GAMBIER — Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz visits Kenyon College to speak about his work and current events on Monday, at 7:30 p.m., in Rosse Hall, 105 College Drive, Gambier.
Díaz is the author of numerous acclaimed works, including “Drown” and “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” which won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2008. “This Is How You Lose Her,” his 2012 short story collection, was a New York Times best-seller and National Book Award finalist.
“We live at a moment when so many forces attempt to strengthen divides: between this country and others, within our borders,” said Professor of Spanish Katherine Hedeen, who submitted the proposal to the Faculty Lectureships program to bring the writer to campus. “Díaz’s work doesn’t just break down these walls, it shatters them. His voice is an absolute necessity right now.”
Díaz is the recipient of both a MacArthur Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He currently works as fiction editor at Boston Review and as the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Faculty members and students will discuss Díaz’s work in a panel Tuesday, at 4:10 p.m. in the Finn House’s Cheever Room, 102 W. Wiggin St. This panel, as well as Díaz’s appearance, are part of a series of Latinx Heritage Month events at Kenyon. On Thursday, Oct. 12, at 4:10 p.m., the series will conclude with a bilingual reading of Latino/a, Latin American and Spanish authors in Storer Hall’s Brandi Recital Hall, 105 College Drive.
Díaz’s visit is sponsored by the Faculty Lectureships program. These events are free and open to the public. After the event, Díaz will sign copies of his books during a reception in Storer Hall’s Stroud Lobby, 105 College Drive.