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Chris Van Allsburg Lecture
The 4th annual lecture of the Sarah Marwil Lamstein Children's Literature Lecture featured Chris Van Allsburg. Van Allsburg, author of The Polar Express and many other children's books, spoke about his career as artist, book illustrator and children's author. Van Allsburg is a true luminary in the children's book world. He has twice received the Caldecott Medal, for The Polar Express and for Jumanji, as well as a Caldecott Honor for his very first book, The Garden of Abdul Gasazi. He has also been awarded the Regina Medal for lifetime achievement in children's literature. A masterful artist with a talent for unique perspectives and provocative realities, Van Allsburg also has a playful side. Each of his sixteen books features an appearance by Fritz, a bull terrier. Van Allsburg slyly inserts Fritz, based on a dog once owned by his brother-in-law, into each story, sometimes as a dog but other times as a toy, a pitcher, or a child's drawing.  Van Allsburg lives in Providence, Rhode Island, with his wife and two children. For more information, visit www.polarexpress.com or www.chrisvanallsburg.com.
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Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
Dargie Anderson(0:01:26)
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Lord Plant My Feet On Higher Ground
Dargie Anderson(0:01:58)
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Neil Bartlett Interview - The Living Writers Show
Neil Bartlett, Ashley David(0:46:08)
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Mood Ring
Jaswinder Bolina(0:01:29)
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Guillermo's Sigh Symphony
Anne Carson(0:01:36)
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Ode to the Sublime by Monica Viti
Anne Carson(0:02:27)
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Outwardly His Life Ran Smoothly
Anne Carson(0:01:38)
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Sarah Marwil Lamstein Children's Lit Lecture 2007
Christopher Paul Curtis(0:51:28)
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Sarah Marwil Lamstein Children's Lit Lecture 2007, Part 2: Q & A
Christopher Paul Curtis(0:13:05)
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Spring and Fall
Nicholas Delbanco(0:06:43)
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Who Am I?
Laurence Goldstein(0:01:43)
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Firmament On High
Laurence Goldstein(0:01:18)
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Ode To the Watchman
Lorna Goodison(0:02:05)
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The Wandering Jew and the Arab Merchant on the Island of Allspice
Lorna Goodison(0:01:49)
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Your Ice Art, Michigan
Lorna Goodison(0:01:14)
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The Day-Breaking If Not the Full Sun Shining on the Progresse of the Gospel in New England
Linda Gregerson(0:04:06)
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Sarah Marwil Lamstein Children's Lit Lecture 2008
Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket)(0:51:48)
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Coming of Age
Alan Jacobstein(0:07:34)
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Alan Jacobstein(0:01:07)
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Safari, Rift Valley
Alan Jacobstein(0:00:55)
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Protracted Absence
Laura Kasischke(0:01:17)
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Process of adapting a novel for film
Laura Kasischke(0:39:38)
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The Second Week of May
Laura Kasischke(0:00:52)
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Orange Bang
Deanne Ludin(0:00:46)
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The Ginseng Hunter Thinks About Oranges in October
Deanne Ludin(0:01:33)
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Geneology of Fire
Khaled Mattawa(0:04:39)
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For Years I've Been Prohibited From Mentioning the Moon
Khaled Mattawa(0:02:30)
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The Rapture of Dry Ice Buring Off Skin at the Moment of the Soul's Apothesis
Thylias Moss(0:01:38)
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Sage Wisdom
Sean Norton(0:01:34)
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Blue Tip
Sean Norton(0:01:48)
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Reading from: At Swim, Two Boys
Jamie O'Neill(0:50:45)
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Macklin Smith(0:02:59)
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Koans? No, Queries
Macklin Smith(0:00:46)
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Days of 1971, 1972
Keith Taylor(0:01:18)
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Detroit Dancing, 1948
Keith Taylor(0:01:29)
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The World Is
Richard Tillinghast(0:03:19)
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We Kept Missing Each Other
Richard Tillinghast(0:02:29)
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Ralph Williams Commencement Address 2008
Ralph Williams, Scotti Parrish(0:54:34)
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U-M English Commencement Ceremony 2008
Ralph Williams, Scotti Parrish, Matthew Ballew(1:03:16)
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Sarah Marwil Lamstein Children's Lit Lecture 2009
Cynthia Kadohata(1:04:05)
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To attend readings in person, please visit our readings section and/or events calendar for complete schedules.
2013 Commencement—The 2013 Spring Commencement Ceremony for the Department of English Language and Literature is available on our YouTube channel.
Shakespearean Pain - Schoenfeldt
Shakespearean Pain—The Inaugural John R. Knott, Jr. Collegiate Professorship in English Literature Lecture was given by Professor Michael Schoenfeldt on January 24, 2013. If you missed your chance to attend in person that lecture is available online through Rackham.
English 367: Shakespeare's Principle Plays
Sadly, Professor Ralph Williams has taught his final courses here at the University. Miss your chance to attend one these renowned courses? Don't worry, we've got you covered. We'll be putting up all the lectures for one of his most popular courses, Shakespeare's Principal Plays, on iTunes U (and adding more later). These files are all free to listen to and download.

Emeritus professor of English, Ralph Williams, explores the reasons why Shakespeare's works—and words—continue to resonate.

The 5th Annual Sarah Marwil Lamstein Children's Literature Lecture featuring two-time Newbery Medal winning author Lois Lowry. This lecture was recorded at Rackham Amphiteatre for the University of Michigan Department of English.
English Professor Anne Curzan examines the history, the constructions, and the oddities of the English language in this multi-part "Mini-Lecture" feature in LSA Wire.
The Hopwood Awards were recently featured in an episode of the University's Out Of The Blue. Watch the episode above.
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Daniel Handler Lecture
The second annual Sarah Marwil Lamstein Children's Literature Lecture featured Daniel Handler. Daniel Handler is the author of the novels The Basic Eight, Watch Your Mouth and Adverbs, and serves as the legal, literary and social representative of Lemony Snicket, whose sequence of books for children, known collectively as A Series Of Unfortunate Events, have allegedly sold more than 56 million copies in 39 languages and are indirectly responsible for at least one major motion picture. 
For reasons unknown even to himself, he works intermittently in film, journalism and music, including a collaboration with composer Nathaniel Stookey on a piece commissioned by the San Francisco Symphony entitled The Composer Is Dead.  The adjunct accordionist for the pop group The Magnetic Fields, Mr. Handler lives in San Francisco with his wife, the illustrator Lisa Brown, and a relatively small child.
For more information on the Lemony Snicket series of books, please visit the author's website: http://www.lemonysnicket.com/
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Jamie O'Neill Reading
Jamie O'Neill, Irish writer and author of AT SWIM, TWO BOYS (2002), reads from his novel at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo on November 15, 2005. O'Neill was in the middle of a week-long residency in Ann Arbor, sponsored by the Lesbian-Gay-Queer Research Initiative at U-M's Institute for Research on Women and Gender, by the English Dept's Zell Visiting Writers Series, and by a grant from the Arcus Foundation.
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The Sarah Marwil Lamstein Children's Literature Lecture/Reading

The Sarah Marwil Lamstein Children's Literature Lecture/Reading is made possible through an endowment in honor of Sarah Marwil Lamstein by her husband Joel Lamstein to the University of Michigan Department of English Language and Literature. This annual event began in 2007 and is presented by the Department of English.

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