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Marilynne Robinson: The American Scholar Now

For the Stanford Humanities Center 2015 Presidential Lecture, renowned author Marilynne Robinson will draw from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s acclaimed essay “The American Scholar,” known as America’s intellectual Declaration of Independence, to consider education, as offered and received.

The event is free and open to the public.
Please note, seating is limited and on a first come, first served basis.
About the speaker:
Marilynne Robinson is the recipient of a 2012 National Humanities Medal, awarded by President Barack Obama, for “her grace and intelligence in writing.” She is the author of Lila, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction and a finalist for the National Book Award; Gilead, winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Home, winner of the Orange Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and a finalist for the National Book Award. Her first novel, Housekeeping, won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. Robinson’s nonfiction books include When I Was a Child I Read Books, Absence of Mind, The Death of Adam, and Mother Country, which was nominated for a National Book Award. She teaches at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and lives in Iowa City.
About the Presidential Lecture Series:
The Presidential Lectures bring the most distinguished scholars, artists, and critics of our time to the Stanford University campus for lectures, seminars, panel discussions, and a variety of related interactions with faculty, students, and the community at large. Past Presidential Lecturers include award-winning architect David Adjaye, Music Director of the American Symphony Orchestra Leon Botstein, and former president of Ireland Mary Robinson. Learn more about Robinson’s career and read excerpts of her works on the Stanford Presidential Lectures in the Humanities and Arts website.



Thursday, October 29, 2015. 06:00 PM


CEMEX Auditorium


Humanities Center




Free and open to the public