Janus, to ancient Romans, was the god of beginnings and transitions. Nicholas Delbanco, former director of U-M’s Creative Writing MFA Program and the Hopwood Awards Program, now U-M Professor of English and Literature, is retiring. And the local literary community is throwing a party at Rackham Amphitheatre — a daylong symposium called The Janus Faced Habit: The Art of Teaching and the Teaching of Art.
What We Know: Considering creative writing's recent history as a discipline, the lessons of distinguished writer-teachers, and the challenges of integrating creative and pedagogical practice. In conversation with professors and authors Margaret Lazarus Dean, Miles Harvey, and Jesmyn Ward, moderated by author and essayist Donovan Hohn.
Write the Future: Addressing innovative new strategies pointing the way toward the evolution of the discipline. In conversation with professors and authors Valerie Laken, William Lychack, and Porter Shreve, moderated by Jeremiah Chamberlin.
Charles Baxter, lauded Midwest author and former director of Michigan’s Creative Writing MFA, and Delbanco share the stage at the Rackham Assembly Hall for a conversation, marking the finale of the daylong symposium.
“The Janus Faced Habit: The Art of Teaching and the Teaching of Art”
December 4, 2:00-6:30.
Rackham Amphitheatre, 915 E. Washington St. Free.