2017thu17aug6:30 pmthu7:30 pmPerspectives Writing about Myth

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In support of current exhibition ’Epic Tales from Ancient India: Paintings from the San Diego Museum of Art,’ this panel brings together writers and scholars who have explored and been inspired by myths and legendary tales from many traditions. What can we learn from the ways these myths were developed and revised for their audiences, and what appeal do they continue to have for modern readers and writers? Join four writers and scholars for this discussion.

Sheila Black is the author of two full-length poetry collections, House of Bone and Love/Iraq, and two chapbooks – How to be a Maquiladora and Continental Drift — with painter Michele Marcoux. Her collection Wen Kroyreceived the 2011 Orphic Prize in Poetry and she was a 2012 Witter Bynner Fellow in Poetry, selected by U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine.

Dr. Richard R. Flores is Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the College of Liberal Arts and Professor of Anthropology and Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin where he holds the C. B. Smith, Sr. Centennial Chair in U. S.‚ÄîMexico Relations. He works in the areas of critical theory, performance studies, semiotics, and historical and cultural anthropology. He is the author of Remembering the Alamo: Memory, Modernity, and the Master Symbol, Los Pastores: History and Performance in the Mexican Shepherd\’s Play of South Texas, and editor of Adina De Zavala\’s History and Legends of the Alamo. He has published essays in American Ethnologist, Cultural Anthropology, American Literary History, Radical History Review, and in the edited volume, Latino Cultural Citizenship. In addition to his scholarly work, he oversees UTeach-Liberal Arts, the college\’s secondary teacher preparation program in social studies, English, and foreign languages. Related to this is the Muslim Histories and Cultures Program, an education program for high school social studies teachers. He has also developed the college\’s new effort in international affairs, The Global Initiative for Education and Leadership.

P.J. Hoover first fell in love with Greek mythology in sixth grade thanks to the book Mythology by Edith Hamilton. After a fifteen year bout as an electrical engineer designing computer chips for a living, P.J. decided to take her own stab at mythology and started writing books for kids and teens. P.J. has since published the Forgotten Worlds Trilogy, the YA novel Solstice, Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life, a pick for the 2015 Texas Lone Star List, and its sequel, Tut: My Epic Battle to Save the World.

Dr. Helena Woodard is an Associate Professor of English and a faculty member of the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. Her recent publications include ’African-British Writers: Champions of Freedom,’ Equiano: Enslavement, Resistance and Abolition; ’Troubling the Archives: Reconstituting the Slave Subject,’ Revisiting Slave Narratives / Les avatars contemporains des recits d\’esclaves; and \’\’Reading the Two Marys (Prince and Shelley) on the Textual Meeting Ground of Race, Gender, and Genre,\’\’ Tennessee Studies in Literature.


A UT construction project will fence off some paths to the Blanton from 8.16.17 – 1.31.18.
The drop-off area and disabled parking spaces on Jester Circle (between Jester Dorm and the museum) will be inaccessible.
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August 17, 2017 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm(GMT+00:00)

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