Robert Barsky, professor of English and chair of department of French and Italian, will discuss the Beat Generation’s affinity for all things Dada in a talk to be held on Tuesday, April 4, at 5:30 pm in Cohen Memorial Hall, room 203. Barsky will offer examples from the poetry, songs, and general comportment of Allen Ginsberg to show how being “beat” would often overlap with the Dada approach to art and to life.
Free and open to the public, the event is presented in conjunction with the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery’s current exhibition, “The Dada Effect: An Anti-Aesthetic and Its Influence,” which will be open prior to the lecture from 11 am to 5:30 pm. Parking is free of charge in Lot 95, accessible from 21st Avenue South. For more information, please visit the gallery’s website at www.vanderbilt.edu/gallery or call 615-322-0605.