The Los Angeles Times blog featured the Pomona Student Union’s next event, Consider David Foster Wallace, in their section titled “Jacket Copy.” The article talks about Wallace’s life and discusses the backgrounds of our speakers, Jonathan Lethem, D.T. Max, and Laura Miller. To read the article click here.
During his life, David Foster Wallace – a Pomona College professor – was already considered by many to be one of the most influential and brilliant writers of his time. Since his death in 2008, that consensus seems to have grown to fever pitch, nearly drowning out careful consideration of his work itself. The Pomona Student Union is honored to present a discussion of Wallace’s legacy, life, and – primarily – of the work that brought him to the front of American literature (and to Pomona College). Joining us for this discussion are Jonathan Lethem (novelist, essayist, and Pomona’s Roy E. Disney Professor of Creative Writing and English), Laura Miller (author and writer for Salon and The New York Times Book Review, among others), and D.T. Max (writer for The New Yorker and Wallace’s biographer).
The relationship between the West and the Muslim World is complex. For more than a decade Islam has been a central focus in the media. Yet many of our perceptions are still fraught with inaccuracies and a lack of awareness, which continue to shape policy decisions.
John Esposito is a Professor of Religion and International Affairs and of Islamic Studies at Georgetown University. Additionally, he is the Founding Director of the Prince Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding in the Walsh School of Foreign Service and he serves as a consultant to the Department of State and a number of corporations, universities, and media outlets around the world. Professor Esposito’s has expertise on political Islam and the impact of Islamic movements. He has written more than forty books, many of which have been translated into multiple languages.