Benjamin Balthaser reads from his work Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 7:30 pm in the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore.
Balthaser’s scholarship, teaching, and creative work investigates the relationships among social movements, racial identity, and cultural production.
His current manuscript entitled Modernism and Anti-Imperialism: Global Movements and Radical Culture from the Great Depression to the Cold War explores the connections between cross-border, anti-imperialist movements and the making of modernist culture at mid-century.
Balthaser’s critical and creative work has appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as American Quarterly, The Oxford History of Literary Criticism, Reconstruction, Minnesota Review and elsewhere. He also recently published a collection of poems about Jewish victims of the blacklist entitled Dedication, that appeared from Partisan Press in the fall of 2011.
The courses Balthaser currently teaches range in topics from labor and literature, surveys of U.S. multi-ethnic literature, cultures of U.S. modernism and post-modernism, creative writing, the U.S. West in literature, and freshman composition. He currently enjoys living in South Bend, and participates when he can in the St. Joseph Valley Project and helps maintain a bi-weekly reading group on issues of labor, social movements and culture.