Category: Ben Railton

“Celebrating Lillian Smith” Symposium

This year marks the 75th anniversary of Lillian E. Smith’s Strange Fruit and the 70th of Killers of the Dream. To celebrate, the Lillian E. Smith Center will host a symposium on October 26 in Athens, GA, to celebrate Lillian Smith’s life, work, and legacy. You can find more information below. Even if you cannot make the symposium, please share it on social media … Read More “Celebrating Lillian Smith” Symposium


The Great Gatsby Lecture

For my lecture last fall on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby (1925), I decided to focus on the ways that Fitzgerald’s novel does not speak for all of its readers but also how the novel overtly challenges the myth of the American Dream. This challenging of the myth does not only occur with Gatsby. Rather, it occurs from the very beginning of the … Read More The Great Gatsby Lecture

How do you maintain productivity?

Note: Images from PhD Comics. Over the past few years, various people have asked me how I remain so productive with such a packed schedule. Today, I want to provide some tips to remain productive amidst so much work that needs to be done. This is by no means an exhaustive list of ways to remain productive. When I say productive, I am speaking … Read More How do you maintain productivity?