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Louis Menand in Conversation with Lanier Anderson: "On Writing, Public Writing, and the Future of Academic Writing"

Writing well is among the hardest things we do.

It is especially challenging to capture complex scholarly ideas for a broad audience.

This year’s Harry Camp Memorial Lecturer, Louis Menand, has been engaging the public with thoughtful prose for nearly 30 years. He’s well known as the author of The Metaphysical Club and has written for The New Yorker on everything from the Cold War to copyright law, and from poetry to psychiatry.

On March 15th, he will share some of that experience and engage in an informal conversation about writing with Lanier Anderson, Senior Associate Dean for Humanities and Arts. A general discussion will follow.

This conversation will be the first in a series of events exploring public writing in the humanities - a series designed to engage current Stanford graduate students in reflection about the communication of their work. Interested humanities and arts PhD students will have the opportunity to sign up for future events and workshops.

Louis Menand is Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of English at Harvard, where he also holds the title Harvard College Professor, in recognition of his teaching. His books include The Metaphysical Club, which won the Pulitzer Prize for History in 2002. He has been associate editor of The New Republic (1986-1987), and editor at The New Yorker (1993-1994), and contributing editor of The New York Review of Books (1994-2001). Since 2001, he has been a staff writer at The New Yorker, which he began writing for in 1991. In 2016, he was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama.

R. Lanier Anderson is associate professor of philosophy (and by courtesy, of German studies) at Stanford University, where he currently chairs the Philosophy Department. He works in the history of late modern philosophy with primary focus on Kant and 19th century philosophy, and is the author of a numerous articles about Kant, Nietzsche, and the neo-Kantian movement. His other research interests include Nietzsche's moral psychology and various topics in the philosophy of Montaigne.




Thursday, March 15, 2018. 05:15PM


Humanities Center Boardroom


Stanford School of Humanities & Sciences


Free and open to the public.