TILTS to host poet, novelist Gerald Vizenor on Sept. 5

Gerald Vizenor

Gerald Vizenor

The Texas Institute for Literary & Textual Studies (TILTS) welcomes the prolific poet and novelist Gerald Vizenor, a citizen of the White Earth Nation in Minnesota, for a public lecture on Survivance and Totemic Motion in Native American Indian Literature and Art. The lecture will be held in the Prothro Theater at the Harry Ransom Center on Thursday, September 5, at 3:30. A reception will follow in the Tom Lea Room, where the exhibit Native American Literature at the Harry Ransom Center will be on display.

The 2013-2014 edition of TILTS, Reading Race in Literature & Film, brings together scholars, artists, filmmakers, and writers for conversations about the ways that we experience race and ethnicity. As the leading theorist of Native American identity and representation, Vizenor has had a profound influence on indigenous, cultural, and literary studies. He was also a delegate to the White Earth Constitutional Convention and the principal writer of the new Constitution of the White Earth Nation in Minnesota. He is a professor emeritus at University California Berkley and currently professor of American Studies at the University of New Mexico.


TILTS is an annual, multidisciplinary initiative that showcases dynamic scholarship in literary and textual based studies. TILTS is sponsored by the Office of the President, the Vice-Provost, the College of Liberal Arts, and the Department of English of The University of Texas at Austin. Co-sponsors for this event include: Native American and Indigenous Studies, the Humanities Institute, and the Harry Ransom Center.

The Novel vs. the Internet: A Conversation with Paul La Farge

paul.laforgeThe 2012-13 Texas Institute for Literary & Textual Studies (TILTS) symposia on the “Fate of the Book” will host a conversation with novelist Paul La Farge about how the Internet can expand the formal possibilities for fiction and engage new readership. La Farge is the author of “The Artist of the Missing,” “Haussmann, or the Distinction,” “The Facts of Winter” (under the pseudonym Paul Poissel); and the hypertext fiction, “Luminous Airplanes.”

Co-sponsored by the Department of English and the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin, the TILTS “The Fate of the Book” symposia seeks to explore the anxiety felt in both the academy and popular press about the book’s inevitable “death” at the hands of digital media.

The event will take place on Friday, Nov. 30 at 11 a.m. in Parlin 312.
RSVP appreciated: fateofthebook@gmail.com.

The next “The Fate of the Book” event featuring a discussion on the status of the academic monograph and published research will be held on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Protho Theater in the Harry Ransom Center. See the full schedule of the series, which continues through the spring.