Speaker 2019-06-19T05:02:29+00:00


I’ve spoken about a myriad of subjects at universities, festivals, and conferences. The closest subjects to my heart are:

  • Los Angeles Review of Books and the evolving literary scene
  • changes in the publishing landscape
  • American literary and cultural history
  • travel and travel writing
  • crying, weeping, lamentations, tearjerkers, and all related phenomena
  • slackers and the history of the work ethic
  • neurasthenia and the history of medicine and psychology
  • the 1920s
  • contemporary Los Angeles literature

Don’t hesitate to contact me regarding speaking engagements.

Public Presentations

(for interviews with authors, including public interviews, see that section)

“Reading Under the Blanket,” Closing Remarks, Squaw Valley Community of Writers, July 2019

Reading from Born Slippy, Squaw Valley Community of Writers, Squaw Valley CA, July 2019.

Plenary Lecture, LARB–­USC Publishing Workshop, USC, July 2019.

Born Slippy,” reading at Skylight Books, April 28, 2019

“Travel Writing and Privilege,” a conversation with Jeffrey Wasserstrom and Eileen Chow, VOH Radio Taiwan, March 2019

“The Global Literary Conversation” The Cheng Shewo Institute, Shih Hsin University, Taipei, Taiwan, March 2019.

Welcome and Introductions to Anthonia Kalu, Yxta Maya Murray, Alex Espinoza, Ruth Nolan, Quincey Troupe, others, at UCR’s Writers Week, February 2019.

“Publishing Today: An Insider’s Guide,” Community Literature Initiative, USC, January 2019

“Good Fortune: A Conversation with Seth Greenland,” Chevalier’s Books, November 2018

“Introduction: Jonathan Lethem,” Red Hen Press Annual Gala, Pasadena CA, October 2018

“Editing and Human Relations,” LARB/USC Publishing Workshop, University of Southern California, July 2018.

“American Literature in the Global Age,” Institute for Contemporary American Literature, SUSI/University of Washington, Bonaventure Hotel, Los Angeles CA, July, 2018.

“Adding Value: What Publishers Do,” LARB/USC Publishing Workshop, University of Southern California, June 2018.

“The Future of Publishing,” University of California, San Diego CA, December 2017.

“The Future of Publishing,” California State Polytechnic University, Pomona CA, November 2017.

“The Changing Publishing Environment,” University of Sydney, Australia, September 2017.

“Los Angeles Review of Books in the Age of the Platform,” Institute for Contemporary American Literature, SUSI/University of Louisville, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA, July 2017.

“The Facts in Storytelling,” with Janet Fitch, Alex Espinoza, Louis B. Jones, Squaw Valley Community of Writers, Olympic Village, CA, July 2017.

“Memoir Reading and Panel,” with Belle Boggs and Rachel Howard, Squaw Valley Community of Writers, Olympic Village, CA, July 2017.

“Literary Journal Roundtable,” with Andrew Tonkovich and Oscar Villalon, Squaw Valley Community of Writers, Olympic Village, CA, July 2017.

Plenary Lecture, LARB–­USC Publishing Workshop, USC, June 2017.

“Beyond Travel Writing,” with Geoff Dyer and Joshua Jelly-Shapiro, Bay Area Book Festival, June 2017.

“Travel,” with Bernadette Murphy, Pasadena LitFest, Pasadena CA, May 2017.

“Mares Milk and Monkeys,” Glendale Community College, April 2017.

“Travel Writing,” Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, April 2017.

“Writing for a General Audience,” Faculty Seminar, Indiana University, March 2017

“Boredom,” Humanities Institute, UCR, Palm Desert CA, January 2017.

“Life in Transit,” The Writer’s Block. Las Vegas NV. December 2016.

“Writing and Reviewing,” Black Mountain Institute, UNLV. Las Vegas NV. December 2016.

“Regionalist Modernism Beyond the Nation,” Modernist Studies Association. Pasadena CA. November 2016.

“Life Writing,” Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, November 2016.

