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The Writing Center's special events are FREE and open to the public. A question and answer session plus book-signing and reception will follow most lectures.

Special Events are not offered during the summer term.  The following is a sampling of The Writing Center's Spring 2014 events:

 

Spring 2014 Events

  • Best Selling Author Series
  1. Patrick McGrath
  2. Andre Aciman
  3. Patricia Volk
  4. J.D McClatchy
  5. Molly Haskell
  • Great Thinkers of Our Time Series
  1. Ned Block
  2. Sir Harold Evans
  3. Margaret Geller

 

Best Selling Author Series

Patrick McGrath
February 3, 2014 | 7:00pm | Faculty Dining Room, West Building 8th Floor

Patrick McGrath writes in the style of gothic fiction, and is the author of The Grotesque which was the recipient of the Locus Award for Best Novel. He also won the Premio Flaiano Prize in Italy for his novel Martha Peake. His work Spider was nominated for the Genie Award for Best Screenplay. His book Asylum was made into a movie with Natasha Richardson and Ian McKellen. The psychological drama Constance is his most recent work. 

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Andre Aciman
February 20, 2014 | 7:00pm | Faculty Dining Room, West Building 8th Floor

Andre Aciman is an American memorist, essayist, novelist, distinguished professor and director of The Writer’s Institute at the CUNY Graduate Center. His work has been published in The New Yorker and The New York Times. His writing has also appeared in numerous volumes of The Best American Essays. His memoir Out Of Egypt  received the Whiting Writer’s Award and his novel Call Me By Your Name was chosen for the New York Times Notable Book of the Year. He also won the Lambeda Literary Award for Men’s Fiction. Eight White Nights is his latest book. 

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Patricia Volk
March 4, 2014 | 7:00pm | Faculty Dining Room, West Building 8th Floor

Patricia Volk is the author of Shocked: My Mother, Schiaparelli, and Me, the memoir Stuffed; the novels To My Dearest Friends and White Light; and two collections of short stories: All it Takes and The Yellow Banana. She has published stories, book reviews, and essays in dozens of newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, and was a weekly columnist for Newsday.

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J.D. McClatchy
April 24, 2014 | 7:00pm | Faculty Dining Room, West Building 8th Floor

J.D. McClatchy is an American poet and literary critic. He is editor of the Yale Review and a professor at Yale University. His book Hazmat won a Pulitzer Prize. He is the recipient of an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters as well as multiple fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation.

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Molly Haskell
May 6, 2014 | 7:00pm | North Dining Room, West Building 3rd Floor

Molly Haskell is an American feminist, film critic and author. She has contributed to The Village Voice, New York Magazine, and Vogue. Her influential work, From Reverence to Rape: The Treatment of Women in the Movies was one of the first books to chronicle women’s images in film. She is an adjunct professor of film at Columbia University. My Brother, My Sister is her latest book.

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Great Thinkers of Our Time Series

Ned Block
March 11, 2014 | 7:00pm | Faculty Dining Room, West Building 8th Floor

Ned Block is Silver Professor of Philosophy, Psychology and Neural Science at NYU. Prior to this he was Chair of the Philosophy Program at MIT. He works in philosophy of mind and foundations of neuroscience and cognitive science and is currently writing a book on attention. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the Cognitive Science Society, has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a Senior Fellow of the Center for the Study of Language and Information, a Sloan Foundation Fellow, a faculty member at two National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institutes and two Summer Seminars, the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the National Science Foundation; and a recipient of the Robert A. Muh Alumni Award in Humanities and Social Science from MIT. The first of two volumes of his collected papers, “Functionalism, Consciousness and Representation,” MIT Press came out in 2007.

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Sir Harold Evans
March 25, 2014 | 7:00pm | Faculty Dining Room, West Building 8th Floor

Sir Harold Evans was the editor of the Sunday Times and the Times. He has also written a number of bestselling histories. He holds the British Press Awards’ Gold Award for Lifetime Achievement of Journalists. In 2001, British journalists voted him the all-time greatest British newspaper editor. He was knighted in 2004. Evans’ best known work, The American Century, won critical acclaim when it was published in 1998. The sequel, They Made America, described the lives of some of the country’s most important inventors and innovators. Fortune identified it as one of the best books in the 75 years of that magazine’s publication. It was adapted as a four-part television mini-series that same year and as a National Public Radio special in 2005. His most recent work was an autobiography published in 2009 titled My Paper Chase.

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Margaret Geller
April 9, 2014 | 7:00pm | Faculty Dining Room, West Building 8th Floor

Margaret Geller is an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics lab in Cambridge and a pioneer in mapping the nearby universe. Her maps have provided a new view of the enormous patterns in the distribution of galaxies like the Milky Way. She is the recipient of many prizes including a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, the Newcomb-Cleveland Award of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Klopsteg Award for the American Association of Physics Teachers, a Library Lion from the New York Public Library, the Magellanic Premium of the American Philosophical Society, the James Craig Watson Medal of the National Academy of Sciences , the Henry Norris Russell Lectureship of the American Astronomical Society, and the Julius Edgar Lilienfeld Prize of the American Physical Society.  Her many public lectures, radio interviews, and television appearances have introduced an international audience to the idea that we can map the universe.

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Writers’ Conference and Intensives
The 4th Annual Writers’ Conference
June 7th 2014
 will feature keynote speakers
James McBride, National Book Award winner, and
Nicholson Baker, author of Vox, The Anthologist and House of Holes.
Writing Intensives precede the conference.
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