Amitava Kumar, Professor of English at Vassar College, will deliver this year’s Shirley G. Wassong Memorial Lecture in European and American Art, Culture, and History, entitled “Make Your Own Academic Sentence.”
Kumar uses a set of sentences—from George Orwell, a college newspaper, an ad for a beer seller in Brooklyn, an essay by V.S. Naipaul, a government form, a report on a riot, among others—to stitch together the story of his formation as a writer.
If you were asked to tell your story simply by quoting the sentences you have read and remembered, what would those sentences be?
When: Tuesday, March 8, 2011~ 7:30 p.m.
Where: McCook Auditorium on the campus of Trinity College
300 Summit Street, Hartford, Conn., 06106
Professor Kumar is the author of six books, most recently the novel, A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm a Tiny Bomb (Duke University Press, 2010). He has also written a book of poems, No Tears for the N.R.I. (Writers Workshop, Calcutta, 1996). He has been a Barach Fellow at the Wesleyan Writers Festival, and received research fellowships from the NEH, Yale University, SUNY-Stony Brook, Dartmouth College, and University of California-Riverside. (photo by Neeraj Priyadarshi)
The Shirley G. Wassong Memorial Lecture was established in 1996 in loving memory of Mrs. Wassong with the support of friends, family, and her husband Joseph, Trinity Class of 1959.
This lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call Trinity’s Office of Donor Relations at (860) 297-2010.