Pulitzer Winners Highlight Humanities Series

Pulitzer Winners Highlight Humanities Series

The fall Lowell Lecture Humanities Series will feature appearances by Pulitzer Prize winners in poetry, fiction and biography, a popular novelist whose writing explores immigration themes and a journalist regarded as one of the anti-globalization movement's foremost advocates.

All Humanities Series events, which are open to the public, will be held in Gasson 100 and begin at 7:30 p.m.

Award-winning author Gish Jen kicks off the series on Wednesday, Sept. 19, with a reading from her collection of short stories Who's Irish? Jen, who has also penned two novels, uses compassion and humor to capture the American immigrant experience of Asians, Africans, Jews and the Irish.

On Tuesday, Oct. 2, Naomi Klein will offer "The Anti-Globalization, Pro-Democracy Movement." Klein is an award-winning journalist and author of the international best-selling book No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies, which challenges the behavior of large companies and juxtaposes corporate goals against social goals such as tolerance and equality.

Ron Hansen, the Gerard Manley Hopkins, SJ, Professor in Arts and Humanities at Santa Clara University, will present "Hutly in Pursuit of the Real: The Catholic Writer" on Thursday, Oct. 18. The author of Desperadoes, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Mariette in Ecstasy, Atticus and Hitler's Niece, Hansen has received fellowships from the the National Endowment for the Arts and John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, among others.

The 2001 Pulitzer Prize winner for Poetry, Stephen Dunn, will read from his work on Thursday, Nov. 8. Dunn, the author of 11 collections of poetry, won the Pulitzer for his most recent book, Different Hours. He also has received an award in literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations.

On Thursday, Nov. 15, Jack Miles, winner of the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Biography for God: A Biography, will offer a selection of his writing. Miles' most recent book, Christ: A Crisis in the Life of God, will be published in October.

Another Pulitzer winner, Michael Cunningham, will read a selection of his work on Tuesday, Dec. 4. Cunningham's second novel, The Hours, won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the 1999 PEN/Faulkner Award. Cunningham is also a celebrated writer of short fiction.
-Stephen Gawlik

 

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