Honors Program of Washington Adventist University to Host Oct. 29 and Nov. 5 Events, Marking 100th Anniversary of BLAST

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This year marks the 100th anniversary of BLAST magazine, one of the most recognizable literary magazines of the modernist period. Washington Adventist University is hosting two events to mark that anniversary, as part of its year of anniversary-themed events to celebrate the Honors Program 10th anniversary.

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A number of writers and artists associated with BLAST went on to produce some of the most recognizable modernist texts

The Honors Program of Washington Adventist University is hosting an exhibition and lecture to mark the 100th Anniversary of BLAST magazine, one of the most recognizable publications to emerge from London during the modernist period, with its distinctive pink cover and provocative bold typography that were intended to interject energy and new thinking into the staid British culture of the time. A number of writers and artists associated with BLAST went on to produce some of the most recognizable modernist texts, such as James Joyce’s Ulysses and T.S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land.”

On October 29 at 7 p.m., an exhibition, “BLAST and the Rise of Literary Modernism 1914-1922” will open in the university’s Department of English and Modern Languages (located in the basement of Wilkinson Hall, 7600 Flower Ave., Takoma Park, Md. 20912). Refreshments will be served at the opening, and the exhibition will remain on view during office hours until February 4. For anyone planning to visit after the opening event, be sure to contact the English Department to ensure that the building will be open. The phone number is 301-891-4065.

A lecture, “New Media Modernism: BLAST and Video Games,” will be given at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 5 by Sean Latham, Ph.D., chair of the Department of English at the University of Tulsa. He will deliver an original reading of BLAST using video game theory. Latham is also current editor of the James Joyce Journal, co-director of the Modernist Journals Project (co-sponsored by the University of Tulsa and Brown University), and is past president of the Modernist Studies Association. The lecture will be delivered in the Richards Hall Chapel on campus.

Both events are free and open to the public. They are part of a series of anniversary-themed events, hosted by the Honors Program to mark the program’s 10th anniversary.

For more information please visit: http://www.wauhonorsprogram.org, or email: wauhonors(at)gmail(dot)com

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Washington Adventist University is Montgomery County's only four-year private college. Part of the Seventh-day Adventist system of higher education, Washington Adventist University has been educating college students since 1904 on a 19-acre campus in suburban Takoma Park, close to the nation’s capital. A total of 1,080 students of all faiths participate in the university’s eight graduate and 32 undergraduate programs. The 2014 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranked Washington Adventist University among the best regional colleges in the north.

Media Contacts:
Angie Crews, 301-891-4134, acrews(at)wau(dot)edu
Donna Bigler, 240-286-1169, dbigler(at)wau(dot)edu

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