Past Events

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Inaugural Meeting with Nathan Hensley. October 20th, 2017

Inaugural Meeting of Mobilities and Migrations!

FormsEmpireOn Friday October 20th at 1:30, we hosted Nathan Hensley from Georgetown U, who talked about his recent book, Forms of Empire, emphasizing along the way some of his archival discoveries and how that work migrated into the project. The talk was titled “‘The mystery of the cruelty of things’: On Forms of Empire.” This first meeting was held in the Conference Room of the Honors Building at 714 21st Street, NW. A late lunch was provided.

October 28, 2017: “Reflections on Alice and Lewis Carroll”

Fall meeting of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America

University of Delaware Library
Newark, DE

Talks and a display of materials connected to the author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland from University of Delaware Library collections

Dana Richards, Professor of Computer Science, George Mason University
Victor Fet, Professor of Biology, Marshall University
critic and writer Sarah Boxer
early education advocate and historian Edna Ronnals Rauck
August A. Imholtz, Jr., collector and past-president of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America
Mark Samuels Lasner, Senior Research Fellow, University of Delaware Library

Click here for the full schedule.

Free and open to the public; Reception to follow in Memorial Hall.

Order lunch ($30) which is provided for registrants.

For additional information visit the website of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America

Co-sponsored by the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection, University of Delaware Library, and the Univesity of Delaware Department of English.

Mark Samuels Lasner
Senior Research Fellow
University of Delaware Library
181 South College Avenue
Newark, DE 19717
Tel (302) 831-3250

November 14, 2017: Maya Jasanoff to speak at the National Churchill Library and Center

JasanoffProfessor Maya Jasanoff will be at GW’s Churchill Center and Library at 2 P.M. on Tuesday, November 14th to discuss her new book. The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World .

The National Churchill Library and Center is located within The George Washington University’s Gelman Library at 2130 H St. NW, Washington, DC.

— With thanks to Prof. Dane Kennedy for submitting this event. 

November 29, 2017: Austen scholar Devoney Looser to speak at Stevenson University

Devoney Looser, Professor of English at Arizona State University, will speak about her book The Making of Jane Austen at Stevenson University.


For directions to Owings Mills Campus, please use the following link:

For directions to Rockland Banquet Hall, please type in “Rockland” in the search engine of the Owings Mills Campus Map in the link above. The Banquet Hall is located on the 2nd floor of Rockland Center. Parking is available in front of Rockland Center.

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December 1, 2017: Announcing Elaine Showalter as next speaker.

Join us for the second meeting of “Mobilities & Migrations: The Nineteenth Century Seminar at GWU”

We invite you to join us on Friday December 1st from 12:00-1:30 for our second meeting of our university seminar, Mobilities and Migrations: the 19th Century and Beyond. We are excited to be hosting Elaine Showalter, who will give an informal talk about her new work on the travels and travel writing of Julia Ward Howe. This meeting will be held in room B114 of the District House, located at 2121 H Street in Foggy Bottom (about half a block), across the street from Gelman Library (see below for directions). We will provide a light lunch for attendees!

Due to space and budget limitations, we will need to limit the number of guests to 25, and ask attendees to please RSVP on Eventbrite no later than Monday November 27th.

Public transportation is the easiest option around George Washington University.

From the Foggy Bottom/GWU stop (Blue, Silver, and Orange Lines), turn right at the top of the escalator and walk down 23rd Street until you come to H Street (1 block). Turn left on H Street and walk until you reach 2121 (about a block and a half). The District House will be on your left. If you reach 21st Street you have gone too far. (According to Google Maps, this is about a 7 minute walk.)

From the Farragut North stop (Red Line), walk half a block to the Connecticut Ave/L Street intersection, turn right down L Street and walk 4 blocks to 21st Street, turn left down 19th Street and walk to H Street (which is after Pennsylvania Ave.). Take a right onto H Street and continue about 3 1/2 blocks until you see the District House on your right. (According to Google Maps, this is about a 15 minute walk.)

Once you enter the District House off of H Street, head downstairs to the basement (B) level and you will find room B114 to the left.

