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Indiana University Bloomington

Celebrating Susan Gubar, Teacher and Writer

Friday, April 16, 2010, The University Club, Indiana Memorial Union

Susan Gubar. . . if I have laid stress upon these professional experiences of mine, it is because I believe that they are, though in different forms, yours also. — V. Woolf

This one-day symposium invites back to campus former students of Susan Gubar, Ruth Halls Professor and Distinguished Professor of English, to take the measure of the remarkable achievement and tremendous influence of her many books, articles and essays, an influence that has been transmitted and magnified in the work and sensibilities of the scores of students she has trained, supported, and inspired. All faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend and participate throughout the day, and to join us for a reception from 5:00-6:00 pm.

The symposium will consist of three morning and one afternoon roundtable discussions in which the principal participants will offer brief statements (five-ten minutes) considering how they have taken what they learned from Susan Gubar  -- about women's literature, feminist critical theory, African-American writing, Jewish studies, and the conduct of a professional life – and carried it forward into their own scholarship and teaching.  These brief statements will be followed by general conversation among the attendees of the symposium.

The late afternoon will feature a panel presentation by four invited guests — Ann DuCille (Wesleyan), Susan Fraiman (Virginia), Amy Hungerford (Yale), and Patricia Yeager (Michigan) — chosen to represent the various legacies of Professor Gubar's work.

View Professor Gubar's English Department website here. >>

Schedule of Events

8:30 am: Coffee and Greetings

9:00-10:00 am: Roundtable Discussion: Feminist Mentoring and Teaching

  • Johanna Frank, Katharine Ings, Julie Wise, Ashley Tidey, Beth Sutton Ramspeck, Heather May, Helene Meyers, Rod Taylor

10:15-11:15 am: Roundtable Discussion: The Futures of Feminist Scholarship and Theory

  • Lori Landay, Marilee Lindemann, Matt Brim, Renata Kobetts-Miller Tricia Lootens, Kyeong-Hee Choi, Laura Dawkins, Elizabeth Baer, Tyrone Simpson

12:30-2:00 pm: Lunch

2:00-3:00 pm: Roundtable Discussion: Offices of Their Own: The Place of Women in the Profession

  • Gail Cohee, Paula Krebs, Alice Falk, Yung-Hsing Wu, Theresa Kemp

3:15-5:00 pm:  Panel Presentation: The Legacies of Susan Gubar

  • Ann duCille, Wesleyan University [in absentia]
  • Susan Fraiman, University of Virginia
  • Amy Hungerford, Yale University
  • Patricia Yaeger, University of Michigan

5:00-6:00 pm: Reception