Esmond Harmsworth Lecture in American Arts and Letters

Each year, the RAI hosts the annual Esmond Harmsworth Lecture in American Arts and Letters, the centrepiece of the university’s American literary calendar. Made possible by the generosity of Esmond V. Harmsworth, the lecture has been given by some of America’s leading novelists, poets, playwrights, and literary critics.

The next lecture will take place on 13 June 2019 and will be delivered by Deborah Treisman, the fiction editor of The New Yorker.

The lecture has been given by:

2017 – Claudia Rankine: The Counter-Narrative, the Racial Imaginary, and Visual Art

2017 – Hilton Als: I Don't Remember

2016 – Lydia Davis: Learning Norwegian

2015 – Jennifer Egan: Experimental Fiction: Confessions of a Reluctant Practitioner

2014 – Claire Messud: Kant’s Little East Prussian Head, and Other Reasons why we Write (Video)

2013 – David Auburn: Theater in the Age of Twitter

2012 – Sabina Murray: Bouncing Across the Plank: Politics, History and Literary Imagination

2011 – Marilynne Robinson: Where are we? What are we doing here? Night Thoughts of a Baffled Humanist

2010 – C. K. Williams: A Life in Poems

2009 – Christopher Bigsby: Arthur Miller: Un-American Video (YouTube)

2008 – Lorrie Moore: Random Things One Can Learn from a Visiting Writer

2007 – Robert Venturi: Architecture as Paradox within the Urban Complex

2006 – Tobias Wolff: Craftsmanship

2005 – Joyce Carol Oates: The Faith of the Writer

2004 – Richard Ford: The Things That Help, The Things That Hurt: A Memoir

Esmond Harmsworth Lecture 2017
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