Springfield, Ohio —Award-winning author Jonathan Safran Foer will speak at the 2010-11 Wittenberg Series-sponsored Fred R. Leventhal Family Endowed Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, in Pam Evans Smith Arena, located in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Center.
Foer is the author of bestselling novels Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and Everything Is Illuminated, named Book of the Year by the Los Angeles Times and the winner of numerous awards, including the Guardian First Book Prize, the National Jewish Book Award and the New York Public Library Young Lions Prize.
His latest book, Eating Animals, is an exhaustively-argued account of one man’s decade-long struggle with vegetarianism. Part memoir, part exposé, the book examines the topics of factory farming and commercial fisheries and explores the cultural significance of food. It is his first work of non-fiction.
Known for an unconventional writing style, Foer’s work has been described as “brilliant,” “offbeat” and “surprising.” He is a collegiate professor and Lillian Vernon Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at New York University’s Creative Writing Program, considered one of the most distinguished programs in the country.
Prior to his evening presentation, Foer will take part in an English department colloquium at 4 p.m. in the Ness Family Auditorium in Hollenbeck Hall.
Made possible by a gift to Wittenberg University from the Fred R. Leventhal family of Springfield, the endowed Witt Series-sponsored annual lecture has welcomed numerous distinguished guests since 1982, including Pulitzer-Prize winning reporter and author David Halberstram; influential financial analyst Malcolm Forbes; Harvard law professor Arthur Miller; Nobel Peace Prize recipient Elie Wiesel; historian Doris Kearns Goodwin; journalist Carl Bernstein; and environmental lawyer and activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
The Wittenberg Series annually brings distinguished lecturers and performing artists of national and international prominence to the Wittenberg campus and Springfield community. To make special arrangements, reserve a Series poster, or become a friend of the Wittenberg Series, contact Jeannine Fox at (937) 327-7470 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written By: Gabrielle Antoniadis