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February Speakers

Valerie Martin, 5:30-7:00 p.m., February 1, 2011, Students' Building 2nd Floor, MPR
2011 Writer-in-Residence Valerie Martin (pictured) will give a reading at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday February 1st in the Students' Building 2nd Floor, MPR. Martin, who grew up in New Orleans and received an MFA in Creative Writing from UMass in Amherst, has taught at institutions including Loyola University in New Orleans, Sarah Lawrence College, and Mount Holyoke College. She has written a number of novels and short story collections, the most recent of which, The Confessions of Edward Day, was published in 2009. In 1996, her 1990 novel Mary Reilly was made into a movie starring Julia Roberts and John Malkovich.
Listen to Martin read from her Orange Prize-winning 2003 novel Property.

Zoe S. Strother, 5:00-6:30 p.m., February 2, 2011, Taylor 203
Zoe S. Strother will give a lecture titled “The Iconoclastic Impulse: Between Destruction and Preservation in Africa” on Wednesday, February 2nd at 5:00 p.m. in Taylor 203. Strother is a professor of African Art at Columbia University, with a PhD in Art History from Yale University, and has published numerous works, including Pende: Visions of Africa and Inventing Masks: Agency and History in the Art of the Central Pende. She specializes in both colonial and postcolonial twentieth century Central and West African art, working to understand how concepts such as “mask,” “power object,” and “divine kinship” have been used to theorize power and knowledge in African societies. 
Preview Strother’s book Inventing Masks on Google Books.

Jeffrey Brand-Ballard, 5:00-8:00 p.m., February 16, 2011, Taylor 203
Jeffrey Brand-Ballard ’91 will give a lecture on Wednesday, February 16th at 5:00 p.m. in Taylor 203 as part of the Philosophy Department’s annual Philosopher’s Holiday lecture series. Brand-Ballard, a Vassar graduate, is an associate professor of philosophy at George Washington University, and most recently published Limits of Legality: the Ethics of Lawless Judging, which Emmett Macfarlane at Harvard Law School called “a finely detailed, philosophically sophisticated and almost exhaustingly thorough account,” and which the Law and Politics Book Review hailed as “an excellent, challenging, and thought-provoking book.” Brand-Ballard’s areas of specialization include ethics, philosophy of law, and political philosophy.
Read the first chapter of Limits of Legality.

Clarissa Sligh, 5:00-7:00 p.m., February 24, 2011, Taylor 203
Sponsored by the Art Department, artist, lecturer and writer Clarissa Sligh will give a lecture on Thursday February 24th at 5:00 p.m. in Taylor 203. Sligh’s work, which first emerged in the 1980s, combines text, experimental photography, politics, books, personal narrative and drawings to open up controversial issues. She has had both solo exhibitions and participated in group shows since the early 1990s at galleries and museums such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, the New Museum, the Women’s Studio Workshop and the Afro-American Historical & Cultural Museum. 
View a selection of works on Sligh’s website.

– Cynthea Ballard ’13

February 2011

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