“Well Read with Alfie Brown and Tom Lutz,” Hong Kong International Writers Festival. Hong Kong, November 2016.

“The Writing Life,” Li Po Chun United World College, Hong Kong, November 2016.

“Writing the World,” Hang Seng Management College, Hong Kong, November 2016.

“Blogs or Books?” Singapore International School, Hong Kong, November 2016.

Interview, Start Making Sense with Jon Wiener, KPFK, Los Angeles CA, November 2016.

“Writing and Reviewing: LARB,” Faculty Seminar, Hong Kong University, Hong Kong, November 2016.

Interview, Radio 3 with Judd Boaz, RTHK, Hong Kong, November 2016.

“Travel Writing,” Morningside College Lecture Series, Chinese University, Hong Kong, November 2016.

The LARB Radio Hour Live, with Jose Cuellar, Ha Jin, Jade Chang, and Rabih Alameddine. Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, San Francisco CA November 2016.

“The Monkey Learned Nothing,” Folio Books, San Francisco CA November 2016.

“Drinking Mare’s Milk,” Rudy Maxa’s World, Radio Program. Minneapolis, MN. October 2016.

“Little Magazines in America,” Princeton University, October 2016.

”Mare’s Milk,” Babycastles, NYC, NY, October 2016.

“What I Did with My Summer Vacation,” Beyond Baroque, Los Angeles, August 2016

Mare’s Milk Reading, Skylight Books, Los Angeles, July 2016.

“Small Magazines in America,” Institute for Contemporary American Literature, University of Louisville, Loyola Marymount University, July 2016.

Michael Krasny Show, KQED San Francisco, June 2016.

Mare’s Milk at Chevalier’s Books. Los Angeles, June 2016.

Mare’s Milk on the Roof of the World at East City Bookshop. Washington DC, June 2016.

Mare’s Milk at Big Blend Radio. Tucson, Arizona, June 2016.

Fiction: The Road Home. Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, USC, April 2016.

Juan Felipe Herrera with Tom Lutz. ALOUD Series. Los Angeles Public Library, April 2016.

LARB, Live at Five (radio show), USC, April 2016.

Introductions to John Rechy, Walter Mosley, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Li-Young Lee, Juan Felipe Herrera, Carolina de Robertis, Amy Uyematsu, Darryl Pinckney, others, at UCR’s Writers Week, February 2016.

Webinar. “The Book Review Perspective,” Extending Our Brands: How University Presses Can Reach Beyond the Academy, American Association of University Presses, December 2015.

Live radio broadcast. The LARB Radio Hour Live with Geoff Dyer, Terry McMillan, and Jonathan Gold. Skylight Books Annex, December 2015.

“On Svetlana Alexievich and Belarus,” Start Making Sense: The Nation Podcast with Jon Wiener. The Nation. http://www.thenation.com/article/start-making-sense-the-gops-gun-problem/, December 2015.

Representing Los Angeles. LA Listens. Lehrer & Associates, Los Angeles, September 2015.

Small Magazines. Y Bookstore, Minsk, Belarus, September 2015.

“Contemporary Book Reviewing and American Literary History,” Institute for Contemporary American Literature, University of Louisville. Los Angeles, CA, July 2015.

“Science Writing,” Pasadena LitFest, Pasadena, CA, May 2015.

LARB Quarterly Journal Launch Panel Discussion. Chevalier’s Books, May 2015.

“Book Reviewing,” University of Iowa, April 2015.

“The End of the Road: Writing Travel,” Iowa Review at Prairie Lights, Iowa City IA, April 2015.

“Publishing: The Big Picture,” Festival of Books. Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, CA, April 2015.

“Momentum/Inertia,” at Categorically Not, Santa Monica, CA, April 2015.

Introductions to Geoff Dyer, Laila Lalami, Claudia Rankine, Mike Davis, Jane Smiley, Juan Felipe Herrera, Mona Simpson, Michelle Huneven, Steph Cha, others, Writers Week, UCR, February 2–6, 2015

“Los Angeles Literary Culture,” Westwood Rotary Club, January 2015.

