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George Saunders

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Thursday, October 18, 2018, 7:30 PM


Price: Free


Hendricks Chapel
Syracuse University, Syracuse

George Saunders is author of nine books, including the short-story collection Tenth of December—a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the inaugural Folio Prize (for the best work of fiction in English) and the Story Prize (best short story collection)—and his first full-length novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, a No. 1 New York Times Bestseller and winner of the Man Booker Prize.

A member of the College of Arts and Sciences since 1997, Saunders is a professor of English teaching in the college's renowned Creative Writing Program. This past spring, he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

In 2013, Saunders was named to Time magazine's TIME 100 list of the 100 most influential people in the world. That same year, he was awarded the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction. He has also won four National Magazine Awards (from seven nominations), a PEN/Malamud Award and a World Fantasy Award.

He has received fellowships from the MacArthur Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Guggenheim Foundation

In May 2013, Saunders delivered a memorable convocation address to College of Arts and Sciences graduates. The New York Times posted the transcript on its website a couple months later, and the speech quickly went viral—within days, it was viewed more than one million times. It inspired an animated short voiced by Saunders. And the following spring, his moving essay on kindness was published in book form, Congratulations, by the way: Some Thoughts on Kindness, and became a bestseller.

In addition to Tenth of December, Saunders has written several popular short-story collections, including Pastoralia and CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, which were New York Times Notable Books. Another collection, In Persuasion Nation (Penguin, 2006), was a finalist for the 2006 Story Prize.


Margaret Atwood

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Thursday, October 25, 2018, 7:30 PM


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Hendricks Chapel
Syracuse University, Syracuse

Canadian author Margaret Atwood is the definition of a literary titan, with more than 40 novels, non-fiction works, short story collections, children's books, books of poetry and one graphic novel to her credit over her more than 50-year career. Her work has been published in more than 40 languages.

Arguably her most famous book, The Handmaid's Tale was transformed into a critically acclaimed television series on Hulu. The first season won eight Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Drama Series. The recently completed second season has earned 20 Emmy nominations.

Along with the deep dystopian novel, television is treating new generations to other of Atwood's notable works. An adaption of her murder mystery Alias Grace is now streaming on Netflix. Her children's book Wandering Wenda and Widow Wallop's Wunderground Washery was produced as an animated children's series. MGM is producing a series from her novel The Heart Goes Last. And Paramount is adapting the three books in her MaddAddam series, Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood, MaddAddam, into a television series.

In 2016, Atwood entered the world of graphic novels with Angel Catbird, the story of a young genetic engineer who accidentally mutates into a cat-owl hybrid, which debuted at No. 1 on The New York Times Bestseller List. She has since written volumes two and three.

Her list of honors exceeds 125 recognitions, starting in the early 1960s and including the Man Booker Prize, the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Best Science Fiction, the Franz Kafka International Literary Prize, the Harvard Arts Medal, the Raymond Chandler Award, the Carl Sandburg Literary Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She has received 26 honorary degrees.

Atwood is a founding trustee of the Griffin Poetry Prize and a founder of the Writers' Trust of Canada, a nonprofit literary organization that seeks to encourage Canada's writing community.


Americans Who Tell the Truth: Models of Courageous Citizenship

Monday, November 26, 2018

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Thursday, November 29, 2018


Price: Free


Panasci Lounge, Schine Student Center
Syracuse University, Syracuse

Not only is noted painter Robert Shetterly coming to Syracuse University, he is bringing along the full collection of his masterwork portrait series "Americans Who Tell the Truth: Models of Courageous Citizenship," which marks the first time ever all 235 pieces will be displayed publicly in one location.

The portraits and accompanying narratives highlight citizens who courageously address issues of social, environmental and economic fairness. Combining art and other media, the series "offers resources to inspire a new generation of engaged Americans who will act for the common good, our communities, and the Earth."

Among the historical and contemporary figures portrayed in the collection are Muhammad Ali, Susan B. Anthony, James Baldwin, Majora Carter, Shirley Chisholm, Dwight Eisenhower, Langston Hughes, Van Jones, Martin Luther King Jr., Naomi Klein, Ron Kovic, Oren Lyons '58, Arthur Miller, Ralph Nader, Paul Robeson, Edward Snowden, Mark Twain, Walt Whitman and Malcolm X.

Shetterly taught himself drawing, printmaking and painting after graduating from Harvard College with a degree in English literature. His work appears in collections across the United States and Europe. Along with his "Americans Who Tell the Truth" series, Shetterly is well known for his series of 70 painted etchings based on William Blake's "Proverbs of Hell" and for another series of 50 painted etchings reflecting on the metaphor of the Annunciation.

He began "Americans Who Tell the Truth" in the early 2000s. A book by the same name and featuring his first 50 portraits was published in 2008. Shetterly says the portraits have given him an opportunity to speak with children and adults throughout the United States about "the necessity of dissent in a democracy, the obligations of citizenship, sustainability, U.S. history, and how democracy cannot function if politicians don't tell the truth, if the media don't report it, and if the people don't demand it."