Street parking is available, but spots are in high demand and frequently unavailable. GWU maintains a number of paid parking garages in the area, the Marvin Center Garage, on H Street between 21st and 22nd, is the closest to the District House. Rates here:

Please contact us at with any questions.

December 6, 2017: Professors Maria DiBattista and Deborah Epstein Nord to discuss At Home in the World: Women Writers and Public Life at CUA

CUA FlyerMaria Battista and Deborah Epstein Nord, Professors of English at Princeton University, will speak about their new book At Home in the World: Women Writers and Public Life, from Austen to the Present at the Catholic University of America.

This event will take place on December 6th at 5:00 P.M. in the Keane Auditorium, McGivney Hall.

— with thanks to Dr. Rebecca Rainof, Associate Professor of English at the Catholic University of America for submitting this event.

Feb 2, 2018: Dr. Heather Schell will speak at Washington Area Group for Print Culture Studies

The next meeting of the Washington Area Group for Print Culture Studies 2017-2018 series will take place on Friday, February 2nd, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Rosenwald Room (LJ 205), 2nd floor, Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress. Dr. Heather Schell will deliver a talk entitled “American Delight: Harlequin Romance in Turkey.”

Harlequin Enterprises dominates the world of popular romantic fiction, releasing more than a hundred titles every month in multiple languages and markets around the world. One of its smaller offices opened in 2010 in Istanbul, in a townhouse on the Asian side of the Bosporus, with its headquarters located in the rooms behind a small boutique for women’s clothing. I worked with the lead editor there in 2011 on a sabbatical project examining the Turkish readers, translators, and editors of romance novels. While this project was aimed at exploring cultural differences in ideas about romantic love, it also revealed unexpected effects on the text wrought by the mechanistic constraints of the publication process itself. My talk will explore the delights and pitfalls of literary interpretation in a setting where book format and publication cycle have as much or more influence on the story as does authorial intent or cultural preferences.

Heather Schell received her doctorate at Stanford University in the interdisciplinary program of Modern Thought and Literature, with a focus on Victorian popular literature and science studies. She has published articles on tiger hunting memoirs, pandemic disease thrillers, and romance novelists’ use of evolutionary psychology, among other topics. Her current book project examines a variety of romantic Turkish texts using methods from the humanities (such as interviews and literary analysis) and the social sciences (with a large reader survey grounded in social science theories) to explore romantic beliefs in Turkey and the United States. She is currently an assistant professor
Please join us for Professor Schell’s talk and for dinner afterwards.

The Jefferson Building is located between First and Second Streets, SE in the District of Columbia. Nearest metro stops are Capitol South (blue and orange lines) and Union Station (red line).

For further information, consult the Washington Area Group for Print Culture Studies website at, or contact Sabrina Baron and Eleanor Shevlin at washagpcs “AT”

For their encouragement and support, the Washington Area Group for Print Culture Studies would like to thank Mark Dimunation, Chief of the Rare Book and Special Collections at the Library of Congress and other Library of Congress staff including Michael North, Head, Reference and Reader Services, Rare Book and Special Collections; Eric Frazier, Reference Librarian Rare Book and Special Collections; Stephanie Stillo, Lessing J. Rosenwald Curator. We are also indebted to John Y. Cole, Library of Congress Historian and founder of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

Feb 7, 2018: “Frankenstein and Romantic Science” A Lecture by Richard Sha at AU Humanities Lab

Wednesday, February 7, 2017, 1 pm at 228 Battelle-Tompkins Hall

No work of literature has influenced more how we think of science and technology than Mary Shelley’s first novel. In this lecture, Richard Sha will outline Romantic science, talk about why it was so fraught and influential, and consider how certain branches of science like obstetrics and embryology shaped the novel. He shows within the science of the time, what it means for the monster to call himself an “abortion,” and how the three narrators of the novel reflect upon ideas of biological and cultural development.

This lecture is part of our Investigations event series for 2017-2018 on the topic of Revolutions: Culture, Technology, Politics.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served 15 minutes before the lecture, so come early and join us for lunch. RSVP via Eventbrite.