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2017-18 Patten Lectures to feature poet, communication scholar, sociologist

For Immediate Release Apr 13, 2017

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Irish poet Paul Muldoon, journalism and political communication expert Kathleen Hall Jamieson and sociologist Michael Burawoy will speak at Indiana University Bloomington in the 2017-18 Patten Lecture Series.

The lectures, which are free and open to the public, will take place from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The series is presented by the William T. Patten Foundation under the auspices of the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs.

Paul Muldoon
Paul MuldoonBeowulf Sheehan

Muldoon will speak the week of Sept. 12 to 15, 2017, Jamieson the week of Feb. 26 to March 1, 2018, and Burawoy the week of March 26 to 29, 2018.

Paul Muldoon is the Howard G.B. Clark ’21 University Professor in the Humanities, director of the Princeton Atelier and professor of creative writing at Princeton University. A celebrated poet, professor, scholar, critic, arts activist and translator, he has received recognition nationally and internationally for his poems that speak of everyday life as well as impenetrable mysteries.

He is the author of 12 major collections of poetry, including “One Thousand Things Worth Knowing” (2015), “Maggot” (2010), “Horse Latitudes” (2006), “Moy Sand and Gravel” (2002) and “New Weather” (1973). He has also edited and introduced several anthologies of Irish folk tales and published smaller collections, works of criticism, opera libretti, children’s books, song lyrics, and radio and television dramas. He is the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize and T.S. Eliot Prize.

Kathleen Hall Jamieson is the Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication and the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. She is considered one of the nation’s leading experts in the field of political communication, including news coverage of elections, political parties and candidates, and presidential campaigns.

She is the author of “unSpun: Finding Facts in a World of Disinformation” (2007), “Presidents Creating the Presidency: Deeds Done in Words” (2008) and “Echo Chamber: Rush Limbaugh and the Conservative Media Establishment” (2010). She is the co-founder of and its subsidiary site, SciCheck, and director of The Constitution Project.

Michael Burawoy
Michael Burawoy

Michael Burawoy, professor of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world’s leading sociologists and ethnographers of work. By studying industrial workplaces through participant observation – in places as diverse as Zambia, Chicago, Hungary and Russia – he has sought to develop general theories about the nature of human labor, the despotic operation of the industrial workplace, the imperatives of production and the relative ability of workers to resist and consent to their shop-floor subordination.

He developed his ideas in his books “Manufacturing Consent: Changes in the Labor Process Under Monopoly Capitalism” (1979) and “The Politics of Production” (1985). More recently, he has explored how the university as a workplace has sociologically reproduced certain kinds of intellectual production.

The William T. Patten Foundation

The William T. Patten Foundation, endowed by a student of the Indiana University class of 1893, provides generous funds to bring to the Bloomington campus for a week people of extraordinary national and international distinction in the sciences, the humanities and the arts.

Past lecturers have included Oscar Arias, Jorge Luis Borges, Wendell Berry, Noam Chomsky, Natalie Zemon Davis, Umberto Eco, Werner Herzog, Julian S. Huxley, Evelyn Fox Keller, Toni Morrison, Martha Nussbaum, Amos Oz, Helmuth Rilling, Edward Said, Amartya Sen, Wole Soyinka, Rene Thom, Thomas Schelling, Strobe Talbott and Lester Thurow.

Inquires about the Patten Foundation, the Patten Lecture Series and future nominations may be directed to .

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