Lan­nan Foun­da­tion Literary Se­ries and In Pur­suit of Cul­tural Free­dom Events 2015-2016

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Wed­nes­day, Sept. 30, 2015

El­iz­a­beth Alexan­der with Mau­reen Cor­ri­gan

El­iz­a­beth Alexan­der is a poet, es­say­ist, play­wright, and au­thor of the re­cent memoir, The Light of the World. Mau­reen Cor­ri­gan is a book critic for Na­tional Public Ra­dio’s Fresh Air and a colum­nist for the Washington Post.

Wed­nes­day, Oct. 14, 2015

Henry A. Giroux with Maya Schen­war

Henry A. Giroux has writ­ten more than 60 books, in­clud­ing Ne­olib­er­al­ism’s War on Higher Ed­u­ca­tion and The Vi­o­lence of Or­ga­nized For­get­ting: Think­ing Be­yond Amer­ica’s Disimag­i­na­tion Ma­chine. He is a con­trib­u­tor to Truthout, a non­profit, in­de­pen­dent online news or­ga­ni­za­tion. He talks about the sys­tem­atic un­der­min­ing of Amer­i­can democ­racy by cor­po­rate and po­lit­i­cally driven in­ter­ests, fol­lowed by a con­ver­sa­tion with Maya Schen­war, editor in chief of Truthout and au­thor of Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Bet­ter.

Wed­nes­day, Nov. 11, 2015

Ami­natta Forna with Laila Lalami

Nov­el­ist Ami­natta Forna is the au­thor of The Hired Man, The Mem­ory of Love, An­ces­tor Stones, and a memoir, The Devil That Danced on the Wa­ter, which in­ves­ti­gates the mur­der of her fa­ther. Forna is a Lan­nan Vis­it­ing Chair at Georgetown Univer­sity and a colum­nist for The Guardian. Laila Lalami is the au­thor of the nov­els Hope and Other Dan­ger­ous Pur­suits, Se­cret Son, and The Moor’s Ac­count, win­ner of the Amer­i­can Book Award and the Arab Amer­i­can Book Award.

Wed­nes­day, Dec. 2, 2015

Richard Falk with Ali Abunimah

Richard Falk, pro­fes­sor emer­i­tus of in­ter­na­tional law and prac­tice at Prince­ton Univer­sity and a re­search fel­low at Or­falea Cen­ter of Global Stud­ies at the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia at Santa Bar­bara, writes about global is­sues and in­ter­na­tional law in the books Palestine: The Le­git­i­macy of Hope and Chaos and Coun­ter­rev­o­lu­tion: Af­ter the Arab Spring. Here Falk talks about Pales­tinian self-de­ter­mi­na­tion, fol­lowed by a con­ver­sa­tion with Ali Abunimah, a jour­nal­ist and the co­founder and ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of The Elec­tronic In­tifada, an in­de­pen­dent, non­profit, online news or­ga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to Palestine.

Wed­nes­day, Jan. 20, 2016

Keeanga-Yamahtta Tay­lor with Donna Murch

Keeanga-Yamahtta Tay­lor, an as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor at the Cen­ter for African Amer­i­can Stud­ies at Prince­ton Univer­sity, writes about black pol­i­tics, hous­ing in­equal­ity, and is­sues of race and class. Her book, From #Black­Lives­Mat­ter to Black Lib­er­a­tion, will be pub­lished in 2016 by Hay­mar­ket Books. Tay­lor talks about the black lib­er­a­tion move­ment and the cur­rent and his­tor­i­cal strug­gles of African Amer­i­cans against po­lice vi­o­lence and for equal rights, and then she talks with Donna Murch, an as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor of history at Rut­gers Univer­sity and au­thor of Liv­ing for the City: Mi­gra­tion, Ed­u­ca­tion, and the Rise of the Black Pan­ther Party in Oak­land.

Wed­nes­day, Feb. 3, 2016 Teju Cole with Ami­tava Ku­mar

Teju Cole wrote the novella Ev­ery Day Is for the Thief, named a no­table book of the year by The New York Times, and the novel Open City. He re­ceived the PEN/Hem­ing­way Award and the 2015 Wind­ham Camp­bell Prize for Fic­tion and is the Distin­guished Writer in Res­i­dence at Bard Col­lege. Ami­tava Ku­mar has writ­ten sev­eral books of non­fic­tion, a novel, and a col­lec­tion of es­says, Lunch With a Bigot: The Writer in the World.

