Anne Fadiman to Visit as 2012 Distinguished Speaker in the Humanities


Contributed by Kelly Stern

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 is perhaps best known as the author of 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.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Kelly Stern at or (607) 274-1375. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.