Spring Semester 2017
All events are open to the public.
March 6, 6:00-8:00, Alumnae Lounge
Robin Coste Lewis - Reading
Robin Coste Lewis is the author of Voyage of the Sable Venus, a National Book Award winner. She is a Provost’s Fellow in Poetry and Visual Studies at the University of Southern California, as well as a Cave Canem fellow and a fellow of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities. She received her BA from Hampshire College, her MFA in poetry from NYU, and an MTS in Sanskrit and comparative religious literature from the Divinity School at Harvard University. A previous finalist for the Rita Dove Poetry Award, she has published her work in various journals and anthologies, including The Massachusetts Review, Callaloo, The Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review, Transition: Women in Literary Arts, VIDA, Phantom Limb, and Lambda Literary Review, among others. She has taught at Wheaton College, Hunter College, Hampshire College, and the NYU Low-Residency MFA in Paris. Co-Sponsored by Toupin-Bolwell fund, the Deans of Arts and Sciences, the Diversity Fund, the departments of English, Drama and Dance, and Education, and the programs in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora, Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies.
March 16, 5:30-7:00 pm, Center for the Humanities
Working Group on "History of the Book"
Anne-Marie Eze - inaugural speaker
"Curating Beyond Words: Italian Renaissance Books"
Anne-Marie Eze is the Houghton Library's first Director of Scholarly and Public Programs. In this new role, Eze assumes leadership for coordinating and implementing a dynamic vision for Houghton Library's scholarly communications and public programming initiatives, including exhibitions, print and multimedia publications, fellowships, lectures, symposia, and tours. As Houghton Library's chief communications officer, she is tasked with promoting increased engagement with and awareness of Houghton’s acclaimed collection of rare books, manuscripts, and archival holdings. In her previous position as Associate Curator of the Collection at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Eze collaborated with Houghton Library and Boston College's McMullen Museum on Beyond Words: Illuminated Manuscripts in Boston Collections. The largest exhibition of its kind ever held in North America, Beyond Words showcased 260 outstanding medieval and Renaissance books from 19 Boston-area collections at three venues on both sides of the Charles River. Eze was lead curator for Italian Renaissance Books (closing January 16, 2017), the show’s installation at the Gardner Museum, which has drawn praise for its striking design.