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Guy Mark Foster to Open Spring 2008 Common Hour Series Jan. 25

Story posted January 16, 2008


Guy Mark Foster, assistant professor of English, will speak at the first Common Hour of the 2008 spring semester.

Foster will give a talk titled "Race Traitors and Their Critics: Unmasking Interracial Anxiety in Octavia Butler's Kindred" at 12:30 p.m., Friday, January 25, 2008, in the Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium.

This Common Hour talk is the Karofsky Faculty Encore Lecture. Each semester the Karofsky faculty encore lecture features a Bowdoin faculty member chosen by members of the senior class honoring him or her as a teacher and role model.

Foster has published essays in The New Queer Aesthetic on Television: Essays on Recent Programming, Radical Philosophy Review, Lambda Book Report, and African American Review, for which he was recently given the Joe Weixlmann Award for the Year's Best Essay in 20th Century African American Literature.

His short fiction has also appeared in Ancestral House: The Black Short Story in the Americas and Europe and Brother to Brother: New Writings by Black Gay Men, among other places.

Foster's most recent essay, "How Dare a Black Woman Make Love to a White Man: Black Women Romance Novelists and the Taboo of Interracial Desire," appears in the collection Empowerment versus Oppression: Twenty-first Century Views of Popular Romance Novels.

His interview with British novelist John R. Gordon, one of the principal writers for the LOGO television cable network show Noah's Arc, is forthcoming from Harrington's Gay Men's Fiction Quarterly. He is presently at work on a book titled Waking Up With the Enemy: Re-Reading Interracial Desire in Postwar African American Texts.

Common Hour is open to all Bowdoin students, faculty and staff. Events are held every other Friday of the term at 12:30 p.m. Class and meeting schedules are altered so that students, faculty, and staff may attend.

The Karofsky Family Fund was established by Paul I. '66, his son David M. '93, and his brother Peter '62 in memory of their father and David's grandfather, Sydney B. Karofsky.

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