“The Problem of Open Access,” Stanford Humanities Center, January 2015

“My Life on the Mattress,” Matratze/Matrize, Bremen, Germany, May 2014

“The Organization of Knowledge,” LA Institute for the Humanities, USC, April 2014

Introductions to Percival Everett, Steve Erickson, Danzy Senna, Kate Gale, Nina Revoyr, Ben Ehrenreich, Daniel Chacon, Douglas Kearney, others, Writers Week, UCR, February 4–6, 2014

“The Transparent Eyeball,” Goddard College, Port Townshend, WA, July 2013

“The Technological Frontier,” LA Times Festival of Books,” April 2013

“Los Angeles Literature: A Road Guide,” 826 LA, March 2013

“Deviation from the Mean,” Rochester University, April 2013

Interview, Michael Tolkin, LARB Event, Los Angeles, April 2012

“Nonfiction on the Road,” New School for Social Research, NY, April 2012

“California Literature,” LA Times Festival of Books, April 2012

Introductions to Jamaica Kincaid, David Shields, Patricia Hampl, Jayne Anne Phillips, Hector Tobar, others, Writers Week UCR, February 4–9, 2012

“Literary Los Angeles,” Hammer Museum, UCLA, December 2011

“The New Media Environment,” Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, December 2011

“The Death of the Book,” Hiram College, Ohio, October 2011

“Say, Pay, or Play: The Modern Book Review,” Crawford Family Forum, October 2011

“Paris Review West,” The Standard, Los Angeles, June 2011

“The End of the Road,” Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities, April 2011

“Publishing: The New Shape of the Book,” LA Times Festival of Books, April 2011

“After the Library,” UCLA, November 2010

“Reading Reading Lolita in Tehran in Tehran,” MCGC, Tehran, Iran, July 2010

Interview, De Groene Amsterdammer, June 2010

“Creating Crises,” invited keynote, University of Kansas, April 2010

Interview, Los Angeles Weekly, People of the Year issue, April 2010

Interview, AARP Magazine, April 2010

“Theory and Writing,” University of Havana, Cuba, March 2010

“Writing in the Age of the Internet,” invited, University of Southern California, March 2010

“The End of the Road,” invited, Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities, USC, November, 2009

“Screenwriting:  Three Lectures,” FUNGLODE, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, March 24, 25, 26, 2009

“Travel Writing:  Odessa,” Rancho Mirage Public Library, March, 2009

“Words, Words, Words,” UC Riverside Writer’s Week, February 2009

“Memoir and Memory,” Santa Monica College, October, 2008

Interview, Backstory, Virginia Public Radio, July 2008

Interview, BBC Live at Five¸23 May 2008

Introduction, John Putch, Rancho Mirage Public Library, 15 May 2008

“Centroamerica,” Los Angeles Times Book Fair, April 2008

Introduction, Juan Felipe, Margaita Luna Robles, Allison Hedge Coke, Rancho Mirage Public Library, 24 January 2008

Introduction, Reza Aslan and Laila Lalami, Rancho Mirage Public Library, 14 February 2008

Introduction, Judith Freeman, Writer’s Week, UCR, 6 February 2008

Interview, Cindy Rakowitz Show, VoiceAmerica Radio, 4 January 2008

Interview, BBC Radio Five Live, 2 January 2008

Interview, Marc Germain Show, KTLK AM, Los Angeles, 25 October 2007

Interview, Toronto 680 News Radio, 25 October 2007

Interview, KGO Radio, San Francisco, 24 October 2007

Conversation with Hal Sloane, Palm Desert Graduate Center, UCR, 22 October 2007

Moderator and convener, panel discussion, “Writing from the Desert” with Susan Straight, Tod Goldberg, Lisa Teasley, Rob Roberge, Gayle Brandeis, and Thom Racina, Rancho Mirage Public Library, Oct 6, 2007

Conversation with Shelly Saltman, Palm Desert Graduate Center, UCR, 19 April 2007

