Cosponsors
  • The Writing Program of the School of the Arts
  • MA in Film and Media Studies, Columbia University
  • The Visual Arts Program of the School of the Arts
  • Department of English and Comparative Literature
  • The Italian Academy for Advanced Studies
  • The Tomorrow Foundation
Organizer
  • Phillip Lopate, Nonfiction Concentration Director, Columbia University
Notes
  • Free and open to the public

Stalking the Essay is a two-day conference devoted to all aspects of the form.

The first day will consist of three panels featuring talks and readings by writers: 1) The New Essay, with Leslie Jamison, Lia Purpura and Meghan Daum; 2) The Book-Length Essay, with Geoff Dyer, Wayne Koestenbaum and Laura Kipnis; and 3) The Novelist/Critic as Essayist, with Marilynne Robinson, Jonathan Lethem and Hilton Als.

The second day will be given over to three panels on the essay in other media: 1) Graphic Nonfiction and Radio Essay, with Roz Chast, Maira Kalman and Jeff Porter: 2) The Essay-Film, with scholars Michael Renov, Timothy Corrigan and Richard Pena, and 3) Essay Filmmakers, with Ross McElwee, Alan Berliner, Su Friedrich and Shelly Silver.

This event, organized by Phillip Lopate, represents a unique collaboration between members of the Writing Program, the Film Department, the Visual Arts Department and the Columbia College English Department.

Visit https://arts.columbia.edu/events/stalking-essay-2-two-day-conference for more information. PLEASE NOTE: REGISTRATION FOR THIS CONFERENCE IS CLOSED.

Additionally, essay films will be screened from 5-7pm at 501 Dodge during the weekend.

Program

March 28, 2015  Saturday

10:00am - 10:15am EDT

Welcome and Overview with Phillip Lopate

10:15am - 12:00pm EDT

The New Essay:

Leslie Jamison

Assistant Professor of Writing, Nonfiction Concentration Director

Columbia University School of the Arts

Lia Purpura

Wriyer-in-Residence

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Meghan Daum

Adjunct Associate Professor

Columbia University

Moderator

Amy Benson

Writing Program Faculty

Columbia University

12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT

Break I

1:00pm - 2:45pm EDT

Book Length Essays

Wayne Koestenbaum

Poet, Novelist, and Cultural Critic

Geoff Dyer

Visiting Professor

Columbia University

Laura Kipnis

Professor

Northwestern University

Moderator

Margo Jefferson

Professor

Columbia University

3:00pm - 5:00pm EDT

Readings and Talks by Essayists/Novelists/Critics

Marilynne Robinson

Author

Jonathan Lethem

Author

Hilton Als

Critic and Author

Moderator

Richard Locke

Professor

Columbia University

5:00pm - 7:00pm EDT

Screenings of Essay Films

March 29, 2015  Sunday

10:00am - 10:15am EDT

Welcome and Introduction with Phillip Lopate

10:15am - 12:00pm EDT

The Essay in Other Media

Roz Chast

Cartoonist and Essayist

Maira Kalman

Visual Artist

Jeff Porter

Associate Professor

The University of Iowa

Moderator

Ross Posnock

Anna Garbedian Professor of the Humanities

Columbia University

12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT

Break II

1:00pm - 1:45pm EDT

The Essay Film, Historical and Critical Perspective

Richard Peña

Professor of Professional Practice in Film

Columbia University

Michael Renov

Professor

University of Southern California

Timothy Corrigan

Professor

University of Pennsylvania

Moderator

Nico Baumbach

Assistant Professor

http://arts.columbia.edu/film/faculty/nico-baumbach

3:00pm - 5:00pm EDT

The Essay Film, Practitioners’ Perspective

Ross McElwee

Filmmaker

Alan Berliner

Filmmaker

Su Friedrich

Visual Arts Faculty

Princeton University

Moderator

Phillip Lopate

Professor and Nonfiction Director

Columbia University

5:00pm - 9:00pm EDT

Screenings of Essay-Films
Participants
  • Hilton Als Critic and Author
  • Nico Baumbach Assistant Professor Columbia University
  • Amy Benson Writing Program Faculty Columbia University
  • Alan Berliner Filmmaker
  • Roz Chast Cartoonist and Essayist
  • Timothy Corrigan Professor University of Pennsylvania
  • Meghan Daum Adjunct Associate Professor Columbia University
  • Geoff Dyer Visiting Professor Columbia University
  • Su Friedrich Visual Arts Faculty Princeton University
  • Leslie Jamison Assistant Professor of Writing, Nonfiction Concentration Director Columbia University School of the Arts
  • Margo Jefferson Professor Columbia University
  • Maira Kalman Visual Artist
  • Laura Kipnis Professor Northwestern University
  • Wayne Koestenbaum Poet, Novelist, and Cultural Critic
  • Jonathan Lethem Author
  • Richard Locke Professor Columbia University
  • Phillip Lopate Professor and Nonfiction Director Columbia University
  • Ross McElwee Filmmaker
  • Richard Peña Professor of Professional Practice in Film Columbia University
  • Jeff Porter Associate Professor The University of Iowa
  • Ross Posnock Anna Garbedian Professor of the Humanities Columbia University
  • Lia Purpura Writer-in-Residence University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Michael Renov Professor University of Southern California
  • Marilynne Robinson Author
  • Shelly Silver Associate Professor of Visual Arts Columbia University