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A collection of Comparative Literature's past events.

Mentoring for the Future

When Jun 03, 2021 08:00 AM to
Jun 04, 2021 05:00 PM
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Liberal Arts Collective Podcast Series - every Thursday

When May 06, 2021
from 10:00 AM to 08:00 PM
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Throughout the 2020-2021 academic year, the Liberal Arts Collective at Penn State will be running a “conference-style” podcast series to feature intellectual, activist, artistic, or community work happening around the contemporary crises of race, environment, and pandemic. New episodes are posted weekly on Thursdays. For our full list of episodes, please see the Unraveling the Anthropocene main page. Meet the organizing team here.

You can listen to these episodes on the LAC website, Anchor, or Spotify. Be sure to subscribe on your chosen platform!

Department Awards & Recognition

When Apr 26, 2021
from 06:30 PM to 08:00 PM
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Our annual awards ceremony for all students, staff, alums, and faculty will take place virtually on Monday, April 26, 2021, starting at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. 

 

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Comparative Literature Club - every Monday

When Apr 26, 2021
from 05:00 PM to 07:00 PM
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Christine Okoth (University of Warwick), "Inexhaustibility and the Aesthetics of Reuse"

When Apr 19, 2021
from 12:15 PM to 01:30 PM
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Artist Ibrahim Mahama and his gallery the White Cube

A Workshop on Methods: Basic Tools of Professional Editing

When Apr 15, 2021
from 03:30 PM to 05:00 PM
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In this 90-minute, informal workshop Rebekah will walk us through how she uses professional editing software including PerfectIt and Macros. She may also highlight other materials in the Editor's Toolkit. Back by popular demand, Rebekah is offering this as a follow-up to her March 18 introduction to the world of scholarly editing. You are welcome to attend, whether you were at the first workshop or not! Attendees will have a chance to see how the software works and to ask Rebekah questions about her experiences in scholarly editing.

Sookja Cho (Arizona State), "Tales of the Forgotten: The Story of Premodern Korean Literature and Its Interactions with China"

When Apr 12, 2021
from 12:15 PM to 01:30 PM
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Weihsin Gui (UC Riverside), "Hyphenational Poetics: Omar Musa’s Malaysian Australian Poetry"

When Apr 05, 2021
from 12:15 PM to 01:30 PM
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Comparative Literature Virtual Open House

When Mar 29, 2021
from 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM
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Greetings! In collaboration with the Comparative Literature Club, the PSU Department of Comparative Literature will be hosting a Virtual Open House on Monday, March 29, at 5:30 pm EDT.  All PSU students, faculty, staff, alumni, and club members are encouraged to attend.  

We especially welcome undergraduate students who are interested in majoring in Comparative Literature or adding a Minor in World Literature, and/or students interested in joining the Comparative Literature Club. 

The Open House will feature some brief remarks about the department and some introductions to faculty, staff, graduate students, undergraduate majors and minors, CMLIT club officers, and alumni, as well as information about departmental events. 

LAC Roundtable (Unraveling the Anthropocene) with Laura Anderson Barbata (Independent Artist) and Darren Ranco (University of Maine)

When Mar 29, 2021
from 12:15 PM to 01:30 PM
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A talk by Ericka Dunbar, "Trafficking Hadassah: An Africana Reading of the Book of Esther"

When Mar 22, 2021
from 03:00 PM to 04:30 PM
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In this talk, I will chart a sexual trafficking enterprise in the first two chapters of the book of Esther. Sexual exploitation begins in chapter 1, when the king endeavors to subject Vashti to the sexualized gaze of his male guests. It is then intensified in chapter 2 when virgin girls throughout the king’s provinces are gathered and taken to the king’s palace for the purpose of sex. Attention is given to the role of intersectionality in the exploitation of these girls and women. 

 

Dr. Ericka Shawndricka Dunbar lives in Atlanta, GA, and teaches at Payne Theological Seminary. She received her Ph.D. in Biblical Studies (Old Testament) in May 2020 from Drew University. Her dissertation, entitled “Trafficking Hadassah: An Africana Reading of Collective Trauma, Memory, and Identity in the Book of Esther and the African Diaspora,” is a dialogical cultural study of sexual trafficking in the book of Esther and during the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

 

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Thomas Lamarre (McGill University), "Media Ecology: Television and Animation"

When Mar 22, 2021
from 12:05 PM to 01:30 PM
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Sponsored by the department of Comparative Literature, department of Asian Studies, Center for Humanities and Information, and the Digital Culture and Media Initiative.

