Dean Family Speaker Series
The Department of English at Wake Forest University is proud to host the Dean Family Speaker Series. This series has been endowed by a generous gift from the Dean Family, and brings national authors and scholars to our campus. It encourages critical conversations and dialogue related to the study of literature. All talks are open to the public, and everyone is invited to attend.
Our recent speakers have included Nancy Armstrong, Lauren Berlant, Wai Chee Dimock, Robert Levine, Jean Marcus, Fred Moten, Marjorie Perloff, Michelle Stephens, Ivy Wilson, Shannon Winnubst, and more.
For further information about the Dean Family Speaker Series, contact director Judith Madera.
The Dean Family Speaker Series – Imaginiary Amendments in American Science Fiction – Dr. Isiah Lavender III – January 24, 2024
The Sterling Goodman Professor of English at the University of Georgia, Dr. Isiah Lavender III, is the author of six books in science fiction. He will join us in the Z. Smith Reynolds Library at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, January 24 to discuss his work, a reception will follow.… Continue Reading: The Dean Family Speaker Series – Imaginiary Amendments in American Science Fiction – Dr. Isiah Lavender III – January 24, 2024
The Dean Family Speaker Series presents Christopher Freeburg and Michael Snediker – “What Aesthetics Matter” – October 18, 2023
The Dean Family Series invites scholar Dana Luciano to give a talk for faculty, staff, students, and the public on Wednesday, October 19, 2022, at 4:00 p.m. in DeTamble Auditorium (A110 Tribble Hall). “Freedom’s Ammonite: Blackness, Geomorphology, Worldmaking” This talk centers on the speculative geological thinking of James McCune Smith,… Continue Reading: Dean Family Speaker Series scholar Dana Luciano to visit campus Oct. 19 and 20
Julie Schumacher, author of Dear Committee Members and The Shakespeare Requirement, will give a lecture for the Dean Family Speaker Series on October 21, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. in the ZSR Library Auditorium. The talk, which will be followed by a brief reception and book signing, is free and open to the… Continue Reading: Author Julie Schumacher to give a talk on October 21 for the Dean Family Series
The English Department’s Dean Family Speaker Series and the Wake Forest University Press present an evening with poet Paul Muldoon at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 28, in the Porter Byrum Welcome Center on Wake Forest’s campus. This event is free and open to the public. It is not ticketed… Continue Reading: Irish poet Paul Muldoon to give a reading at Wake Forest
We’ve compiled an end-of-summer reading list featuring some of the exciting literary scholars and writers who are coming to Wake Forest this year. You can learn more about these speakers and other English department events on our events calendar. Fall 2018 Literary Events: An End-of-Summer Reading List A. R. Ammons “About… Continue Reading: Get to know this year’s visiting speakers and writers with our end-of-summer reading list
Devoney Looser, author of The Making of Jane Austen, will give a talk titled “The Afterlife of Austen’s Sense and Sensibility” for the English department’s Dean Family Speaker Series October 23, 2018, at 4:30 p.m. in the ZSR Library Auditorium (Room 404). A book signing and reception will follow. Dr. Looser, whose upcoming… Continue Reading: Scholar Devoney Looser to speak on the “Afterlife of Austen’s Sense & Sensibility” on Oct. 23
Renowned Shakespeare scholar Jean Howard will give a Dean Family Series talk titled “Rewriting Shakespeare: Bond’s Bingo” on Thursday, March 15 at 4:30 p.m. in ZSR Library Auditorium (Room 404). A reception will follow. This event is free and open to the campus community and the general public. Rewriting Shakespeare: Bond’s Bingo In Bingo Edward… Continue Reading: Jean Howard to speak on “Rewriting Shakespeare: Bond’s Bingo” on March 15
Shannon Winnubst to speak on “After Sex, Inside Race: Living Difference in the 21st Century” on Oct. 3
Shannon Winnubst will speak on “After Sex, Inside Race: Living Difference in the 21st Century” on Tuesday, October 3rd at 4:30 in DeTamble Auditorium as part of the Dean Family Series. What if sexuality is in decline? What if one of the most powerful apparati of modernity is slipping, losing its hold?… Continue Reading: Shannon Winnubst to speak on “After Sex, Inside Race: Living Difference in the 21st Century” on Oct. 3
Ivy Wilson will speak on “Hieroglyphs of Blackness: Egypt, Fantasy, and the American Imaginary” on Mar. 29
“Hieroglyphs of Blackness: Egypt, Fantasy, and the American Imaginary” examines representations of Egypt to reconceptualize the meanings and limits of transnational affinity relative to discourses about the black diaspora. Covering a long historical arc from the 18th century to the present, with particular attention to the aesthetic practices of iconography, this… Continue Reading: Ivy Wilson will speak on “Hieroglyphs of Blackness: Egypt, Fantasy, and the American Imaginary” on Mar. 29
The talk entitled “De-Ciphering American Literature: 1945-1840-2016” links American literature to the information age. Those interested in the digital humanities as well as American literature will find this talk on Poe and Claude Shannon (the ‘father’ of information theory) of special interest. The event will take place on Wednesday, October… Continue Reading: Caroline Levander to speak on “De-Ciphering American Literature: 1945-1840-2016”
Gordon Hutner is a professor of American Literature at the University of Illinois, where he directs the Trowbridge Initiative in American Cultures. Professor Hutner is the author and editor of several books in American literature and culture, including What America Read: Taste, Class, and the Novel, 1920-1960. His most recent publications include the second… Continue Reading: Gordon Hutner speaks on “The 21st Century American Novel: A Short History” on Sept. 6
Ben Schreirer will speak on “The History of Jewish American Literary History” on Thursday, March 31 at 4 p.m. in DeTamble Auditorium. Schreier is Associate Professor of English and Jewish Studies, Lea P. and Malvin E. Bank Early Career Professor of Jewish Studies, and Director of the Jewish Studies Program at Penn State University.… Continue Reading: Ben Schreier to speak on “The History of Jewish American Literary History” on Mar. 31
Richard Begam addresses “From Automaton to Autonomy: Mechanical Reproduction in Fritz Lang’s Metropolis” on Mar. 23
Richard Begam will speak on “From Automaton to Autonomy: Mechanical Reproduction in Fritz Lang’s Metropolis” on Wednesday, March 23, at 4:30 in Tribble C216. A reception will follow in Ammons Lounge, A107. Begam considers issues of modernism and modernity in Fritz Lang’s 1927 cinematic masterpiece, Metropolis. Drawing on Walter Benjamin’s “The… Continue Reading: Richard Begam addresses “From Automaton to Autonomy: Mechanical Reproduction in Fritz Lang’s Metropolis” on Mar. 23
CAS Assistant Professor of English at Boston University, Carrie Preston studies the highly traditional form of Noh Japanese dance as part of her research on Yeats’ dance plays. Preston is pictured in dance attire from Japan including footwear (tabi) and a fan. Photo by Melody Komyerov for Boston University Photography… Continue Reading: Learning to Kneel for Hagoromo: Ezra Pound as Noh Student
Wednesday, March 18 at 4:30 p.m. Tribble Hall, Room C216 Reception follows in Ammons Lounge A Lecture by Lauren Berlant Sponsored by the Dean Family FundLiving in Ellipsis: On Biopolitics and the Attachment to Life Dr. Lauren Berlant, a George M. Pullman Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of English… Continue Reading: Lecture by Lauren Berlant 3/18/15