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Fall 2017 Guest Speakers

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. Call 212-772-4295 to RSVP or email

An Evening With Author...

September 19th
Eizabeth Strong-Cuevas Lecturer:

MICHAEL GROSS is the author of three New York Times bestsellers, including Model: The Ugly Business of Beautiful Women, which sold more than half-a-million copies around the world. He was recently named Editor-in-Chief of Avenue Magazine and is a Contributing Editor of Departures Magazine. His latest novel, Focus: The Secret, Sexy, Sordid World of Fashion Photographers , is a follow-up to Model.
Photo by:
Rick Wenner

October 11
DEBORAH TREISMAN is the fiction editor of The New Yorker and is the host of the award-winning New Yorker Fiction Podcast. Her translations of Francophone writers, such as Patrick Chamoiseau, Marguerite Duras, and Tahar Ben Jelloun, have appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, and Grand Street. In 2012, she received the Center for Fiction’s Maxwell E. Perkins Award for Distinguished Contribution to Fiction.
Photo by:
Beowulf Sheehan

November 9

MEG WOLITZER is the author of The Interestings, The Wife, The Ten-Year Nap, and The Uncoupling. Her acclaimed short fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories and The Pushcart Prize. Her book This Is Your Life was adapted into a film that was scripted and directed by Nora Ephron.
Photo by:
Tim Knox

November 13
RICHARD LEDERER is the author of more than 40 books about language, history, and humor, including his best-selling Anguished English series and his current books, Amazing Words and Lederer on Language.
Photo by:
Bob Hoffman
November 13
BILL SHIPPER is a folk-singing humorist from Memphis, TN, whose newest CD, My Lover Loves Liver: Funny Songs for People Who Eat and Drink, pokes fun at foodies. .
Photo by:
Anna Schroeder

Together, they bring to Hunter a unique concert, DANCES WITH WORDS. These two sparring punsters will perform Lederer’s educational wordfun set to original music by composer Shipper.


An Evening With Great Thinker...

October 5
Jack Burstyn Memorial Lecturer:

JAMES WATSON is one of the most distinguished scientists in the world, famous for the co-discovering of the structure of DNA with Francis Crick and Rosalind Franklin. He is a molecular biologist, geneticist and zoologist, and served as the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s director and president for about 35 years. Dr. Watson has also been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, such as the Lomonosov Gold Medal, the John J. Carty Award, and the 1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
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Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory



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