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Favorite Poem Project
John Hildebidle
Wed Jan 7, Tue Jan 13, 07-10:00pm, 10-250

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Participants requested to attend all sessions (non-series)

When he was Poet Laureate of the US, Robert Pinsky devised the "Favorite Poem Project," in which a wide variety of non-academic folks were invited to choose a poem that they especially liked, and then read it aloud into a video camera for showing on PBS. We will undertake our own local version. All members of the MIT community (staff, students, faculty, administration) should arrive on Wednesday Jan 7 to see a video of the Pinsky Project, and then return on Tuesday Jan 13, prepared to offer their reading. No entrance fee, no prescriptions as to size or character, no defense or elaboration called for. Just come, read, and listen.
Web: http://web.mit.edu/lit/www
Contact: John Hildebidle, 14N-434, x3-4452, jjhildeb@mit.edu
Sponsor: Literature

How to Concentrate, Minor or Major in 21L Literature
John Hildebidle
Thu Jan 22, 04:30-06:00pm, 14E-304

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Single session event

Considering Concentrating in Literature? Musing about Minoring in Literature? Mulling over Majoring in Literature? What do you do with a Literature degree, anyway? Come find out the answers to this and other fascinating philosophical questions. Meet Literature faculty and majors. Refreshments will be served.
Web: http://web.mit.edu/lit/www
Contact: Briony Keith, 14N-407, x3-3581, lit@mit.edu
Sponsor: Literature

Libraries Book(cart)mobile
Sarah G. Wenzel
Fri Jan 16, 23, 30, 11am-02:00pm, Lobby 10

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Repeating event. Participants welcome at any session

Looking for something to read (or hear) over the weekend during IAP? Stop by Lobby 10 from 11-2 & check out a book (or CD on Friday) from the Libraries' Book(cart)mobile to while away the hours. Select from a variety of contemporary fiction, non-fiction and music recordings. Special schedule for IAP!
Contact: Sarah G. Wenzel, 14S-222, x3-9349, swenzel@mit.edu
Sponsor: Libraries

Pleasures of Poetry: Reading and Discussion of Memorable Poems
Literature Faculty, David Thorburn
No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)
Prereq: none

Reading and discussion of major poems by members of the Literature Faculty (with help from their literary friends). Handouts of poems and series schedule available at each session, and from the Literature Headquarters, 14N-407, lit@mit.edu, 3-3581.
Web: http://web.mit.edu/lit/www/iap.html
Contact: Julie Saunders, 14N-407, x3-3581, lit@mit.edu
Sponsor: Literature

Walt Whitman
Stephen Tapscott
"From Drum Taps."
Mon Jan 5, 01-02:00pm, 14E-304

John Keats
James Buzard
"Ode on a Grecian Urn"
Tue Jan 6, 01-02:00pm, 14E-304

Andrew Marvell
Howard Eiland
"To His Coy Mistress."
Wed Jan 7, 01-02:00pm, 14E-304

Robert Hayden
Helen Elaine Lee
several selections
Thu Jan 8, 01-02:00pm, 14E-304

Sarah Wright
Fri Jan 9, 01-02:00pm, 14E-304

Rafael Campo
Stephen Pepper
several selections
Mon Jan 12, 01-02:00pm, 14E-304

William Wordsworth
James Paradis
Tue Jan 13, 01-02:00pm, 14E-304

Gerard Manley Hopkins
Ina Lipkowitz
"Pied Beauty," "Inversnaid," "The Windhover."
Wed Jan 14, 01-02:00pm, 14E-304

Galway Kinnell
David Thorburn
several selections
Thu Jan 15, 01-02:00pm, 14E-304

James Merrill
Michael Arner
"Lost in Translation."
Fri Jan 16, 01-02:00pm, 14E-304

Wilfred Owen, William Butler Yeats
Anne Hudson
"Dulce et Decorum est" (Owen); "An Irish Airman Foresees His Death" (Yeats).
Tue Jan 20, 01-02:00pm, 14E-304

