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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Stephen Greenblatt to Give Lecture at Ithaca College

ITHACA, NY — Literary theorist and Pulitzer Prize–winning author Stephen Greenblatt will give a lecture titled “The Humanities and the Toleration of Intolerable Ideas” at Ithaca College on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in Emerson Suites.

Part of the Distinguished Speaker in the Humanities series sponsored by the School of Humanities and Sciences, Greenblatt’s presentation is free and open to the public. There will be a question and answer session and a book signing following the talk.

Greenblatt’s lecture will address why and how the unacceptable ideas reintroduced by a humanist's recovery of an ancient poem managed to survive and be transmitted during pre-Enlightenment centuries that had no concept of toleration and the role scholars and artists play in making possible freedom of thought.

The author of 12 books, including “The Swerve: How the World Became Modern,” winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize and 2011 National Book Award, Greenblatt currently teaches at Harvard University as the John Cogan University Professor of the Humanities. He serves as general editor of the Norton Anthology of English Literature and Norton Shakespeare, edited seven collections of criticism and is a founding editor of the journal Representations. Greenblatt is a permanent fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Academy of Letters and American Philosophical Society.

Inaugurated by Robert Pinsky, then poet laureate of the United States, the Distinguished Speaker in the Humanities series has brought an impressive array of internationally known artists and intellectuals to Ithaca College, including writer Salman Rushdie, philosopher Peter Singer and playwright Tony Kushner.

For more information, contact the School of Humanities and Sciences at (607) 274-3102.