"Marcel Proust and the Mass Press" Max McGuinness is currently completing his PhD in French at Columbia. Entitled “Modernism and Mass Press from Mallarmé to Proust”, his dissertation is about how modernist authors used newspapers and magazines as a “literary laboratory” during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He has published articles in journals such as Dix-Neuf, French Studies Bulletin, and the Bulletin d'informations proustiennes. His translation of André Bernold’s L’Amitié de Beckett is available from the Lilliput Press. Max is also the New York theatre critic for The Financial Times. First Thursday Graduate Scholar Talks take place the first Thursday of each month during the academic year. The talks provide young scholars an opportunity to make a generalist presentation on their research to a cross-disciplinary audience ready to listen carefully and ask good questions. EPIC members help give the Ph.D. students a useful learning experience and at the same time learn about something that may be well beyond their own scholarly interests. Complimentary lunch provided. RSVP required.