Lowell Humanities Series
“There is nothing like an author reading from his or her own works,” said Francis Sweeney, S.J., who founded what is now the Lowell Humanities Series in 1957. Among the distinguished writers, artists, performers, and scholars the series has brought to Boston College have been Robert Frost, Margaret Mead, T.S. Eliot, Maya Angelou, Robert Penn Warren, Joyce Carol Oates, Susan Sontag, and Seamus Heaney.
Carlo Rotella, director of American Studies and professor of English, directs the Lowell Humanities Series. He can be reached at email@example.com. You may also contact Katie Daily-Bruckner at 617-552-2203 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
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The Lowell Humanities Series is sponsored by the Lowell Institute, Boston College's Institute for the Liberal Arts, and the Provost's Office.
February 5, 2014
Tracy Kidder: Another Set of Eyes
Over his long career, Tracy Kidder’s writing has been prolific and outstanding. The Soul of a New Machine—a book celebrated for its insight into the world of high-tech corporate America—earned him a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award in 1982. Other bestselling works include House (1985), Among Schoolchildren (1989), Old Friends (1993) and Home Town (1999). His enormously influential book, Mountains Beyond Mountains (2003) captures two global health crises, tuberculosis and AIDS, through the eyes of a single-minded physician bent on improving the health of some of the poorest people on the planet. In his latest book, Strength in What Remains, Kidder delivers the humbling story of Deo, a young man whose will to survive and love of knowledge take him from the horrors of genocide in Burundi to Columbia University and then on to medical school.
February 20, 2014
Poetry Days presents Tracy K. Smith
Tracy K. Smith’s most recent collection of poetry, Life on Mars (Graywolf, 2011), won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize and was selected as a New York Times Notable Book. The collection draws on sources as disparate as Arthur C. Clarke and David Bowie, and is in part an elegiac tribute to her late father, an engineer who worked on the Hubble Telescope. Duende (2007), her second book, won the 2006 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets and an Essence Literary Award. The Body's Question (2003), her first book, was the winner of the 2002 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Smith was the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writers Award in 2004 and a Whiting Award in 2005.
March 19, 2014
Michael Bérubé: Bioethics: Too Important to be Left to Bioethicists
Michael Bérubé is the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor and Director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at Pennsylvania State University, where he teaches cultural studies and American literature. He is the author of several books on cultural studies, disability rights, liberal politics, and debates in higher education, and since 2004 has been a blogger on these and other topics. He was the 2012 president of the Modern Language Association, and served as vice president from 2010-2012. He also served on the National Council of the American Association of University Professors from 2005 to 2011, and now sits on the AAUP's Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure.
March 26, 2014
George Packer: The Unwinding: An Inner History of the
George Packer is a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author, most recently, of The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, a New York Times best-seller in 2013. He has published three other works of non-fiction: The Assassins’ Gate: America in Iraq, which received several prizes and was named one of the ten best books of 2005 by The New York Times Book Review; Interesting Times: Writings from a Turbulent Decade, a collection of articles; The Village of Waiting, a memoir of his years in the Peace Corps in Togo, West Africa; and Blood of the Liberals, a three-generation family and political history, which won the 2001 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. He is also the author of two novels, The Half Man and Central Square, and a play, Betrayed, based on a New Yorker article, which ran five months Off Broadway in 2008 and won the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play. He is the editor of The Fight Is for Democracy: Winning the War of Ideas in America and the World, and of a two-volume edition of George Orwell’s essays. Packer’s New Yorker articles have won three Overseas Press Club awards. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow and a Holtzbrinck Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. He lives in Brooklyn.
April 1, 2014
Fiction Days presents Edwidge Danticat
Edwidge Danticat, who was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in 1969, is widely considered to be one of the most talented young writers in the United States, celebrated in particular for her impassioned, meditative, and poetically intense prose style. She became a finalist for the National Book Award at the age of twenty-six for Krik? Krak!, and has received the 1995 Pushcart Short Story Prize and fiction awards from The Carribean Writer, Seventeen, and Essence magazines. Her works include Breath, Eyes, Memory, The Farming of Bones, and Brother I’m Dying. Her Lowell lecture will be part of a three-day residency at Boston College.
April 9, 2014
Emma Donoghue: Slippery Characters: Writing Historical Fiction in the Information Age
Born in Dublin in 1969 and now living with her family in Canada, Emma Donoghue is the award-winning author of the novels Room, The Sealed Letter, Landing, Life Mask, Slammerkin, Hood and Stir-fry; short-story collections Astray, Three and a Half Deaths, Touchy Subjects, The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits, and Kissing the Witch; and literary history including Inseparable, We Are Michael Field, and Passions Between Women, as well as two literary history anthologies that span the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries. Frog Music, her new novel, comes out in Spring 2014.
November 6: Paul Elie
October 30: Heather Nathans
October 24: Bill McKibben
October 9: Paul Tough
September 25: James Wood