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Readings, Conversations and Literary Lunches

February 26, 2015.  English Thursday Lunch Series featuring Professor Lara Cohen.  Teenage Riot: Print Subcultures and the Invention of Adolescence, 1873-1993.  In the late nineteenth century, tens of thousands of teenagers across the country began printing amateur newspapers with titles like TerrorJolly QueerBomb, and Little But Loud.  This talk explores the first youth print subculture and asks what it can tell us about how we came to imagine rebellion as a teenage trait. Bring your lunch, delicious desserts provided at noon in the Scheuer room.

March 26, 2015.  English Thursday Lunch Series: Two Books, Three Professors and Dessert. How does one author's work intersect with the research and teaching interests of four Swarthmore faculty? Join Professors Mani, and Schmidt (English) and Professor Di Chiro (Environmental Studies) as they discuss the works of Ruth Ozeki, an award-winning contemporary novelist and filmmaker. Bring your lunch, delicious desserts provided at noon in the Scheuer room.

April 2, 2015.  RUTH OZEKI is a novelist, essayist, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest.  Essays include "Confessions of a Zen Novelist" and "The Art of Losing: On Writing, Dying, and Mom."  Ozeki's fictions include My Year of Meats, All Over Creation, and A Tale for the Time Being.  During the 90-minute program, Ozeki will read from her latest works and join an open conversation with Professors Bakirathi Mani, Peter Schmidt, Sangina Patnaik, and the audience.  A book signing will follow the discussion. 4:15 pm Science Center 101.

April 9, 2015:  English Thursday Lunch Series: What's next?  Bring your lunch and chat with English professors about graduating or the upcoming fall courses. Delicious desserts will be provided.  Drop in noon to 1:15, Scheuer.