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 2014-2015, the Center explores the theme "Subjects and Objects." Scheduled special events for Sping 2015 include a roundtable "Speculations: Subjects and Objects in Science Fiction" (March 2), along with the "Departures" conference (March 28) organized by the Graduate English Organization and a symposium organized by the Language, Writing, and Rhetoric area group to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Writing Center (April 16). All events are free and open to the public.
Fall 2014 offerings consisted of a Medieval and Early Modern Studies symposium, Knowing Nature (October 24-25, 2014), the Petrou Lecture and Poly-seminar with Bill Brown (October 30-31,2014), and an end of the semester symposium and roundtable, Sympathetic Environments, Material Worlds, featuring Jane Bennett, Colin Jager, and Julia Reinhard Lupton (December 8, 2014).
Proposals for events to support this theme and other scholarly and intellectual initiatives were due October 20, 2014. There may be a second cycle with a deadline of April 20, 2015, depending upon the University's budget. Information about grant proposals is available here.