Anne Fadiman, Fall 2012
The School of Humanities and Sciences is delighted to announce that Anne Fadiman is this year’s Distinguished Speaker in the Humanities. She will speak in Emerson Suites on Tuesday, November 13, at 8 pm on the subject of “Using Bacon as Bookmarks: How Readers Treat Their Books.” A question and answer period as well as a book signing will follow. The lecture is free and open to the public; all are invited!
Do you dog-ear your pages and fill them with marginalia, or do you preserve your books in a pristine state? More seriously, do you truly value books and reading? As the 2012 Distinguished Speaker in the Humanities, Fadiman will use both personal and historical examples to explore these questions.
Fadiman was awarded a National Book Critics’ Circle Award for The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, a landmark book about cultural disconnects between a Hmong family in California and the American medical profession. She is also the author of At Large and At Small, a collection of essays, and Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader.
Anne Fadiman currently serves as Yale University's inaugural Francis Writer in Residence, the university's first appointment in nonfiction writing; she is both a professor in the English department and a mentor to students considering careers in writing or editing.
For seven years Anne Fadiman edited The American Scholar, the venerable literary quarterly, described by the New York Times as “an intellectual giant.” Her essays and articles have appeared in Harper's, the New Yorker, and The New York Times, among many other publications. She has won National Magazine Awards for both reporting and essays. She is the editor of both the 2003 edition of The Best American Essays and Rereadings: Seventeen Writers Revisit Books They Love. In 2012 Anne Fadiman was awarded the Richard H. Brodhead Prize for Teaching Excellence from Yale University.
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