Mary Clai Jones is an Assistant Professor of English and Humanities at Chadron State College. The title of her talk is Corelli’s Designing Fictions: Fashioning the Woman of Genius. Marie Corelli was one of Britain’s most popular novelists. Her celebrity, paired with late 19th century technological advancements, launched her onto the public stage; and, her role as an outspoken woman writer within the male dominated literary world, made her a controversial figure. Jones’s presentation will explore the ways in which Marie Corelli’s fiction examines and reimagines gender biases within the masculine space of the published world.
Other Spring 2018 Graves Lecture Series speakers include:
April 10 Mary Donahue
April 17 Dr. Tom Smith and Dr. Deane Tucker
Mary Donahue is a professor of Art in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts. As a teacher and practitioner of art and graphic design, she is interested in the human story and how it is portrayed. Donahue went undercover as an “extra” in the Coen Brothers’ first TV/Netflix series, “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” set to air in 2018. During her time as an “extra,” she had an eye-witness account of the process of professional movie-making and the human story behind the production. The title of her presentation is On the Trail of the Oscar-Winning Filmmakers, the Coen Brothers…in the Nebraska Panhandle.”
Tom Smith and Deane Tucker will wrap up the series with a discussion on the challenges Cuba has faced since the 1959 revolution, including the recent death of Fidel Castro. During the lecture, Smith and Tucker will analyze some of the changes and continuities that have occurred since the revolution; they will also reference the present conditions as well as possible future paths. The title of their talk is Cuba: Change and Continuity.
The presentations begin at 7pm, and beginning this semester, all presentations will be held in the Sandoz Center Atrium (rather than Library Room 111).