Neilly Author Series

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Avram Finkelstein, Locating AIDS on the 21st Century Image Landscape

 

Book cover image for After Silence by Avram Finkelstein

Date: January 31, 2022
Time: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Virtually, on Zoom

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The story of HIV/AIDS is likely the most cogent corporeal metaphor for the turn of the 21st century, a story of gender, race, class, identity, access and institutional power. It’s the story of the truths of the soul and the lies of the mind. But where does this story sit on the current digital landscape—an intricate ecosystem of power narratives representing fantasias of egalitarianism, where machine-learning has torqued social meaning into information conduits of Möbius non-orientability? How do we re-locate one of our most defining and ongoing societal struggles in the present? 

Avram Finkelstein is an artist, activist and writer living in Brooklyn, and a founding member of the Silence=Death and Gran Fury collectives. His book, After Silence: A History of AIDS Through its Images, is available through University of California Press, and was nominated for an International Center of Photography' 2018 Infinity Award in Critical Writing and Research, and a 30th Annual Lambda Literary Award in LGBT Nonfiction.

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C. Pam Zhang, How Much of These Hills is Gold

 

Cover picture for How Much of These Hills is Gold by C. Pam Zhang

Date: January 31, 2022
Time: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Virtually, on Zoom

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C. Pam Zhang's book was longlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize and won the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association Adult Fiction Prize.

In How Much of These Hills is Gold, Zhang reinvents the narrative of the American West by focusing on two newly orphaned children of immigrants. After the death of their parents, Lucy and Sam, alone in a land that refutes their existence, set off on an unforgettable journey of reckoning and resilience in the face of grief. 

Zhang’s writing has appeared in various publications including The New York TimesThe New YorkerThe Paris Review, and The Cut.  Among her most widely shared pieces are the viral New York Times Modern Love essay, “Junk Food Was Our Love Language,” and a LitHub piece on writing in the time of grief. 

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Ian Manuel, My Time Will Come

 

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Book cover for 'My Time Will Come' by Ian Manuel

Date: November 15th, 2021
Time: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Virtually, on Zoom

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In this talk, Manuel will discuss his memoir, My Time Will Come, which details his rocky journey on the road to redemption, after being sentenced to life in prison without parole at the age of 14, and surviving 18 years in solitary confinement. Manuel will contemplate how writing poetry kept him sane and gave him hope, while incarcerated; how his relationship with his victim, who is now one of his closest friends and fiercest advocates, contributed to his release from prison in 2016; and how his experience sparked his career as a motivational speaker at schools and social organizations nationwide.

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Dorothy Wickenden, The Agitators

 

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Front cover to the book 'The Agitators' by Dorothy Wickenden

Date: October 19th, 2021
Time: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Virtually, on Zoom

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In this lecture, Wickenden will discuss her new book, The Agitators. The book tells the story of America before, during, and after the Civil War, through the intimate perspective of three friends and neighbors in Auburn, New York—Harriet Tubman, Frances Seward, and Martha Coffin Wright. Wickenden will reflect on the parallels between the era leading up to the Civil War and our current era as she seeks to inspire the "agitator" inside us all.

About Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly

Janet Dayton and Andrew H. Neilly
Janet Dayton and Andrew H. Neilly

In a wonderful millennium gift, Life Trustee Andrew H. Neilly and his wife, Janet, established a named, endowed library position at the University of Rochester with a $1 million gift. The Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly Dean of River Campus Libraries Endowment is used by the dean to support library programs designed to contribute to the intellectual life of the University and to enhance the libraries' collections related to academic initiatives. With this purpose, the Neilly Series was established in 2001.

The libraries have been the focus of Andy Neilly's interest at the University for many years. During the University's Campaign for the '90s, Andy and his co-chair and good friend, Jack Keil, raised several million dollars in support of the libraries. 

A graduate of the Class of 1947, Andy had a distinguished career in the field of publishing, serving as president, CEO, and vice chairman of the board of John Wiley & Sons in New York City before his retirement in 1995. Both he and Janet grew up in Rochester. Janet attended William Smith College and Northwestern University. She is a founder of Connecticut Hospice.

Andy has noted on many occasions:

The library is the key to the University. It is the center for everything else that happens here.