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Irina Dumitrescu, "Rumba Under Fire: On Public Humanities and Times of Crisis", Mellon Public Scholars Program

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Irina Dumitrescu, "Rumba Under Fire: On Public Humanities and Times of Crisis", Mellon Public Scholars Program
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March 8, 2016 9:00 am
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March 8, 2016 10:30 am
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dumitrescu-rumba-under-fire-posterTime: 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Location: 228 Voorhies

The UC Davis Mellon Public Scholars Program, together with the Department of English and Medieval and Early Modern Studies at UC Davis, present:

Irina Dumitrescu, “Rumba Under Fire: On Public Humanities and Times of Crisis”

Irina Dumitrescu is Junior Professor for English & Medieval Studies at the University of Bonn. Her co-edited collection, Rumba Under Fire: The Arts of Survival from West Point to Delhi (Punctum Books, Spring 2016) proposes we think differently about what it means for the arts and liberal arts to be “in crisis.” In prose and poetry, the contributors to Rumba Under Fire explore what it means to do art in hard times. How do people teach, create, study, and rehearse in situations of political crisis? Can art and intellectual work really function as resistance to power? What relationship do scholars, journalists, or even memoirists have to the crises they describe and explain? How do works created in crisis, especially at the extremes of human endurance, fit into our theories of knowledge and creativity?

Dumitrescu’s research interests include poetry, language learning, bilingualism and writing by multilingual authors, performance studies, food, and sex, violence and humour in the Middle Ages. Essays on medieval literature have appeared in PMLA, Anglia, Exemplaria, and the Forum for Modern Language Studies, as well as in edited collections. She has written reviews for Cultural History and the Journal of Medieval Latin, and served as referee for Rhetorica, Translation Review, and Palgrave Macmillan. In her spare time, she writes about food: essays have appeared or are forthcoming in the Yale Review, Southwest Review, and Petits Propos Culinaires.

Breakfast will be served.

This event is sponsored by Mellon Public Scholars Program, English and Medieval and Early Modern Studies at UC Davis.

For more information please contact: Rachel Reeves, rlreeves@ucdavis.edu


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