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

Saturday, December 11 - 7:00 pm PST
East Bay Media Center, 1939 Addison Street, Berkeley
color photo of poet Chris Nealon reading from his work + audience

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; 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 at 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 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.

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