December 4th, 2015
English Department Roundtable (EDR)
English Events Calendar
Barbara & David Zalaznick Reading Series
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Giorgio Agamben
New Books by English Faculty
Kevin Attell covers the breadth of Giorgio Agamben’s work in his new book.

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2015 Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize Winners
November 24th
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Co-founded in 2014 by Assistant Professor Mukoma Wa Ngugi and Dr. Lizzy Attree, the Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature announces inaugural winners.
Hutchinson and Mort Participate in Voices of Freedom
November 18th
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Assistant Professor Ishion Hutchinson and Visiting Assistant Professor Valzhyna Mort will join other local writers to discuss the impact of place and displacement in literature.
Lurie and Lennon Contribute to Local Anthology
November 17th
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Work of Professor Emeritus Alison Lurie and Associate Professor J. Robert Lennon is highlighted in From the Finger Lakes: A Prose Anthology.
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