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E.L. Doctorow to Open UC's Ropes Lecture Series on Jan. 23

Date: Jan. 9, 2001
By: Marianne Kunnen-Jones
Phone: (513) 556-1826
Archive: General News

E.L. DoctorowCincinnati -- Prominent American novelist, essayist and screenplay writer E.L. Doctorow -- author of "Ragtime," "Billy Bathgate" and "The Book of Daniel" just to name a few of his titles -- will open this year's Ropes Lecture Series at the University of Cincinnati at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23 in Room 127, McMicken Hall.

He is the first in an impressive line-up of five writers and intellectuals who will visit UC's West Campus for a series that promises to be provocative and entertaining. The series, sponsored by UC's English department, will focus on "Literature and the Public Intellectual."

Doctorow's visit will be followed by:

  • Christopher Hitchens, long-time contributor to The Nation and a British-born U.S.-based journalist whose works range from magazine articles to books critiquing the Cyprus invasion, the removal of the Elgin Marbles from the Parthenon and even Mother Teresa.
  • Bruce Robbins, who writes extensively on the role of the intellectual in the global, new economy.
  • Wilson Moses, an African American author and historian who has discussed figures ranging from W.E.B. Dubois to Marcus Garvey and Malcolm X.
  • Novelist Francine Prose, a nominee for the 2000 National Book Award, a short story writer and essayist who has written about the limits of multiculturalism and critical biases that limit women novelists.

Each speaker was selected because of his or her role as a public intellectual, said Stanley Corkin, director of UC graduate programs in English and organizer of the series. "These are provocative, intelligent speakers who will be entertaining in their own right," Corkin said. "But I think the series will also allow the Greater Cincinnati community to see the traditions behind a certain kind of commentary that comes into their homes all the time. It will help you understand the talking heads that you see on TV and read in the news media as part of a tradition and history."

In addition to presenting lectures that are free and open to the public, each writer will also spend time with UC graduate students in closed seminars.

Doctorow's public presentation on "Realms of the Literary Conscience" will take place at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, in Room 127, McMicken Hall. His visit is co-sponsored by the Charles Phelps Taft Memorial Fund. Admission to the series is free and open to the public. For more information, the public may call (513) 556-2560.

Click here for the entire Ropes Series Schedule for 2001.

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