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University Lecture Series

Wilkes Lecture Series - Speakers at Wilkes

Current Speakers

Allan Hamilton Dickson Spring Writers Series


Carmen Maria Machado

  • Date: Monday, March 18, 2019
  • Time: 7 p.m.
  • Location: Kirby Hall

National Book Award nominee Machado, author of the short story collection Her Body and Other Parties, which was acclaimed by The New York Times, won the Bard Fiction Prize, the Shirley Jackson Prize, the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction, the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize and the Richard Yates Short Story Prize, among others.



Max Rosenn Lecture Series in Law and Humanities

Bryan Stevenson

Bryan Stevenson

Attorney, human rights activist, executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, and author of Just Mercy

  • Date: Sunday, April 14, 2019
  • Time: 2 p.m.
  • Location: Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts

Bryan Stevenson is the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative and one of the most acclaimed and respected lawyers in the nation. His memoir, Just Mercy, is the story of a young lawyer fighting on the frontlines of a country in thrall to extreme punishments and careless justice. It is an inspiring story of unbreakable humanity in the most desperate circumstances, and a powerful indictment of our broken justice system and the twisted values that allow it to continue.

Stevenson is the recipient of numerous awards, including the MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Grant and the NAACP Image Award for Best Non-Fiction, and was named one of Time's 100 Most Influential People for 2015. Stevenson is a tenured law professor at New York University School of Law. He was named in Fortune's 2016 World's Greatest Leaders list, and served on President Barack Obama's task force on 21st-century policing.

Allan Hamilton Dickson Spring Writers Series


Noviolet Bulawayo

  • Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2019
  • Time: 7 p.m.
  • Location: Kirby Hall

Acclaimed novelist, essayist and short story writer, Bulawayo is the author of the novel We Need New Names, which was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize. It was recognized with the LA Times Book Prize Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, the Pen/Hemingway Award, and the Etisalat Prize for Literature. It also was selected to The New York Times Notable Books of 2013 list, the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers list and others.

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