Humanities Series To Sponsor Readings, Concert

Appearances by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Louise Gluck and acclaimed author Thomas Cahill are among the highlights of the spring semester Lowell Lectures Humanities Series.

Indian-born novelist Anita Desai and the Yale Russian Chorus' annual concert also will be featured in the series, which since 1958 has brought leading writers, poets, dramatists and other artists to the University.

Gluck, who won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for poetry, will present a reading of her works on Wednesday, March 19, at 8 p.m. in Gasson 100. A senior lecturer in English at Williams College, she is the author of several books of poetry, including Ararat, The First Four Books of Poems, Meadowlands, The Triumph of Achilles, and The Wild Iris .

Desai will read from her fiction on Thursday, April 3, at 8 p.m. in Gasson 100. She received the Guardian Award for Children's Fiction for The Village by the Sea and the 1978 National Academy of Letters Award for Fire on the Mountain . Desai, who published Journey to Ithaca in 1995, recently joined the program in writing and humanistic studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

On Sunday, April 6 at 3 p.m. in Robsham Theater, Cahill will present a Candlemas Lecture titled "The Real Saint Patrick." Cahill is the author of the widely praised book How the Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role From the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe , which recounts Ireland's success in preserving many elements of Western culture during the Dark Ages. The founder of The Cahill and Company Catalogue, he is director of religious publishing at Doubleday.

The Yale Russian Chorus, a perennial favorite of the lecture series, will close out the 1996-97 season on Friday, April 25, at 8 p.m. in Gasson 100.

All events are free and open to the public.

-Sean Smith

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