Voltaire's Coffee: Dr. Michael Adams, Professor of English Fall 2009
Wed, August 26, 2009 • 7:00 PM • This VC will be held on campus in the Joynes Suite, Carothers 007.
Flannery O'Connor's collection of stories titled "Everything That Rises Must Converge," led by Dr. Michael Adams, Professor of English.
About the book: Flannery O'Connor was working on Everything That Rises Must Converge at the time of her death. This collection is an exquisite legacy from a genius of the American short story, in which she scrutinizes territory familiar to her readers: race, faith, and morality. The stories encompass the comic and the tragic, the beautiful and the grotesque; each carries her highly individual stamp and could have been written by no one else. The story centers around Julian and his mother's weekly trip to the downtown YMCA. Their relationship is mired with constant conflict because Julian is far too self-absorbed to appreciate the many sacrifices his mother has made for him.
About the professor: Michael Adams is Director of the Dobie Paisano Fellowship Program, Associate Director of The James A. Michener Center for Writers, and former director of the creative-writing program at UT. A teacher of English Literature and Advanced Expository Writing at The University of Texas at Austin, Professor Adams is the author of short stories, essays, novels (Blind Man’s Bluff; Anniversaries in the Blood), and a college textbook, The Writer’s Mind: Making Writing Make Sense. He is the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including the Liberal Arts Council Teaching Award and the President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award, and he has been elected to the Academy of Distinguished Teachers. A Fulbright Scholar and a former member of the Texas State Bar Plain-Language Committee, Professor Adams is a columnist for the Fifth Circuit Reporter, writing on all aspects of language. He a member of the Texas Institute of Letters.
This VC will be held on campus. Room TBA