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Upcoming Events:

  • Feb 9
    Two travel guides from the 1950s: one for white motorists and one for black motorists

    Driving While Black: African American Travel & the Road to Civil Rights

    Time:  4:30pm

    A Lecture by Gretchen Sullivan Sorin
    Director, Distinguished Service Professor
    Cooperstown Graduate Program, SUNY Oneonta

  • Feb 16
    Two travel guides from the 1950s: one for white motorists and one for black motorists

    Documentary Screening: Driving While Black: Race, Space and Mobility

    Time:  4:30pm
    “Driving While Black: Race, Space and Mobility in America” explores how the automobile brought mobility and personal freedom to African Americans but also exposed them to discrimination and violence. The film holds an urgent and powerful message for American society today - at once revelatory, deeply troubling, and inspiring as it reveals a story of human courage, creativity, and commitment to change - it provides a crucial window on discrimination, civil rights, and national identity.
  • Feb 25
    Poet Fred Moten

    Durst Distinguished Lecture Series: Fred Moten in Conversation with Professor Mariel Rodney and Professor Shaka McGlotten

    Time:  7:00pm

    The poet, philosopher, and scholar Fred Moten is the author or co-author of more than a dozen books. The Feel Trio, a 2014 book of poetry, was a finalist for the National Book Award. His three-volume collection of essays, consent not to be a single being (2017, 2018), has been described by Maggie Nelson as “offering up some of the most affecting, most useful, theoretical thinking that exists on the planet today.” A 2020 MacArthur Foundation fellow, Moten has served on the editorial boards of Callaloo, Discourse, American Quarterly, and Social Text. He currently teaches at New York University, where he is Professor in the Department of Performance Studies at the Tisch School of the Arts.


    • Profile of Moten published in The New Yorker (2018)
    • A two-part interview at LitHub, here and here (2015)
    • Video of a lecture Moten gave on blackness and non-performance (2015)
    • Essay/poem published in The New Inquiry (2018)
    • “there is religious tattooing,” poem from hughson’s tavern (2008)
  • Mar 15
    Poet and novelist Quan Barry looking out a window

    Durst Distinguished Lecture Series: Quan Barry in Conversation with Professor Mehdi Okasi

    Time:  7:00pm

    Born in Saigon and raised in Danvers, Massachusetts, Quan Barry is the author of two novels and four collections of poetry. Her most recent novel, We Ride Upon Sticks (2020), was named a best book of the year by NPR, Time, Book Riot, and Literary Hub. Her 2011 poetry collection, Water Puppets, won the AWP Donald Hall Prize for Poetry and was a PEN Open Book finalist. Barry’s writing has appeared in the New Yorker, the Kenyon Review, and Ploughshares, among other places. She lives in Wisconsin and teaches at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.


    • Interview about Barry’s most recent novel, We Ride Upon Sticks, in the Paris Review (2020)
    • Interview centering on Barry’s novel She Weeps Each Time You’re Born and Vietnam (2015)
    • Video of a reading/q&a on We Ride Upon Sticks
    • Excerpt from We Ride Upon Sticks
    • “Thanksgiving,” a poem from Water Puppets (2011)
  • Mar 25
    Photo of poet Mark Wunderlich

    Durst Distinguished Lecture Series: Mark Wunderlich in Conversation with Professor Monica Ferrell

    Time:  7:00pm

    Mark Wunderlich is the author of four poetry collections: The Anchorage (1999), winner of the Lamda Literary Award; Voluntary Servitude (2004); The Earth Avails (2014), recipient of the Rilke Prize from the University of North Texas and a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award; and God of Nothingness (2021), published this January by Graywolf. He teaches at Bennington College and lives in the Hudson Valley of New York.


    • A 2020 interview with the University of Arizona Poetry Center
    • A reading from 2017
    • “The Bats,” a poem published in the New Yorker (2020)
    • “Haunted House,” a poem published in the VQR (2019)
  • Apr 12
    Author Kama La Mackerel. Photo credit Laurence Philomene.

    Durst Distinguished Lecture Series: Kama La Mackerel in Conversation with Professor Usha Rungoo

    Time:  7:00pm

    Kama La Mackerel is a Montreal-based, Mauritian-Canadian multi-disciplinary artist, educator, writer, community-arts facilitator, and literary translator. They have exhibited their work internationally and been awarded artist residencies at the Robert’s Street Social Centre in Halifax and as part of the P. Lantz Initiative for Excellence in Education and the Arts in the Faculty of Education at McGill University. In 2020, their debut poetry collection, ZOM-FAM, was named one of the best books of the year by CBC Books and The Globe and Mail. They recently served as Associate Artistic Director of the National Trans Gemmes Training program—a creation and performance training program for trans women and femmes of color from across Canada.


    • Podcast interview about ZOM-FAM (2020)
    • YouTube page with links to performances, interviews, etc.
    • Homepage with links to artist statements, photo gallery, video gallery, and much more