“Foreign Babes”/ Rachel DeWoskin
“The stereotypes in Beijing do not originate in the Chinese imagination.
Those stereotypes are our exports. … The idea that Western women are
loose. Where those ideas come from—they come from here.”
—Rachel DeWoskin, actress who played an American home-wrecking
seductress in a popular Chinese TV series and author of Foreign
Babes in Beijing, in a lecture on campus Nov. 10.
“In the 1980s, I was very struck by the insidiousness of all these black
conservatives. I’ve always been struck by this lack of consciousness on
the part of black movie stars, singers and rap stars. … I said to
myself, if slavery were legal, these are the kind of people who would
—Author Edward Jones, who won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for
Fiction for his debut novel The Known World, a story of a former
slave who becomes a slave owner, on campus Oct. 5.
Politics as Sports/
“We cover politics these days pretty much the same way the press covers
sports. It’s not a coincidence that the new head of CBS news is the
former head of CBS sports, because the analogy is pretty apt. It’s more
about the two sides than it is about the truth.”
—Susan Estrich, lawyer, author and analyst on Fox News, spoke
on “Perspective and Bias: The Political Scene and How the Media Covers
It” on campus Nov. 1.
Happy Endings/ Jamaica Kincaid
“I hope to have a happy ending in life. But in art, I still don’t
appreciate it so much. … I’ve lived long enough to appreciate it in
life, not yet in art. So I don’t want a happy ending, but a just ending.
The presentations of justice always make people a little unhappy, or not
unhappy, but a little unsettled, because justice is tough. … There’s a
difference between happiness and justice.”
—Author Jamaica Kincaid whose works of short fiction, novels
and essays explore the tenuous relationship between mother and daughter
as well as themes of anti-colonialism, on campus Sept. 1.