Blixen Lecture Series
The Mary and John Blixen Lecture Series
|Largely due to a generous gift from SLU Alumni Mary Blixen (PhD, American Studies) and John Blixen, the American Studies Department will offer a series of lectures by leading scholars in the field.|
***2013 BLIXEN LECTURE***
THE DEPARTMENT OF AMERICAN STUDIES ANNOUNCES
THE MARY AND JOHN BLIXEN LECTURE SERIES
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The Department of American Studies is delighted to announce that the 2013 Blixen Lecture will be presented by PHILIP J. DELORIA
Toward an American Indian Abstract: What an Unknown Artist Might Tell Us About Celebrity, the 1930s, Anthropology, Culture, Politics and a Few Other Things Besides
Between 1928 and the mid-1940s, Dakota Sioux artist Mary Sully produced a compelling body of work at the interface of modernist aesthetics, industrial design, and Sioux visual tradition. In a combination of close readings and rich contextualizations, Professor Deloria explores her wide-ranging vernacular intellect and makes a case for her place in the canon of 1930s art.
Philip J. Deloria is the Carroll Smith-Rosenberg Collegiate Professor of American Studies and History at the University of Michigan. His published works include Playing Indian (for which he was awarded the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award) and Indians in Unexpected Places (for which he was awarded the John C. Ewers Prize for Ethnohistorical Writing by the Western History Association.) Professor Deloria served as President of the American Studies Association (2008-2009) and on the National Council of the Organization of American Historians (2007-2010). Professor Deloria has been the recipient of fellowships from the Institute of Humanities at the University of Michigan and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has been a guest lecturer at institutions throughout the United States including Yale University, Harvard University, and the Smithsonian Institution, and has been an invited lecturer at conferences in Japan, Taiwan, Greece, and Finland.
The event poster for Professor Deloria's lecture can be viewed here.
***2012 BLIXEN LECTURE***
AMERICAN STUDIES DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES
THE MARY AND JOHN BLIXEN LECTURE SERIES
Friday, April 13, 2012
Père Marquette Gallery, DuBourg Hall
The inaugural Blixen Lecture will be presented by
CARLO ROTELLA — Download the Poster here
We are gratified to announce that the renowned scholar and cultural critic Carlo Rotella will inaugurate the Blixen Lecture Series with a presentation entitled:
Hollywood on the Charles: A Provincial Backwater Goes Global
Boston has become a significant location in global popular culture, with the result that details of accent, comportment, cultural style, etc. that were until recently used by only a relative handful of locals in order to microscopically calibrate class and ethnic affiliation have suddenly begun to circulate all around the world. This has happened mostly thanks to The Departed, The Fighter, Gone Baby Gone, The Town, and many other movies like them. The boom in Boston movies, thanks to Massachusetts' film tax credit and a self-consciously globalized age's hunger for what feels like the local, affords us a chance to think about what happens when a previously ignored region takes cultural center stage.
Carlo Rotella is Director of American Studies and Professor of English at Boston College. His books include Cut Time, Good with Their Hands, October Cities, and, coming in fall 2012, Playing in Time: Essays, Profiles, and Other True Stories. He has held Guggenheim, Howard, and Du Bois fellowships and U.S. Speaker and Specialist Grants from the State Department to lecture in China and Bosnia. He has received the Whiting Writers Award, the L. L. Winship/PEN New England Award, and The American Scholar's prizes for Best Essay and Best Work by a Younger Writer. He is an editor of the "Chicago Visions and Revisions" series at the University of Chicago Press. He writes for the New York Times Magazine and the Washington Post Magazine, he writes a regular op-ed column for the Boston Globe, he's a commentator for WGBH FM, and his work has also appeared in The New Yorker, Critical Inquiry, American Quarterly, The American Scholar, Raritan, Transition, Harper's, DoubleTake, Boston, Slate, The Believer, TriQuarterly, and The Best American Essays.