News, Events, and Conferences
Conlfuence's Spring 2022 issue features MALS students Susie Callahan, David Isaak, Emma Holland, Josh Grgas, Emi Karydes, and Thor Madsen. Read their work following the links below.
Blue Notes in Bronzeville
Susan Callahan, Reed College
Let’s Be Disinterested Together: Social Media, Personhood, and Control
Ben Read, David Isaak, Emma Holland, Josh Grgas, Emi Karydes, Soroa Lear, and Thor Madsen, Reed College
Podcast Features MALS Alum
Burn Your Draft podcast's episode 16 features Libby O'Neil (MALS '19) discussing her Master of Arts in Liberal Studies thesis "A Voice and Nothing More": Technological Embodiment and the Artificial Female Voice.
MALS Presents: Johannes Lichtman Reading and Conversation with Peter C. Baker
Friday March 26, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public.
Watch a recording of this event
About the novel:
YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE PERFECT TO DO GOOD.
Jonas Anderson wants a fresh start. He’s made plenty of bad decisions in his life, and at age twenty-eight he’s been fired from yet another teaching position after assigning homework like, Attend a stranger’s funeral. But, he’s sure a move to Sweden, the country of his mother’s birth, will be just the thing to kick-start a new and improved—and newly sober—Jonas.
When he arrives in Malmö in 2015, the city is struggling with the influx of tens of thousands of Middle Eastern refugees. Driven by an existential need to “do good,” Jonas begins volunteering with an organization that teaches Swedish to young migrants. The connections he makes there, and one student in particular, might send him down the right path toward fulfillment—if he could just get out of his own way.
“Such Good Work is, indeed, a bit Jonas-like: it’s wary of affectation or grandstanding; it works small, as if from a sense of modesty, a reluctance to presume; it cuts sincerity with the driest of humor” (The New Yorker). In his debut, Lichtman, “a remarkable thinker” (The New York Times), spins a darkly comic story, brought to life with wry observations and searing questions about our modern world, and told with equal measures of grace and wit.
What the critics are saying:
“Lichtman [is] a remarkable thinker and social satirist…Such Good Work introduces a writer who is willing to openly contradict himself, to stand corrected, to honor both men and women, to ask sincere questions and let them ring unanswered.” —THE NEW YORK TIMES
“A funny and thoughtful book…Such Good Work gets to the heart of what it means to have a conscience.”—THE ECONOMIST“Such Good Work is one of the best — one of the most beautifully written, one of the most thoughtful — novels I’ve read in the past several years.” —GARTH GREENWELL, NATIONAL BOOK FOUNDATION 5 UNDER 35 CITATION