March 8, 2016
Author and scholar Ammiel Alcalay discusses "Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, and Lost & Found Elsewhere," two publishing ventures that he initiated with graduate students at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Alcalay explores the the practical pedagogy of intergenerational transmission, as well as the cultural and political practice of thickening the historical record through archival research. Alcalay and fellow researchers seek out these documents in public and private libraries and archives around the world. He talks about what it is like to discover the unknown correspondence, journals and writings of modern-day American well and lesser known post WWII poets and writers.
The event is presented by UMass Lowell’s Jack and Stella Kerouac Center for the Public Humanities in conjunction with “Kerouac Retrieved: Items from the John Sampas Collection,” an exhibit of the “On the Road” author’s personal items on display at the university’s Allen House.