LOST UTOPIAS: TEXAS AND IRELAND
Hearing Room 3: 1:30—2:15pm

In an exploration of the forgotten history of nineteenth-century Texas utopianism, Roger D. Hodge will share the droll stories of two failed communities, both founded by charismatic Frenchman: Icaria, which was a bit north of Dallas, and La Reunion, which was just across the river, on the south bank of the Trinity. Linda Norton will move from the dreams of Irish nationalism and the invention of a “pure,” Gaelic Ireland to contemporary EU Ireland, a place whose people are simultaneously excited about new opportunity and filled with regret over their irretrievable past. Their talks will be followed by a discussion with the audience.

ROGER D. HODGE is the editor of the Oxford American and the author of The Mendacity of Hope: Presidential Power, Corporate Money, and the Politics of Corrupt Influence. Hodge’s essays have appeared in many publications, including Texas Monthly, the London Review of Books, Popular Science, Men’s Journal, and Harper’s Magazine, where he was editor-in-chief. He is writing a book about life in the West Texas borderlands. 

LINDA NORTON's first book, The Public Gardens: Poems and History, was a finalist for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize in 2012. In the fall of 2014 her collages were exhibited at The Dock Arts Centre in County Leitrim, Ireland, courtesy of a cultural grant from the US Embassy in Dublin. She's writing two books now: a volume of poems (Coloratura) and a memoir called Dark White. Linda recently received a Creative Work Fund grant for a multimedia project about the impact of mass incarceration on communities in Oakland.