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Joynes Reading Room Literary Speaker Series

2018-2019 Speaker Series 


Unless noted otherwise, all talks take place at 7 p.m. in the Joynes Reading Room; all are free and open to the public.  For more information, contact matt.valentine@austin.utexas.edu.



January 31: poets Jennifer Chang and Henk Rossouw
On Thursday night, January 31, the Plan II Honors Program and UT’s New Writers Project will host a public reading for visiting poets Jennifer Chang and Henk Rossouw. This event is free and open to the public, and will take place in the Joynes Reading Room (CRD 007) in the Carothers Building at 2501 Whitis Avenue on the UT campus. The event will start promptly at 7 p.m. No RSVP is required.

Jennifer Chang is the author of The History of Anonymity and Some Say the Lark, which was long-listed for the PEN Open Book Award and won the 2018 William Carlos Williams Award. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, The Nation, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Poetry, and A Public Space, and her essays have appeared in Los Angeles Review of Books, New England Review, New Literary History and The Volta. An associate professor of English at George Washington University, she co-chairs the advisory of Kundiman and will be the visiting poet at the University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program this Spring. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her family. 

Henk Rossouw is from Cape Town, South Africa. His 2018 book-length poem, Xamissa, won the Poets Out Loud Editor’s Prize. Rossouw teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. 

February 13: philosophy scholar Paul Woodruff
"Eros Philosophos: Will falling in love make you a better philosopher?" Plato says yes, but only if you are a very special person. Will falling for philosophy make you a better lover? Same answer from Plato. In this talk, Dr. Woodruff will ask how wisdom and love are connected, discuss Plato's answer, and suggest his own.

Dr. Woodruff is a professor of philosophy and was director of the Plan II Honors Program for 15 years. This event will be free and open to the public. The Joynes Reading Room (CRD 007) is located in the Carothers Building at 2501 Whitis Avenue on the UT Austin campus. The event will start promptly at 7 p.m. No RSVP is required.

Check back soon for additional info on these upcoming speakers:

February 28: legal scholar Mary-Rose Papandrea

early March (date TBA): neuroscientist Norman Doidge

March 11: novelist Andrea Lawlor

April 15: poet Jericho Brown

May 1: Lance Olsen


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