Archive for August, 2008

From Newnham College, Cambridge, comes this news via the VW ListServ.

“Newnham College, Cambridge, is an extraordinary institution with a distinguished tradition of women’s education and many achievements in the field of literature. With Sylvia Plath, Iris Murdoch, A.S.Byatt, Margaret Drabble, Katharine Whitehorn, Claire Tomalin and Ali Smith among our alumnae, we have much to celebrate in women’s writing.

To commemorate the 800th anniversary of the University of Cambridge, we are building on this heritage to expand our literary archive and develop a programme of events that will raise funds to support and enrich the current teaching of English, a subject which remains a key priority for the College.

So we are delighted to invite you to take part in a unique series of private events celebrating a key moment in women’s education and women’s writing – Virginia Woolf’s visit to Cambridge and the lectures she gave there which formed the basis of her influential book, A Room of One’s Own. (more…)

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“Virginia Woolf, at Intersection of Science and Art,” a six-minute program on National Public Radio, explores the way Woolf’s fiction identifies and explores the mind and the self.

The program, which focuses on Mrs. Dalloway, was broadcast Aug. 2, but you can still hear it online. Join Robert Krulwich of NPR; Jonah Lehrer, author of Proust Was a Neuroscientist; and actress Anne Bobby as Mrs. Dalloway for a repeat of the broadcast here.

Learn more about Lehrer’s take on Woolf’s ability to meld art with science here.  As he puts it, Woolf was the “first to identify and frame the mystery” of individual identity.

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