Robert Shetterly

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Thursday, November 29, 2018, 7:30 PM


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Setnor Auditorium, Crouse College
Syracuse University, Syracuse

Not only is noted painter Robert Shetterly coming to Syracuse University, he is bringing along the full collection of his masterwork portrait series "Americans Who Tell the Truth: Models of Courageous Citizenship," which marks the first time ever all 235 pieces will be displayed publicly in one location.

The portraits and accompanying narratives highlight citizens who courageously address issues of social, environmental and economic fairness. Combining art and other media, the series "offers resources to inspire a new generation of engaged Americans who will act for the common good, our communities, and the Earth."

Among the historical and contemporary figures portrayed in the collection are Muhammad Ali, Susan B. Anthony, James Baldwin, Majora Carter, Shirley Chisholm, Dwight Eisenhower, Langston Hughes, Van Jones, Martin Luther King Jr., Naomi Klein, Ron Kovic, Oren Lyons '58, Arthur Miller, Ralph Nader, Paul Robeson, Edward Snowden, Mark Twain, Walt Whitman and Malcolm X.

All of Shetterly's living portrait subjects have been invited to visit Syracuse University to see the display and enjoy a gallery reception and the accompanying Nov. 29 University Lectures event in which the artist will take part in an on-stage conversation with two of his subjects—Richard Bowen and Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha. Bowen is a former vice president at Citigroup who blew the whistle on Citibank's subprime mortgage practices that helped lead to the country's 2008 financial crisis. Hanna-Attisha, a pediatrician and public health advocate in Flint, Mich., sounded the alarm about the high presence of lead in the city's drinking water.

Shetterly taught himself drawing, printmaking and painting after graduating from Harvard College with a degree in English literature. His work appears in collections across the United States and Europe. Along with his "Americans Who Tell the Truth" series, Shetterly is well known for his series of 70 painted etchings based on William Blake's "Proverbs of Hell" and for another series of 50 painted etchings reflecting on the metaphor of the Annunciation.

He began "Americans Who Tell the Truth" in the early 2000s. A book by the same name and featuring his first 50 portraits was published in 2008. Shetterly says the portraits have given him an opportunity to speak with children and adults throughout the United States about "the necessity of dissent in a democracy, the obligations of citizenship, sustainability, U.S. history, and how democracy cannot function if politicians don't tell the truth, if the media don't report it, and if the people don't demand it."


Americans Who Tell the Truth: Models of Courageous Citizenship

Friday, November 30, 2018


Price: Free


Panasci Lounge, Schine Student Center
Syracuse University, Syracuse

Not only is noted painter Robert Shetterly coming to Syracuse University, he is bringing along the full collection of his masterwork portrait series "Americans Who Tell the Truth: Models of Courageous Citizenship," which marks the first time ever all 235 pieces will be displayed publicly in one location.

The portraits and accompanying narratives highlight citizens who courageously address issues of social, environmental and economic fairness. Combining art and other media, the series "offers resources to inspire a new generation of engaged Americans who will act for the common good, our communities, and the Earth."

Among the historical and contemporary figures portrayed in the collection are Muhammad Ali, Susan B. Anthony, James Baldwin, Majora Carter, Shirley Chisholm, Dwight Eisenhower, Langston Hughes, Van Jones, Martin Luther King Jr., Naomi Klein, Ron Kovic, Oren Lyons '58, Arthur Miller, Ralph Nader, Paul Robeson, Edward Snowden, Mark Twain, Walt Whitman and Malcolm X.

Shetterly taught himself drawing, printmaking and painting after graduating from Harvard College with a degree in English literature. His work appears in collections across the United States and Europe. Along with his "Americans Who Tell the Truth" series, Shetterly is well known for his series of 70 painted etchings based on William Blake's "Proverbs of Hell" and for another series of 50 painted etchings reflecting on the metaphor of the Annunciation.

He began "Americans Who Tell the Truth" in the early 2000s. A book by the same name and featuring his first 50 portraits was published in 2008. Shetterly says the portraits have given him an opportunity to speak with children and adults throughout the United States about "the necessity of dissent in a democracy, the obligations of citizenship, sustainability, U.S. history, and how democracy cannot function if politicians don't tell the truth, if the media don't report it, and if the people don't demand it."


Trevor Noah

Sunday, January 27, 2019, Time TBD


Carrier Dome
Syracuse University campus, Syracuse

Comedian and author Trevor Noah, host of the Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central, will visit as a special guest of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, in collaboration with the University Lectures series.

Noah will take part in an on-stage conversation, talking about his acclaimed memoir, Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, reflecting on the life and legacy of Dr. King, and discussing the global impact of the civil rights movement.


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