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Listening to Autism: Talk by Mark Osteen

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Tea at 4:15 p.m.; Talk at 4:30 p.m.
Stokes 102
Born in Libby, Montana, Mark Osteen received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Montana, before moving to Atlanta in 1982. There he received a Ph.D. in English literature from Emory University, working with eminent James Joyce scholar Richard Ellmann. Since 1988 he has taught at Loyola University in Baltimore, where he is a professor of English and chair of the English department. He is the author or editor of nine books, including the forthcoming Nightmare Alley: Film Noir and the American Dream.

Osteen is also the father of Cameron, a young man on the autism spectrum. Hence, much of his recent work has focused on autism and disability studies. In 2005 he organized and chaired a conference, “Representing Autism: Writing, Cognition, Disability,” at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. An essay collection, Autism and Representation, was published by Routledge in 2008. Over the last several years. Osteen has given lectures on autism and the humanities at numerous conferences and seminars, including the Boston University Law School, Fordham University’s Autism and Advocacy conference, the Kentucky Autism Training Center at the University of Louisville, and at Baltimore County Public School’s “Honestly Autism Day.” In 2010 his memoir, One of Us: A Family’s Life with Autism, was published by University of Missouri Press.

Sponsored by the department of English’s Weaver Fund in conjunction with the Hurford Center Student Seminar “Asperger Syndrome and its Role in Literature and Film,” led by Alec Johnsson ’15.