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Celebrating Dan Schwarz: 50 Years of Transformative Teaching

Friday, March 23, 2018 at 3:30pm

More dates through March 24, 2018

Klarman Hall, Rhodes-Rawlings Auditorium (G70 Klarman Hall)
232 East Ave, Ithaca, NY 14853

The Department of English is planning a major celebration to honor Dan Schwarz’s 50th year of teaching at Cornell. The event is scheduled for March 23 and 24, 2018 and will include panels, lectures, toasts, and other tributes to one of Cornell’s most beloved professors.

Conference Schedule
The conference begins Friday afternoon and continues for a full day Saturday

Friday, March 23
Rhodes-Rawlings Audiorium, G70 Klarman Hall

2:30-2:45 p.m.
Introductory Remarks

Gretchen Ritter, Harold Tanner Dean of Arts & Sciences (Cornell)

2:45-3:45 p.m.
The Humanities as Gateway: Vocations and Avocations
Panel discussion with Cornell alumni:
Úlfar Erlingsson (Google Brain) PhD, Computer Science, ‘04
Ashley Featherstone (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center) BA, English, ‘08
Devon Goodrich (New York City Law Department) BA, English, ‘07
Diana Lind (Fels Policy Research Initiative, UPenn) BA, English, ‘03
Morgan Sze (Azentus Capital Management) BA, English, Economics, ‘87
Moderated by Barbara A. Baird, Horace White Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology (Cornell) PhD, Chemistry, '79

4:00-5:00 p.m.
"Dan Schwarz, Humanistic Poetics, and the Ethics of Reading"
James Phelan (Ohio State University)
Introduction by Harry E. Shaw, Professor of English (Cornell)
Phelan invites guests to read a short story in advance of his lecture, Jhumpa Lahiri's "The Third and Final Continent"

5:15-6:00 p.m.
“My Life as Teacher and Scholar”

Dan Schwarz, Frederic J. Whiton Professor of English Literature and Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow (Cornell)
Introduction by Kenneth A. McClane, W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of Literature Emeritus (Cornell)

6:00-8:30 p.m.          Dinner in Groos Family Atrium, Klarman Hall

Saturday, March 24
Rhodes-Rawlings Audiorium, G70 Klarman Hall

9:30-10:30 a.m.
“Transforming Humanism: Pluralism in a (Post-)Secular Age”

Beth Newman (Southern Methodist University)
Introduction by Laura Brown, John Wendell Anderson Professor of English (Cornell)

10:45-11:45 a.m.
Five Decades of Transformative Teaching

Panel discussion with Cornell alumni:
Josh Gerber BA, English, College Scholar, ‘08
Grace Jean BA, English, ’00
Leslie Storm BA, English, ’83
Beverly Tanenhaus BA, English, ’70
Zach Zahos BA, English, PMA, College Scholar, ‘15
Moderated by Brett de Bary, Professor of Asian Studies and Comparative Literature (Cornell)

11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch on own; eatery suggestions on Celebrating Dan Schwarz webpage

1:30-2:30 p.m.
“Modernist Funnies, or, Comics in the Age of Mass High Culture”
Lee Konstantinou (University of Maryland)
Introduction by Kevin Attell, Associate Professor of English (Cornell)

2:45-3:45 p.m.
"Reconfiguring Word and Image"

Janice Carlisle (Yale University)
Introduction by Caroline Levine, David and Kathleen Ryan Professor of Humanities (Cornell)

4:00-5:30 p.m.
Transformations in Literary Studies
Roundtable with Dan Schwarz and friends:
Steven Knapp (The George Washington University)
Helen Maxson (Southwestern Oklahoma State University)
Daniel Morris (Purdue University)
Edward O’Shea (State University of New York, Oswego)
Moderated by George Hutchinson, Newton C. Farr Professor of American Culture (Cornell)

Co-sponsored by the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences; the Society for the Humanities; the departments of Comparative Literature, German Studies, Performing and Media Arts, and Romance Studies; and the Jewish Studies Program

*Visit the Celebrating Dan Schwarz event webpage for ongoing updates and more information, and to register for the event! (Registration requested for planning purposes, though not required to attend.)

Keynote Speaker Bios:

Janice Carlisle (Ph.D., Cornell) taught at the University of Virginia, Washington University, and Tulane before joining the faculty at Yale in 2004. She has published books and articles on Victorian fiction, autobiography, and visual culture, including, most recently, Picturing Reform in Victorian Britain, an examination of painting, politics, and illustrated journalism from the 1830s to the 1860s. Her current project deals with the central decades of the career of the painter Ford Madox Brown.

Lee Konstantinou is Associate Professor of English at the University of Maryland, College Park. He wrote the novel Pop Apocalypse (Ecco/HarperCollins, 2009) and the literary history Cool Characters: Irony and American Fiction (Harvard University Press, 2016). He co-edited the essay collection The Legacy of David Foster Wallace (University of Iowa Press, 2012). He is currently working a critical history of comics entitled “The Cartoon Art: Comics in the Age of Mass High Culture.”

Beth Newman, who teaches at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, studied with Dan in the 1980s, focusing on prose fiction. Her book Subjects on Display: Psychoanalysis, Social Expectation, and Victorian Femininity was published by Ohio University Press in 2004. She has produced teaching editions of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights for Bedford Books and Broadview Press, respectively. Recent and forthcoming publications are on Victorian poets: A. C. Swinburne and Alice Meynell.

James Phelan, Distinguished University Professor at Ohio State University, is the editor of Narrative and author of numerous books and essays that develop and deploy a rhetorical theory of narrative, one rooted in the principle that storytelling is an action in which one or more tellers recount events for one or more audiences in order to fulfill some particular purposes. His most recent books are Reading the American Novel, 1920-2010 (2013) (series editor: Daniel R. Schwarz); and Somebody Telling Somebody Else (2017).


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cashum, engdep, cascal, complit, jwstcal, Romance Studies, caspma




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