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Humanities Lecture Series

Founded in 1947, the Humanities Lecture Series series has consistently been a hallmark for quality, providing a forum for interdisciplinary dialogue between renowned speakers, the university and the surrounding communities. These events are free and open to the public--no tickets are required. Partial funding for the Humanities Lecture Series is provided by The National Endowment for the Humanities’ 2000 Challenge Gran
 
 
Walter Mosley: Political Optimism in the Age of Trump
 
THU FEBRUARY 7, 7:30 P.M.
Kansas Memorial Union Ballroom
 
Friends Breakfast Conversation Session:
 
FRI FEBRUARY 8, 9:30 A.M.
Hall Center Conference Hall
 
Please RSVP by February 1 to hallcenter@ku.edu if you would like to attend the breakfast conversation.
 
Novelist and social commentator Walter Mosley is the author of more than fifty books, from crime novels to political essays to science fiction, and is perhaps most well-known for his Easy Rawlins detective series. The first African-American to serve on the board of directors of the National Book Awards, Mosley has received an O’Henry Award, The Sundance Risktaker Award, a Grammy, and two NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Literary Work. In 2016, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Annual Edgar Awards, and was named the first African-American “Grand Master” by the Mystery Writers of America.
 
 
Jesmyn Ward: An Evening with Jesmyn Ward
 
THU APRIL 11, 7:30 P.M.
Liberty Hall
Free tickets available HERE
 
Public Conversation Session:
 
FRI APRIL 12, 10:00 A.M.
Hall Center Conference Hall
 
Supported by the Hall Family Foundation
 
Jesmyn Ward is a 2017 MacArthur Genius Award recipient and the first woman to receive two National Book Awards for fiction, for her novels Salvage the Bones (2011) and Sing, Unburied, Sing (2017). Betsy Burton of the American Booksellers Association has called her “the new Toni Morrison.” Ward’s stories are largely set on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, where she grew up and still lives. Shortly after Ward received her MFA, Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast, and she was forced to evacuate her rapidly flooding home. Ward’s writing is deeply informed by the trauma of Katrina, not to mention its unimaginable social and economic repercussions. Ward received her undergraduate degree in English and a master's degree in media studies and communication from Stanford University. She is currently an Associate Professor of English at Tulane University.

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