Author and John Hopkins humanities professor Alice McDermott will be on campus on February 26, 2015, as a guest of the University’s Schoenfeldt Visiting Writers Series. In preparation for her arrival, the provost’s office has announced the annual ReadUP community reading initiative. All University community members—students, faculty, staff—are invited to read McDermott’s novel, Charming Billy, which won the National Book Award in 1999. Copies of the book can be secured at the Clark Library, and the Barnes and Noble Bookstore in the Pilot House will have an array of McDermott’s books for sale at the Schoenfeldt Series book signing on February 26.
All community members will be invited to book discussions facilitated by Fr. Charlie Gordon, C.S.C., Garaventa Center, in the Clark Library conference room:
Schoenfeldt Series events will include an author’s reception on Thursday, February 26, from 5 to 6 p.m.; a public lecture by McDermott that night in Buckley Center Auditorium at 7 p.m.; and a book signing immediately following the lecture. ReadUP is sponsored by the provost’s office, the Garaventa Center, the Clark Library, student affairs, residence life, and university relations.
Watch for additional information on the ReadUp WordPress site at sites.up.edu/readup, beginning Thursday, November 20.
Fr. Pat draws on his experiences as a priest, as well as memories of his childhood, in stories woven with quirky characters and startling insights. He is author of the recently published Sacrament: Personal Encounters with Memories, Wounds, Dreams, and Unruly Hearts. Sponsored by the Garaventa Center. Thursday, November 13 7:15 p.m., Bookstore, Pilot House
Lecture: Why Doesn’t Democracy Close Rising Inequalities? UP alumnus Adam Bonica ’06 is a political scientist at Stanford University and a chief source of data for celebrity statistician Nate Silver. Before joining the Stanford faculty, he was a fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University. Sponsored by the Garaventa Center for Catholic Intellectual Life and American Culture. Tuesday, November 11 7:15 p.m., Bauccio Commons
Robin Romm is the author of two books, a chapbook, and numerous articles and book reviews. Her story collection, The Mother Garden, was a finalist for the PEN USA prize. Her memoir, The Mercy Papers, was named a best book of the year by The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Entertainment Weekly. Currently she lives in Portland, Oregon, with her partner, Don Waters, and teaches in the low-residency MFA program in writing at Warren Wilson. Tuesday, November 4 7:30 p.m., Campus Bookstore
Brian Doyle, editor of the University of Portland’s renowned Portland Magazine, is the author of many books of essays, poems, nonfiction, and fiction, notably the novels Mink River and The Plover. His new collection of essays, Children & Other Wild Animals, will be published in October by Oregon State University Press. His work has been reprinted in the Best American Essays, Best American Science and Nature Writing, and Best Spiritual Writing annual anthologies, and among honors for his headlong prose is the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Award in Literature. Thursday, October 30 7 p.m., Buckley Center Auditorium
Charles Rosenberg, professor of art history at the University of Notre Dame, will present the annual Hesburgh lecture “The Sistine Chapel History and Meaning.” The lecture considers a number of issues relating to the famous Renaissance frescoes covering the walls of the Sistine Chapel including their relationship to the chapel’s functions in the past and present. Sponsored by the Garaventa Center and the Notre Dame Alumni Club of Portland. Tuesday, October 28 7:15 p.m., Holy Cross Lounge, 3rd Floor Franz Hall