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Announcing the premiere issue of Athenaeum Review

The front cover of Athenaeum Review 1 (2018) features an artwork by Lorraine Tady: Octagon Vibration Series/Event Horizon after Monks Mound Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, IL, 2017. Acrylic and archival ink on canvas, 48 x 36 inches. Copyright © 2017 Lorraine Tady. Courtesy of the artist and Barry Whistler Gallery.

 

We are pleased to announce the launch of Athenaeum Review, a new journal jointly published by the Edith O’Donnell Institute and the School of Arts and Humanities at UT Dallas, which features essays, reviews and interviews by leading scholars in the arts and humanities.

The mission of Athenaeum Review is to help make interesting and important ideas in the humanities freely available to the general educated public, and to promote thoughtful, in-depth criticism of the arts in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Our first issue includes an introduction to the Athenaeum and an essay on the Wilcox Space, both by Rick Brettell, as well as reviews of “First Sculpture” at the Nasher by Paul Galvez, and of two books on bioaesthetics by Charissa Terranova.

Among much else, there are also essays on Frankenstein at 200, democracy promotion, culinary history, David Hume and Adam Smith, African performance, and science fiction, as well as lists of the best books on British Romanticism, Athenian democracy and Joseph Conrad.

On our website, you will find a series of extended illustrated interviews with artists about their work, including Lorraine Tady, Angela Kallus, Bryan Florentin, Liz Trosper and Luke Harnden , all of whose work is published in the first print issue. There is also a selectively curated weekly calendar of important local lectures, performances and exhibitions.

The Athenaeum Review podcast features conversations with scholars about their work, including recent EODIAH fellows and guests Abigail Solomon-Godeau, Yve-Alain Bois, Suzanne Preston Blier, Michael Lobel, and Annabel Daou.

Please join us for two consecutive events celebrating the appearance of the first issue:

A reception will take place at 7:00pm on Thursday, September 27th at Interabang Books in Dallas (RSVP), followed on Friday, September 28th by a panel discussion at UTD’s SP/N Gallery, where Rick Brettell, Charissa Terranova, Paul Galvez and Dennis Kratz will discuss “The Future of Criticism.” (5:00pm reception, 5:30pm talk; RSVP). Refreshments, including the much-loved gougères, will be served by Oak Cliff Creperie on both nights.

For more information about Athenaeum Review, please contact Ben Lima: benjamin.lima@utdallas.edu