Category Archives: Events

An Evening with Andre Dubus III

dubusZenzele Price ’18 writes in:

Come to the Shapiro Center on Wednesday, April 5th, for a reading of Andre Dubus’s works. Andre Dubus III is the author of Dirty Love, Townie, the Garden of Last Days, and House of Sand and Fog (an Oprah Book Club Pick and a finalist for the National Book Award). He has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, the National Magazine Award for Fiction, and the Push Cart Prize.

Join us for an evening of literature and discussion. Refreshments will be provided.

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Date: Wednesday, April 5
Time: 9PM
Place: 167 High St (Shapiro Center)

Crowdsourcing Data for Social Good: Making the Difference

dataaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaJoli Holmes ’17 writes in:

Just like every major corporation today, nonprofits and governments have more data than ever before. And just like those corporations, they are eager to tap into the power of their data, but lack of resources severely limit the opportunities for high impact data analysis work. At DrivenData, our goal is to empower impact organizations to get the most from their data. The presentation explores ways in which statistics, computer science, and machine learning are applied to the challenges in the social sector and has two parts: the first is the big-picture context of the data for social good movement and ways to participate. The second is an in-depth case study of the methods which won DrivenData’s recent machine learning competitions.

Date: Wednesday, April 5
Time: 4:45-6PM
Place: Downey House Room 113

Reading by Novelist Neel Mukherjee

wFrom Quinn Frenzel ’16:

Neel Mukherjee’s second novel, The Lives of Others (Chatto & Windus), was published in the UK in May 2014, in India (by Vintage) in June 2014, and in the USA, by W.W. Norton & Company, in October 2014. The Lives of Others was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014. It has also been shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award. His first novel, Past Continuous (Picador India, 2008), was joint winner of the Vodafone-Crossword Award, India’s premier literary award for writing in English, for best novel of 2008 (along with Amitav Ghosh’s Sea of Poppies). The UK edition of the novel, titled A Life Apart, was published by Constable & Robinson in January 2010. It won the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Award for Best Fiction and was shortlisted for the inaugural DSC Prize for South Asian Fiction and the Southbank Sky Arts Award. It was also chosen as a ‘Book of the Year’ in The Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, The Guardian, the TLS and The Sunday Telegraph.

Date: Wednesday, April 5
Time: 8-10PM
Place: Russell House

The French Machine

romanceA cool thing happening today:

“The French Machine” reexamines Joachim Du Bellay’s famous literary manifesto of 1549, La Deffence et Illustration de la Langue Francoyse, through the lens of media history. What does La Deffence, with its vision for a “new” French poetics of imitation, have to do with the new medium of print and its technology of reproduction? To what extent is the rejection of “old” French poetic forms also a casting off of the oral/manuscript past? In this talk, Chenoweth suggests that beyond offering a model of poetic imitatio and a rhetoric of vernacular nationalism, Du Bellay’s manifesto lays out a self consciously revolutionary mode of (re)producing poetic language in the age of mechanical reproduction.

Time: 4:30PM
Place: Highwaymen Common Room, Romance Languages and Literatures