Emily Dickinson, Denise Levertov
Liz Connors
"After Great Pain," and "Slant of Light"(Dickinson); The Dead Butterfly" and "O Taste and See" (Levertov).
Wed Jan 21, 01-02:00pm, 14E-304

Sue Delaney
"Merciless Beauty"
Thu Jan 22, 01-02:00pm, 14E-304

Maya Angelou
Andrea Walsh
"Song for the Old Ones," "Stil I Rise," "Elegy."
Fri Jan 23, 01-02:00pm, 14E-304

Tin Moe: Min Thu Wun: Sein-dakyaw-thu
Julian Wheatley
"Picking Crickets," "The Sky is the Limit": "The Pinya Stump": "Soldier's Letter."
Mon Jan 26, 01-02:00pm, 14E-304

D.H. Lawrence
Elizabeth Fox
"Bavarian Gentians" and "Snake."
Tue Jan 27, 01-02:00pm, 14E-304

Anne Bradstreet
John Hildebidle
"A Letter to Her Husband...." and "Some Verses upon the Burning of Our House."
Wed Jan 28, 01-02:00pm, 14E-304

Roseanne Warren
Wyn Kelley
"Mud,""Portrait: Marriage"
Thu Jan 29, 01-02:00pm, 14E-304

James Cain
Two troubadour lyrics and translations.
Fri Jan 30, 01-02:00pm, 14E-304

Poetry Lab: Hypothesis, Experiment, Outcome
Maureen N. McLane
Tue Jan 27, Thu Jan 29, 01-02:30pm, 2-146

Enrollment limited: first come, first served
Limited to 25 participants.
Participants requested to attend all sessions (non-series)

What is poetry? How might we think about, find, read, listen to, or compose poetry in a multi-media landscape? This workshop opens these questions in order to pursue a communal investigation. Open to poets, performers, composers, and to anyone merely curious, this intensive seminar will feature the close listening, reading, talking, performing, and perhaps screening of poems and multiply-mediated poetic works, ranging from the "chance" compositions of John Cage to the United States of Poetry CD to 18th-century broadside ballads to forms of collective composition such as the Japanese renga. At the conclusion of our Lab, all researchers will have sketched, produced, or at least pondered a work of their own, composed singly or in groups.
Contact: Susan Stapleton, 14N-207, 253-5038, susanj@mit.edu
Sponsor: Comparative Media Studies

Marie Cloutier, Denise O'Malley, Sarah Wenzel, Graham Howard
Thu Jan 22, 12-01:00pm, Humanities Library
Thu Jan 29, 05-06:00pm, Humanities Library

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)

Join the Humanities Library and other members of the MIT community in reading Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie and participating in related activities, including an open discussion and an on-line discussion forum.
Web: http://libraries.mit.edu/humanities/read
Contact: Sarah Wenzel, 14S-200, x3-9349, swenzel@mit.edu
Sponsor: Libraries

The Thirteenth Annual Salute to Dr. Seuss
Henry Jenkins
Tue Jan 27, 07-10:00pm, 6-120

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Single session event

Gather around, boys and girls of all ages, for a celebration of the sublime and wacky world of Doctor Seuss. You will hear Prof. Henry Jenkins read from his works and talk about Seuss's relationship to Modern Art and popular culture. We will also screen his remarkable live action feature film, "5000 Fingers of Dr. T." An MIT Tradition marches forward.
Contact: Henry Jenkins, 14N-205, x3-3068, henry3@mit.edu
Sponsor: Comparative Media Studies

War, Peace and Poetry
Roger Petersen
Schedule: TBD
No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Single session event

In "Retreat from Doomsday: The Obsolescence of Modern War," John Mueller argues that the richest and most developed nations have developed a sub-rational aversion to war. He points out that there has been no war among the forty-four richest nations since the end of the Second World War. How can such an argument be evaluated? This session examines Mueller's argument by tracing the evolution of war poetry over the last century. Do these poems suggest the development of an understanding of the futility of war in economically advanced states?
Contact: Roger Petersen, E53-487, x3-6781, rpeters@mit.edu
Sponsor: Political Science

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