Junot Díaz, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, will deliver the 2017 Stanford Presidential Lecture in the Humanities and Arts.
Born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey, Junot Díaz writes fiction that explores both Dominican and American perspectives. Díaz is the author of the critically acclaimed Drown; The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times, bestseller and National Book Award finalist. He is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, PEN/Malamud Award, Dayton Literary Peace Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship, and PEN/O. Henry Award.
A graduate of Rutgers University, Díaz is currently the fiction editor at the Boston Review and the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at MIT.
He is the recipient of the Ella Baker Award from the Hurston/Wright Foundation, which recognizes writers for work that advances social justice. Díaz was also inducted into the American Academy of Arts & Letters in 2017.
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.
Free tickets are required for entrance. Please plan to arrive early, as doors will close by 7 p.m. To reserve a ticket, please visit the Stanford Ticket Office website.