Interview, WNYC, New York, 1 October, 2007

“The Fliegelman Effect,” Stanford University, May 20, 2007

Introduction to readings by Janet Fitch and Michelle Huneven, UC Riverside, 9 May 2007

Conversation with Aimee Liu, Palm Desert Graduate Center, UCR, 6 April 2007

Introduction to Joseph Wambaugh, Rancho Mirage Public Library, 28 March 2007

Introduction to Beckian Fritz Goldberg and Christina Hutchins, Palm Desert Graduate Center, UCR, 13 March 2007

“Method Acting,” invited lecture, Santa Fe Institute, March 3, 2007

Introduction to David St. John and Elena Karina Byrne, Palm Desert Graduate Center, UCR, 20 February 2007

Introduction to Christopher Rice, 10 February 2007

Reading, Writers’ Week, UCR, 7 February 2007

“Hippie Candide,” MPW Program, University of Southern California, February 2007

Interview, “To the Best of Our Knowledge,” Wisconsin Public Radio, 4 February 2007

Introduction to Michael Tolkin, PDGC, UCR, 30 January, 2007

Interview, Patti Gribow Show, CBS TV-2, 25 January 2007

Interview, Desert Cities Business Report, Times-Warner Cable, December 2006

Three Lectures, invited series, University of Alabama, November 28-Dec 1, 2006

Reading, Palm Springs Public Library, 6 November 2006

Interview, Book Talk pilot, Fern Field producer, Border’s Palm Desert, 29 October 2006

Conversation with John Rechy, Palm Desert Graduate Center, UCR, 28 October 2006

Interview, 20/20, ABC, 6 October, 2006

Reading, Prairie Lights Bookstore, 12 September 2006

Interview, “Talk of Iowa,” KSUI, 8 September 2006

Interview, CBS Sunday Morning, 13 August 2006

Interview, “The Business Shrink,” Sirius Radio, 21 July 2006

Interview with T.D. Mischke, KSTP, St. Paul, MN, 11 July 2006

Interview with Bob Smith, “Connection,” WXXI, Rochester, NY, 11 July 2006

Interview, “Freestyle,” CBC Radio, Vancouver, 7 July 2006

Interview, “Michael Koolidge Show,” WRHL, Chicago, 6 July 2006

Interview with Dominic Girard, “The Current,” CBC Toronto, 3 July 2006

Interview with Patt Morrison, KPCC, Pasadena, 3 July 2006

Interview, “Weekday,” KUOW, Seattle, 30 June 2006

Interview, “Weekly World Update,” KSJO Clear Channel, 29 June 2006

Interview with Andrew Geller, KBOO, Portland, OR, 29 June 2006

Interview with Bob Edwards, XM Public Radio, 28 June 2006

Interview with Michael Krasny, KQED, San Francisco, 28 June 2006

Interview with “Your Call with Farai,” KALW, San Francisco, 27 June 2006

Interview with Jeff Schechtman, KVON, San Francisco, 27 June 2006

Interview with Michael Feldman, Whad’Ya’Know, Wisconsin Public Radio, 24 June 2006

Reading and discussion, Elliot Bay, Seattle, 30 June 2006

Reading and discussion, Powells Books, Portland, 29 June 2006

Discussion, San Francisco Writer’s Grotto, host Po Bronson, 27 June 2006

Reading and discussion, Booksmith, San Francisco, 27 June 2006

Interview, with Kate Gale, “Shelf Life,” KPFK Pacifica Radio, Los Angeles, KPFK, 20 June 2006

Interview with David Cruz, “Brian Lehrer Show,” NYC Radio, 16 June 2006

Reading and discussion, Skylight Books, Los Angeles, 14 June 2006

Interview with Kai Ryssdal, “Marketplace, NPR, 14 June 2006

Reading and discussion, Los Angeles Public Library ALOUD series, 7 June 2006; broadcast on LA 36 Live TV; streaming on www.la36.org

