The Anthony Ellis Scholarly Speakers Series sponsored by the Department of English at Western Michigan University offers the following schedule:
WMU Faculty Keynote Lecture: Thomas Bailey & Katherine Joslin
"The Making & Reception of Roosevelt's Literary Life"
Thursday, September 27, 2500 Knauss/Center for the Humanities, 4 p.m.
Dr. Thomas Bailey is an Emeritus Professor of English and Environmental Studies, having taught at WMU for more than 40 years. He served as the University Ombudsman, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, Director of the Environmental Studies Program, Chair of Special Education/Literacy Studies, and he was honored with the University's Distinguished Service Award in 2011. As a scholar and teacher at WMU, he specialized in the development of the English novel, Romantic and nature poetry, American autobiography, and contemporary American nature poetry and nature writing.
Dr. Katherine Joslin is Founding Director of WMU's University Center for the Humanities and Professor of English. She received the Distinguished Faculty Scholar award in 2011, and was honored with an Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award in 1997. Her many publications include the Choice Award-winning Edith Wharton and the Making of Fashion (UPNE, 2009), Jane Addams, A Writer's Life (Illinois, 2004), and Edith Wharton in the Women Writers Series (Macmillan/St. Martin's, 1991). She was awarded an Eccles centre fellowship at the British Library, served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Egypt, and directed a WMU team's Fulbright Summer Institute grants in three successive years for international professors.
Mukoma wa Ngugi: "The Rise of the African & Decolonial Hierarchies"
Thursday, November 15, 2500 Knauss Hall / Center for the Humanities, 7 p.m.
Dr. Mukoma wa Ngugi is an Associate Professor of English at Cornell University and the author of the Rise of the African Novel: Politics of Language, Identity and Ownership, the novels Mrs. Shaw, Black Star Nairobi, Nairobi Heat, and two books of poetry, Logotherapy and Hurling Words at Consciousness. He is the co-founder of the Mabati-Cornell Kishwahli Prize for African Literature and co-director of the Global South Project at Cornell, and his essays have been published in World Literature Today, LA Review of Books, The World Today, The Black Commentator, Progressive Magazine and Radical History Review. His short stories have been published in Wasafiri, African Writing, Kenyon Review, and St. Petersburg Review, and his poems in the New York Quarterly, Mythium, Brick Magazine, Kwani? and Tin House Magazine, amongst other publications. In 2013, New African magazine named him one of the 100 most influential Africans. He is the son of world-renowned African writer Ngugi wa Thiong'o.