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A Sampling of October Speakers

Jeremi Suri, University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor of History, will deliver the 2008 Charles Griffin Memorial Lecture in Sanders Hall on October 2. He will speak on “Henry Kissinger and the Transformation of International Society.” Suri has published extensively in the field of international history in the twentieth century, most recently Henry Kissinger and the American Century. Read an article about Suri in Smithsonian Magazine.

Poet Paige Ackerson-Kiely (pictured) will read from her work in the library on October 7. Her first collection, In No One’s Land, was published in 2006 and won the Sawtooth Poetry Prize that year. She also won the Poets & Writers Writer’s Exchange Contest. To read three of Ackerson-Kiely’s poems, visit

Chris Martin, abstract artist, will deliver the 2008 Claflin lecture in Taylor Hall on October 15. His work incorporates elements of collage and references New Age and nature imagery, particularly that of the Hudson Valley. Read an interview with Martin from The Brooklyn Rail.

Catherine Lutz, Brown University Professor of Anthropology and International Studies, will deliver the John Christie Memorial Lecture in American Culture on October 16 in Sanders Hall. The lecture, titled “Warmaking as the American Way of Life,” will explore militarization and its shaping of American life beyond the battlefield as discussed in her most recent book,The Insecure American. Read a chapter from Lutz’sbook.

George Saunders, short-story writer and Syracuse University Professor of Creative Writing, will give the 2008 Gifford Lecture on October 29 in the Villard Room. Saunders has won multiple awards for his work including a MacArthur Fellowship in 2006. His most recent work is the nonfiction collection The Braindead Megaphone. Explore various reviews and clips on Saunders’s website.

Brad Simpson, Princeton University Professor of History, will speak on “An Economics of Violence: The US Embrace of Authoritarian Development in Suharto’s Indonesia, 1965-75.” The lecture will take place on October 30 in Rockefeller Hall and will explore the intersection of anti-Communism and development thinking in Indonesian U.S. relations. Simpson published his first book this year on this topic, and is also founder and director of a project at the National Security Archive to declassify U.S. government documents concerning Indonesia during Suharto’s regime. Read more on this project.

October 2008

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