Interview, “On Point,” WBUR (NPR), Boston, 30 May 2006

Introduction to Paul Mandelbaum CalArts, 16 March, 2006

“The Job Interview: An Experimental Essay,” invited lecture, California Institute of the Arts, 13 March 2006

“Hardly Working, or Cody on the Couch,” invited lecture, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 6 March 2006

“Drowning in My Own Tears,” invited lecture, University of California Riverside, 27 February 2006

“Cosmopolitanism at Penn State,” invited lecture, Pennsylvania State University, 30 January 2006

Introduction to Joy Nicholson, Betsy Amster, and Elizabeth Bewley, 30 November 2005

Introduction to Jay Babcock, Trinie Dalton, and Daniel Chamberlain, CalArts, 2 November 2005

“Our Knowledge, Their Belief:  Emotion and the Electorate,” Stanford University, 14 October 2005

Introduction to Laila Lalami and Mark Sarvas, 19 October 2005

Introduction to Robert Coover, CalArts, 18 October 2005

Interview, Top Priority, ABC TV News, 17 October 2005

Introduction to Juan Felipe Herrera, CalArts, 12 October 2005

Introduction to Eloise Klein-Healy and Wanda Coleman, CalArts, 5 October 2005

Introduction to David Ulin, CalArts, 28 September 2005

Introduction to M.G. Lord, CalArts, 21 September 2005

“MFA Writing Programs,” invited panel presentation, UCLA Writer’s Fair, Los Angeles, CA, 11 September 2005

Critic in residence, BAU Foundation, Otranto Italy, 8-15 July 2005

“The Art of the Surface,” invited lecture, BAU Foundation, Otranto, Italy, July 2005

“Crocodile Tears,” invited lecture, Workshop on Lying:  Methods, Motives, Contexts, and Consequences, Santa Fe Institute, 1 April 2005

“Cosmopolitan Regionalism,” invited lecture, University of California, Merced, 3

February 3 2005

“Surfaces and Normalcy:  Reading the 1920s,” invited lecture, University of Kentucky, 20 January 2005

“Why They Call it Compassion,” invited lecture, Department of Culture and Technology, University of the Aegean, Lesvos, Greece, 16 December 2004

“Empathy and Idiots:  Web Reactions to the Bush Reelection,” invited lecture, Einstein Forum, Potsdam, Germany, 10 December 2004

“A Four-Handed Conversation with Dave Zollo,” recorded interview about roots music, for The Arts in America:  History, Politics, Practice, Department of American Studies, University of Iowa Art Museum, 10 November 2004; broadcast, KSUI, Iowa City

“Academic and Trade Publishing,” University of Iowa English Department Colloquium, 5 November 2004

Interview, Radio Caracol, Bogota, Colombia, 8 January 2004

“Academic Work Ethics,” Midwest Modern Language Association Conference, Chicago, 7 November 2003

“Literary Empathy,” invited paper, POROI Conference on The Promise of Empathy, University of Iowa, 18 October 2003

Segments, All-Access:  Awesomely Bad Blubbering, VH1, premiere 14 October 2003

“Publishing the Midwest,” invited paper, Midwest University Presses Meeting, Iowa City, 8 September 2003

Interview, Nine to Noon, National Radio, New Zealand, 13 August, 2003

“Catharsis,” invited lecture, Freud Museum, London, 3 June 2003 (excerpt published at http://www.freud.org.uk/cryingtext.html)

Interview, Iowa Talks, KSUI, Iowa City, 14 December 2002

“Crying,” invited presentation, Psychiatry and Internal Medicine Colloquium, University of Iowa, 12 December 2002

Interview, This Morning, CBC, Toronto, 8 December 2002

“Regionalism and Multiculturalism:  Hidden Histories/Present Possibilities,” American Studies Association Conference, Houston, 15 November 2002

“The Midland,” Midwest Modern Language Association Conference, 9 November 2002

“Interdisciplinarity and the Liberal Arts Education,” invited lecture, St. Leo’s University, 5 September 2002

