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WBFO Visiting Professor in the Arts for 2015-16

Fiction writer and conceptual artist Shelley Jackson, the WBFO Visiting Professor in the Arts for 2015-16, will bring her “cross-genre” perspective to UB next week. She will read from her work to open the Department of English’s Exhibit X Fiction Series and the Gender Institute’s 2015 Gender Week, the theme of which is “Wonder Women and Super Men.” Jackson’s reading will take place at 7 p.m. Sept. 24, in Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, 341 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. It is free and open to the public.

Christina Milletti, associate professor of English, calls Jackson “a unique interdisciplinary writer in that her work with narrative moves conceptually between the realms of print, media and art in order to examine the relationship between bodies and texts.” Jackson will make six visits to UB — three this semester and three in the spring semester. While at UB, Jackson’s activities will be “many and varied,” Milletti says. She will meet with graduate and undergraduate students in the three departments that sponsored her visit “to discuss her work and theirs.” An interdisciplinary symposium on Jackson’s work and related issues of text and image is planned for the spring, with graduate students and faculty in English, Media Study and Art being invited to present. And “weather permitting,” Jackson will present, to both the UB and broader Western New York communities, a special installation of “Snow.”

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