This Quarter’s Schedule

2020-2021 Schedule

Fall Quarter

As in the past, the 20th and 21st Century Cultures Workshop will be convened on alternate Mondays on Zoom. With the notable exception of the Harris Feinsod event on 10/5, the workshop will meet from 3-4:20 pm.

October 5, 2020, 4-5:20 pm [Note the later-than-usual start time]: “The Red International of Seamen and Harborworkers: A Poetics of Strikes from the Kiel Mutiny to the West Coast Waterfront.” Author: Harris Feinsod (Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literary Studies, Northwestern University). Respondent: Chris Taylor (Associate Professor of English, University of Chicago). #Poetry #BlueHumanities #Strikewaves

October 19, 2020, 3-4:20 pm: “Mary Ellen Solt: Concretizing 1968.” Author: Christopher Gortmaker (PhD Student, English, University of Chicago). Respondent: Deborah Nelson (Helen B. and Frank L. Sulzberger Professor of English and the College, University of Chicago). #concretism #protestart #1968

November 2, 2020, 3-4:20 pm: “Translational Black Space in Claude McKay’s Marseille, or Noir is the New Black (Man).” Author: Sophia Azeb (Assistant Professor, English, University of Chicago). Respondent: Noah Hansen (PhD Candidate, English, University of Chicago). #BlackStudies #ClaudeMcKay #AfroArab

November 16, 2020, 3-4:20 pm: “Colored-in feeling: the Protest Puppets of the Women’s Pentagon Action” — co-sponsored with the Theater and Performance Studies Workshop. Author: Marissa Fenley (PhD Candidate, English and Theater and Performance Studies, University of Chicago). 20th & 21st Century Cultures Respondent: Bill Hutchison (Postdoctoral Lecturer, MAPH, University of Chicago). Theater and Performance Studies Respondent: Michael Stablein Jr. (PhD Student, English, University of Chicago). #protestart #performancestudies #ecofeminism

November 30, 2020, 3-4:20 pm: “Ecological Apocalypse Looks Like This.” Author: Robert Suits (PhD Student, History, University of Chicago). Respondent: Evan Wisdom-Dawson (PhD Candidate, English, University of Chicago). #disaster, #climatechange, #socialcollapse

In light of the COVID-19 crisis, the 20th and 21st Century Cultures Workshop will meet on Zoom for the duration of Fall quarter. Links to papers and meetings will be available on this website. You will need a password to access them; we will circulate passwords by email. To receive passwords and other updates, register for our listserv at

As always, meetings are free and open to the public. If you need assistance to attend or have questions or concerns, please reach out to our graduate student coordinators, Zach Hope and Zoe Hughes ( and respectively).

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