Wed­nes­day, Feb. 24, 2016

Wi­nona LaDuke with Mililani Trask

In­dige­nous rights ac­tivist Wi­nona LaDuke is known for her work on tribal land claims, preser­va­tion, and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment. She has twice run as the Green Party’s vice-pres­i­den­tial can­di­date. Among her books are The Mil­i­ta­riza­tion of In­dian Coun­try and All Our Re­la­tions: Na­tive Strug­gles for Land and Life. LaDuke talks about cli­mate change and cli­mate jus­tice in the in­dige­nous peo­ples’ com­mu­ni­ties, fol­lowed by a con­ver­sa­tion with Mililani Trask, a Na­tive Hawai­ian at­tor­ney and found­ing mem­ber of the In­dige­nous Women’s Net­work.

Wed­nes­day, March 23, 2016

Gabrielle Walker with Chris Wil­liams

Gabrielle Walker, an ex­pert on cli­mate change and the energy in­dus­try, is the au­thor of Antarc­tica: An In­ti­mate Por­trait of a Mys­te­ri­ous Con­ti­nent and co-au­thor of The Hot Topic: What We Can Do About Global Warm­ing. She talks about cli­mate change, ac­tion, and sus­tain­abil­ity, fol­lowed by a con­ver­sa­tion with Chris Wil­liams, en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivist and au­thor of Ecol­ogy and So­cial­ism: So­lu­tions to Cap­i­tal­ist Eco­log­i­cal Cri­sis.

Wed­nes­day, March 30, 2016

Nadeem As­lam with Phil Klay

Nadeem As­lam is a Bri­tish-Pak­istani nov­el­ist whose works in­clude Maps for Lost Lovers, The Wasted Vigil, and The Blind Man’s Gar­den. Phil Klay is the au­thor of the short-story col­lec­tion Re­de­ploy­ment, win­ner of the Na­tional Book Award for Fic­tion.

Wed­nes­day, April 6, 2016 Juan Cole with Phyl­lis Ben­nis

Juan Cole is the au­thor of En­gag­ing the Mus­lim World and The New Arabs: How the Mil­len­nial Gen­er­a­tion Is Chang­ing the Mid­dle East. He will talk about the Mid­dle East, high­light­ing ISIS and re­cent de­vel­op­ments in the re­gion, fol­lowed by a con­ver­sa­tion with Phyl­lis Ben­nis, di­rec­tor of the New In­ter­na­tion­al­ism Pro­ject at the In­sti­tute for Pol­icy Stud­ies in Washington, D.C., and a fel­low of the Transna­tional In­sti­tute in Am­s­ter­dam.

Wed­nes­day, April 27, 2016

Karl Ove Knaus­gaard with Zadie Smith

Karl Ove Knaus­gaard is a Nor­we­gian au­thor whose books in­clude A Time for Ev­ery­thing, Out of This World, and a sixvol­ume, 3,600-page au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal novel, My Strug­gle. Zadie Smith has writ­ten four nov­els, in­clud­ing the crit­i­cally ac­claimed White Teeth, as well as a non­fic­tion book about writ­ing, Fail Bet­ter.

Wed­nes­day, May 11, 2016

Louise Glück with Peter Streck­fus

Louise Glück, a for­mer poet lau­re­ate of the United States, has writ­ten more than a dozen books of po­etry, in­clud­ing Faith­ful and Vir­tu­ous Night. She taught at Wil­liams Col­lege for 20 years and is cur­rently Rosenkranz Writer in Res­i­dence at Yale Univer­sity. Peter Streck­fus is the au­thor of two vol­umes of po­etry, Er­rings and The Cuckoo.

Wi­nona LaDuke

Teju Cole

Louise Glück

Karl Ove Knaus­gaard

Keeanga-Yamahtta Tay­lor

Richard Falk

Nadeem As­lam

Ami­natta Forna

Gabrielle Walker

Henry A. Giroux

Juan Cole

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