The Study of Human Life (A FAN Program with Joshua Bennett, Ph.D.) POSTPONED

NOTE--this event has been postponed.  If you have already registered, FAN will reach out to you with the new date when it becomes available!

Congratulations to Family Action Network (FAN) on their 40th anniversary season!

We are pleased to collaborate with FAN as they welcome Joshua Bennett, Ph.D., author of the new book, The Study of Human Life. Dr. Bennett will be interviewed by Jesse McCarthy, Ph.D. This virtual event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Click HERE to reserve your spot!

This event will be recorded and available later on the FAN website and YouTube channel.

AFTER-HOURS EVENT: Attendees who purchase a copy of The Study of Human Life from The Book Stall are invited to attend an AFTER-HOURS event hosted by Dr. Bennett that will start immediately after the webinar. The link to register for the AFTER-HOURS program will appear in red font at the top of an email from The Book Stall. Look for it right after your receipt arrives!

About the Book: In The Study of Human Life, poet, performer, and scholar Joshua Bennett, Ph.D. takes another step forward in his career, extending his range into the realm of speculative fiction for the first time to address issues including abolition, Black ecological consciousness, and the boundless promise of parenthood. This powerful, urgent, and formally innovative new work is divided into three sequences, which Dr. Bennett sees as a meditation on the cycle of human life, taking readers through the phases of death, reincarnation, and new life.

The first sequence, “Trash,” is a set of somber autobiographical poems that deal with themes of family life, the natural world, and the joys and dreams of youth. The second section, “The Book of Mycah,” is a mythic alternate history where Malcolm X is resurrected from the dead in 1965. Warner Bros. will produce “The Book of Mycah” as a scripted television series, with Lena Waithe’s Hillman Grad Productions adapting the work, Waithe serving as executive producer, and Dr. Bennett writing the pilot. The third section, “Dad Poem,” focuses on fatherhood and Dr. Bennett’s experience raising his son, born in 2020.

About the Author: Joshua Bennett, Ph.D. is a Professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College. He is the author of three books of poetry and literary criticism: The Sobbing School (2016), which was a National Poetry Series selection and a finalist for an NAACP Image Award; Being Property Once Myself (2020); and Owed (2020). His latest book is The Study of Human Life (2022). Bennett holds a Ph.D. in English from Princeton University, and an M.A. in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Warwick, where he was a Marshall Scholar. In 2021, he received the Whiting Award for Poetry and Nonfiction.

About the Interviewer: Jesse McCarthy, Ph.D. is an assistant professor jointly appointed in the Department of English and the Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. His research is concerned with the intersection between politics and aesthetics in African American literature, postwar or post-45 literary history, and Black Studies. His dissertation The Blue Period: Black Writing in the Early Cold War, 1945 – 1965 argues for a reinterpretation of black literary aesthetics in the early Cold War and for the value of a discrete periodization of that era. He is also interested in modernism, film, poetics, and translation.

While a graduate student at Princeton University Dr. McCarthy founded a Digital Humanities project based on the Sylvia Beach archives held at Princeton’s Firestone Library called "Mapping Expatriate Paris." His writing on culture, politics, and literature has appeared in The New York Times Book ReviewThe NationDissent, The New Republic and n+1. He also serves as an editor at The Point.

Dr. McCarthy was recipient of a literary Whiting Award 2022 in the category non-fiction for his essay collection Who Will Pay Reparations on My Soul? He is also the author of The Fugitivities.



Event date: 

Tuesday, November 1, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:15pm

Event address: 

Online Zoom webinar!
The Study of Human Life (Penguin Poets) By Joshua Bennett Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143136828
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Penguin Books - September 20th, 2022

An acclaimed poet further extends his range into the realm of speculative fiction, while addressing issues as varied as abolition, Black ecological consciousness, and the boundless promise of parenthood

Featuring the novella “The Book of Mycah,” soon to be adapted by Lena Waithe’s Hillman Grad Productions & Warner Bros. TV