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K-State Today

April 10, 2012



English department offers three ways to experience literature, culture this week

By Karin Westman

The English department will host a reading, a lecture and a graduate student conference this week. All events are free and open to the public.

* Reading by author John Price at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in the K-State Student Union Flint Hills Room.

John Price is the author of the memoirs "Man Killed by Pheasant and Other Kinships" in 2008 and "Not Just Any Land: A Personal and Literary Journey into the American Grasslands"  in 2004. He has received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and other recognitions for his writing about nature. Price is a professor of English at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where he teaches nonfiction writing, and a fellow at the Black Earth Institute. His reading is sponsored by the department of English, Konza Prairie Biological Research Station and CreWE, Creative Writing Enthusiasts.

* Lecture by Claire Colebrook, professor of English at Penn State University, at 4 p.m. Friday, April 13, in the Union's Big 12 Room.

As part of the English Department's 21st annual Cultural Studies Symposium, Professor Colebrook will speak on "Extinction." Her lecture will explore the limiting case for environmentalism: human extinction. With degrees in literature and philosophy from Australia and Scotland, Colebrook is author and co-editor of more than a dozen books on feminism, cultural theory, Deleuze, Milton, Blake, queer theory and the arts. Her lecture is sponsored by the department of English, the department of women's studies, and the offices of the president and the provost.

* "Literature and Its Others": The second annual Regional Graduate Student Literature Conference, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 14, in the Union's Big 12 Room.

The English department hosts its second annual Regional Graduate Students Literature Conference with the theme "Literature and Its Others." Conference papers by graduate students from around the region will explore representations of others and otherness, as well as what the study of literature should include and what defines the discipline. Most activities of the conference are free and open to the public. For program information and free preregistration, visit http://www.k-state.edu/english/gslitcon/index.html. The conference is sponsored by the department of English and the offices of the president and provost.