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Scholars' Symposia

The UT Scholars’ Symposia was created to introduce The University of Tampa community to vibrant researchers and writers from all over the nation. It is an annual event that features good food, great conversation, book signings (when available) and question-and-answer sessions with the scholar. The program welcomes anyone who would like to share his or her scholarship. Those interested in participating should contact Sarah Juliet Lauro, the symposia’s director, at

For more on see UT's English and Writing department.

Fall 2018

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Peter Coviello

LONG PLAYERS: A Love Story in Eighteen Songs

Nov. 2, 2018

Time: 4-6 p.m.
Location: Scarfone/Hartley Gallery
Sponsored by the Department of English and Writing

About Peter Coviello

Peter Coviello is professor of English at the University of Illinois-Chicago, where he specializes in American literature and queer studies. He has written about queer childhood, Mormon polygamy, the history of sexuality, stepparenthood, Justin Bieber, Walt Whitman, and, whenever he’s had occasion to, Prince. He’s the author of several books – his book from 2013, Tomorrow’s Parties: Sex and the Untimely in Nineteenth-Century America, was a finalist for a Lambda Award in LGBT Studies – the most recent of which is Long Players: A Love Story in Eighteen Songs, out now from Penguin.

About the Presentation

Title: LONG PLAYERS: A Love Story in Eighteen Songs

Have you ever fallen in love - wracking, hilarious, hopeless love - with a pop song? Peter Coviello will read from LONG PLAYERS, his book about just that sort of swoony besotted love - which is ALSO about the other, more knotty, more entangling kinds of love that songs can lead us into.

Former Guests

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Spring 2018

Caleb Smith

Caleb Smith
The Life and the Adventures of a Haunted Convict
Feb. 16, 2018

Fall 2017

Alisha Gaines

Alisha Gaines
Fantasies of Empathy and the Age of Trump
Sept. 22, 2017

Spring 2017

Dan Walden

Dan Walden
A Hell of Our Own
Jan. 27, 2017

Fall 2016

Jonathan Beecher Field

Jonathan Beecher Field
Monstrous Births
Sept. 15, 2016

Spring 2016


Professor Emma Rees
Feb. 11, 2016

Fall 2015


Eric Hayot
On Literary Worlds
Sept. 18, 2015

Fall 2014


Erica Williams
Clicks, Likes and Online Social Change
Sept. 26, 2014

Spring 2014

Barry Estabrook and The Coalition of Immokalee Workers
Tomatoland: Modern Day Slavery in Florida
Feb. 25, 2014