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Spring 2017 Guest Speakers

The Writing Center's special events are free and open to the public. Our spring terms feature the Best Selling Authors Series and Great Thinkers Series. A question and answer session plus book-signing and reception will follow most lectures. Call 212-772-4295 to RSVP or email


Lucie Whitehouse

February 2, 2017 | 7:00pm

Lucie Whitehouse is the author of best-selling novel Before We Met. She writes full time and has contributed features to the Times, the Sunday Times, the Independent, Elle and Red Magazine. After studying Classics at Oxford University, she began her career in publishing. Her latest novel, Keep You Close, is a nail-biting psychological thriller.

*Photo by Jaime Turner

David Morrell

March 15, 2017 | 7:00pm

David Morrell is the author of First Blood, the award-winning novel in which Rambo was created. His numerous New York Times bestsellers include the classic spy novel, The Brotherhood of the Rose, the basis for the only television mini-series to be broadcast after a Super Bowl. An Edgar and Anthony finalist, an Inkpot, Macavity, and Nero winner, Morrell is a recipient of three Bram Stoker awards and the prestigious Thriller Master award from International Thriller Writers. His latest novel is the acclaimed Victorian mystery/thriller, Ruler of the Night.

*Photo by Jennifer Esperanza

Lydia Millet

April 10, 2017 | 7:00pm

Lydia Millet is an American novelist who has written books and stories that range widely in subject matter - from the atom bomb to the discovery of mermaids. Her novel Magnificence was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in 2012. Her most recent novel, Sweet Lamb of Heaven, is a blend of domestic thriller and psychological horror.

*Photo by Ivory Orchid Photography

Cathleen Schine

April 12, 2017 | 7:00pm

Cathleen Schine is the author of the internationally best-selling novel The Love Letter, which was made into a movie starring Kate Capshaw and Tom Selleck. Schine's essay “Dog Trouble” was included in The Best American Essays of 2005. Her latest novel, They May Not Mean To, But They Do, combines family dynamics and black comedy.

*Photo by Karen Tapia

Dr. Gina Barreca

May 3, 2017 | 7:00pm

Dr. Gina Barreca is a distinguished writer, lecturer, Professor of English and Feminist Theory at UConn, and was once described as the “feminist humor maven” by Ms. Magazine. Her works include the best-selling novel They Used to Call Me Snow White But I Drifted, and It's Not That I'm Bitter: How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Visible Panty Lines and Conquered the World. She has appeared on many programs, including NPR, CNN, BBC, and 20/20 to discuss humor, gender dynamics, and politics.

*Photo by Elena Seibert


Jennifer J. Raab

March 1, 2017 | 7:00pm

Jennifer J. Raab is the president of Hunter College, the largest college in the City University of New York, with 23,000 students and a budget of more than $250 million. Since assuming the presidency in 2001, Ms. Raab has led the successful effort to increase Hunter’s standing in national rankings and to raise both admission standards and graduation rates. President Raab graduated from Cornell University, the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton, and Harvard Law School. In 2016, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

*Photo by Hunter College

Dr. David Grinspoon

March 2, 2017 | 7:00pm

Dr. David Grinspoon is an American astrobiologist and senior scientist at the Planetary Science Institute. He served as the Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology from 2012-2013, and received a Carl Sagan Medal in 2006. He is the author of Lonely Planets: The Natural Philosophy of Alien Life, for which he received the 2004 PEN literary award for nonfiction.

*Photo by Lawrence Cheng

Prof. Sheldon Glashow

April 3, 2017 | 7:00pm

Prof. Sheldon Glashow was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1979 for his work on the electroweak theory. He is currently a professor at Boston University, where he does research on the problems of electroweak symmetry breaking. His book, The Charm of Physics, is a collection of 27 essays in which Professor Glashow shares his ideas on the realm of physics.

*Photo by Kalman Zabarsky

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