The work of CRC founder, New York writer, and NYU professor Ellen Willis will be honored, discussed, and debated at a one-day conference "Sex, Hope, and Rock 'n' Roll: The Writings of Ellen Willis." The conference will be held at New York University on Saturday, April 30, 2011.
Willis’s astonishingly expansive work addressed rock music, popular culture, feminism, psychoanalysis, anti-Semitism, terrorism, the culture wars, and contemporary politics. The conference will highlight "Out of the Vinyl Deeps," a new anthology of Willis’s pioneering pop-music criticism for "The New Yorker." The conference will include three panels of journalists, intellectual historians, and critics discussing various aspects of Willis’s work, as well as interspersed readings and remembrances; speakers include Robert Christgau, Alex Ross ("The New Yorker"), Rob Sheffield ("Rolling Stone"), Michael Bérubé, and Scott McLemee.
The conference is free and open to the public, though registration is strongly suggested; for more information and to register, visit the conference website at http://ellenwillis2011.blogspot.com/.