Kemp Malone Lecture Series

The Kemp Malone Lecture Series began in 2004 by English graduate students to foster closer relationships with scholars around the country. Graduate student run and led, the Kemp Malone Lecture Series recruits some of the most respected academics in literature, cultural studies, and critical theory writing today. The intent of the series is to match Emory student interests with scholars who have written on those interests and to make scholars accessible to students.

2014 Kemp Malone Lecturer Eric Hayot

Scholars are nominated in the spring and chosen by the Kemp Malone committee in conjunction with the Director of Graduate Studies. The scholar is selected based on her or his influence in the academic field and relevance to Emory's graduate community.

Kemp Malone Lecturers are invited to a student-led reading seminar based on their work, are invited to give a lecture to a faculty and student body later that same day, and are invited to discuss, roundtable-style, issues in pedagogy, professionalization, or critical reception of their work with students. The series invites the lecturer for two days of discussions and lectures. All activities and lectures are planned and carried out by the Kemp Malone Committee.

The Kemp Malone Lecture Series Committee usually consists of 4 students (one from the 2nd year, one from the 3rd, one from the 4th, and one from the 5th). The current 4th-year student is traditionally the chair of the committee, and the previous year¿s 4th-year student (now in her 5th year) will often serve in an advisory role to the current committee. Students are chosen at the end of their first year by members of the current Kemp Malone Committee and continue to serve on the committee for the following three years. With the help of the whole graduate student body, members of the committee plan the Lecturer's visit and secure funding from various departments and campus institutions.

The 2014 Kemp Malone lecture, will be presented by Dr. Eric Hayot, Pennsylvania State University. WEBSITE

Past Speakers

2012-2013 Lecturer: Rachel Adams

Title of Lecture: "Forbidden Intimacy:  Sexuality & Intellectual Disability." 

2011-2012 Lecturer: Sianne Ngai

Title of Lecture: "The Zany Science: Gender and Post-Fordist Performance"

Title of Seminar: "Aesthetic Categories"

2010-11 Lecturer: Alexander Weheliye

Title of Lecture: "Ideogrammatics as Physiognomy"

Title of Seminar: "Without Comparison: W.E.B. Du Bois's and Walter Benjamin's Modernities"

2009-2010 Lecturer: Kirsten Silva Gruesz

Title of Lecture: "Cotton Mather's Spanish Lessons"

2008-2009 Lecturer: Joseph Slaughter

Title of Lecture: "Pathetic Fallacies"

Title of Seminar: "Literature and Humanitarianism"

2007-2008 Lecturer: Stephen Greenblatt

Title of Lecture: "The Strange Case of Shakespeare's Cardenio"

2006-2007 Lecturer: Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick

Title of Lecture: "The Weather in Proust"

2005-2006 Lecturer: Bruce Robbins

Title of Lecture: "Where Stuff Comes From: Rhetorics of Transnational Connection"

2004-2005 Lecturer: Carl P. Eby

Title of Lecture: "`He Felt the Change so that It Hurt Him All Through': Fetishism, Sodomy, and Transvestic Hallucination in Late Hemingway"