Humanities Series Lectures Scheduled

Readings by Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney and best-selling author Andre Dubus highlight this year's Lowell Lecture Humanities Series, which for almost 40 years has brought distinguished artists, poets, authors and dramatists to campus.

The series, which began last month with an appearance by poet Annie Dillard, continues on Tuesday, Oct. 15, with a reading by Dubus at 8 p.m. in Gasson 100. A renowned author of short stories, Dubus' best-seller Dancing After Hours was published earlier this year, and his other works include Broken Vessels, Adultery and Other Choices , and Separate Flights .

Heaney, the 1995 Nobel Prize winner in literature, will make his fifth Humanities Series appearance on campus when he reads from his poetry on Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. in St. Ignatius Church. He is the Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory at Harvard University, and received an honorary Doctor of Letters and Literature degree from Boston College in 1991.

Jim Forest, an expert on American poet and religious writer Thomas Merton, will return to the University on Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. in Gasson 100. The title of his talk will be "Thomas Merton: Advice to Peacemakers."

The Humanities Series also will co-sponsor "Jerusalem and the Holy Land in the American Consciousness and American Politics," on Nov. 3 at 2:30 p.m. in Robsham Theater, one of a series of symposia offered this fall as an accompaniment to the McMullen Museum of Art exhibition "J.M.W. Turner and the Romantic Vision of the Holy Land and the Bible."

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

-S.S.

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