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Upcoming Events:

  • Oct 21
    Tamara Payne

    Durst Distinguished Lecture Series: Tamara Payne in Conversation with Professor Andrew Salomon

    Time:  6:00pm
    Tamara Payne served as the principal researcher on The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X.
  • Oct 21
    Laura Romeyn

    Poets at Work: A Reading and Conversation with Laura Romeyn

    Time:  6:30pm

    Laura Romeyn is the author of Wild Conditions, winner of a Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship.

  • Oct 28
    Lynda Barry illustrated self portrait

    Roy and Shirley Durst Distinguished Chair in Literature: Lynda Barry in conversation with Professor Robin Lynch

    Time:  6:00pm

    Lynda Barry, an Associate Professor in Interdisciplinary Creativity at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is a painter, cartoonist, writer, illustrator, playwright, and editor. Her comic strip Ernie Pook’s Comeek is a classic, having been syndicated in alternative weeklies for over two decades. Barry has authored 21 books, worked as a commentator for NPR, and had a regular monthly feature in Esquire, Mother Jones Magazine, Mademoiselle, and Salon. Her most recent book, Making Comics, was awarded the 2020 Eisner Award for Best Comics-Related Book + Best Publication Design. Barry has received many awards and fellowships, including the American Library Association’s Alex Award, the 2017 Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Cartoonists Society, and a MacArthur Fellowship.

    Individuals requiring accommodations for equal access to this event should contact humanities@purchase.edu a minimum of 5 business days prior to the event.

    This event is made possible by the Roy and Shirley Durst Distinguished Chair in Literature Endowment.

  • Nov 4
    Emily Lee Luan

    Poets at Work: A Reading and Conversation with Emily Lee Luan

    Time:  6:30pm

    Emily Lee Luan is a Taiwanese American poet and essayist.

  • Nov 9
    Kaitlyn Greenidge

    Durst Distinguished Lecture Series: Kaitlyn Greenidge in conversation with Professor Mariel Rodney

    Time:  6:00pm

    Kaitlyn Greenidge is the author of two novels: We Love You Charlie Freeman, which was named one of the New York Times Critics’ Top Ten Books of 2016 and was a finalist for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize; and Libertie, which was named one of the most anticipated books of the year by, among other publications, The Washington Post, Time, and the New York Times. Greenidge is the recipient of fellowships from the Whiting Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University, and the Guggenheim Foundation. Currently the Features Director at Harper’s Bazaar, she also serves as a contributing writer for the New York Times.

    Individuals requiring accommodations for equal access to this event should contact humanities@purchase.edu a minimum of 5 business days prior to the event.

    The Durst Distinguished Lecture Series is made possible by the Roy and Shirley Durst Distinguished Chair in Literature Endowment.

  • Nov 11
    Poet Jake Skeets

    Poets at Work: A Reading and Conversation with Jake Skeets

    Time:  6:30pm

    Jake Skeets is the author of Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers, winner of the National Poetry Series, American Book Award, and Kate Tufts Discovery Award.

  • Nov 16
    Jewish Emancipation Book Cover

    Jewish Emancipation

    Time:  4:30pm

    When and how did Jews become citizens?

  • Nov 18
    Poet Nathan Xavier Osorio

    Poets at Work: A Reading and Conversation with Nathan Xavier Osorio

    Time:  6:30pm

    Nathan Xavier Osorio is the son of a Mexican grocer and Nicaraguan nurse.