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May 27, 2015 /
Posted in: College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences /
The DePaul Humanities Center will welcome Saunders at the end of the event to deliver a new lecture about the future of the humanities in higher education, “Why the Humanities, Why Art?”
“Saunders is the preeminent writer of this generation,” said H. Peter Steeves, professor of philosophy and director of the DePaul Humanities Center. “He’s also our foremost cultural critic. Access to a liberal arts education is indispensable to the future of our society, and Saunders’ voice is an important one in making it clear just how true this is.”
WHEN24 hours of continuous readingsJune 2 at 8 p.m. until June 3 at 8 p.m. Saunders reads June 3 at 7 p.m.
WHEREDePaul University’s Lincoln Park CampusStudent Center, Room 1202250 N Sheffield Ave.
This event is free and open to the public. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis throughout the 24 hour reading, and capacity will be limited.
WHOGeorge Saunders is a New York Times bestselling author who is known for his collections of short stories. His works include “Congratulations, By the Way,” “Tenth of December” and “CivilWarLand in Bad Decline.” Born in Amarillo, Texas, Saunders grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago. He earned a degree in exploration geophysics from the Colorado School of Mines. After spending time as a geophysicist on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, Saunders returned to the United States to pursue a writing career. In 1992, his short story “Offloading for Mrs. Schwartz” became the first of many of his works that would be published in The New Yorker. In 2001, Saunders was selected by Entertainment Weekly as one of the 100 most creative people in entertainment, and by The New Yorker in 2002 as one of the best writers 40 and under. In 2006, he was awarded both a Guggenheim Fellowship and a MacArthur Fellowship. In 2009, he received an Arts and Letters Award in literature (formerly Academy Award) from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Saunders earned a master’s degree from Syracuse University, where he has been teaching in the Master of Fine Arts program since 1996.
More information on George Saunders at http://bit.ly/15PE4OS.
Guest readers will include:
The DePaul University Humanities Center fosters discussion and research in the arts and humanities on campus and among the greater community. More about the center at https://las.depaul.edu/centers-and-institutes/depaul-humanities-center/Pages/default.aspx.
Kristin Claes Mathews