Lannan Symposium: America From the Outside, April 2-3

Below is the schedule of events for the upcoming Lannan Symposium; please make every effort to attend as many of these important events as possible.  Write a 2-paragraph response on the blog to receive small extra credit.

Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice

America from the Outside: How the World Sees US
April 2-3, 2013

With an eye towards the recent conflicts in countries near and far, the role of America in world politics has come into question more and more frequently. As McLuhan’s vision of a global village becomes a more and more tangible reality, the cultural imperialism of the United States as well as its effects on the village inhabitants must be examined all the more closely. 

The 2013 Lannan Spring Symposium and Literary Festival “America from the Outside: How the World Sees US” will explore and question the perception of the United States and its various cultures both within and without its borders by looking at poetry, photography, film, journalism, and literature that questions what “America” means as a concept, country, and culture.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Naomi Klein & Avi Lewis
“The (R)evolutionary Power of Climate Change”
Introduced by Andria Wisler
Gaston Hall | 7:00 PM 
(Doors at 6:30 PM)

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
America the Beautiful
Wafaa Bilal, Heidi Ewing, and Trevor Paglen
Introduced by Bernard Cook
Copley Formal Lounge | 11:00 AM
(Breakfast at 10:30 AM)

Of Thee, We Write
Naomi Ayala, Dinaw Mengestu, and Abdourahman Waberi
Introduced by Maurice Jackson
Copley Formal Lounge | 2:00 PM

E Pluribus Plures: Symposium Roundtable
Moderated by Matthew Tinkcom
All symposium participants
ICC Auditorium | 3:30 PM

Chris Hedges
with a tribute to Medea Benjamin and Code Pink
Introduced by Barbara Feinman Todd
Lohrfink Auditorium (Rafik B. Hariri Building) | 7:00 PM 
(Doors at 6:30 PM)

All events are free and open to the public. 
For more information, click here.

Jessica Williams
Phone: (202) 687-6294

About Nathan Hensley

Nathan K. Hensley is Associate Professor of English at Georgetown University; he works on nineteenth-century British literature, critical theory, and the novel.
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