Literature Program
 


Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Co-sponsored/co-presented by:
Buffalo State College's, University at Buffalo's Humanities Institute, Just Buffalo Literary Center, Aroma Group and Hallwalls

TALKING LEAVES 32ND ANNIVERSARY - Task of the Critics: Readings by Charles Mancuso, Henry Sussman, Julian Montague, & Yoke-Sum Wong

Presented at:
Hallwalls

At the bars along Elmwood Avenue, last call takes place just before 4 o'clock in the morning. But just a block away, the neon glows 'round the clock. You can find it in almost every room of Charles Mancuso's Ashland Avenue home. Professor of Music at Buffalo State College, Chuck Mancuso has taught courses on the elements of American popular music, modern jazz, urban blues and rock & roll, American folk music, country music, Hollywood musicals, and film noir since 1970. He will read from his book Popular Music & the Underground: Foundations of Jazz, Blues, Country, & Rock, 1900-1950 (Kendall-Hunt, 1996).

Henry Sussman is Julian Park Professor of Comparative Literature at UB and a frequent Visiting Professor of Germanic Languages & Literatures at Yale. His recent books include The Task of the Critic (Fordham U. Press, 2005) and The Aesthetic Contract (Stanford U. Press, 1997). His new book is Idylls of the Wanderer (Fordham, 2007).

Julian Montague is an artist and graphic designer who is best known for a long-term art project dedicated to developing a system of classification that allows stray shopping carts to be identified based on the situations in which they are found. The project has been widely shown in alternative spaces and galleries including Hallwalls, Real Art Ways (Hartford CT), Art in General (NYC), Black & White Gallery (NYC), and the Central House of Artists in Moscow. His work has been reviewed in Artnews, Artnet, the New York Times, and elsewhere. The project has most recently taken the form of a book, The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America: A Guide to Field Identification (Abrams, 2006).

Yoke-Sum Wong is Director of the Sociology Department at Lancaster University and Managing Editor of the Journal of Historical Sociology (quarterly, Blackwell). Selected publications include "Beyond (and Below) Incommensurability: The Aesthetics of the Postcard," Common Knowledge V.8, #2 (Spring 2002), and "The Sigh of the East: A Sense of Empire and Other Lingerings," Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology, 36(2) May 1999. She is currently working on a manuscript entitled The Chaos of Dainties: Singapore and the Confections of Empire, 1819-1930.


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