Interview, Epotec:  Behavioral Health Online (http://www.epotec.com) April 2001-June 2002

“The Bloody Crossroads:  A Short History of Literary Value in America,” invited lecture, California Institute of the Arts, 25 April 2002

Interview, Forum KQED, San Francisco, 18 April 2002

Interview, Rocío Méndez, Monitor Radio, Mexico City, 12 March 2002

“The Cosmopolitan Midland,” Midwest Modern Language Association, Cleveland, 3 November 2001

“Placing the First Book,” Midwest Modern Language Association, Cleveland, 2 November 2001

Talk Show, conversation with psychology professor Mark Blumberg, KSUI, Iowa City, 5 October 2001

“Regionalism and Literary Value,” Mellon Seminar on Regionalism, Huntington Library, Pasadena, June 2001

Midas Dekkers’ First Edition (Eerste Druk met Midas), one-hour show devoted to Crying:  The Natural and Cultural History of Tears, ID&Dtv Dutch television, broadcast Nederland 3, 30 March 2001; 22 June 2001

Interview, Brian Morton Show, BBC Radio Scotland, 10 February 2001

Interview, London Times, LBC Radio (London), 2 February 2001

Interview, Johnny Walker Show, BBC Radio 2, 25 January 2001

Interview, Know the Score, KSUI, 4 December 2000

Interview, Robert Kettridge, BBC Arts, BBC Radio 4, 6 December 2000

Interview, Erika Wright, Night Waves, BBC, 29 November 2000

Interview, Talking History, syndicated, KIOS, Creighton University, Omaha, NE,  27 November 2000

Interview, Outlook, BBC, London, 9 October 2000

“Comment:  Rethinking Social Constructionism,” American Studies Association, Detroit, 12 October 2000

“Cosmopolitanism and Regionalism,” University of South Carolina, 7 September 2000

“Neurasthenia in the United States,” keynote address, Neurasthenia and Society, Anglo-Dutch-German workshop, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 22 June 2000

Discussion, with John Bell, head of Bell Shakespeare Theater (Sydney) and Louise Newman, MD, Director of the New South Wales Institute of Psychiatry, Life Matters, ABC Radio (Sydney, Australia), 4 April 2000

Interview, Living Well, WAPI, Birmingham, AL, 5 April 2000

“Male Weepies and the Roles of Melodrama,” American Studies Association, Montreal, 29 October 1999

“Male Melodrama,” University of Illinois, Chicago Circle, 26 October 1999

“Cosmopolitanism,” Faculty Seminar, University of South Carolina, September 5-8, 2000

Interview, The Humanities at Iowa, WSUI, Iowa City, 13 December 1999

Interview, 848, WBEZ, NPR for Chicago, 25 October 1999

Interview, Konversation, KOST, Los Angeles, 18 October 1999

Reading and discussion, About Books, C-Span2, Los Angeles, CA, 17 October 1999

Interview and discussion, Airtalk with Larry Mantle, KPPC, NPR for Pasadena, CA, 14 October 1999

Interview, Hector Gauthier, WSAR, New Bedford, MA, 12 October 1999

Interview, As It Happens, syndicated Canadian Broadcasting Corporation show, Toronto, 7 October 1999

Interview and discussion, Open Line, WOSU, NPR for Columbus, Ohio, 1 October 1999

Interview and discussion, Emmanuel McLittle, syndicated Talk Radio Network show, 1 October 1999

Interview, onhealth.com, 17 September 1999

Reading and discussion, Live from Prairie Lights, WSUI, 13 September 1999

Interview, Bruce Stevens, WTIC, Hartford, 13 September 1999

Interview and discussion, Christopher Lydon, The Connection, syndicated NPR talk show from WBUR, Boston, 13 September 1999

Interview, Todd Mundt Show, syndicated NPR talk show, from WUOM, Ann Arbor, 13 September 1999

Interview and discussion, The Chip Franklin Show, WMAL, Washington, DC, 30 September 1999

Interview, The Morning Show, KAXE, NPR for Grand Rapids, Michigan, 30 September 1999

Interview, To the Best of Our Knowledge, syndicated NPR magazine show from Wisconsin Public Radio, 27 September 1999; 7 January 2001

“Shoptalk,” conversation with Barry Sanders (Pitzer College), New York Times Magazine, 17 July 1999

“Claude McKay and Jazz,” Cedar Rapids Public Library, 12 May 1999

“Paris in the 1920s,” Cedar Rapids Public Library, 5 May 1999

“Passing for Normal,” American Literature Association, Baltimore, 28 May 1999.

