(10.12) Attention impulsive/procrastinating Moby-Dick fans: This is for you. The Brown University English Department will be hosting a day-long symposium Friday on Herman Melville.
Herman Melville’s towering “Moby Dick” crosses oceans, spans centuries, imagines new forms of life and still has readers captivated. On the eve of the author’s bicentennial, a day-long symposium hosted by the Department of English considers why Melville has become a writer for our time — a time dominated by catastrophic climate change, political instability, new material forms and a renewed interest in the possibilities of the aesthetic.
. . .“Melville’s Worlds” responds to this largeness of scale, exploring his work across a variety of discourses and disciplines: legal, political, ecological, sociological, and aesthetic. Speakers will consider why Melville has become the writer for our time, a time dominated by catastrophic climate change, political instability, new material forms, and a renewed interest in the possibilities of the aesthetic.
Go to the event page for details and a schedule of the symposium. (There is something for Bartleby lovers as well.)
The pictures here were taken at the Seamen’s Bethel in New Bedford.
Free and open to the public, 9am to 5:30pm, Friday, October 12, Room 305, Pembroke Hall, 172 Meeting Street, Brown University (directions)