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Source: Donna Potts, 785-532-2180,
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Thursday, April 2, 2009


MANHATTAN -- Cary Nelson, president of the American Association of University Professors and the Jubilee Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will make two presentations Wednesday, April 15, at Kansas State University.

Nelson will present "Universities in a Time of Financial Crisis" at 11:30 a.m. in Room 212 at the K-State Student Union. His second presentation, "When Death Rhymed: Poem Cards and Poetry Panics of World War I" will be from 3:30-5 p.m. in the Hemisphere Room at Hale Library.

Both presentations are free and open to the public. Nelson's visit to K-State is sponsored by the American Association of University Professors and K-State's department of English, Student Association of Graduates in English and Student Governing Association.

Nelson's 25 authored or edited books include "The Incarnate Word: Literature as Verbal Space," 1973; "Our Last First Poets: Vision and History in Contemporary American Poetry," 1981; "Marxism and the Interpretation of Culture," 1987; "Cultural Studies," 1992; "Higher Education Under Fire: Politics, Economics, and the Crisis of the Humanities," 1994; "Will Work for Food: Academic Labor in Crisis," 1997; "Academic Keywords: A Devil's Dictionary for Higher Education," 1999; "Revolutionary Memory: Recovering the Poetry of the American Left," 2001; and "Office Hours: Activism and Change in the Academy," 2004.

In addition, Nelson is the author of more than 100 essays, including a number published in Academe, The Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Education. More information on Nelson is available at:

To meet with Nelson prior to his talks, contact Donna Potts at