• Tom Gilroy

    Holed-up in a Holiday Inn for 10 days while his mother was in a hospital across the street and visiting hours were only five minutes out of every hour, Gilroy had an opportunity to talk at great length with his fatherÂ…, something many of us never do. The result? The film Spring Forward. Gilroy consciously goes against the standard method of direction by living in the completely ambiguous realm. "It takes people who come from outside the industry to carry the continuum of American cinema; trying to restore intelligent cinema's place in America's heart."

Literary Arts

The English Department annually presents 10-12 writers, often winners of Pulitzer Prizes, MacArthur "genius grants," National Book Awards and various other honors. All writers brought to campus work with students personally; all public presentations are free.  For more information, please email Elizabeth White at elwhite@davidson.edu or call 704-894-2254.

Key: 900 Room = C. Shaw Smith 900 Room, Alvarez College Union; CI = Carolina Inn; DFPH = Duke Family Performance Hall, Knobloch Campus Center; Hance = Hance Auditorium, Chambers; Lilly = Lilly Family Gallery, Chambers; TTH = Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center


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Lorrie Moore

2017 Conarroe Lecture

Monday, Feb. 6  •  7 p.m.  •  DFPH  •  Tickets TBA

Lorrie Moore is the author of seven works of fiction. Recipient of The Irish Times Prize for International Literature, the Rea Award for the Short Story, the PEN/Malamud Award, the O. Henry Award, and a Lannan fellowship, she is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She received her B.A. from St. Lawrence, and her M.F.A. from Cornell University; she is Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor at Vanderbilt University.

Tickets are free but required. You may obtain tickets by contacting the Union Ticket Office. Supported by the Joel A. Conarroe Lecture Series Endowment.


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Film Screening: Tom Gilroy

Visiting McGee Professor of Writing

Tom Gilroy has written and directed three award-winning films, including the critically acclaimed feature film Spring Forward, starring Liev Schreiber, Ned Beatty, Ian Hart, and Campbell Scott. A two-time fellow of the Sundance Labs, he was commissioned by R.E.M. to create "It Happened Today," a video-work inspired by the band's final album. Gilroy frequently teaches film at Columbia University, and is the author of three books of haiku and various political columns in The Huffington Post.

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Jeanne-Marie Jackson: South African Literature's Russian Soul

Jeanne-Marie Jackson is assistant professor of English at the Johns Hopkins University. Trained as a comparatist at Yale University, Jackson works in Russian, Afrikaans, and Shona. Her book, South African Literature's Russian Soul: Forms of Global Isolation, shows how Russia's nineteenth-century Golden Age of literature and ideas provides a model for South African writers during and after Apartheid.

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Reggie Love, author of Power Forward: My Presidential Education, spoke about his time as personal assistant to President Barack Obama. A graduate of Providence Day School in Charlotte, Love played basketball for Duke University before going to work for then senator Obama later transitioning to the White House. After leaving the White House, Love attended the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business and is now a partner and vice president of Transatlantic Holdings. Love discussed his first-hand account of life as the president's "body man" and reflected on the 2016 presidential election.

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Davidson Reads: Alan Michael Parker and Karl Plank

Alan Michael Parker is the Douglas C. Houchens Professor of English, and the author of eight collections of poems, including The Ladder, and four novels, including the forthcoming Christmas in July. His honors include three Pushcart Prizes, two inclusions in Best American Poetry, the Randall Jarrell Poetry Prize in 2013 and 2014, and the North Carolina Book Award.
Karl Plank is the J.W. Cannon Professor of Religion at Davidson. His recent poetry and creative work has appeared in publications such as Notre Dame Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, and Zone 3. He is a past winner of the Thomas Carter Prize for nonfiction and a Pushcart nominee.
For further information, please contact Kathryn Perez at kaperez@davidson.edu. Sponsored by the English department.