Idea Factory brings big ideas to a broad audience. Ranging from history to cognitive psychology, from contemporary art to ancient philosophy, we seek to foster the best work in the humanities, social sciences, and communications emerging from the LTU community and beyond.

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In the Western tradition, the epic genre establishes and reproduces national identity by connecting a glorious, mythic past with an audience's present. In Rising, Falling, Hovering, the poet C.D. Wright revises the epic tradition by tracing a national character from the sixteenth century destruction of Tenochtitlan to the twenty-first century invasion of Baghdad. In telling the story of American history from the perspective of its borders and war zones, Wright recasts the ordinary citizen as the epic hero connected to global dynamics through everyday actions. While poetry cannot dismantle walls, it can at lest help us understand our history (and future) beyond these boundaries established by the state. 

Annie Bolotin
PhD Candidate, English Language and Literature
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Upcoming Ideas

Fall 2017
October 19 Andrea Eis
November 14 John Matsui
December 7 Vivian Kao
Spring 2018
January 18 Francesca D'Andrea
February 15 Steve Coy
March 15 Annie Bolotin
April 19 Ken Siver