I’m a confident and experienced speaker in public and academic settings. Please contact me if you’re looking for an expert on twentieth century cultural history, feminism, or literature and criticism, to speak at your event.

April 1 2016, LOS ANGELES CONVENTION CENTER. For AWP 2016, I organized and moderated a panel in conjunction with the National Book Critics Circle, “Across the Critical Divide,” which asked prominent literary critics to discuss their experiences writing and publishing their first books. With (from left) Boris Kachka (New York Magazine),  Stephanie Cha (LA Times), Leigh Newman (, and Elisabeth Egan (Glamour), co-moderated with my NBCC board colleague Kate Tuttle (Boston Globe.)

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21 September 2015, ALBERTINE BOOKS. Moderator for a conversation (livestream here) between Pierre Lemaitre, author of the Prix Goncourt-winning novel Au Revoir, Là-Haut (The Great Swindle), and Phil Klay, author of Redeployment, at the gorgeous Albertine Books in New York.

14 July 2015, MORBID ANATOMY MUSEUM. With Lauren Walsh of the New School and Susan Harlan of Wake Forest University, panelist for “The Things They Carried Home,” a discussion of soldiers’ souvenirs and battlefield memories, at the (equally gorgeous) Morbid Anatomy Museum, New York.

October 27, 2014, NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY. Public lecture, “World War One: Memory and Modernism.” In conjunction with the exhibition “Over Here: WWI and the American Mind” at the Steven A. Schwarzman building, this talk explored the history of literary and public commemoration during and after the war.

May 1, 2014, PEN WORLD VOICES FESTIVAL. Panelist for “Writing War” event with Phil Klay, Roxana Robinson, and Nadifa Mohamed, moderated by Albert Mobilio. Listen to the audio (Soundcloud) or watch the video (Youtube).