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Neilly Series 2009 - 2010
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September 23—Sanford Thatcher

Sanford ThatcherSanford Thatcher will discuss open access, which is viewed by librarians and their allies in academic administration as an antidote to the domination of certain sectors of higher education publishing by a few large internationally active companies. The talk will explore the various dimensions of the phenomenon, including the relative absence of discussion about open access as it affects book publishing, and attempt an assessment of its promises and pitfalls as a way to effect change to a new model, or models.

Thatcher is the former director of Penn State University Press. His most significant achievement was to forge a working relationship with the Penn State Libraries that resulted in the joint launching of the Office of Digital Scholarly Publishing in 2005, followed by the merger of the Press into the Libraries later that year. He has served on many boards, including the Copyright Committee of the Association of American University Presses, the Association of American Publishers, and the Association for Copyright Enforcement, overseeing the landmark suit against Texaco. In retirement, he will continue to work part-time as an acquiring editor in social sciences for Penn State University Press. This lecture celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the University of Rochester Press.

Introduction by Suzanne Guiod

Editorial Director, University of Rochester Press

Hawkins-Carlson room, Rush Rhees Library at 5 p.m.


October 9—Dan Rattiner

Dan RattinerDan Rattiner is best known for creating Dan’s Papers , the largest circulating newspaper in the Hamptons. Founded in Montauk in 1960 as the first free newspaper in America, today it is a quirky, irreverent and informative publication, sometimes running 300 pages a week, in which Rattiner usually writes between three and five articles. He is often called the Unofficial Mayor of the Hamptons.

Born in NYC, Rattiner moved to Long Island in 1956 when his father bought a local drugstore. He started Dan’s Papersas a summer newspaper between his junior and senior year at the University of Rochester. Also a cartoonist, he has sold his work to Esquire, MacLeans, Redbook, and the Saturday Review of Literature.For several years in the 1990s, he broadcast Dan’s Hampton Report on WQXR, the radio station of The New York Times.

Introduction by Richard M. Gollin

Professor Emeritus of English

Hawkins-Carlson room, Rush Rhees Library at 4 p.m.

November 12—Awista Ayub

Awista AyubAwista Ayub will talk about her work forming a young women’s soccer team in Afghanistan. In 2003, she founded the Afghan Youth Sports Exchange, a non-profit organization dedicated to preparing Afghanistan’s youth with leadership skills required to promote athletics into their schools and communities. Subsequently, AYSE sponsored 8 young women to go to the US, making it the first international girls soccer team from Afghanistan. In 2006, Ayub brought Afghan-American coaches to Afghanistan to organize a girls soccer clinic, working with more than 250 girls through the auspices of the Afghanistan National Olympic Committee. Two Afghan female soccer players sponsored by AYSE received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2006 ESPYs.

Ayub has been featured in a number of national news publications and programs including ABC News Person of the Week, ESPN, Glamour Magazine Hero of the Month, CNN American Morning, New York Daily News, Sports, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Washingtonian, and USA Today.

Ayub is a 2001 graduate of the University of Rochester. She also has a MPA from the University of Delaware. From 2005 to 2007, she served as the Education and Health Officer at the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington, DC. Photo © Scott Duncan.

Introduction by Paul J. Burgett

Vice President and General Secretary

Hawkins-Carlson room, Rush Rhees Library at 7:00 p.m.

February 18 —John Palattella

John PalattellaJohn Palattella will discuss magazines and literary culture in the present economic and publishing climate. He is literary editor of The Nation, the oldest continuously published weekly magazine in the United States. He received a BA from Washington & Lee University and a PhD from the University of Rochester. His dissertation focused on the early poetry and prose of William Carlos Williams.

In the mid-90s Palattella was a special projects editor at Lingua Franca and co-editor of The Real Guide to Graduate School (Lingua Franca Books, 1997). From 2004 to 2007 he was an editor-at-large of the Columbia Journalism Review, and in 2007 he served as poetry editor of The Nation. Palattella’s essays and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, including the London Review of Books, The Boston Review, Bookforum, the Los Angeles Times Book Review, the Washington Post Bookworld, Newsday, Dissent, American Scholar, and the Chronicle Review. In 1995 he was the recipient of the Robert D. Richardson Award in Non-fiction Writing from the Denver Quarterly for an essay about the poet Susan Howe.

Introduction by James Longenbach

Joseph Henry Gilmore Professor of English

Hawkins-Carlson room, Rush Rhees Library at 7:30 p.m.

March 4—Abraham Verghese

Abraham VergheseAbraham Verghese is a renowned physician, best-selling author, and Professor for the Theory and Practice of Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He lectures widely on the importance of the doctor-patient relationship, on the samaritan function of physicians, and on where meaning resides in a medical life

He will discuss his latest work, Cutting for Stone. Much of his life’s work is brought to bear in this debut novel, which has been celebrated by critics around the country. Entertainment Weekly praised the novel as “a lovely ode to the medical profession…The doctor in [Verghese] sees the luminous beauty of the physician’s calling; the artist recognizes that there remain wounds no surgeon can mend.”

Verghese has also written two nonfiction books: My Own Country, a memoir about treating AIDS patients in rural Tennessee, and The Tennis Partner, about his close friendship with a drug-addicted physician. The Tennis Partner was a New York Times Notable Book and a national best seller.

His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Sports Illustrated, The Atlantic, Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere. A moving speaker, he is also acclaimed as a dedicated and inspiring teacher of medicine at the bedside and is a sought-after clinician and diagnostician. All of Abraham Verghese’s works, fiction and non-fiction, reflect his view of medicine as a passionate pursuit and a priestly calling. Photo © Joanne Chan.

Introduction by Dr. Seymour I. Schwartz

Distinguished Alumni Professor of Surgery

Hawkins-Carlson room, Rush Rhees Library at 7:30 p.m.


April 22—Arthur Sze

Arthur SzeArthur Sze will discuss “Tyuonyi: Multicultural Perspectives on Poetry.” Tyounyi, a Keresan word, is the name of a meeting place situated in Bandelier, New Mexico. Sze has 22 years of experience working with Native Americans at the Institute of American Indian Arts. He translates classical Chinese poetry, and has as a deep interest in Japanese culture. He will show how these strands run through the evolution of his own poetry and how they are an essential part of our world today.

Sze is the author of nine books of poetry, including The Ginkgo Light, Quipu, The Redshifting Web: Poems 1970-1998, Archipelago, and The Silk Dragon: Translations from the Chinese. He is also the editor of Chinese Writers on Writing, forthcoming from Trinity University Press. His poems have been translated into Albanian, Bosnian, Chinese, Dutch, Italian, Romanian, Spanish, and Turkish. He was poet laureate of Santa Fe from 2006-2008 and is the recipient of many awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, an American Book Award, a Lannan Literary Award for Poetry, and two National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing fellowships. He is professor emeritus at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Photo © Mariana Cook.

Introduction by James Longenbach

Joseph Henry Gilmore Professor of English

Hawkins-Carlson room, Rush Rhees Library at 7:30 p.m.



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