Faculty update: Lincoln and Shakespeare and poets (oh my)

Professor Robert Bray was invited to speak at the annual Symposium of the Abraham Lincoln Institute in Washington, D.C. On Saturday, March 20, he will present a talk on Lincoln’s reading, including the iconic president’s love of Shakespeare.

Professor Mary Ann Bushman will participate in a workshop at the Shakespeare Association of America Conference in Chicago, April 1-3.

Professor Joanne Diaz will also attend the Shakespeare conference. She was invited to be part of a seminar on “The Word against Word: Shakespeare and Scripture.” As an assistant editor for Triquarterly, Joanne will also work the magazine’s bookstall at the Associated Writing Programs conference April 9-11.

Professor Michael Theune will also attend the AWP conference in Denver, Colorado, where he will speak on two panels: “Hybrid Aesthetics and Its Discontents” and ”Reinventing the Wheel: The Tradition of Innovation in Poetry.” In addition, his essay-review of “Impolitic: Kent Johnson’s Radical Hybridity” appears in the most recent issue of Pleides (30:1), and his essay “Negative Capability T wang dillo dee,” a critique of contemporary uses of John Keats’s famous phrase “Negative Capability,” is forthcoming in the online journal Jacket. Also forthcoming are essays in two books:  “The Quarrelsome Poem” (Mentor & Muse: From Poets to Poets, SIU Press, 2010) and “Trust the Turn” (Poets on Teaching, Univ. of Iowa, 2010).

And yours truly received a McCormick Foundation Award to attend the Associated Press Managing Editors’ NewsTrain Chicagoland seminar at the Daily Herald in Arlington Heights, March 26-27.

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