Chris Nealon

Chris Nealon, “George Oppen and The Future”: The George Oppen Memorial Lecture

Saturday, December 11
Event Time 07:00 p.m. - 09:00 p.m.
Location East Bay Media Center, 1939 Addison Street, Berkeley
Contact Email poetry@sfsu.ed


Introduced by Brandon Brown

The George Oppen Memorial Lecture is supported by the Dorothy A. Fowler Trust.

  • This in-person event is free and open to the public; the audience will be limited to half normal room capacity, and masks are required. Video of the event will be live-streamed to our YouTube channel. We welcome people with disabilities and want to do what we can to make the event accessible to you. Contact us in advance for reasonable accommodations. Media captioning will be available after the event on our YouTube channel.

We are delighted to host poet and scholar Chris Nealon to deliver the 36th annual George Oppen Memorial Lecture. Nealon's subject will be "George Oppen and the Future." Brandon Brown will introduce Nealon, with the event supported by the Dorothy A. Fowler Trust.

…Look around you now        and ask yourself

Which of these—

                The innovators, profit-makers, the ones behind high walls,

                                The ones who are planning for the great catastrophes—

                Or the ones with no ability to plan,

                Who live from hour to hour, year to year,

                                In whom terror waits to be uncurdled,

                Who live in the great wide world—

Which of these will be the victorious ones?

Nobody knows.

—Chris Nealon, from “The Victorious Ones”

Chris Nealon is a Professor of English at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of The Shore (Wave Books, 2020) as well as two books of literary criticism, Foundlings: Lesbian and Gay Historical Emotion before Stonewall (Duke, 2001) and The Matter of Capital: Poetry and Crisis in The American Century (Harvard, 2011), as well as three earlier books of poetry: The Joyous Age (Black Square Editions, 2004), Plummet (Edge Books, 2009), and Heteronomy (Edge, 2014). He lives in Washington, DC.

Related event:

Chris Nealon and Stephanie Young, reading and in conversation

Recent Oppen Lectures:

Erica Hunt, The George Oppen Memorial Lecture: December 12, 2020

Tyrone Williams, The George Oppen Memorial Lecture: December 6, 2019

David Hobbs, The George Oppen Memorial Lecture: December 2, 2017

Frances Richard, The George Oppen Memorial Lecture: December 17, 2016

Roberto Tejada, The George Oppen Memorial Lecture: December 12, 2015

George Oppen at The Poetry Center:

Charles Reznikoff and George Oppen: February 19, 1963

George Oppen: February 21, 1968

George Oppen: October 29, 1969

Event contact: 

The Poetry Center

Event phone: 

(415) 338-2227

Event sponsor: 

The Poetry Center

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