Return of the Text Conference Sessions

The following five videos are of each keynote speaker during The Return of the Text: A Conference on the Cultural Value of Close Reading that was held in Syracuse, New York from September 26th through September 28th, 2013.

‘Shameless’: The Career of a Pejorative from Augustine until Now
Steven Justice, Ph.D., Professor of English at the University of Mississippi



A Saint Speaks Up: Angelic Texting in the Early Middle Ages
Albrecht Diem, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University




Who is Saadi? Thoreau on the Formation of Subjectivity
Branka Arsic, Ph.D., Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University



Thoreau: Awaking to an Answered Question
Mitchell Breitwieser, Ph.D., Professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley



Theology as a Kind of Reading
Charles Mathewes, Ph.D., Carolyn M. Barbour Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia