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Please join the English Department next Wednesday on Zoom for the second Critical Conversations event of the semester. We have a great lineup of panelists and a very timely issue on the table, and we hope to see many of you there!

Sigrid Anderson | Hui-hui Hu | Silvia Lindtner | M. Remi Yergeau (chair)

Please RSVP by the end of the day on Tuesday to receive the Zoom Link

Sigrid Anderson is the Librarian for English Language and Literature and a lecturer in American Culture. Her research focuses on race and gender in print culture and new media. She is the author of Fictions of Dissent: Reclaiming Authority in Transatlantic Women's Writing of the Late Nineteenth Century (2010), and her current book project focuses on women writers’ use of regional magazines as a space to intervene in racialized land settlement questions in turn of the twentieth-century Los Angeles.

Tung-Hui Hu is the author of three books of poetry, most recently Greenhouses, Lighthouses (2013), and a study of digital culture, A Prehistory of the Cloud (2015). He is a contributor to the upcoming BBC Radio 4 program "Under the Cloud" on October 13. A fellow of the American Academy in Berlin and the NEA, he is an associate professor of English at UM.

Silvia Lindtner (she/her) is Associate Professor at the University of Michigan in the School of Information and Associate Director of the Center for Ethics, Society, and Computing (ESC). Lindtner's research interests include cultures and politics of tech production, labor, industry, and governance. Lindtner draws from more than ten years of multi-sited ethnographic research, with a particular focus on China's shifting place in the political economy of tech innovation. Her book Prototype Nation: China and the Contested Promise of Innovation (Princeton University Press, 2020) demonstrates that the promise of entrepreneurial life influences governance, education, policy, investment, and urban redesign in ways that normalize the persistence of sexism, racism, colonialism, and labor exploitation.

"Critical Conversations" is a monthly lunch series organized by the English Department Associate Chair’s Office. Each Critical Conversations session features panelists who will give flash talks about their current work as related to a broad theme.

Questions? Please contact Torre Puckett (, Sarah Jane Kerwin (, or Susan Scott Parrish (

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