In the first billion years after the Big Bang, the universe's hydrogen gas became ionized, an event known as reionization. Reionization represents a fundamental transition in the universe's properties, and yet we know little about how it occurred. The most likely explanation is that ionizing, Lyman continuum (LyC) photons escaped into the intergalactic medium from early star-forming galaxies. However, most star-forming galaxies show no sign of LyC escape. If reionization was caused by galaxies, which galaxies were responsible? The recent discovery of escaping ionizing radiation from the unusual "Green Pea" galaxies has provided new clues to this puzzle. I will discuss what we are learning from the Green Peas about how ionizing radiation escapes galaxies and about the possible properties of the galaxies that reionized the universe.
A seminar with Val Vinokur '94 of Eugene Lang College and The New School
In 2017, Val Vinokur published The Essential Fictions, his annotated translation of 72 stories by Isaac Babel. In his new book, Relative Genitive, Vinokur translates two of the great Russian poets of the early 20th century: the Acmeist neo-classicist Osip Mandelstam and the Futurist revolutionary Vladimir Mayakovsky––their work woven together by the thread of Vinokur’s own poems, echoing the sound and spirit of the poets he has translated, and collapsing the distance between high culture and low, beauty and wreckage, origin and destination. Val will focus his discussion on two texts that depict the fate of animals (and humans) in Revolution: Babel’s Red Cavalry story “My First Goose” and Mayakovsky’s poem “Getting Along with Horses.”
Val Vinokur (AC '94) was born in Moscow and immigrated to Miami Beach as a child. He is an associate professor of literary studies at Eugene Lang College and The New School, where he also serves as chair of liberal arts in the B.A. Program for Adults and directs the minor in literary translation. He is the author of The Trace of Judaism: Dostoevsky, Babel, Mandelstam, Levinas; and his work as a co-translator with Rose Réjouis was recognized with a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008. His annotated translation of 72 stories by Isaac Babel, The Essential Fictions, was published in 2017. Vinokur is a senior editor at Public Seminar and is the founding editor of Poets & Traitors Press, which recently published his new book Relative Genitive: Poems with Translations from Osip Mandelstam and Vladimir Mayakovsky.
In celebration of National Women’s History Month, Dr. Bárbara Mujica (Georgetown University) and Dr. Rolón-Barada (independent scholar) will give a talk on women in the Spanish-speaking world, focusing on Frida Kahlo (Mexico) and Carmen Laforet (Spain), on Tuesday, March 5 at 5 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall. This event is sponsored by the Eastman Fund and the Georges Lurcy Lecture Series Fund at Amherst College, with additional funding from the Latinx and Latin American Studies Program and Department of Spanish.