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Fall 2018 Guest Speakers

The Writing Center's special events are free and open to the public. Our FALL 2018 term features the Best Selling Author Series. A question and answer session plus book-signing and reception will follow most lectures. Call 212-772-4295 to RSVP or email


October 1, 2018 | 7:00pm | Hemmerdinger Screening Room (E706) | Jack Burstyn Memorial Lecture

Medical writer, author, and journalist RANDI HUTTER EPSTEIN is an adjunct professor at Columbia University and a lecturer at Yale University. Her articles have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, Slate, and The Guardian. She is the author of Get Me Out: A History of Childbirth from the Garden of Eden to the Sperm Bank, and most recently, AROUSED: The History of Hormones and How they Control Just About Everything.

*Photo by Nina Subin

October 29, 2018 | 7:00pm | Hemmerdinger Screening Room (E706) | Elizabeth Strong-Cuevas Lecture

WALTER MOSLEY is the author of more than 43 critically acclaimed books, including his major bestselling mystery series featuring the character Easy Rawlins. His short fiction has been widely published and his nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times Magazine and The Nation, among other publications. He is the winner of numerous awards, including an O. Henry Award, a Grammy, and a PEN America Lifetime Achievement Award.

*Photo by David Burnett

November 1, 2018 | 7:00pm | Hemmerdinger Screening Room (E706) | Writer In Residence

ANDRÉ ACIMAN is a memoirist, essayist, and New York Times bestselling novelist. He is the author of the Whiting Award-winning memoir Out of Egypt, which details his childhood growing up Jewish in post-colonial Egypt. In 2017, his novel, Call Me by Your Name, was adapted into a widely acclaimed film and named one of the top ten films of the year by the American Film Institute. His work has also appeared in The New Yorker, Condé Nast Traveler, and The Paris Review, among other publications.

*Photo by Sigrid Estrada

November 13, 2018 | 7:00pm | Hemmerdinger Screening Room (E706)

RICHARD LEDERER is the author of more than 50 books about language, history, and humor, including his best-selling Anguished English series and his current books, Amazing Words and The Joy of Names. Dr. Lederer’s syndicated column, “Lederer on Language,” appears in newspapers and magazines throughout the United States, and he is a founding co-host of “A Way With Words” on Public Radio. He has been named International Punster of the Year and Toastmasters International’s Golden Gavel winner.

*Photo by Bob Hoffman

December 4, 2018 | 7:00pm | Hemmerdinger Screening Room (E706)

First-time novelist KATHERINE NOURI HUGHES is a speech-writer, and communications expert. She has worked as a communications executive in the for-profit and non-profit sectors, and has served as a long-time member of the national finance board of the Democratic National Committee. She also serves on the boards of the American University in Cairo, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and WNET/13. Her debut novel, The Mapmaker’s Daughter, was released by Delphinium Books in August of 2017.

*Photo by Chris Lee


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