Rachel Walerstein, class of 2013
Indie concert: Arms & Sleepers, American Royalty and Gianni Paci
Arms & Sleepers is an electronic duo from Boston. American Royalty is a psych-pop trio from Brooklyn. Guitarist Gianni Paci is a recent graduate of New York University and is influenced by Buddy Holly and The Beatles. Performer Magazine recently featured him on its cover. $5 at the door; parking for those without a campus parking sticker is $1 -- see oswego.edu/administration/parking. 312-4581.
Location: Lounge, Hewitt Union
Friday, April 25, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Theatre performance: "Young Frankenstein"
$15 ($7 for SUNY Oswego students), including parking in front of Culkin Hall and in lot E-18 east of Culkin. 312-2141. www.oswego.edu/arts
Location: Waterman Theatre, Tyler Hall
Friday, April 25, 7:30 p.m. - 9:45 p.m.
Baseball vs. Plattsburgh
Location: Oswego, NY- Laker Baseball Field
Friday, April 25, 3 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Men's Golf Spring Tournament
Location: Oswego, NY - Oswego Country Club
Saturday, April 26, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
GOLD Third Thursdays
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Location: Various Cities
Thursday, May 15, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Reunion Weekend 2014
More information: alumni.oswego.edu/reunion
Location: SUNY Oswego, New York 104, Oswego, NY, United States
Thursday, June 5, noon - noon
We all connect with at least one book we've read in our lives. That book, no matter when we read it, stays with us like a favorite sweatshirt on a cold day--warm and comforting. I didn't find that book until my junior year of college, but I would never have found it if I hadn't been in Professor Leigh Wilson's introductory fiction writing course. In the spring of my sophomore year, because I hadn't missed a class all semester. she gave me a book of Dorothy Allison's short stories. Little did I know that book would lead me to choosing Allison's Bastard Out of Carolina as the novel on which I'd give a presentation at Marist College's 21st Annual Women & Society Conference. And little did I know how far Bone's story would take me in discovering my own.
I knew early on that I wanted to do queer readings of texts, using the deviant and perverse worldviews presented in contemporary fiction to assess my own modernity. How might we begin to understand something like sexuality and gender through characters who have the privilege of a story's ending, and who are struggling with these very topics? Is it possible to uncover a new paradigm for sexual knowledge in a novel? I decided yes, and began my search for some answers, aided by Drs. Maureen Curtin and Patrick Murphy.
The earnest pursuit of answers to my critical questions, along with guidance from Patrick and Maureen, have led me to the University of Iowa's English Ph.D. program. I plan to focus on twentieth and twenty-first-century fiction, and how these texts attend to questions of the body, embodiment, subjectivity, and agency. I hope to develop a new way of thinking about our bodies and selves that moves beyond polemics, and towards a radical self-knowledge, and in the process reforms the politics that always already misrecognize us.