Venue: CEMEX Auditorium, 655 Knight Way, Stanford campus.
Description: 2015 Presidential Lecture. Renowned author Marilynne Robinson will draw from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s acclaimed essay “The American Scholar,” known as America’s intellectual Declaration of Independence, to consider education, as offered and received.
Speaker: Marilynne Robinson is the recipient of a 2012 National Humanities Medal, awarded by President Barack Obama, for "her grace and intelligence in writing." She is the author of Lila, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction and a finalist for the National Book Award; Gilead, winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Home, winner of the Orange Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and a finalist for the National Book Award. Her first novel, Housekeeping, won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. She teaches at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and lives in Iowa City.