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Monday, March 4, 2019

Monday, March 04, 2019 - Lunch Program
Creating Transgender Art: Reflections of a Trans Woman Writer
Meredith Russo

Partially inspired by her experiences as a trans woman, Meredith Russo's debut novel, If I Was Your Girl, won the Stonewall Award in 2016. It has been described as "a universal story about feeling different and a love story that everyone will root for," and it also won honors for the Walter Dean Myers Diversity Award and the Lambda Literary Award. Russo will speak to her experience as a trans writer, a trans woman, and as a distinct minority in the book business industry.

Meredith Russo is a novelist and public speaker from Chattanooga, Tennessee, where she was born and where she received a degree in creative writing and women’s studies from the University of Tennessee. Her award-winning debut novel, If I Was Your Girl, released in 2016 and won the Stonewall Award, as well as honors for the Walter Dean Myers Diversity Award and the Lambda Literary Award.

Russo is a contributor for the New York Times, Radical Hope, (Don’t) Call Me Crazy, and Meet Cute. She also publishes one short story, one novel chapter, and small multimedia side projects every month on Patreon. Her second novel, Birthday, is forthcoming. She has thousands of followers on social media, where she frequently speaks about politics, gender, writing, and publishing. She is one of only a few prominent transgender women speaking to transgender issues and creating transgender art.

Since Russo’s debut release, she has spoken on panels, in interviews, and as a solo presenter domestically and abroad. She was interviewed at Denmark’s Bogforum and has spoken for Highbridge Green School in the Bronx, Middleton High School in Wisconsin, and the Philadelphia Free Library’s author series. Her panel appearances include the Bay Area Book Festival, the American Librarian Association’s summer convention two years in a row, and the Southern Festival of Books. 

Ms. Russo's Athenaeum talk is co-sponsored by the Center for Writing and Public Discourse and the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies, both at CMC.

Photo Credit: Anthony Travis

View Video: YouTube with Meredith Russo

Monday, March 04, 2019 - Evening Program
Who's the Fairest of Them All? The Truth About Opportunity, Taxes, and Wealth in America
Stephen Moore

Stephen Moore, economic policy analyst at CNN and economic advisor to candidate Donald Trump, will explore what it means for our economic system and our economic results to be "fair." Does it mean that everyone has a fair shot? Does it mean that everyone gets the same amount? Does it mean the government can assert the authority to forcibly take from the successful and give to the poor? Is government supposed to be Robin Hood determining who gets what? Or should the market decide that?

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Stephen Moore served as a senior economic advisor to candidate Donald Trump, with a focus on tax reform, regulatory reform, and energy policy. In addition to his current role at 32 Advisors, Moore is a heritage visiting senior fellow and a senior economic analyst at CNN; he has more than thirty years of experience as an economist and thinker on the impact of government on business.

Moore previously wrote on the economy and public policy for The Wall Street Journal and was a member of its editorial board. During his career, Moore has served as a senior economist at the Congressional Joint Economic Committee, and as a senior economics fellow at the Cato Institute, where he published dozens of studies on federal and state fiscal policy. He advised the National Economic Commission in 1987 and served as a research director for President Reagan's Commission on Privatization.

View Video: YouTube with Stephen Moore

Monday, March 04, 2019 - Evening Program
Poetry Reading and Reflections with Carl Phillips
Carl Phillips

Poet and author Carl Phillips, professor of English and of African and Afro-American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, will read some of his award-winning poetry and share personal reflections.

Carl Phillips is the author of 14 books of poetry, most recently “Wild Is the Wind” (FSG, 2018), and “Reconnaissance” (FSG, 2015), winner of the PEN USA Award and the Lambda Literary Award. He is also the author of two books of prose: “The Art of Daring: Risk, Restlessness, Imagination” (Graywolf, 2014) and “Coin of the Realm: Essays on the Life and Art of Poetry” (Graywolf, 2004), and he is the translator of Sophocles’ Philoctetes (Oxford, 2004).

A four-time finalist for the National Book Award, his honors include the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry, the Kingsley Tufts Award, the Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Library of Congress, and the Academy of American Poets. He teaches at Washington University in St. Louis.

Professor Phillips Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored by the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies in collaboration with the poetry colloquium of the department of literature.

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