The series also will feature appearances this semester by an expert on race and civil rights and a pair of writers whose success sprang from their friendship.
Humanities Series events will be held in Gasson 100 at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
The fall schedule began with last night's lecture by Slavoj Zizek, who uses psychoanalytic theory in his examinations of contemporary Western culture.
This Monday, Sept. 23, American Scholar editor Anne Fadiman will present the reading "The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down," based on her award-winning book about a Hmong family in California whose young daughter has been diagnosed with epilepsy.
On Wednesday, Sept. 25, Thomas Sugrue, a University of Pennsylvania professor of history and sociology, presents "Black Equality, White Security: Employment Discrimination in the Battle over Affirmative Action." Sugrue has been called the most prominent historian working in the field of race in the urban United States. He is currently studying the northern civil rights movement and the origins of affirmative action.
On Nov. 7, Clara Claiborne Park will discuss the two books, Exiting Nirvana and The Siege, she has written about her daughter, who has built a career as an artist despite being autistic.
Robert Orsi presents "Recovering Catholic Childhoods: The History of Growing Up American Catholic in the 20th Century" on Nov. 21. Orsi, who writes from the intersection of cultural studies and Catholic religious practices, is the author of Thank You, St. Jude and The Madonna of 115th Street.
Authors Andrea Barrett and Margot Livesey present "A Conversation About Writing" on Dec. 5 in Higgins 300 at 7:30 p.m. The pair became friends at a writers' workshop and now read and comment on each others' work. Barrett's collection of short stories, Ship Fever, won a National Book Award in 1977, and Livesey, author of Eva Moves the Furniture, has been the recipient of Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts grants.
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