2017 Woodman Lecture

The English Department is pleased to announce the 2017 Leonora Woodman Memorial Lecture will be presented on Thursday, September 14, 4:30 pm, Krannert Auditorium.  This year's guest speaker is Martin Puchner, professor of comparative literature at Harvard University and editor of the 3rd edition of The Norton Anthology of World Literature, one of the most widely used anthologies in the United States.  The title of his lecture is “World Literature: From Clay Tablets to the Moon.”

Martin Puchner

Martin Puchner is a prize-winning author, educator, public speaker, and institution builder in the arts and humanities. His writings, which include a dozen books and anthologies and over sixty articles and essays, range from philosophy and theater to world literature and have been translated into many languages. As the general editor of the Norton Anthology of World Literature, he has brought 4000 years of literature into the classroom as well as to his HarvardX MOOC Masterpieces of World Literature.

Through hundreds of lectures and workshops from the Artic Circle to Brazil and from the Middle East to China he has served as an advocate for the arts and humanities in a changing world.

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