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Author Event in the English Reading Room: Tea & Conversation with Tobias Wolff

January 21 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Grace M. Hunt Memorial English Reading Room, 235 Kaplan Hall, 415 Portola Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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One of America’s preeminent writers, Tobias Wolff is the author of the memoirs This Boy’s Life and In Pharaoh’s Army, the novels The Barracks Thief and Old School, and the short-story collections In the Garden of the North American Martyrs, Back in the World, The Night in Question, and Our Story Begins. His honors include the PEN/Malamud Award, the Rea Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the PEN/Faulkner Award. His work appears regularly in the New Yorker, The…

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Poetry at the Hammer: A Reading by Jorie Graham

January 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles , CA 90024 United States
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Jorie Graham has authored numerous poetry collections, one of which won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Her many honors include a MacArthur Fellowship and the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She has taught at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is currently the Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory at Harvard University. Readings are organized and hosted by poet, literary critic, and UCLA distinguished professor emeritus Stephen Yenser. Event tickets are free and available at…

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Cultural Evolution & Its Discontents: A Book Talk

January 27 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Kaplan Hall 193, 415 Portola Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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People worry that computers, robots, interstellar aliens, or Satan himself – brilliant, stealthy, ruthless creatures – may seize control of our world and destroy what’s uniquely valuable about the human race. Cultural Evolution and its Discontents shows that our cultural systems – especially those whose last names are "ism" – are already doing that, and doing it so adeptly that we seldom even notice. Like other parasites, they’ve blindly evolved to exploit us for their own survival. Creative arts and humanistic scholarship…

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February 2020

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Poetry at the Hammer: A Reading by Joy Harjo

February 27 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles , CA 90024 United States
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Joy Harjo, the first Native American to be Poet Laureate, has published nine books. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the PEN America Literary Award for creative nonfiction, the American Book Award, the Ruth Lilly Prize from the Poetry Foundation for lifetime achievement, and the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets. Harjo also performs on the saxophone internationally, solo and with her band, the Arrow Dynamics. Organized and hosted by poet, literary critic, and UCLA…

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