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YoU Featured in Inside Higher Ed

On June 21st, Lee Skallerup Bessette covered Year of Ulysses (YoU) in Inside Higher Ed. At the end of her YoU piece, she writes:

“I’m writing about this project here, not just because it involves EMiC (which I am a part of), but also because I think it is important that this initiative be promoted as widely as possible. This, to me, is one of the biggest potential benefits (for lack of a better word) of digital humanities: the potential to bring the academics and the general public together is a collaborative way. While I was at Congress, I continually heard about how humanists need to engage more with the public, but was then dismayed by the relative media silence about YoU. Maybe because it’s the summer, when we all scatter to the wind, maybe it’s because it’s being done in Canada, thus off the larger higher education (or even mainstream media radar). Either way, I know that I will finally attempt Ulysses and participate in this absolutely fascinating experiment and experience.”

Read the entire piece, which also features Stephen Ross’s commentary on the YoU initiative.

Year of Ulysses

Below is the schedule of Chapter Releases, Lectures, and Twitter Chats (#yearofulysses) for Year of Ulysses 2012-13.

On the left, the watercolour of Joyce is by Robert Amos.

Chapter Releases: 2012-13

June 15: The Telemachiad + Front Matter
July 6: “Calypso”
July 27: “Lotus Eaters”
August 17: “Hades”
September 7: “Aeolus”
September 28: “Lestrygonians”
October 19: “Scylla and Charybdis”
November 9: “Wandering Rocks”
November 30: “Sirens”
January 11: “Cyclops”
February 1: “Nausicaa”
February 22: “Oxen of the Sun”
March 15: “Circe”
April 5: “Eumaeus”
April 26: “Ithaca”
May 17: “Penelope”
June 16: Celebrate Bloomsday with the complete Ulysses 

Lectures (video): 2012-13

Twitter Chats: 2012-13 (follow #yearofulysses)

June 22 at 2pm EDT w/ Janine Utell, Widener University
July 13 at 1pm EDT w/ Chris Forster, Syracuse University
August 3 at 2pm EDT w/ Michael Stevens, University of Victoria
August 24 w/ Ronan Crowley, SUNY Buffalo
September 14 w/ Liam Lanigan, University College Dublin
October 5 w/ Matthew J. Kochis, University of Tulsa
October 26 w/ Laura Hensch
November 16 w/ Jeff Drouin, University of Tulsa
December 7 w/ James Clawson, Grambling State University
January 18 w/ James Gifford, Farleigh Dickinson University, Vancouver
February 8 w/ Matt Hayward, University of the South Pacific, Fiji
March 1 w/ Philip Keel Geheber, Trinity College Dublin
March 22 w/ Cleo Hanaway, University of Oxford
April 12 w/ Paul Fagan, University of Vienna
May 3 w/ Alison Lacivita, Trinity College Dublin
May 24 w/ Laura Hensch

It’s all about YoU(lysses)

View the complete YoU schedule

The Modernist Versions Project’s Year of Ulysses (YoU) initiative will introduce James Joyce’s masterpiece to its widest audience ever, provoke people to read it, support them as they do so, and bring this novel of the everyday back into everyday life.

Thanks to the remarkable efforts of MVP associates Patrick Belk and Matthew Kochis (both at the University of Tulsa) as well as the generosity of the McFarlin Library, the MVP now owns high-quality scans of the first edition of Ulysses as it was published in February 1922 by Sylvia Beach’s famed Shakespeare & Company bookstore. In the spirit of the Liberate Ulysses movement and in honour of the 90th birthday of Joyce’s masterpiece, we are serially publishing these scans online—just as Ulysses was originally serialized in the pages of the Little Review—and providing a robust framework for (re-)discovering the novel.

The Year of Ulysses initiative involves not only the public release of these scans but also lectures, Twitter chats, an art competition, and various other events anchored in Joyce’s novel. Join us as we celebrate 90 years of Ulysses!

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