Distinguished Visitors

Kathleen Fitzpatrick

Director of Scholarly Publishing, Modern Language Association
Author of Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy

Thursday, October 30, 2014
2:00pm (location to be announced)

This October, CAHI is teaming up with the Libraries and the Provost’s Office of Scholarly Publishing to host Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Scholarly Communication at the Modern Language Association and author of Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy (2011). Fitzpatrick is one of the best-informed and most creative minds tracking the transformations in scholarly publishing affecting us all.

Fitzpatrick will deliver a public lecture the afternoon of October 30 and will also help in the official opening of the new Scholars’ Commons in the Wells Library. The ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 4:00pm that same afternoon.

Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy was published by NYU Press in November 2011. Fitzpatrick is also the author of The Anxiety of Obsolescence: The American Novel in the Age of Television, published in 2006 by Vanderbilt University Press, and is a co-founder of the digital scholarly network MediaCommons. She has published articles and notes in journals including the Journal of Electronic Publishing, PMLA, Contemporary Literature, and Cinema Journal.

Katherine Boo

Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist and Author of Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Thursday, October 23, 2014
Alumni Hall, 7:00pm

The Kelley School of Business, the Media School, and the College Arts & Humanities Institute are proud to bring Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Katherine Boo to Bloomington to speak about her experiences writing her book Behind the Beautiful Forevers.

With over twenty-five years in the field, Katherine Boo has established herself as a fearless journalist dedicated to telling the stories of the poor and disadvantaged on the pages of many esteemed publications. Beginning her career at the alternative weekly Washington City Paper, she became a staff writer at The New Yorker and a reporter and editor for the Washington Post, after which she worked as a writer and co-editor of the Washington Monthly magazine. Over the years, her reporting from disadvantaged communities in the United States and abroad has been awarded a Pulitzer Prize, a MacArthur “Genius” Grant, and a National Magazine Award for Feature Writing.

Boo’s New York Times bestselling book Behind the Beautiful Forevers was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize.

Ian Bogost

Video Game Designer and Critic

Wednesday, Mach 26, 2014
IU Cinema, 3:30pm

Ian Bogost is Ivan Allen College Distinguished Chair in Media Studies and Professor of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Founding Partner at Persuasive Games LLC. An award-winning designer and media philosopher, Bogost is author of Unit Operations: An Approach to Videogame Criticism, other books on videogames, as well as the recent Alien Phenomenology: What It’s Like to Be a Thing. His recent independent games include Cow Clicker, a Facebook game send-up of Facebook games. A Slow Year, a collection of videogame poems for Atari VCS, Windows, and Mac, was winner of the Vanguard and Virtuoso awards at the 2010 Indiecade Festival.

Alec Soth


Friday, February 7, 2014
Fine Arts 015

Alec Soth has compiled a body of work as a photographer—largely focused on people and places of the Midwest—that has been exhibited at the 2004 Whitney Biennial, the San Francisco Museum of Art, the Walker Art Center, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and elsewhere. He has published several collections of his photographs, including Last Days of W (2008), about a country “exhausted by George W. Bush’s presidency,” and Sleeping by the Mississippi (2004), which has become a collector’s item. Soth also founded the publishing house Little Brown Mushroom.

Chris Ware

Award-winning Cartoonist and Author of Building Stories and Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth

A Ruth N. Halls Lecture

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
IU Cinema

Chris Ware is one of the most important graphic artists working today. His graphic novel Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth (Pantheon, 2000) received an American Book Award in 2000, the Guardian First Book Award in 2001, and the French comics award “L’Alph Art” in 2003. In 2009 Jimmy Corrigan was named as one of the “100 Best Books of the Decade” by The Times (London). Ware is also the author of The Acme Novelty Datebook Volumes 1 and 2 (Drawn & Quarterly, 2003, 2007), Quimby the Mouse (Fantagraphics, 2003), was the editor of the 13th issue of McSweeney’s (2005), and was the guest editor of Houghton-Mifflin’s Best American Comics 2007. He is a contributor to The New Yorker, and was the cartoonist chosen to inaugurate the New York Times Magazine’s “Funny Pages” section in late 2005. He is currently at work on a long-form graphic novel, Rusty Brown. His book Building Stories was released in October 2012. In December, 2012, Building Stories was named one of the New York Times “10 Best Books of 2012.”

This event sponsored by Themester 2013: “Connectedness: Networks in a Complex World,” an initiative of the IU College of Arts and Sciences.

john edgar wideman

Thursday, September 20, 2012

One of the major voices in American fiction over the past thirty years, John Edgar Wideman has received many honors, including the Macarthur Fellowship, the American Book Award for fiction, and the Pen/Faulkner Award (twice).

His fictional works include Sent for You Yesterday, Philadelphia Fire, and Briefs. His non-fiction includes the award-winning memoir Brothers and Keepers, as well as articles on figures ranging from Emmett Till to Denzel Washington and Thelonius Monk.