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Conference on the avant-garde to begin Thursday

"Movements of the Avant-Garde" will be the focus of an international conference to be held on campus Thursday through Saturday, May 8-10. Conference sessions, organized by graduate students in the departments of French and Italian, Spanish and Portuguese, and Comparative Literature, will explore the avant-garde and its relevance within a variety of cultural contexts.

Stanford graduate students will present their work alongside local, national and international scholars. Elisabeth Mudimbe-Boyi, Valentin Mudimbe, Marjorie Perloff, Robert Harrison and Claire Fox are among the Stanford faculty members who will participate. Other national and international panelists will include Houston Baker, professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, and Brazilian writer João Almino.

The conference is free and open to the public and will be held in the Elena Baran Baskin Lecture Hall (Room 113 in Building 260). The conference. For more information call 725-0115 or 723-3566, or visit the website of Joy Conlon, a member of the organizing committee, at


By Elaine Ray