Clifford Symposium and Axinn Center Dedication

Over the next few days, FMMC will be joining in the dedication of our new home and attending events with a number of scholars highlighting the various disciplines housed in Axinn. The full schedule is online, but here are a few specific events that might interest FMMC students:

Wednesday, October 15

7:30 p.m.
Faculty Panel: “Sites of Memory”
Moderator: Jason Mittell; panelists: Rebecca Bennette, Dan Brayton, Rachael Joo, and Chris Keathley
Location: Axinn 229
A discussion about the relationship between memory and place in literature, art, and culture. This topic is inspired by the transformation of our old library—which was the College’s centennial building in 1900—into a center for literary and cultural studies.

Thursday, October 16

7:30 p.m.
Lecture by Marsha Kinder, of USC’s Labyrinth Project
“Dramatizing the Archive: Contested Sites of Memory and Erasure”
Location: Axinn 232
The Labyrinth Project is an art collective and research initiative on interactive cinema and database narrative at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Center for Communication. Under the direction of cultural theorist Marsha Kinder, this initiative works at the pressure point between theory and practice. Kinder produces interactive narratives and installations in collaboration with visual artists and writers known for their experimentation with nonlinear forms.

Saturday, October 18

9:30 a.m.
Faculty Panel: “Looking Backwards: Milestones in the Field”
Moderator: Jay Parini; panelists: Leger Grindon, Brett Millier, Paul Monod, and Michael Newbury
Location: Axinn 229
The “greatest hits” in their respective scholarly fields.


Saturday, October 18

11 a.m.
Poetry reading by Donald E. Axinn ’51, Litt.D. ’89
Location: Axinn Abernethy RoomNoon
Reception and Dedication
Location: Axinn Winter Garden

1:30 & 3 p.m.
Tour of building with discussion of building history by Professor Glenn Andres

2 p.m.
Screening of student films begins on continuous loop, until evening
Location: Axinn 232

8 p.m.
Reception for “Frostiana” and “Sound Investment”
Location: Axinn Winter Garden

8 p.m.
College Choir performs selections from “Frostiana”
Location: Abernethy Room

8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Performance by Sound Investment
Location:  Reading Room

10 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Black and White Ball
Bands: Project DCQ and campus band, Yuzimi
Axinn Lawn


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