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Author’s Forum Presents: Darktown Follies: A Poetry Reading by Amaud Jamaul Johnson

Darktown Follies, Amaud Jamaul Johnson’s daring and surprising new collection of poems, responds to Black Vaudeville, specifically the personal and professional challenges African American variety performers faced in the early twentieth century. Johnson is fascinated by jokes that aren’t funny — particularly, what it means when humor fails or reveals something unintended about our national character. Darktown Follies is an act of self-sabotage, a poet’s willful attempt at recklessness, abandoning the “good sense” God gave him, as an effort to explore the boundaries and intersections of race and humor.

Born and raised in Compton, California, Amaud Jamaul Johnson was educated at Howard University and Cornell University. His first book, Red Summer (Tupelo, 2006), was winner of the Dorset Prize. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University, his honors include fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Hurston/Wright Foundation, and Cave Canem. He teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin—Madison.

The Author’s Forum is a collaboration between the U-M Institute for the Humanities, University Library, Great Lakes Literary Arts Center, & Ann Arbor Book Festival.

Author’s Forum Presents: Translation for Vulnerable Times: Homer’s Iliad and Virgil’s Aeneid

Stanley Lombardo, professor of classics at Kansas University, reads from his translation of Homer’s Iliad (1997), and Sarah Ruden, poet and translator, reads from her translation of Virgil’s Aeneid (Yale 2008). They discuss the creative process of translating classical epic poems from ancient Greek and Latin into English for modern readers.

Moderated by U-M Professor Yopie Prins and sponsored by Contexts for Classics at the University of Michigan.

The Author’s Forum is a collaboration between the U-M Institute for the Humanities, University Library, Great Lakes Literary Arts Center, & Ann Arbor Book Festival.

  • Date: 01/13/2014
  • Time: 5:30PM – 7:00PM
  • Location: Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery, #100, 913 S. University

Author’s Forum Presents: Being Nuclear: A Conversation with Gabrielle Hecht and Elizabeth Roberts

Hecht shows that questions about being nuclear–a state that she calls “nuclearity”–lie at the heart of today’s global nuclear order and the relationships between “developing nations” (often former colonies) and “nuclear powers” (often former colonizers). Nuclearity, she says, is not a straightforward scientific classification but a contested technopolitical one. Hecht follows uranium’s path out of Africa and describes the invention of the global uranium market. She then enters African nuclear worlds, focusing on miners and the occupational hazard of radiation exposure. Could a mine be a nuclear workplace if (as in some South African mines) its radiation levels went undetected and unmeasured? With this book, Hecht is the first to put Africa in the nuclear world, and the nuclear world in Africa. Doing so, she remakes our understanding of the nuclear age.

 

The Author’s Forum is a collaboration between the U-M Institute for the Humanities, University Library, Great Lakes Literary Arts Center, & Ann Arbor Book Festival.

  • Date: 01/15/2014
  • Time: 5:30PM
  • Location: Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery, #100