“Cosmopolitan Vistas:  Regionalism and the Making of American Literary Culture,” Center for Literary and Cultural Studies, Harvard University, 16 April 1997

“Parables of Authorship,” Carnegie-Mellon University, 8 November 1996

“Crying,” Department of English Faculty Colloquium, University of Iowa, 22 October 1996.

“The Cosmopolitan Overview and the Prairie Prospect,” Conference on Images and Functions of the American Prairie, University of Iowa Museum of Art, 22 September 1996

“Work and Hedonism in the 1920s,” American Studies, Cornell University, 28 April 1994

“Representative Canons and the Lessons of Local Color,” Mid-America American Studies Association Meeting, 8 April 1994

Chair, “Future Interdisciplines,” Midwest Modern Language Association, 5 November 1993.

“The New Historicism and the New Cultural History,” University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 3 May 1993

“The Management of Diversity and the Burning of Los Angeles,” POROI, University of Iowa, 1 December 1992

“Multiculturalism, Globalism, Michael Jackson,” Faculty Colloquium, Colgate University, May 1992

“Work, work, work …,“ University of Iowa, April 1992.

“Literature and Illness,” Colgate University, 9 March 1992

“Neurasthenic Representations,” Departments of English and Psychology, University of Indiana, Terre Haute, 7 February 1992

“Complaints in the 1920s,” History of Medicine Lecture Series, University of Iowa, 23 January 1992

“Curing the Blues,” College of Pharmacy, University of Iowa, 17 October 1991

Interview by Phillip Adams, Late Night Live, ABC National Radio, Sydney, Australia, 29 July 1991.

Interview by Robert Siegel, All Things Considered, National Public Radio, Washington, DC, 18 July 1991.

Interview by Steven Davis, Morning Magazine, KUOM, Minneapolis, MN, 17 July 1991.

“Anecdotal Evidence and Professional Privilege,” Interdisciplinarity:  Science Literature, and the University Conference, University of Indiana, Bloomington, IN, 9 February 1991

“Anecdotal Evidence and Anecdotal History,” NEH Conference on Narrative in the Human Sciences, University of Iowa, July 1990

Moderator, “Defining Boundaries,” The Nature of Evidence:  Rhetoric, Literature, Science Conference, University of Iowa, 10 March 1990.

“Anecdotal History,” Hampshire College, 19 February 1990

“Illness and Adaptation at the Turn of the Century:  Gilman, Freeman, Wharton,” M/MLA Convention, Minneapolis, 4 November 1989

“On Teaching Fiction,” General Education in Literature, University of Iowa, 22 August 1989

“Frank Norris:  Nationalism, Naturalism, and the Supernatural,” American Literature Seminar, University of Chicago, 1 February 1988

“Making it Big:  Theodore Dreiser, Sex, and Success in 1903,” University of Iowa, 21 January 1988

“Discipline and Disciplines:  On Graduate Study,” Stanford University, 26 October 1987.

“Heart of Darkness:  Gender, Class, and the Colonizer’s Nerves” Monterey Institute of International Studies Symposium on the Colonial Mind, 21 November 1986

“Cultural Studies versus Western Culture:  Towards a New Paradigm,” Western Culture Faculty Symposium, Stanford University, 22 September 1986.

“Making it Big:  Dreiser, Sex, and Success at the Turn of the Century,” Conference on Biography and Autobiography, Center for Research on Women, Stanford University, 13 April 1986