Spring 2014 Events with Alicia Ostriker, Visiting Scholar and Poet
Thanks to a grant from the Institute for Visiting Scholars in the Office of the Provost, Women’s & Gender Studies is bringing renewed poet and feminist scholar Alicia Ostriker to campus after spring break, March 17-21.
POETRY READING – MARCH 18 – ALICIA OSTRIKER
Dr. Ostriker will be reading from her work at 7 pm on Tuesday, March 18, at the USC Law School Auditorium. A reception and book signing will follow. I’ve attached a flyer—please forward and post as appropriate.
Ostriker has published 14 volumes of poetry, including The Book of Life: Selected Jewish Poems 1979-2011, and most recently The Old Woman, the Tulip, and the Dog. She was twice a National Book Award Finalist, for The Little Space (1998) and The Crack in Everything (1996). She is known for her intelligence and passionate appraisal of women’s place in literature, and for investigating themes of family, social justice, Jewish identity, and personal growth. Her critical work includes the now-classic Stealing the Language: the Emergence of Women’s Poetry in America. Ostriker is also the author of critical books on the Bible, including the controversial The Nakedness of the Fathers: Biblical Visions and Revisions, a combination of midrash and autobiography. Her newest prose work is For The Love of God: the Bible as an Open Book, of which Elaine Pagels writes, “No one who reads this amazing, brilliantly written book will ever read the Bible the same way again.”
While she is here, Ostriker will be visiting classes in Religious Studies and in English, but there a number of other options for you to meet with her and learn more about her work—particularly her recent work on Midrash. Five additional opportunities:
LUNCHEON WITH ARTISTS AND WRITERS – MARCH 18
Ostriker will meet with artists and writers at a special luncheon on March 19. Please contact Ed Madden for more information. Limited seating available.
MIDRASH AND METHODOLOGY WORKSHOP – MARCH 19
WGST will host an informal workshop on methodology and Midrash 12-1:30 pm on Wednesday, March 19, in HUMCB 314. Lunch will be provided. (Please rsvp so that we can provide enough lunch.)
“REVISIONARY MIDRASH” – MARCH 20
Dr. Ostriker will be delivering a presentation and reading, “Entering the Tents: Revisionary Midrash and Our Lives,” at 7:30 pm on Thursday, March 20, at the Jewish Community Center (306 Flora Drive).
CLOSING COLLOQUIUM – MARCH 21
WGST will host an informal closing colloquium 12-1:30 on Friday, March 21, in HUMCB 308. Again, lunch will be provided. (Please rsvp so that we can provide enough.)
Along with primary funding from the Office of the Provost, Institute for Visiting Scholar’s, Ostriker’s visit is cosponsored by English, Jewish Studies, the Jewish Community Center, and Religious Studies. For more information about Ostriker and her work, see: http://www.blueflowerarts.com/booking/alicia-ostriker.
Ostriker flyer_March 2014.pdf