Lannan Events for the 2018-2019 Season

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Sebastian Barry with Daniel Mendelsohn

Wednesday 1 May 2019

Sebastian Barry is a novelist, poet, and playwright. His latest book, Days without End (2016), tells the story of Thomas McNulty, a 17-year-old fleeing the Great Famine in Ireland by enlisting in the U.S. Army in the...

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Alice Walker with Valerie Boyd - Postponed

Wednesday 8 May 2019

Alice Walker is a celebrated writer, poet, and activist with a prolific career spanning 50 years. Her books include Revolutionary Petunias and Other Poems (1973), Horses Make a Landscape Look More Beautiful (1985),...

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Nikhil Pal Singh with Jeremy Scahill

Wednesday 26 September 2018

Nikhil Pal Singh is an associate professor of social and cultural analysis and history at New York University and the founding faculty director of the NYU Prison Education Program. He is the author of Race and America's...

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Rev. William Barber II with Khury Petersen-Smith

Thursday 11 October 2018

The Reverend William Barber, pastor at Greenleaf Christian Church and president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP, led the Moral Mondays movement of weekly protests and civil disobedience against the...

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David Harvey with Laura Flanders

Wednesday 24 October 2018

David Harvey, a Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Geography at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, has taught Karl Marx's Capital and its contemporary application to students and members of...

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Ilan Pappé with Dima Khalidi

Wednesday 23 January 2019

Ilan Pappé is an expatriate Israeli historian and socialist activist, educated at the University of Jerusalem and the University of Oxford. He founded the Academic Institute for Peace in Givat Haviva, Israel, and was...

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Tracy K. Smith with Joy Harjo

Wednesday 6 February 2019

Tracy K. Smith was appointed the 22nd United States poet laureate in 2017 and was reappointed for a second term in 2018. During her first term, Smith gave readings and led discussions as a part of a pilot project in...

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Elif Shafak with Aminatta Forna - Cancelled

Wednesday 13 February 2019

Elif Shafak blends Western and Eastern traditions of storytelling, bringing out the voices of women, minorities, subcultures, immigrants, and global souls. Born in Turkey in 1971 and raised in Spain, Jordan, and...

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Richard Powers with Tayari Jones

Wednesday 27 February 2019

Richard Powers is the author of 12 novels. These works employ multiple narrative frames to explore connections among disciplines as disparate as photography, artificial intelligence, musical composition, genomics,...

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Dahr Jamail with William Rivers Pitt

Wednesday 13 March 2019

Dahr Jamail is an award-winning author and journalist. In 2003 he was one of very few unembedded journalists in the early stages of the Iraq War. He has written for Le Monde Diplomatique, the Guardian, the Nation, the...

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Edwidge Danticat with Aja Monet

Wednesday 27 March 2019

Edwidge Danticat is the author of several books, including Krik? Krak!, a collection of short stories that encompass both the cruelties and the high ideals of Haitian life. Danticat's 2004 novel The Dew Breaker spins a...

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Ruth Wilson Gilmore with Rachel Kushner

Wednesday 17 April 2019

Ruth Wilson Gilmore is director of the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics and a professor of geography at the City University of New York. She is most famous for arguing that the movement for abolition, with its...

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2018 Lannan Literary Awards & Fellowships

John Edgar Wideman
Literary Award for Lifetime Achievement

Doireann Ní Ghríofa
Literary Fellowship for Poetry

Jacob Shores-Argüello
Literary Fellowship for Poetry

Claire Vaye Watkins
Literary Fellowship for Fiction

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Teju Cole: Blind Spot

Brienzersee by Teju Cole19 May - 1 July 2018

Teju Cole’s Blind Spot is a combination of lyrical essay, travel journal, and philosophical reverie presented in stunning, formal color photographs paired with the artist’s texts, joining voice and vision within one frame.

Lannan Foundation Gallery

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2017 Lannan Cultural Freedom Prize awarded to Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Lannan Foundation has awarded a Cultural Freedom Prize to historian and activist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz for the achievements of her lifetime of tireless work. Professor Dunbar-Ortiz, who is professor emerita at California State University—East Bay, is the author of Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment (City Lights Publishers, 2018), about the racist roots of the second amendment; An Indigenous People’s History of the United States (2014); and eleven other books. She is an activist with the global indigenous people’s movement for national sovereignty, international recognition, and environmental rights. Professor Dunbar-Ortiz has also been involved in social movements for women’s equality, and for the rights of oppressed nations in Central America during the region’s civil wars.

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Nancy MacLean Awarded 2017 Cultural Freedom Award

Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America by Duke University history scholar Nancy MacLean (Viking 2017) has won the 2017 Lannan Foundation Cultural Freedom Award for an Especially Notable Book.

Established in 2014, the Lannan Cultural Freedom Award for An Especially Notable Book honors nonfiction works of particular relevance to the current historical moment. The award recognizes writers whose work is of particular scholarly or journalistic quality, and also has purpose in providing ideological tools to inform and support struggles for cultural freedom and social, economic, and racial justice.

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Marfa Public Radio Interview with Claire Vaye Watkins

Marfa Public Radio logoListen to Marfa Public Radio’s interview with Lannan writer-in-resident, Claire Vaye Watkins, discussing her work.

Lannan Events Calendar

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2018-19 Lannan Events Calendar (PDF)