English Department Events

Four Writers Who Changed the World
Presented by The Hartwick College NEH Visiting Distinguished Professorship in the Humanities

With its commitment to fostering excellence in writing, Hartwick College presents four renowned writers in the arts, sciences, and humanities. The College and Oneonta communities, and especially students, will have the opportunity to hear and meet these writers, whose work will help them to appreciate what writing can achieve, and to consider their own aspirations. All four writers have a strong sense of public engagement and purpose. All have a wide readership, and their works have been recognized with prestigious awards for their significance as well as excellence.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2012
The Theatre, Anderson Center for the Arts, 8:00 p.m.
Billy Collins, U.S. Poet Laureate, NEA Fellowship, NYFA Fellowship. Author of The Trouble with Poetry, Nine Horses, Sailing Around the Room, The Art of Drowning, Questions About Angels; Picnic, Lightning; Pokerface, & others. Pushcart Prize, National Poetry Series award, finalist for the Lenore Marshall Prize.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2012
The Theatre, Anderson Center for the Arts, 8:00 p.m.
David Sloan Wilson, SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence; Guggenheim Fellow, National MS Society Book Award. Author of The Neighborhood Project: Using Evolution to Improve My City, One Block at a Time, plus Evolution for Everyone: How Darwin's Theory Can Change the Way We Think About Our Lives and others. He holds a joint appointment at Binghamton University as SUNY Distinguished Professor of Biology and Anthropology.

MONDAY, MARCH 11, 2013
The Theatre, Anderson Center for the Arts, 8:00 p.m.
Derek Walcott, Nobel Prize for Literature & numerous other awards. Author of 15 volumes of poetry and 8 volumes of plays: White Egrets, The Bounty, Tiepolo's Hound, Another Life, The Prodigal, The Star-Apple Kingdom, and many others. He wrote The Ghost Dance, a play for Hartwick College's Cardboard Alley Players, which they produced in 1989.

THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 2013
The Theatre, Anderson Center for the Arts, 8:00 p.m.
Marilynne Robinson, Pulitzer Prize, PEN/Ernest Hemingway Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, LA Times Book Prize, the Orange Prize for Fiction. Novelist, non-fiction writer and essayist. Author of the newly released book of essays, When I Was a Child, I Read Books. Other titles include Housekeeping, Gilead, Home, The Death of Adam, and Absence of Mind. She teaches at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop.

For more information, contact Dr. Robert Bensen, Professor of English, bensenr@hartwick.edu, 607-431-4902.