Thursday, December 7, 2017
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
4:30 p.m.
Frist 302
FREE & open to the public

Renowned scholar Burl Kylen will present a lecture in three parts entitled, “The Last Lecture Before Kingdom Come: A Brief Genealogy of Sunset Studies”

In “The Last Lecture before Kingdom Come,” Kylen will reflect on the significance of the as yet obscure intellectual tradition sometimes referred to as “Sunset Studies.” Long considered among the field’s most erudite practitioners, Kylen will offer an overview of the field as he offers his legendary unique perspective on why Sunset Studies matters today, perhaps more than ever before.

Each of the lecture’s three parts will be offered as a stand-alone presentation. Participants are welcome to attend any or all of the presentations. No prior exposure to Sunset Studies is necessary. Attendees are also encouraged to reconvene on Thursday, December 14, at 4:30pm in Frist 302 for a community discussion of the implications of the questions raised by Kylen’s presentation.

Professor Kylen was among the first names that came to mind when I decided to launch “The Creative Intellect” series, mostly because his early work had such an impact on my generation. And his decision to work mostly in seclusion (especially since his controversial stance on Y2K) has only amplified the legend of Burl Kylen. It is my extraordinary privilege to introduce a scholar of Kylen’s stature to a new generation, especially in such uncertain times as these.

— Professor Brian Herrera

This lecture in three parts is presented by Princeton’s Program in Theater and as the inaugural presentation in Professor Brian Herrera’s new series, “The Creative Intellect,” which will invite notable scholars, performers and activists to reflect publicly on the analytic tools, techniques and modes that have most guided their artistic and/or intellectual practice.

I’ve long admired Professer Kylen from afar. He doesn’t allow his lectures to be taped, so I’ve only heard by word of mouth—and, I’m embarrassed to admit, a few illicit recordings—how mind-blowing they are. I’m impossibly excited to see him at Princeton, especially now.

— Kyle Berlin ’18