Author Morris Dickstein Will Present at FDU’s Metropolitan Campus

TEANECK, NJ (April 5, 2010)— “Making Sense of Hard Times” is the topic that acclaimed nonfiction author Morris Dickstein will discuss on April 28, 2010 in a presentation at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Metropolitan Campus at 8 p.m. as part of the long-standing Gene Barnett Literary Society’s annual lecture series.  

The author of eight books, Dickstein is an eminent writer and critic as well as a Distinguished Professor of English and Theater at CUNY graduate Center. Norman Mailer called him “one of the best and most distinguished critics of American literature.” Some of Dickstein’s works include “A Mirror in the Roadway: Literature and the Real World,” and “Gates of Eden: American Culture in the Sixties;” his latest book is “Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression.”  

“Dancing in the Dark” discusses the arts and entertainment in the United States during the Great Depressions and highlights the pivotal role of culture and government intervention in hard times. Concentrating on the dynamic energy in the arts, Dickstein writes about how the arts gave an enormous lift to the nation’s sagging morale.

Gene Seymour of “Newsday” writes “Dickstein achieves something so remarkable with ‘Dancing in the Dark’ that it hovers close to the miraculous: He almost makes you wish you’d been living in America during the 1930s...  ‘Dancing in the Dark’ almost reads like the kind of all-embracing narrative an ambitious 20th century writer might have offered as a candidate for the Great American Novel.”

The Gene Barnett Literary Society of FDU was founded in 1977 and is one of the oldest campus organizations. For nearly 30 years, the Society has been sponsoring its speaker series, which has attracted many leading literary figures, including Amy Tan, Joyce Carol Oates, and United States Poet Laureate Billy Collins.

Dickstein will talk about the explosion of art and entertainment during the 1930s and how the arts helped Americans cope with difficulties of the Great Depression. The presentation will conclude with a question-and-answer session. The public is invited to attend this and future Literary Society events. Tickets cost $10 per person and are available at the door starting at 7:30 p.m. The program will be located in Wilson Auditorium, Dickinson Hall, 140 University Plaza Drive, Hackensack, NJ.

For more information, contact Dr. Thomas Stavola at 201-692-2604 or

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