When the Bloomsbury Group first began gathering, mainstream society considered its members outsiders—controversial, radical, and morally suspect. Yet, nearly a century later, a series of events at Duke will celebrate and examine the group, its individuals, and their contributions to today’s society. The year-long schedule, which started in mid-September, presents the following programs for winter and spring:
- November 19: Online DukeReads discussion of E.M. Forster’s novel Howards End. Led by vice provost Judith Ruderman A.M. ’76 and WUNC Radio’s Frank Stasio. Sponsored by the Duke Alumni Association (DAA).
- December 15: “ ‘ How full of life those days seemed’: New Approaches to Art, Literature, Sexuality, and Society in Bloomsbury,” exhibition of books, manuscripts, and other materials opens in Perkins Gallery, Perkins Library. Through May 2009.
- December 18: “A Room of Their Own: The Bloomsbury Artists in American Collections” opens at the Nasher Museum of Art.
- January 29: Exhibition panel led by Nancy Green, a senior curator at Cornell University, where the exhibition will travel after its premiere at Duke. Nasher. 6:00 p.m.
- February 11: “John Maynard Keynes of Bloomsbury” discussion to explore the place of the economist within Bloomsbury and offer an assessment of his legacy. The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family Lecture Hall, Nasher. 6:00 p.m.
- February 27-28: “Duke in Depth: Bloomsbury Vision & Design” weekend program, which will include a staged reading of the Strachey-Carrington letters, panel discussions, a private viewing of the Nasher exhibition, and more. Registration required. Sponsored by the DAA.
- March 19, 26, and April 2: Film series showing feature-length films and documentaries exploring themes and influences in Bloomsbury art and life. Nasher.