The Series

SEE REVISED DATES BELOW! ("WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS IN NJ AND PHILIP ROTH: NEWARK AND BEYOND" NOW 11/7/13)

  • "Performing the Real on Jersey Shore" Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 4-5 p.m., Brantl, Dickson Hall, MSU.  Presenter: Hugh Curnutt, School of Communication & Media, MSU.  This presentation will discuss how the MTV show "Jersey Shore" constructs so-called "reality" programming in which it is the costs of production that determine what is presented as "real life" (and "real" Italian-Americans) at the New Jersey shore.
  • "George Inness and the Poetry of Place" Thursday, April 4, 2013, 7-8 p.m., Montclair Art Museum, Montclair.  Presenter: Adrienne Baxter Bell, Professor of Art, Marymount Manhattan College, New York.  This presentation will grapple with the somewhat paradoxical way in which the terrain of Montclair inspired the artist and amateur philosopher George Inness to produce some of the greatest contributions to nineteenth-century American art.
  • "William Carlos Williams - Philip Roth: 'the local is the only universal'" Thursday, November 7, 2013, 4-5 p.m., Cohen Lounge, Dickson Hall, MSU.  Presenters (respectively): Neil Baldwin, Director, The Creative Research Center, MSU, and James D. Bloom, Professor of English and American Studies, Muhlenberg College, Pennsylvania.  This presentation will discuss the way in which the Jerseyscapes of both the New Jersey poet William Carlos Williams and the novelist Philip Roth provide particularized locations for explorations -- on a grander scale -- of American identity and of the human condition in general. RSVP: https://surveys.montclair.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1377632595902