Comparative Literature Luncheon to feature talk by UNC Greensboro's Mark Rifkin

October 09, 2018

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Mark Rifkin, director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program and professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, will present “Among Ghost Dances: Sarah Winnemucca and the Production of Tribal Identity” at 12:15 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 15, in 102 Kern Building on Penn State’s University Park campus.

Rifkin is the author of six books: “Fictions of Land and Flesh: Blackness, Indigeneity, Speculation” (forthcoming, Duke University Press); “Beyond Settler Time: Temporal Sovereignty and Indigenous Self-Determination” (Duke University Press, 2017); “Settler Common Sense: Queerness and Everyday Colonialism in the American Renaissance” (University of Minnesota Press, 2014); “The Erotics of Sovereignty: Queer Native Writing in the Era of Self-Determination” (University of Minnesota Press, 2012); “When Did Indians Become Straight?: Kinship, the History of Sexuality, and Native Sovereignty” (Oxford University Press, 2011); and “Manifesting America: The Imperial Construction of U.S. National Space” (Oxford University Press, 2009). He also co-edited the award-winning special issue "Sexuality, Nationality, Indigeneity" (A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies), and he has served as president of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association.

This event is a part of the Comparative Literature Luncheon lecture series, a weekly, informal lunchtime gathering of students, faculty and other members of the University community. Each week the event begins at 12:15 p.m. — lunch is provided. At 12:30 p.m. there will be a presentation, by a visitor or a local speaker, on a topic related to any humanities discipline. All students, faculty, colleagues and friends are welcome.

For a full list of Comparative Literature lunches, visit This event is sponsored by the Department of Comparative Literature, the Center for Global Studies, and the Department of Asian Studies.

Last Updated October 09, 2018