September 19, 2001
Scholarship on Disability at Emory
Emory's gaining a new scholar of disability studies. Rosemarie Garland-Thomson will join the Women's Studies Program in the spring of 2002. She is the author of Extraordinary Bodies: Figuring Physical Disability in American Culture and Literature (Columbia University Press, 1977). For more on Garland-Thomson and the emergence of disability studies, see "Disability and the Academy: A field comes of age" in the December 2000 / January 2001 issue of the Academic Exchange
September 6, 2001
David Lodge Coming to Campus
If you enjoyed Shalom Goldman's review
essay in the September Academic Exchange, "Academic
Life by the Book: A campus tour of satiric fiction,"
you'll be glad to know one of the great satirists of academic
life is coming to campus soon. Novelist and critic, David Lodge,
whose many books include Changing Places, Nice Work,
and Small World, will be on campus October 710, 2001.
He will give three lectures on "Consciousness and the Novel"
as part of the series of Ellmann Lectures in Modern Literture.
On October 10th, he will give a reading and be available to sign
copies of his new novel, Thinks (Viking, 2001). Below is
a list of dates and places:
October 7, 4 p.m.,"Consciousness and the Two Cultures," Woodruff Health Sciences Auditorium
October 8, 8:00 p.m.,"First Person and Third Person," Goizueta Business School Auditorium, Room 130
Oct. 9, 8:15 p.m.,"Surface and Depth," Goizueta Business School Auditorium, Room 130
October 10, 8:15 p.m., reading and book signing, Glenn Memorial Sanctuary.
A Book Jacket Description of Thinks:
"Ralph Messenger is a man who knows what he wants and generally gets it. As director of the prestigious Holt Belling
Center for Cognitive Science at the University of Gloucester, he is much in demand as a pundit on developments in
artificial intelligence and the study of human consciousness. Known to his colleagues as a womanizer, he has reached a
tacit understanding with his American wife Carrie to refrain from philandering in his own backyard. This resolution is already weakening when he meets and is attracted to Helen Reed, a recently widowed novelist who has taken up a post as writer in residence at Gloucester. Fascinated and challenged by a personality and a worldview radically at odds with her own, Helen is aroused by Ralph's bold advances but resists on moral principle. The standoff between them is shattered by a series of events and discoveries that dramatically confirm the truth of Ralph's dictum that 'we can never know for certain what another person is thinking.'"