Returning Hometown Scholar Discusses the Controversy of Updating Literary Classics to Appease Contemporary Societal Views
Dean Rader, a professor of English at the University of San Francisco, will lead a participatory discussion on the current controversy of changing literary classics such as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to appease contemporary societal views prevalent in the United States.
Beyond the controversy of changing literary classics, the presentation will also include a poetry reading from Dean Rader's upcoming book, Works & Days, and a literary discussion of Native American literature.
The presentation will be held at the SWOSU Conference Center on the campus of Southwestern Oklahoma State University on Monday, April 4 at 7:00 p.m. The evening presentation is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow the evening presentation. Books will be available for purchase on the night of the event at the Conference Center.
Dean Rader currently serves as Professor of English at the University of San Francisco. Since 2001, he has been employed at the university in several capacities, including the National Endowment of the Humanities Chair and Associate Dean for Arts and Humanities. Prior to the University of San Francisco, Rader served as the Assistant Professor of English Studies at Texas Lutheran University and Instructor for the School of Literature, Communication and Culture at Georgia Tech University.
Rader has written on numerous subjects, from entries in the Emily Dickinson Encyclopedia to essays and opinion pieces for both the San Francisco Chronicle and the Oklahoma Observer. He blogs about poetry, media, politics, and culture on his site, The Weekly Rader.
Several of his original poems have been published in the Berkeley Poetry Review, the Connecticut Review, Poet Lore, and The Wallace Stevens Journal.
Rader has produced a significant body of work on American Indian poetry in such publications as SAIL: Studies in American Indian Literatures and Southwestern American Literature, covering subjects such as the poetry of social engagement, Native theater, and trickery imagery in literature.
Rader has published two books, Speak to Me Words: Essays on Contemporary American Indian Poetry (2003) and The World is a Text: Writing, Reading, and Thinking about Visual and Popular Culture (2010). He has a forthcoming book,Engaged Resistance: Contemporary American Indian Art, Literature and Film from Alcatraz to the NMAI that is scheduled to be published in April2011.
Rader recently finished "The Ten Greatest Poets Project" originating in a San Francisco Chronicle column and picked up by the New York Times and The New Yorker magazine. In these writings Rader discusses the top ten poets as defined by "a poet's ability to affect social movements, to alter political discourse, and to be a mouthpiece for the oppressed."
Rader received the T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry on his forthcoming book Works & Days. This book is currently a finalist for the Texas Institute of Letters First Book Prize. He is also the winner of the 2009 Sow's Ear Review Poetry Prize for his poem "Hesiod in Oklahoma, 1934." Another poem, "Twilight at Ocean Beach: 14" was named one of the Best Poems of 2010 by Verse Daily. Other awards include the First Prize at the Crab Creek Review Poetry Contest and the Writer's Garret Poetry Award.
Dean Rader earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Baylor University and his Masters of Arts in Comparative Literature and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the State University of New York at Binghamton.
At the University of San Francisco, Rader teaches courses on literary studies, writing and editing, American Literature with an emphasis in Native American literature and Western literature, American culture, American popular culture, and American film, with an emphasis in Native American Film.
His previous teaching experience covers coursework in world literature, American literature, Native American literature and mythology, culture of modern America, ethnic American literature, political fictions, and cultural criticism.