A Workshop on Methods - The World of Professional Editing

When Mar 18, 2021
from 03:30 PM to 05:00 PM
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Rebekah Zwanzig is a freelance editor who has a passion for projects in the fields of religion, Arabic and Middle Eastern culture and thought, literature, and peacebuilding. She completed extensive graduate work in philosophy, religion, and comparative literature and used this knowledge to develop her expertise as an academic editor who works on material ranging from medieval Islamic history and philosophy to early modern literary studies and Japanese social and political history. Rebekah has worked on scholarly monographs, edited volumes, and articles for both individual clients and academic presses and journals in the United States and abroad.

 

This 90-minute, informal workshop is an opportunity to speak with her about specific methods, challenges, and approaches to professional work in the field of scholarly editing. She will discuss her experiences getting started in the business, some tips for success, and highlight some of her current projects.

 

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Tom Chen (Lehigh University), "A Trans-Nationalist Cinema: North Korean Films in Socialist China"

When Mar 15, 2021
from 12:15 PM to 01:30 PM
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Leo Ching (Duke University), "Towards an Archipelagic East Asia: Taiwan, Jeju, Okinawa and Decontinentalization"

When Mar 01, 2021
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Rose Jolly (Penn State), "BEYOND HUMAN RIGHTS – THE NOVEL AS RIGHT-MAKING ARTEFACT"

When Feb 22, 2021
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Comparative Literature Virtual Open House

When Feb 15, 2021
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We especially welcome undergraduate students who are interested in majoring in Comparative Literature or adding a Minor in World Literature, and/or students interested in joining the Comparative Literature Club. 

The Open House will feature some brief remarks about the department and some introductions to faculty, staff, graduate students, undergraduate majors and minors, CMLIT club officers, and alumni, as well as information about departmental events. 

Please email odb2@psu.edu for Zoom information.

 

Robin Visser (UNC-Chapel Hill), "Sinophone Anti-Epics of the Anthropocene"

When Feb 15, 2021
from 12:15 PM to 01:30 PM
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Zelideth Rivas (Marshall College), “Displaced evidence: Archival research and oral history across languages and cultures.”

When Feb 08, 2021
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Leila Pazargadi (Nevada State College), "Autographics & The Archive: Visualizing Memory & Trauma in Southwestern Asian Graphic Memoirs"

When Feb 01, 2021
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Reginald Jackson (University of Michigan), "Showing Up to Withhold: Economies of Enslavement and Spectacular Restraint in Medieval Japanese Performance"

When Jan 25, 2021
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Kevin Platt (University of Pennsylvania), "Cultural Arbitrage in the Era of Thee Worlds: Art and Literature Across Cold War Borders."

When Nov 16, 2020
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Field Work and Oral Interviews - A Workshop on Methods with Jamie Anderson

When Nov 12, 2020
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Cajetan Nwabueze Iheka (Yale University), "The Niger Delta, Ecologies of Oil, and Trauma of the Future"

When Nov 09, 2020
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Victoria Lupașcu (The University of Montréal), Romanian New Wave Cinema: Negotiating Health in Transitional Times

When Nov 02, 2020
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Michael Hill (William & Mary), “Other Comparisons: Seeing Chinese Language Reform Through Arabic”

When Oct 26, 2020
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Topic: A Comics Talk with Maliki - Marcela Trujillo

When Oct 22, 2020
from 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM
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2020 Penn State Marathon Reading

When Oct 22, 2020 10:00 AM to
Oct 23, 2020 12:00 AM
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"Voices of Power in Women’s Activism"

 

This year’s Marathon Read will celebrate the work of female writers and activists to expand political, social, and economic equality for women. The theme is “Voices of Power in Women’s Activism” and joins the College of the Liberal Arts in marking the 100-year anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Featured readings will include the work of Kate Chopin, Joy Harjo, Rebecca Solnit, Audre Lorde, Julie Otsuka, Sojourner Truth, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and others.

The 2020 edition of Marathon Read will be held virtually on Zoom with guest readers calling in from various Penn Stategroups. The event will begin at 10:00 AM and conclude at 10:00 PM on October 22, 2020.

 

Penn State Marathon Read – (psu.edu)

Julia Alekseyeva (University of Pennsylvania), "Politics and Protest in the Japanese Allegorical Semi-Documentary"

When Oct 19, 2020
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Nick Jones (Bucknell University), on "Staging Habla de Negros in Iberian Early Modernity"

When Oct 12, 2020
from 12:15 PM to 01:30 PM
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