2014 Troy Lecture:
A Conversation with Orhan Pamuk
Thursday, Oct. 30 | 4:30 p.m. | Bowker Auditorium
“A writer is someone who spends years patiently trying to discover the second being inside him,” wrote Orhan Pamuk in his magnificent Nobel lecture. Upon close reading of his books, one could easily rewrite this confession as: “An Orhan is someone who spends years patiently trying to discover the Pamuk inside him.” Of course Orhan Pamuk is not the first Turkish author to deal with inner dualities. But no other fiction writer has spent so much energy exploring the connections between his own internal fissures and Turkey’s fraught national identity.
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Reflections on Life Post-Graduation
by Monica Sweeney, BA 2010
Fifty Shades of Pain? That’s the reputation of the job market for English majors. Okay, so I might not have felt pain. But I did feel Fifty Shades of Impatience when it took much longer to find a job in publishing than I thought after graduation.
But then it happened: about 15 months after graduation I landed my dream job. And you know how? First off, it was networking. Turns out that networking is not just for those in the Isenberg School of Management, and my own UMass relationships and experiences set me up for success. Read More »
Kaplan Lecture: Jacqueline Goldsby
Tuesday, Nov. 18 | 4:30 p.m. | Campus Center 911-915
On November 18, Jacqueline Goldsby will give the 14th annual Kaplan Memorial Lecture on “A Salon for the Masses: Black Reading Circles during the Chicago Renaissance.” Goldsby is professor of English and African American Studies at Yale University and was recently named acting chair of the department of African American studies. She is the author of A Spectacular Secret: Lynching in American Life and Literature (2006), and with it won the MLA’s William S. Scarborough Prize. Her book also earned a spot as a finalist for the Lora Romero First Book Prize of the American Studies Association. Read More »