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Marshall Distinguished Lecture Series

The Jonathan and Maxine Marshall Distinguished Lecture Series brings to ASU nationally known scholars concerned with promoting culture through the humanities and a better understanding of the problems of democracy. This annual free public lecture is funded with a gift from Jonathan and Maxine Marshall.

Colton Whitehead

An Evening with Colson Whitehead

Thursday April 9, 2020
7:00 p.m
ASU Tempe campus


About the Speaker

Colson Whitehead is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Underground Railroad (an Oprah’s Book Club selection and winner of the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize), The Noble Hustle, Zone One, Sag Harbor, The Intuitionist, John Henry Days, Apex Hides the Hurt, and one collection of essays, The Colossus of New York. He was named New York’s 11th State Author in 2018. His newest book, The Nickel Boys, was released in July 2019.

Colson Whitehead’s reviews, essays, and fiction have appeared in a number of publications, such as the New York Times, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Harper’s and Granta. He has received a MacArthur Fellowship, A Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers Award, the Dos Passos Prize, a fellowship at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for John Henry Days.

He has taught at the University of Houston, Columbia University, Brooklyn College, Hunter College, New York University, Princeton University, Wesleyan University, and been a Writer-in-Residence at Vassar College, the University of Richmond, and the University of Wyoming.

More information to follow.

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2017Roger CohenThe Disunited States: Trump and the Fracturing of America
2016Amy GoodmanHost and executive producer of Democracy Now!
2015Jane SmileyPulitzer Prize-winning novelist, essayist and biographer
2014Charles BlowVisual op-ed columnist for The New York Times
2013David WalshChief sports writer of the British newspaper The Sunday Times
2012Russ FeingoldFormer senator, public speaker, educator.
2011Nikki GiovanniWorld-renowned poet, activist and educator
2010Kerry KennedyInternational human rights advocate and author
2009Heather RaeAward-winning Cherokee film director and producer
2008Calvin TrillinHumorist, journalist and author
2007Robin WrightAcclaimed journalist
2006Jon MeachamManaging Editor of Newsweek
2005Seymour HershPulitzer Prize-winning journalist
2004Paul KrugmanProfessor, Economist, Author and New York Times Columnist
2003-cancelledWendy WassersteinPlaywright
2002Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.Senior attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council
2001-cancelledMartha NussbaumErnst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, University of Chicago
2000Baruch BlumbergDirector, NASA's Astrobiology Institute
1998Martin MartyDirector, Public Religion Project, University of Chicago School of Divinity
1997Daniel GoldhagenAuthor, “Hitler's Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust”
1997Arthur CaplanDirector, Center of Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania
President, American Association of Bioethics
1996Doris Kearns GoodwinPulitzer Prize winning historian
1995Lester BrownFounder, WorldWatch Institute
1994Thomas WickerFormer editorial columnist, The New York Times
1993Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.Pulitzer Prize winning historian