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Duquesne to Co-Host International Modernist Conference, Public Poetry Reading

Nearly 1,000 modernist scholars from around the world will visit Pittsburgh as Duquesne University's Department of English co-hosts the 16th Modernist Studies Association Conference with the University of Pittsburgh.

"The invitation to serve as primary host for the conference recognizes the vitality of scholarship within the English department and heightens Duquesne University's international and national visibility, especially among literary and cultural studies scholars," said English Professor Dr. Linda Kinnahan, the Hillman Endowed Chair and chair of the conference host committee.

This year's conference, Confluence and Division, focuses primarily on modernist literature, written between 1880 and 1945, and brings together scholars from disciplines such as film studies, history, art history and even economics to share their ideas.

The conference will feature three plenary sessions-including a panel discussion and keynote speeches from Rachel Blau DuPlessis, professor emerita at Temple University, and Meta DuEwa Jones, associate professor at Howard University-and two evenings of poetry readings that are open to the public.

Public readings are:

Confluences and Divisions in Experimental British Poetry
Friday, Nov. 7, 3:15 to 5:15 p.m., William Penn Ballroom, Omni William Penn
Readings by John Wilkinson and David Marriott

Friday night poetry reading
Friday, Nov. 7, 9 to 11:00 p.m., Allegheny Room, Omni William Penn
Readings by Tyrone Williams, Lesley Wheeler, Dan Tobin, Elizabeth Savage, Lisa Samuels, Aldon Nielsen, Julia Lisella, Meta DuEwa Jones, Jeanne Heuving, Cynthia Hogue, Elisabeth Frost and Rachel Blau DuPlessis

Poetry Reading by Terrance Hayes and Dawn Lundy Martin
Saturday, Nov. 8, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Monongahela Room, Omni William Penn

Caroline Bergvall: Reading and Performance of 'Drift' and Other Pieces
Saturday, Nov. 8, 8 to 9 p.m., Monongahela Room, Omni William Penn

For more information on the poetry reading series, call 412.482.7275. For the full conference agenda and speaker bios, visit www.duq.edu/msa2014.

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