September 23, 2008

Case Western Reserve, Cleveland Institute of Art to host noted authors Adam Gopnik and Jonathan Lethem

Two of New York City's cutting-edge cultural commentators are coming to University Circle for one illuminating evening, courtesy of Case Western Reserve University and The Cleveland Institute of Art. On Thursday October 2, both authors will offer exciting lectures during the free, public events.

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Adam Gopnik will deliver the talk, "What is the Museum For?" at 6 p.m. at the Amasa Stone Chapel. Following Gopnik's lecture, The Cleveland Institute of Art will present Jonathan Lethem at 7:30 p.m. as he speaks with Betsy Sussler of BOMB Magazine in the Aitken Auditorium, in the Gund Building at 11141 East Blvd. on the CIA campus.

These two iconic authors are making a special trip to Cleveland, and are speaking within walking distance of each other, one right after the other. The two lectures make for one unforgettable evening of culture in the heart of University Circle. Refreshments will be available prior to the Lethem lecture at 7 p.m. in CIA's Gund Lobby.

As an essayist, author and commentator, Adam Gopnik's work has been published regularly in The New Yorker since the mid-180s. His books include Paris to the Moon and Through the Children's Gate: A Home in New York. Gopnik will present the first lecture in the Baker-Nord Center's year-long series exploring the past, present and future of the museum. This lecture also kicks off the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities' Humanities Week 2008: "The Museum." For a full schedule of Humanities week events, go online.

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Known for his genre-bending, eclectic range of work, Jonathan Lethem has been dubbed a "genius" by the MacArthur Foundation and "the most inventive writer on the planet" by the San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle. Lethem deftly weaves the conventions of noir mysteries, westerns, science fiction and comic books into evocative coming-of-age tales. Lethem is a winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for his novel Motherless Brooklyn which will be made into a feature film starring Edward Norton. His recent work includes the novel You Don't Love Me Yet and The Disappointment Artist, a book of essays on popular culture. This lecture is the final event of the 2008 Kacalieff Lecture Series, Tomorrow & Tomorrow & Tomorrow…

For more information contact Susan Griffith, 216.368.1004.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, September 23, 2008 11:38 AM | News Topics: Authors, Collaborations/Partnerships, Events, HeadlinesMain, news

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