MSA 14: Modernism and Spectacle

October 18-21, 2012
The Flamingo Hotel, Las Vegas, NV

Events

PRE-CONFERENCE EVENTS

•HABITS OF HIGHLY PRODUCTIVE WRITERS•
Thursday, October 18, 1:30-3:00

Drawing on interviews with more than 70 highly productive researchers from across the disciplines and around the world and led by Professor Helen Sword, author of Stylish Academic Writing (Harvard UP, 2012), this workshop will offer a smorgasbord of evidence-based strategies for academics who want to write more confidently, stylishly, engagingly, daringly, or simply more prolifically. Suitable for MSA members at any stage of their career.

•ORGANIZING A MODERNIST STUDIES ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE•
Thursday October 18, 1:30-3:00

This event is an open forum on organizing pragmatics for past, future, and potential MSA conference organizers. Anyone who is interested in hosting a future conference at their institution is encouraged to attend.

CONFERENCE EVENTS

•BAUMAN RARE BOOKS EXHIBIT AND PRIVATE RECEPTION•
Friday October 19, 8:00 p.m. (Space limited; RSVP requested)

David and Natalie Bauman began their company in 1973 with their first investment in a box of 18th-century imprints, a love of literature and history, and a sense that this could be an interesting way to make a living. More than 38 years later, with the addition of some 45 dedicated and talented researchers, salespersons, and creative personnel, Bauman Rare Books has evolved into one of the finest and most respected antiquarian book firms in existence today. With locations in three great cities—Madison Avenue in New York; Center City in Philadelphia; and The Shoppes at The Palazzo in Las Vegas —the company is distinguished by its extraordinary inventory, meticulous research and exceptional customer service. Bauman has worked with both individual and corporate collectors to build some of the most extensive and impressive rare book collections in America today. www.baumanrarebooks.com

•ERIC HAWKINS’  “EARLY FLOATING” AND ROUND TABLE•
Friday October 19, 1:00-3:30, UNLV Campus (RSVP requested)

Eric Hawkins’ 24-minute piece will be reconstructed by one of the panelists, Louis Kavouras, Chair of the UNLV Dance Department, and performed by the UNLV dance company. Accompaniment for the dance will be a digital copy of the remarkable score created and played by the experimental composer Lucia Dlugoszewski on timbre piano, her invention of a prepared piano with bows and plectra that play on the inside of the instrument. The roundtable will position the Hawkins/Dlogoszewski collaboration on “Early Floating” in relation to transnational modernist aesthetics with considerations of Hawkins’s work with the German dancer Harald Kreutzberg, American icon Martha Graham, and George Balanchine’s American Ballet Caravan.  There will be a shuttle for the 10-minute ride from the Flamingo Hotel to the UNLV campus.

•LAS VEGAS STRIP ARCHITECTURAL TOUR•
Saturday, October 20, 1:30-3:30 ($10.00 fee; RSVP suggested)

The tour will begin at the Flamingo and move down the strip to Fremont Street. Eric Strain, AIA, of assemblageSTUDIO, will curate the history and background of such iconic hotels as the Bellagio, the Venetian, New York New York, and the magnificent City Center complex. Downtown stops include a walk along the canopy of Fremont Street and then drive back past the World Market, Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, Smith Performing Arts Center, and County Government Complex.