Susan Sontag to Speak at FDU
As Part of Gene Barnett Literary Society Lecture Series
Teaneck, NJ (April 16, 2004)— On Wednesday, May 5, Susan Sontag, celebrated novelist and commentator on modern culture, will be the featured speaker at the Gene Barnett Literary Society of Fairleigh Dickinson University. Her topic is "Regarding the Pain of Others: From Goya to 9/11—What Do the Images of War and Terror Mean and How Are They Used?"
One of America’s best-known and most admired writers, Ms. Sontag is the author of four novels, The Benefactor, Death Kit, The Volcano Lover, and In America, which won the 2000 National Book Award for Fiction. She has also published eight works of nonfiction. Among them are On Photography, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award, Illness as Metaphor, Where the Stress Falls and Regarding the Pain of Others, a 2003 National Book Critics Nominee for Criticism. Her books are translated into thirty-two languages.
Born in New York City in 1933, Ms. Sontag grew up in Tucson, Arizona, and attended high school in Los Angeles. She received her B.A. from the College of the University of Chicago and did graduate work in philosophy, literature, and theology at Harvard University and Saint Anne’s College, Oxford.
Susan Sontag has been a human rights activist for more than two decades. She served from 1987-89 as President of the American Center of Pen, the international writers’ organization dedicated to freedom of expression and the advancement of literature. In 2001, she was awarded the Jerusalem Prize for the body of her work.
Ms. Sontag’s lecture will begin at 8 p.m. in FDU’s Wilson Auditorium, Dickinson Hall, Hackensack NJ. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow the lecture. The evening is open to the general public with tickets at $8 per person. There is no advance ticket sale and no reserved seating. Tickets will be available at the door starting at 7:30 p.m. on the night of the lecture.
For information call (201) 692-7028.