A dynamic venue for critical and creative work at the University of Maryland, the Center for Literary and Comparative Studies sponsors lectures, symposia, conferences, readings, and other activities.
For 2015-2016, the Center explores the theme "Play." Events associated with this theme include "Play as Perfomance: A Roundtable Discussion" (October 1, 2015); the Petrou Lecture and Poly-Seminar with Sianne Ngai (October 22-23, 2015); "Lyric Play: the State of the Lyric and Lyric Studies Today" (February 10, 2016); the Center Symposium, "In Play: Games, Aesthetics, Performance" (March 4, 2016), and the "Composition of Play" mini-symposium (April 13, 2016). Other events include the Medieval and Early Modern Studies Symposium, "(Re-)Building Networks" (October 9-10, 2015), and "Disease, Medicine, and New World Colonial Studies" (March 23, 2016). All events are free and open to the public.
Watch for further announcements about our fall 2015 funding cycle, when we will invite proposals for events to support the theme of "Play" and other scholarly and intellectual initiatives. Information about grant proposals is available here.