Lowell Lecture Humanities Series Spring Schedule Begins Feb. 4

Lowell Lecture Humanities Series Spring Schedule Begins Feb. 4

A Pulitzer Prize winner who has chronicled US foreign policy failings in the face of genocide, an Iranian writer with a penchant for forbidden Western literature and a Palestinian poet who offers another perspective on the Middle East highlight the offerings of this semester's Lowell Lecture Humanities Series at Boston College.

All events in the series, which are free and open to the public, will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Gasson 100 unless otherwise noted.

The series kicks off on Feb. 4 with the Candlemas Lecture given by writer Paul Elie, who will present "Pilgrims in Spite of Ourselves: American Catholics in the New Century." Elie is the author of The Life You Save May Be Your Own, in which he considers the work of Catholic writers Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton, Flannery O'Connor, and Walker Percy.

Naomi Shihab Nye, who will read from her work Feb. 9, is the daughter of a Palestinian father and American mother, and an award-winning writer of poetry for adults and children. She has traveled to the Middle East and Asia for the United States Information Agency promoting international goodwill through the arts.

Harvard University law professor Lani Guinier presents "The Miner's Canary" on Feb. 11 at 4 p.m. Nominated by President Clinton in 1993 to head the US Justice Department Civil Rights Division, Guinier encountered strong reaction to her views on the civil rights of minorities - a controversy that led to Clinton withdrawing her nomination. Since then, Guinier has written extensively on civil rights and equal justice.

Winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction Samantha Power discusses US foreign policy in the age of terror on Feb. 18. Power is the author of A Problem From Hell: America and the Age of Genocide, an account of US failure to confront mass killings in Cambodia, Bosnia and Rwanda.

On March 31, Iranian native Azar Nafisi will offer "On Reading Lolita in Tehran." An English professor, author and literary scholar, Nafisi became angered and frustrated by the harsh restrictions placed on women in Iran following the 1979 revolution. She resigned her university position in 1995 but kept teaching in secret for two years, inviting her best students to her home to study Western authors deemed "subversive," such as Jane Austen, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Henry James and Vladimir Nabokov. Reading Lolita In Tehran describes her underground study group and life under the reign of the Ayatollahs.

Jhumpa Lahiri's first book, The Interpreter of Maladies, a collection of short stories, won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. A daughter of parents born in India, Lahiri writes about the immigrant experience, and the tangled ties between generations. She reads from her fiction April 21.

Assoc. Prof. Andrew Von Hendy (English) reads from his fiction and poetry on April 28 in Devlin 101. Von Hendy is the author of The Modern Construction of Myth and a writer of essays, fiction, and poetry.

For more information on the series, call ext.2-3705.

-Stephen Gawlik


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