There are interesting people outside your department.

Meet some of them at


a series of interdisciplinary discussions on the arts and the sciences

each evening is two brief readings or presentations, and plenty of time for chat afterwards

All are welcome. Graduate students, postdocs, and junior faculty are especially encouraged.

Faculty and postdocs (and anyone else who wants) may wish to bring a bottle of wine to share.

first session:
Wednesday 28 March, 6.30 - 8.30pm
Goldwin Smith 258

Joshua Corey
(Department of English)
poetry reading

Matthew Belmonte
(Department of Human Development)
Human, but More So: what the challenges of autism tell us about the narrative construction of meaning

Josh Corey is a former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and earned an MFA from Montana. His first book, Selah, won the Barrow Street Press Book Award selected by Robert Pinskey, and his second collection, Fourier Series, published by Spineless Books, won the "Fitzpatrick-O'Dinn Award for the Best Book Length Work of Constrained English Literature." He is currently a PhD candidate in English at Cornell University and helps run a poetry series with SOON productions.

Matthew Belmonte is an assistant professor in the Department of Human Development, Cornell University, and an affiliate of the Autism Research Centre, University of Cambridge. He holds an MFA in fiction from Sarah Lawrence College, as well as a few degrees in neuroscience and computer science. Belmonte's research explores how the human mind represents perceptual experience, and how it imposes narrative order on these perceptual representations. He approaches this question within the framework of the sciences by studying the neurophysiology of attention in autism, and from the perspective of the arts by focusing on processes of narrative and symbolic representation.