Steve Prince to lecture on “The Art of Social Justice” March 1

Steve PrinceArtist, educator, and New Orleans native Steve Prince (M.F.A. Michigan State University) will share his art and discuss issues confronting New Orleans and our nation in the continuing recovery from scars left by Hurricane Katrina.  Situating his talk within New Orleans’ unique funerary traditions of the Dirge and the Second Line, Prince will discuss ways to find healing and restoration within African American cultural practices.  Participants will embark on an American historical journey using the visual arts to grapple with deep moral and ethical dilemmas circulating around race, sex, power, and spirituality.

Represented by Eyekons Gallery (Grand Rapids, Michigan) and Stone Metal Press (San Antonio, Texas), Prince has shown his art internationally in various solo, group, and juried exhibitions, including the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia; the National Gallery of the Bahamas; the Museum of Cultural Arts Center in Santa Catarina, Brazil; the Grand Rapids Museum of Art; the Portsmouth Courthouse Museum; Hampton University Museum; the Museum of African American Culture in New Orleans; Xavier University of Louisiana Gallery; Charles H. Taylor Art Center in Hampton; and the Peninsula Fine Arts Center.

Prince’s lecture is sponsored generously by The Office of the President, Department of English, Africana/Black Studies Program, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Department of History, GOLD Leadership Education, Office of Residence Life, Director of Galleries, and Campus Auxiliary Services

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Author Jeffrey Cramer to speak on Thoreau

Jeffrey S. Cramer, Curator of Collections at the Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods, Concord, Massachusetts, will deliver a lecture titled “Living Deliberately: Thinking Like Thoreau Today,” in the SUNY Geneseo College Union Hunt Room, February 23, at 4 p.m. Refreshments will be served following the talk, which is free and open to the public.

Jeffrey S. CramerJeff Cramer is the editor of Walden: A Fully Annotated Edition (Yale University Press, 2004) and The Quotable Thoreau (Princeton University Press, 2011). The latter won the Umhoefer Prize for Achievement in Humanities in 2011.  His other works include I to Myself: An Annotated Selection from the Journal of Henry D. Thoreau (Yale University Press, 2007) and The Maine Woods: A Fully Annotated Edition (Yale University Press, 2009). He has two forthcoming books: The Portable Thoreau (Viking Penguin, 2012) and The Literary Way: Selected Essays of Henry D. Thoreau: A Fully Annotated Edition (Yale University Press, 2013). More information about Jeff is available on his website.

The Thoreau Institute and the Thoreau Society are partners with the SUNY Geneseo English department and Milne Library in Digital Thoreau, a project to publish an annotated digital text of Walden that represents the progress of Thoreau’s manuscript through its seven draft versions, and that incorporates materials from the Walter Harding Collection and other collections curated by the institute.

English major alum Anne Bartlett delivers annual Phi Beta Kappa lecture

SUNY Geneseo’s annual Phi Beta Kappa lecture was delivered this year by Geneseo grad and former English major Anne Clark Bartlett, currently on leave as professor and chair of the English department at DePaul University while she serves as a 2011-12 American Council on Education Fellow at Portland State University.

Professor Bartlett’s lecture, delivered February 15, was titled “Thirty Years of ‘Hard Times’: A Sometimes-Dickensian Journey from University Student to Administrator and Back Again.”

Professor Bartlett earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Geneseo in 1987 and her doctorate at the University of Iowa in 1993.  She is the author of Male Authors, Female Readers: Representation and Subjectivity in Middle English Devotional Literature and the editor of Vox Mystica: Essays in Honor of Prof. Valerie Lagorio and Cultures of Piety: Middle English Devotional Literature in Translation. She has Anne Clark Barlett filled leadership roles in organizations such as the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship, the Medieval Academy of America and the MLA’s Association of Departments of English.

Professor Bartlett’s presentation was sponsored by the SUNY Geneseo Phi Beta Kappa chapter and the Office of the President of the College. Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest undergraduate honors society. Geneseo is the only undergraduate college in the SUNY system to be granted a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. The Alpha Delta of New York chapter was installed in January 2004.