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October 12-15, 2011
Texas A&M University, College Station
Dear Friends & Colleagues,
Please receive this email as my personal invitation to you, your family, and your friends to attend the 2011 CALLALOO CONFERENCE, its fourth gathering, which will be mounted at Texas A&M University (College Station) and The Menil Collection (Houston, TX), October 12-15, 2011.
I hope you will accept my invitation to this event, which is free and open to the general public.  I can assure you that if you attend different sessions of this international conference, you will not be disappointed, for we have assembled a program featuring some of the best artists and intellectuals currently living in the United States.
Please come out and enjoy what we at Callaloo are offering you. I look forward to seeing you in mid-October.  And what a pleasure that will be!
Charles H. Rowell
Editor of Callaloo
Professor of English
P. S.  I am attaching a sketch of the Conference program, which also includes biographical notes on the main speakers and the creative writers who will read from their work.  For additional information about Callaloo and the 2011 CALLALOO CONFERENCE, visit our website: <http://callaloo.tamu.edu>.
7:00 PM, Wednesday, Oct. 12
Keynote Address
“A Trans-Atlantic Circuit: Baldwin at Mid-Century” (Cultural Translation)
Hortense Spillers, Vanderbilt University
: Dagmawi Woubshet, Cornell University
8:00-10:00 AM, Thursday, Oct. 13
“Word for Word: The Writer’s Eye” (Creative Writing as Translation)
Maaza Mengiste, Ethiopian American Novelist
: Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, Cornell University
: GerShun Avilez, Yale University; Fred D’Aguiar, Virginia Tech;  Helon Habila, George Mason University; Dawn Lundy Martin, University of Pittsburgh; Nelly Rosario, Texas State University; & Scott Heath, Georgetown University
1:00-3:00 PM, Thursday, Oct. 13
“The Taste of the Archive” (Literary & Cultural Criticism as Translation)
Brent Hayes Edwards, Columbia University
Moderator: Shona Jackson, Texas A&M University
Respondents: Daphne Brooks, Princeton University; Richard Iton, Northwestern University; Regine Jean-Charles, Boston College; Koritha Mitchell, The Ohio State University; & James Peterson, Lehigh University
7:00-8:30 PM, Thursday, Oct. 13
Poetry Readings
Vievee Francis, College of Creative Studies, Detroit, MI
Dawn Lundy Martin, University of Pittsburgh
Gregory Pardlo, George Washington University
: Koritha Mitchell, The Ohio State University
9:00-11:00 AM, Friday, Oct. 14
“In Search of Ben Patterson:  An Improvised Journey” (Music as Translation)
George Lewis, Columbia University
Moderator: Tsitsi Jaji, University of Pennsylvania
: Brent Hayes Edwards, Columbia University; Scott Heath, Georgetown University; Salamishah Tillet, University of Pennsylvania; & Ivy Wilson, Northwestern University
2:00-4:00 PM, Friday, Oct. 14
“Reading the Photograph” (Visual Art as Translation)
Deborah Willis, New York University
Moderator: Huey Copeland, Northwestern University
Respondents: Valerie Cassel Oliver, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston; Krista Thompson, Northwestern University, & Ivy Wilson, Northwestern University
6:00-7:30 PM, Friday, Oct. 14
Fiction Readings
Maaza Mengiste, Ethiopian American Novelist
Helon Habila, Nigerian American Novelist, George Mason University
Moderator: Fred D’Aguiar, Virginia Tech
5:30-6:30 PM, Saturday, Oct. 15
The Menil Collection, Houston
Keynote Address
“Commander of the Cool: Translating the Art of an African Woman”
Robert Farris Thompson, Yale University
Moderator:  Shona Jackson, Texas A&M University

Photos of conference available here.
For further information on the conference, contact the Callaloo office via email at callaloo@tamu.edu or call 979.458.3108. See information about Callaloo and its other upcoming projects at <http://callaloo.tamu.edu>.   
* This is a past event. It exist for archive purposes.

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