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Age Studies Events at the Chicago MLA Convention

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    Nancy C. Backes

    Come and  join other age studies scholars at  these remaining Chicago events. Looking forward to seeing you there!

    Session 555. New Voices at the Intersection of Drama, Performance, and Age Studies

    Saturday, 5 January 3:30-4:45 p.m., Columbian Meeting Room, Hyatt Regency Hotel

    Program arranged by the forums TC Age Studies and GS Drama and Performance

    Presiding: Valerie Barnes Lipscomb, U of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee

    1. “‘Growth Untried’: Dramatic Infants and Temporal Scope,” Megan Snell, U of Texas, Austin
    2. “‘There’s No One Like Her’: Charlotte Mew and the Modernity of the Aging Actress,” Caolan Madden, Douglass Residential C, Rutgers U
    3. “(Re)Situating Aging: Mining Temporal Desire in Split Britches’ Unexploded Ordnances (UXO),” Benjamin Gillespie, Graduate Center, City U of New York

    Respondent: R. Darren Gobert, York U

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    Session 614. MLA Awards Ceremony

    Saturday 5 January 7:00 p.m., Sheraton Ballroom IV-V 

    Margaret Morganroth Gullette is receiving the MLA Prize for Independent Scholars for her book Ending Ageism; or, How Not to Shoot Old People. 

    After the CeremonyJoin us in the ChiBar, the lobby bar, of the Sheraton for drinks, food, age studies conversation, and general good cheer.

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