Dyson News at a Glance: September 2017

 

POET JOHN ASHBERY, FRIEND OF PACE

John Ashbery, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and a friend of Dyson College, passed away last week at the age of 90. Ashbery came to prominence as a major figure in American poetry winning in the same year the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award for his collection “Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror.” Ashbery was a regular guest of Pace University giving readings at the Dyson Lecture in the Humanities Series and the President’s Writers Series, and he contributed a poem to the centennial edition of Aphros, Pace University’s student-produced literary magazine. In 2002 he founded, along with his husband David Kermani, The David A. Bickimer—Promise of Learnings / Academy of American Poets Prize at Pace. The prize is awarded every year to a student in the poetry category of the annual Dyson College English Department Writing Awards Competition. In 2003, he received an Honorary Doctorate of Arts and Letters from Pace University.

 

PROF'S BOOK ANALYZES AMERICAN GIRL BRAND

Associate Professor of Communication Studies Emilie Zaslow's new book, "Playing with America's Doll: A Cultural Analysis of the American Girl Collection," has been published by academic publisher Palgrave Macmillan. The book is a critical account of the American Girl brand, exploring what its books and dolls communicate to girls about femininity, racial identity, ethnicity, and what it means to be an American.