Concluding the English Department's 2014-2015 William J. and Yvonne Hyde Colloquium Series, Dr. Heidi Slettedahl Macpherson, Provost, will present "The Unhappiness of Travel." Contemporary Atlantic fiction offers a narrative of loss, regret, pain, and defeat that sits uneasily with a history of triumphal travel narratives of progress and self-improvement. In such fiction the journey depicted is often a complex and messy one, where escape and misdirection define the experience. Contemporary writers are revisiting the transatlantic space to reveal not simple forward movement but concurrent retreat, not a singular propulsion forward but a wavelike narrative structure that encapsulates the contrary nature of travel and its propensity to beguile and befuddle the traveler. Dr. Macpherson proposes that Atlantic fiction offers an enriching landscape of confusion and coexistence that articulates an uneasiness with movement that perfectly matches its very subject. The presentation runs from 2:30-3:30 p.m. on Friday, May 1, in 113 Wimberly Hall. The event is free and open to the public and all are welcome to attend. To arrange for disability accommodations, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-785-8295.