, Contemporary U.S. Literature, Innovation Theory, and English Majoring After College.


Melissa Chadburn


Melissa Chadburn

3:30 p.m. Friday, November 3, 2017, Union Wildcat Chamber

Melissa Chadburn is a fellow for the Economic Hardship Reporting Project. She has written for Guernica, Buzzfeed, Poets & Writers, Salon, American Public Media’s Marketplace, Al Jazeera America, and dozens other places. Her essay, "The Throwaways," received notable mention in Best American Essays and Best American Nonrequired Reading. She recently published her debut novel, A Tiny Upward Shove (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017). Read more about Melissa Chadburn at http://melissachadburn.com/.




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