House and Home Conference

Friday, May 01, 2015 - Saturday, May 02, 2015

House and Home:  Theories, Texts, Metaphors

The conference will bring an interdisciplinary group of scholars together to explore the many ways that the related notions of house and home are constructed both literally and figuratively in art, literature, film, and on stage.  How does the physicality of a house – its architecture, spatial configuration and design, even the furniture within –intersect with the more intangible emotions, aspirations, and sense of ownership we associate with the place we call home?
The conference schedule can be found HERE.


The Wilson Lecture

Friday, May 01, 2015, 8PM

Houghton Chapel, Wellesley College/Free and Open to the Public
Doors will open at 7:30pm

Michael Ondaatje in conversation with Pico Iyer

Ondaatje was born in Sri Lanka, the former Ceylon, of Indian/Dutch ancestry, he went to school in England, and then moved to Canada. From the memoir of his childhood, Running in the Family, to his Governor-General’s Award-winning book of poetry, There’s a Trick With a Knife I’m Learning To Do, to his classic novel, The English Patient, Michael Ondaatje casts a spell over his readers. He is the author of four collections of poetry including The Cinnamon Peeler and most recently, Handwriting. His works of fiction include In the Skin of a Lion, The English Patient, Anil's Ghost, Divisadero. and The Cat’s Table.  His bestselling novel, The English Patient, was later made into an Academy Award-winning film.  Michael Ondaatje has garnered several literary prizes including The Booker Prize for Fiction, The Irish Times International Prize for Fiction, the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize, the Prix Medicis, the Governor-General’s Award, and the Giller Prize.

Pico Iyer is the author of twelve books, on subjects as varied as Cuba, globalism, Graham Greene, Canada and the XIVth Dalai Lama, and writes up to 100 articles a year for magazines from The New York Review of Books to Harper’s, and Vanity Fair to Wired. He delivered popular TED talks in both 2013 and 2014—his most recent book is a small TED Original on the theme of stillness, and his talk on the nature of home attracted millions of viewers—and has written a film script for Miramax, done liner notes for Leonard Cohen and written introductions to roughly 50 other books, among them The English Patient, by Michael Ondaatje. Born in Oxford, England, and educated at Eton, Oxford and Harvard, he has been based, since 1987, in Western Japan.


Cornille Colloquium with Michael Jeffries

Thursday, May 07, 2015, 12:30PM

Newhouse Center, Green Hall

"Feel Like Atlanta Adopted Us:"  Drake's "American" Life

Michael Jeffries, Wellesley College, American Studies Department