Dr. Leslie Adrienne Miller to speak tomorrow on 'Science Into Art'

Dr. Leslie Adrienne Miller to speak tomorrow on 'Science Into Art'

University of St. Thomas students, staff and faculty are invited to the 2008-09 English Department Colloquium Series. The first lecturer is Dr. Leslie Adrienne Miller, who will present "Science Into Art: A Poetry Reading and Talk."

Dr. Leslie Adrienne Miller

Miller's presentation will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, in the O’Shaughnessy Room, Room 108, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library Center; light refreshments will be served.

The "resurrection trade," the business of trafficking in corpses, is an old trade, one that makes possible the art of anatomy and, as Miller discovers, the art of her own book. She delves into the mysteries of early anatomical studies and medical illustrations and finds there stories of women's lives – sometimes tragic, sometimes comic – as exposed as the drawings themselves.

These meticulously researched and rendered poems become powerful testimonies to women's bodies objectified and misunderstood throughout history. Miller's sensuous and harrowing fifth collection, The Resurrection Trade (Graywolf Press, 2007), brings a new truth to what she calls in one poem, "the strange collusion of imaginary science and real art."

Questions about the colloquium series can be directed to the English Department, (651) 962-5600.