Keynote Speakers


A Thinkers' Guide to Y2K

Elaine Scarry (Harvard University)
“The Making and Breaking of Cities”

A professor of English and American Literature and Language, Elaine Scarry is the Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value at Harvard University. Her interests include Theory of Representation, the Language of Physical Pain, and Structure of Verbal and Material Making in Art, Science and the Law. She has extensively written on beauty and its relation to justice, mental, verbal, and material creation, citizenship and consent, the language of physical pain, 19th-century British novel, and 20th-century drama. In her Dreaming by the Book (1999), she explores the processes by which poets and writers teach us the work of imaginative creation. Writers from Homer to Heaney instruct us in the art of mental composition, even as their poems progress. In her brilliant synthesis of literary criticism, philosophy, and cognitive psychology, Elaine Scarry explores the principal practices by which writers bring things to life for their readers. Her publications include also Thermonuclear Monarchy (2014), Thinking in an Emergency (2011), Rule of Law, Misrule of Men (2010), Who Defended the Country? (2003), On Beauty and Being Just (1999), Resisting Representation (1994), The Body in Pain (1985). Prof. Scarry’s talk will be focused on space and cities in Proust.




Rosanna Warren (The Univeristy of Chicago)
“London-Paris-New York: Three Modern Lyrics”

Rosanna Warren is the Hanna Holborn Gray Distinguished Service Professor in the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. Her book of criticism, Fables of the Self: Studies in Lyric Poetry, came out in 2008. Her most recent books of poems are Departure (2003) and Ghost in a Red Hat (2011). She is the recipient of awards from the Academy of American Poets, The American Academy of Arts & Letters, the Lila Wallace Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the New England Poetry Club, among others. She was a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 1999 to 2005, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. (Photo by Joel Cohen)

Rosanna Warren’s talk on on November 14th, at 10-11.30am will be accessible at our website:  When the stream is live, a link to it will appear under the “Live Videos” heading.



André Aciman (The Graduate Center, CUNY)

André Aciman is Distinguish Professor of Comparative Literature and the director of The Writers’ Institute at The Graduate Center, CUNY. He is the author of the memoir Out of Egypt, and of two collections of essays, False Papers: Essays on Exile and Memory and Alibis: Essays on Elsewhere. He has co–authored and edited The Proust Project and Letters of Transit. He is also the author of three novels, Call Me by Your Name, Eight White Nights, and Harvard Square. His books have appeared in many languages. He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a fellowship from The New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New Republic, The Paris Review, as well as in many volumes of The Best American Essays.


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