Writers Read Author Series 2014-15

Writers Read, sponsored by the language and literature department, is a special event featuring authors who read from and comment on their work. Dates, times, costs and locations are indicated below. (Map of EMU campusLehman Auditorium, Common Grounds, Campus Center)

February 5, 2015 … Mark Bauerlein… 6:30 p.m. in Strite Conference Room in Campus Center (room 105).

In his 2008 book The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes our Future (or Don’t Trust Anyone under 30) Dr. Mark Bauerlein argues that despite unprecedented access to knowledge and information, the latest generation of Americans appears to be “no more learned or skilled than their predecessors, no more knowledgable, fluent, up-to-date or inquisitive, except in the materials of youth culture.”

Bauerlein is professor of English at Emory University and has taught there since 1989, with a two-and-a-half year break in 2003-05 to serve as the Director of the Office of Research and Analysis, at the National Endowment for the Arts. He has published numerous scholarly works, including a highly acclaimed account of a 1906 race riot in Atlanta (Negrophobia). In addition, his work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, The Washington Post, TLS, and the Chronicle of Higher Education, where his blog eloquently promotes the humanities. A recent essay (2012) in First Things narrates his turn from atheism to Catholicism.

In addition to his Writers Read presentation, Bauerlein will speak in chapel on Feb.5 and dialogue with faculty and students in varied settings on the importance and value of the humanities.

March 12, 2015 … Vic Sizemore … 6:30 p.m. in Common Grounds, donation

Vic SizemoreVic Sizemore is a writer of short fiction and novels in which characters wrestle with what it means for them to be Christians in all the human messiness of life. He is also a prolific essayist, contributing frequently to the evangelical channel of Patheos.com.

Sizemore earned his MFA in fiction from Seattle Pacific University. His short stories are published or forthcoming in StoryQuarterly, Southern Humanities Review, Connecticut Review, Portland Review, Blue Mesa Review, Sou’wester, Silk Road Review, Atticus Review, PANK Magazine Fiction Fix, Vol.1 Brooklyn, and Conclave. Excerpts from his novel The Calling are published in Connecticut Review, Portland Review, Prick of the Spindle, Burrow Press Review, Rock & Sling, and Relief. His fiction has won the New Millennium Writings Award for Fiction, and been nominated for Best American Nonrequired Reading and a Pushcart Prize. Some of his short stories and chapters from The Calling are available on his blog.

Sizemore teaches at Central Virginia Community College in Lynchburg, VA.

Other Writers Read Info

Sign language is available upon request.

The opening Writers Read event in September will be held in Lehman auditorium at 8 p.m. Students with EMU ID admitted free; others $5.

The remaining three Writers Read events will be at 6:30 p.m. Light refreshment available. Donations accepted.

See past Writers Read events…