Michael Rothberg

Michael Rothberg

Conference Keynote Speaker to Address Literary Responses to 9/11

September 20, 2006

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Illinois Wesleyan University will welcome Michael Rothberg, associate professor of English and comparative literature and director of the Unit of Criticism and Interpretive Theory at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, to campus on Saturday, Sept. 30.  Keynote speaker for the second annual MUSE Undergraduate Literature Conference, Rothberg will deliver a lecture, "Of Literature and Terror: Before and After September 11," at 4 p.m. in room C101 of the Center for Natural Science, 201 E. Beecher St., in Bloomington.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will address the importance of literary responses to cultural tragedies such as the September 11 attacks. Rothberg's most recent book, published in 2000, is Traumatic Realism: The Demands of Holocaust Representation.  Since 2001, Rothberg has applied his research on artistic responses to the Holocaust to the trauma associated with September 11.

The MUSE conference, coordinated by IWU's and Illinois State University's chapters of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, is an opportunity for Midwest undergraduates to publicly present their research.  In addition to Rothberg's lecture and student presentations, the conference will also feature panel discussions on graduate and professional options for English majors.

Rothberg earned his bachelor's degree from Swarthmore College and completed his master's and doctorate of philosophy in the Department of Comparative Literature at the City of New York University.  At the University of Illinois, he teaches literary theories and criticism, American contemporary literature and Holocaust literature.

For additional information on Rothberg, the MUSE conference or Sigma Tau Delta, contact Anne Wilkinson (awilkins@iwu.edu) or Rachel Shulman (rshulman@iwu.edu), co-presidents of IWU's Sigma Tau Delta chapter, or visit the organization's Web site at http://sun.iwu.edu/~sigmatd/.

Contact: Rebecca Welzenbach, (309) 556-3181