2018-2019 Weekly Convocations

The weekly convocation series is a shared campus experience that brings students, faculty, and staff together for one hour for a lecture or presentation from specialists in a variety of fields.  The goal of the convocation series is to stimulate thought and conversation on a wide range of subjects. Convocations are open to the public and free of charge.

Apr 11

Convocation: Jane Hamilton '79

Novelist Jane Hamilton grew up in Oak Park, Illinois, the youngest of five children, and graduated from Carleton College in 1979. In reflecting on her early inspiration for writing novels, Hamilton says she overheard a professor say she would write a novel one day. Althougth she had only written two short stories for the professor's class, overhearing the conversation gave her a measure of confidence. Her first novel, "The Book of Ruth," won the PEN/Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award for best first novel and was a selection of the Oprah Book Club. Her second novel, "A Map of the World," was an international bestseller, adapted for film, and was also an Oprah's Book Club selection. Her third novel, "The Short History of a Prince," received the Publishers Weekly Best Book award. Hamilton lives, works, and writes in an orchard farmhouse in Wisconsin. The title of her presentation is "Slouching Toward Television: A Novelist's Foray into the Realm of TV."

Friday, April 11th, 2008
10:50 – 11:50 am / Skinner Memorial Chapel

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