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Sept. 21, 2006 • Volume 15 Number 2

Dennis Lehane

Humanities Series Begins Fall Season on Sept. 27

A novelist who made Boston's underworld fodder for his private eye protagonists and a professor who has literally written the book on English literature highlight the fall semester's Lowell Lectures Humanities Series, which begins next week.

The series, which celebrates its 50th birthday next year, has brought writers, artists and dramatists of distinction to the Boston College campus. This semester's slate also includes a visit by a prominent media critic, a Harvard scholar whose non-fiction has won accolades and a new writer with a flair for fiction.

The 2006-7 season kicks off on Sept. 27 - all events begin at 7:30 p.m. - in Devlin 101 with author and editor Michael Massing presenting "The Press War and American Exceptionalism." Massing is regarded as the nation's most prominent critic of the mainstream media and is the author of such works as The Fix: Solving the Nation's Drug Problem and Now They Tell Us: The American Press and Iraq.

Harvard University historian Jill Lepore presents "Slavery and the Asymmetry of Evidence" on Oct. 25 in Devlin 101. She is the author of four books, including The Name of War: King Philip's War and the Origins of American Identity, winner of the Bancroft Prize and Phi Beta Kappa's Ralph Waldo Emerson Award, and New York Burning: Liberty, Slavery and Conspiracy in Eighteenth-Century Manhattan, a Pulitzer Prize finalist and winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Award for Non-fiction.

Popular mystery writer and Dorchester native Dennis Lehane, author of Mystic River - which became a critically acclaimed movie - Shutter Island and five other novels reads from Coronado, a collection of short stories and a two-act play, on Oct. 31 in Gasson 100.

Cogan University Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University Stephen Greenblatt presents "Reshaping the Canon: The Norton Anthology of English Literature and the Emotion of Multitude" Wednesday, Nov. 8, in Gasson 100. Greenblatt, a renowned English Renaissance scholar, is a founder of the "New Historicist" method of criticism. He is the general editor of the Norton Anthology of English Literature, the world's most widely used collection of English authors, and the author of the biography Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare (2004).

Jennifer Haigh, a member of the Boston University Creative Writing Program faculty, will discuss and read from her second novel, Baker Towers - winner of the 2006 PEN / L. L. Winship Award - on Nov. 29 in Devlin 101. Her first novel, Mrs. Kimble, won the PEN/Hemingway Award for outstanding first fiction, and Haigh will publish a collection of her short stories in 2007

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, call ext.2-3705 or visit www.bc.edu/lowell. -Stephen Gawlik

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