CANCELED: Reading by Patrick Somerville


Reading by Patrick Somerville
Thursday, April 30, 4:30 p.m.
Rhodes-Rawlings Auditorium, G70 Klarman Hall

The Spring 2020 Barbara & David Zalaznick Creative Writing Reading Series comes to a close with a reading by screenwriter & novelist Patrick Somerville. Patrick Somerville is a Cornell alum (MFA ’05) and the creator of the series Maniac (Netflix), as well as two upcoming series, Station 11 and Made For Love (HBO Max). He got his start writing for television on the FX drama The Bridge and later wrote for the second and third seasons of HBO’s The Leftovers. Somerville is the author of two short story collections and the novels This Bright River and The Cradle.

CANCELED: Lecture by Dr. L.H. Stallings


Lecture by Dr. L.H. Stallings (Georgetown University)
To Be Without Form: Sexuality Without a Publics in the 21st Century
Thursday, April 9, 4:30 p.m.
Guerlac Room, A.D. White House

In this talk, Stallings will discuss portions of her transdisciplinary funk studies project: Black Saeculum: An Erospatiography, which discusses the end of sex and gender as we know it through an experiment with forms of writing and film about sex and race: erotica, pornography, and academic writing on sex. If the first half of the new world order was spent heralding the biological/physiological realness/naturalness of sexuality, as well as accepting the cultural factors that denaturalizes sex and gender and society. This next quarter of human development and evolution needs to be spent on theorizing the galactic/cosmic meaning of it. That is to speculate how our theories of the universe and theories of sex are intertwined; how this knowledge might matter to new genres of the human not addressed in existing publics and counter publics.

Chats in the Stacks: Karen Penders St. Clair on The Comstocks of Cornell: The Definitive Autobiography

Decades after her death, nature study movement leader Anna Botsford Comstock is finding her true voice. The original 1953 publication of her autobiography, The Comstocks of Cornell, has long been considered the definitive account of her life and that of her husband, entomologist John Henry Comstock, but it was, in fact, heavily edited—with important parts omitted and with several discrepancies from the original memoirs. Karen Penders St. Clair has restored Anna Botsford Comstock’s voice in her edited The Comstocks of Cornell: The Definitive Autobiography (Cornell University Press, 2020), which includes previously missing sections of Comstock’s descriptions of Cornell’s early days and her and her husband’s life and work. In this Chats in the Stacks talk, St.

CANCELED: The Wendy Rosenthal Gellman Lecture on Modern Literature by Brent Hayes Edwards



The Wendy Rosenthal Gellman Lecture on Modern Literature by Brent Hayes Edwards (Columbia University; Cornell University 2019-20 Invited Society Scholar, Society for the Humanities)
Black Radicalism and the Archive: Inventories of Fire
Thursday, March 19, 4:30 p.m.
Guerlac Room, A.D. White House

What would it mean to consider archiving (documentation, classification, preservation) not as passive and retrospective, but instead as interventionist and aspirational—an integral component of black radical practice? This lecture explores this question through the example of civil rights activist James Forman’s extensive research in the late 1960s for his unfinished biography of Frantz Fanon. Brent Hayes Edwards is the Peng Family Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, where he is also affiliated with the Center for Jazz Studies. His publications include The Practice of Diaspora: Literature, Translation, and the Rise of Black Internationalism (2003), the co-edited collection Uptown Conversation: The New Jazz Studies (2004), and scholarly editions of classic works by W. E. B. Du Bois, Frederick Douglass, Joseph Conrad, and Claude McKay. His most recent books are his translation of Michel Leiris’s monumental 1934 Phantom Africa (2017) and Edwards’s own Epistrophies: Jazz and the Literary Imagination, which won the 2018 ASCAP Foundation Virgil Thomson Award for Outstanding Music Criticism as well as the 2019 Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism.