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Bergren Forum speaker to present 'James Joyce for Beginners'

Dr. Robert A. Myers, Alfred University (AU) professor of anthropology and public health, will present “James Joyce for Beginners” as a part of the University’s Bergren Forum Series. The presentation will take place on Thursday, Oct. 3at 12:10 p.m. in Nevins Theater, Powell Campus Center. The event is open to the public free of charge.

This introduction to James Joyce by an anthropologist rather than a literary critic focuses on his banned novel "Ulysses," his impossible-to-read novel "Finnegans Wake," and the many ways in which we have consumed Joyce since  his death in 1941, all in an effort to prove that "Ulysses" is the greatest book you probably didn't take to the beach this summer.

Myers earned a bachelor’s degree in German from Davidson College, Davidson, NC. He continued his education earning a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He also earned a master’s degree in public health from the Harvard School of Public Health.

The Bergren Forum, sponsored by the Alfred University Division of Human Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, meets Thursdays during each academic semester at the University. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch; coffee and tea will be available.