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Bishop McCabe Lectures | 2008-2009 Lectures

Sandow Birk: "Capturing Dystopia"

September 15, 2008

Celebrated artist Sandow Birk will speaks on his work and influences in conjunction with Depravities of War, an exhibit showing at the American University Museum, September 2–October 26, 2008.

Raised on the beaches of California and currently living and working in Los Angeles, artist and filmmaker Sandow Birk is a graduate of the Otis/Parson’s Art Institute. A winner of the J. Paul Getty Fellowship for Visual Arts, a Fulbright Scholarship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship, Birk’s work has been exhibited internationally and has been featured in recent years at the San Diego Museum of Art, the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, (SUNY/New Paltz, NY), the San Jose Museum of Art, and the Laguna Art Museum (Laguna Beach, CA). He has been featured in Harper’s Magazine, the New York Times, the London Guardian, ArtNews, the Wall Street Journal, Details, Rolling Stone, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and on National Public Radio.


Allan Lichtman, "Seven Days until Tomorrow"

October 28, 2008,

Presidential historian and American University Professor Allan Lichtman shares his insights and predictions as the 2008 presidential campaign comes to a close. He will also sign copies of his new book White Protestant Nation: The Rise of the American Conservative Movement, as well as his recently updatedThe Keep to the White House: 2008 Edition.

Allan Lichtman is a Professor of History at American University. His most recent books are The Keys to the White House: 2008 Edition and White Protestant Nation: The Rise of the American Conservative Movement. He has provided commentary for all major U.S. broadcasting networks and cable companies, the Voice of America, and many foreign broadcast companies, including BBC and CBC. He has also served as an expert witness in more than 75 voting rights and redistricting cases. In 1993, Lichtman was named the American University Scholar-Teacher of the Year.


Dunya Mikhail & Bruce Weigl, "The Syntax of Wars"

March 18, 2009, 8:00 p.m.

Writers Dunya Mikhail and Bruce Weigl, both poets and essayists, read from their work and participate in an audience Q&A on rendering the experience of war through writing. This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Literature's Visiting Writers Series.

Dunya Mikhail worked as literary editor for the Baghdad Observer until, facing increasing threats and harassment from the Iraqi authorities for her writings, she fled to the United States in the late 1990s. She is the author of four collections of poetry in Arabic and one in English, The War Works Hard. In 2001, she was awarded the United Nations Human Rights Award for Freedom in Writing.

Bruce Weigl enlisted in the U.S. Army as an 18-year-old in 1967 and received the Bronze Star for his service in Vietnam. He is the author of 13 collections of poems, including After the Others, Archeology of the Circle: New and Selected Poems, The Unraveling Strangeness, and Declension in the Village of Chung Luong. He is also the author of a memoir, The Circle of Hahn.