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Gwendolyn Brooks’s Birthday Celebration

Friday, June 4, 2021, 6:00 pm, Zoom Sponsored by UIUC’s Rare Books and Manuscript Library, this event will mark Brooks’s birthday with readings and performances of her work. More information as well as Zoom registration information can be found here.

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The Newbery Medal’s First Century

Friday, November 5, 2021, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Zoom. Sponsored by the Center for Children’s Books and the iSchool, this event will mark the centennial of the Newbery Medal for children’s literature. More information as well as Zoom registration

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Cara A. Finnegan – “Photographic Presidents” Virtual Book Launch

Wednesday, May 19, 2021, 5:00 pm, Zoom Sponsored by the University of Illinois Press, Cara A. Finnegan, in conversation with Michael Shaw, will discuss her newest book, Photographic Presidents: Making History From Daguerreotype to Digital. More information as well as

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Kaveh Akbar – “An Evening of Poetry and Spirituality.”

Friday, Apr. 30, 2021, 7:00 pm, Zoom Sponsored by the Center for Advanced Study, Kaveh Akbar, an Iranian American poet and professor of English at Purdue University, will share some of his work. More information as well as Zoom registration

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Sara Ahmed – “On Complaint”

Thursday, May 6, 2021, 12:00 PM, Zoom In advance of her new book and as a part of the Planetarity: Field Notes from the Present Series through the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory, Sara Ahmed will deliver a lecture. More

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David J. Vázquez

David J. Vázquez is an associate professor of Literature and Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Studies at American University in Washington, DC. He is the author of Triangulations: Narrative Strategies for Navigating Latino Identity (Minnesota University Press 2011) and co-editor

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Rebekah Sheldon

Rebekah Sheldon is an associate professor of English at Indiana University Bloomington and the author of The Child to Come: Life after the Human Catastrophe, which received an Honorary Mention for the 2016 Science Fiction and Technoculture Studies award from

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Alisha Gaines

Alisha Gaines is the Timothy Gannon Associate Professor of English at Florida State University. Her first manuscript, Black for a Day: Fantasies of Race and Empathy, was published with University of North Carolina Press (Spring 2017). The project rethinks the

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Douglas Jones

Douglas Jones is an associate professor of English at Rutgers University, where he is also Assistant Dean of Humanities. His most recent book is the co-edited volume Race and Performance after Repetition (Duke University Press 2020).

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Greta LaFleur

Greta LaFleur is an associate professor of American Studies at Yale University. Her research and teaching focus on early North American literary and cultural studies, the history of science, the history of race, the history and historiography of sexuality, and

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