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Rap Artist Baba Brinkman Interprets Geoffrey Chaucer
A “Lit-Hop” Take on Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales
March 11, 2014
Rap troubadour Baba Brinkman brought his hip-hop version of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales to the Writers House on Tuesday, March 11, in conjunction with the English Department’s new course in Chaucer and Popular Culture. Students in the course met with Brinkman in a pre-performance seminar during which he responded to questions about the nature of his art and the genre of “lit-hop,” in which classic literary works are adapted and performed using the conventions of hip-hop. His performance later that evening packed the Writers House as he performed his rollicking versions of the tales of the Wife of Bath, Pardoner, and Merchant.
The 10th Annual Robert D Keohan Book Fund and Lecture Series
February 21, 2014
The 10th Annual Robert D. Keohan Book Fund and Lecture Series presented a lecture entitled “From the Isles of Shoals to Cape Cod: Writers on the New England Shore” by Professors Paul Vatalaro and Geraldine Branca on February 21 in the Writers House. This year’s lecture centered on four new book fund purchases, Celia Thaxter’s Among the Isles of Shoals (1873), Henry Beston’s Outermost House (1936 ed.), John Hay’s Great Beach (1963), and Robert Finch’s Common Ground (1981). The book fund, which is supported by an annual gift from Associate Professor Robert Keohan, permits the purchase of special editions useful in the English Department’s curriculum. This year’s purchases support Professor Vatalaro’s new, field-based seminar, ENG4102 The New England Shore. Prior purchases include a first edition of T. S. Eliot’s poems, an illustrated edition of Leslie Marmon Silko’s Rain, a facsimile of The Luttrell Psalter, and the original monthly installments of Charles Dickens’ Our Mutual Friend.