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Oct. 16, 2008
Contact: Victor Bailey, Hall Center for the Humanities, (785) 864-7822.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon to speak at Hall Center

LAWRENCE — Michael Chabon, celebrated author of “The Mysteries of Pittsburgh” and “Wonder Boys,” will be the second speaker in the 2008-09 Humanities Lecture Series, sponsored by the Hall Center for the Humanities at the University of Kansas.

Chabon will present “Conquering the Wilderness: Imaginative Imperialism and the Invasion of Legoland” at 7:30 p.m Monday, Oct. 27, in the Kansas Union ballroom. In addition, the Hall Center will host “A Conversation with Michael Chabon” from 10-11:30 a.m. Oct. 28 in the Hall Center Conference Hall. Both events are free and open to the public.

In 2000, Chabon published what the New York Review of Books called his magnum opus, “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.” The novel went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2001. His novel “The Yiddish Policemen’s Union” was published in 2007 to enthusiastic reviews.

Chabon studied at Carnegie-Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, and received a master’s degree in creative writing at the University of California-Irvine. He has lectured widely on topics including the art of writing, the tradition of Jewish fiction and Vladimir Nabokov.

Founded in 1947, the Humanities Lecture Series is the oldest continuing series at KU. More than 150 eminent scholars from around the world have participated in the program, including authors Vladimir Nabokov and Aldous Huxley. Recent scholars have included Edward Said, Dava Sobel, Sherman Alexie and E.O. Wilson. Shortly after the program’s inception, a lecture by one outstanding KU faculty member each year was added to the schedule.

Chabon’s lecture is supported by the Sosland Foundation of Kansas City and co-sponsored by KU’s Jewish Studies Program.

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