Lowell Lecture Humanities Series Begins Sept. 22

Lowell Lecture Humanities Series Begins Sept. 22

Pulitzer winner, Newman biographer, controversial diplomat among guests

By Stephen Gawlik
Staff Writer
A visit to the depths of hell, a documentary film-maker's search for a novelist and one diplomat's concern about America's role in the world are among the subjects of discussion slated for this semester's Lowell Lecture Humanities Series.

For more than four decades the series has brought distinguished artists, poets, authors and dramatists to the Boston College campus. This semester will feature appearances by the 2003 Pulitzer Prize winner for Poetry, a memoirist who has recounted her family's experiences in the New Hampshire textile mills and a biographer who has written about the early years in the life of a prominent 19th century Catholic prelate.

The series kicks off on Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Devlin 101 with a reading by former BC faculty member Christopher McDonough titled "Inferno 24 and 25 (The Cantos of the Thieves)" from Dante's Commedia. McDonough, now director of the Classical Studies Department at the University of the South, once led a multi-year reading of the work while teaching at Boston College.

On Oct. 8 author Jane Brox reads from Five Thousand Days Like This One: An American Family History. A finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction, her memoir retells the story of three generations of her family's history as immigrants working in the textile mills along the Merrimack River and their subsequent move toward agrarian life. (Devlin 101, 7:30 p.m.)

John Brady Kiesling, who in February resigned from his post as a senior American diplomat in protest of US policy in Iraq, will present "The Last Leader of the Free World: American Influence and a Skeptical Planet" on Oct. 30. (Gasson 100, 7:30 p.m.)

On Nov. 5, Mark Moskowitz will present his documentary film, "Stone Reader," about his search for author Dow Mossman, who wrote the highly praised The Stones of Summer and never published another work. (7:30 p.m., Higgins 300)

On Nov. 12, Yale University's John Hay Whitney Professor Frank Turner presents "The Newman of the Apologia and the Newman of History" based on his recent biography of the influential cardinal John Henry Newman. Turner's biography challenges hagiographic interpretations of Newman's life and presents a different view. (Gasson 100, 7:30 p.m.)

Long recognized as a leading poet of his generation in Ireland and Great Britain, 2003 Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Muldoon visits Boston College on Nov. 30 to read from his work. Born in Belfast and now living in the United States, Muldoon serves as professor of humanities and director of the Creative Writing Program at Princeton University and professor of poetry at Oxford University. His appearance is co-sponsored by the Irish Studies Program and Poetry Days. (Higgins 300, 7:30 p.m.)

All Humanities Series events are free and open to the public.

 

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