October 2nd, 2014
Americanist Reading Group Alumni Lecture
October 3rd & 4th, 2014
Literary Theory at Cornell: A Celebration of Jonathan Culler and His Students
October 6th, 2014
Sawyer Seminar Series Lecture by Victoria Kahn
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A fascinating memoir of Anita Reynolds, edited by George Hutchinson.

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Former students will gather to celebrate Jonathan Culler
September 23rd
Jonathan Culler will be celebrated as former students gather on October 3rd and 4th for "Literary Theory at Cornell."
Alison Lurie interviewed about new book
September 15th
Ithaca Times writer Luke Fenchel recently interviewed Alison Lurie about her new book, The Language of Houses.
Poet and Professor Emerita Janowitz died August 17
August 27th
Colleagues are fondly remembering Phyllis Janowitz, who died on August 17. Professor Janowitz had taught Creative Writing at Cornell since 1980 until her retirement in 2009.
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