Ideas and Conversations: Evenings with Graduate Liberal Studies

Graduate Liberal Studies continues its events program, Ideas and Conversations, showcasing the achievements of GLS students, alumni and faculty and brings special events to the GLS community. Engage the conversation!

Spring 2015 semester:

Monday, January 12th 7pm
The Regulator Bookshop

The stories in
Almost Famous Women don't seek to romanticize the women they depict, but rather resurrect them and explore the difficult choices that defined their lives. Crossdressing Standard Oil heiress Joe Carstairs bought an island and ruled it, while racing boats and womanizing. The conjoined Hilton twins were briefly a show business sensation. Beryl Markham wasn't just an aviatrix and author-she was also Africa's first female horse trainer and for awhile lived alone in a tent on a racetrack in Nairobi. The International Sweethearts of Rhythm were the nation's first integrated, all-girl swing band, and despite their overall excellence they ran into terrifying scenarios touring down south because of Jim Crow laws. Lord Byron's illegitimate daughter, Oscar Wilde's wild niece, and Edna St. Vincent Millay's sister also star in stories in the collection.  Written with extraordinary grace and with seemingly intimate knowledge, the stories in Almost Famous Womenwill take readers around the world, into the past, and deep into the lives of women whose choices led them far outside society's typical lines.  Author Megan Mayhew Bergman grew up in Rocky Mount, NC and attended Wake Forest University. She has graduate degrees from Duke University and Bennington College. She is the author of Birds of a Lesser Paradise.


Malouf CoverMelissa Malouf reading from and reflecting on her new novel, More than You Know. Dalkey Press, 2014
Thursday, February 12th
6pm, McClendon Commons

Melissa Malouf is Associate Professor of the Practice of English, Director of the Office of Undergraduate Scholars and Fellows, and the Arts in Contemporary Society FOCUS program. She is the author of a novel, It Had to Be You (Avisson Press, 1997) and a collection of stories, No Guarantees (William Morrow, 1990). One of the stories in this collection, "The Golden Robe," was awarded a prestigious Pushcart Prize (1989). Several of her stories have been cited for excellence by both Pushcart and Best American Short Stories; two of them appear in North Carolina anthologies of contemporary literature. She has written three one-act plays, which premiered at Duke, as well as two opera libretti, one of them commissioned by The Durham Arts Council. Dr. Malouf is the recipient of The Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award (1997).


R. Larry Todd

R. Larry Todd & Marc Moskovitz hosts a Lecture & Recital of Beethoven Cello Sonatas
Thursday, March 19th

6pm, Nelson Music Room

R. Larry Todd is Arts & Sciences Professor of Music and former chair of the Music Department at Duke. Among his books are Mendelssohn: A Life in Music and Fanny Hensel, the Other Mendelssohn. A graduate of Yale University, he studied piano at the Yale School of Music and with the late Lilian Kallir. Cellist Marc Moskovitz, who studied with Starker at Indiana, is now a free-lance musician, but also the author of a biography of Alexander Zemlinsky (Boydell).


MoskovitzThe son of a professional violinist, Marc Moskovitz's musical path has taken him from NC to Indiana, Berlin, Germany, Virginia, Ohio, Boston and finally back to NC.  As a student of Janos Starker, Marc was the third cellist at Indiana University to obtain a doctoral degree.  Following a Fulbright year in Germany, he went on to hold positions at The University of Virginia and The University of Toledo, where he served as associate professor of cello and cellist of the Toledo Trio. 

In 2001 Marc moved to Boston, where he performed with some of the city's most venerable music organizations, among them The Boston Pops and The Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, The Handel and Haydn Society and the Lydian String Quartet.  While in Boston Marc co-founded the MONTAGE Music Society and in October of 2006 he gave the North American premiere of Zemlinsky’s rediscovered Cello Sonata at the Library of Congress.  He has recorded music of cello virtuosi Alfredo Piatti and David Popper for VAI and of Jewish refugee composers for the ASV Quicksilva label.    


* McClendon Commons – Parking

McClendon Commons is the Visitors’ Center for Undergraduate Admissions, which is located at the corner of Campus Drive, Chapel Drive, and Flowers Drive. McClendon Commons is behind the main UG Admissions Gothic stone building.Parking:

  • Spaces in front of UG Admissions, on their circular driveway. Access is on Campus Drive, just before the Chapel Drive circle.
  • Parking circle behind McClendon Commons. Access is from Campus Drive, on the driveway to the right of Trinity Technology Services (white house), and to the left of the GLS house.