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Chris Abani Lecture April 15

Chris Abani Lecture April 15

Award-winning writer will present the Distinguished Humanist Achievement Lecture at UCR.

(March 25, 2008)

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Christopher Abani

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Award-winning novelist and poet Christopher Abani will discuss “Ethics and Narrative: The Human and Other” in the Distinguished Humanist Achievement Lecture on Tuesday, April 15, at 4 p.m. in Humanities and Social Sciences 1500 at UC Riverside.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Parking is $6.

Abani, a professor of creative writing at UCR, will discuss the struggles of socially engaged fiction in addressing what it means to be human, who decides what makes up our humanity and if there is a standard human against whom everyone is judged.

The Distinguished Humanist Achievement Lecture is sponsored by UCR’s Center for Ideas and Society. The lecture recognizes a significant research accomplishment, performance or creative work by UCR faculty.

Abani is being recognized for his most recent fiction, “Song for Night” (2007), “The Virgin of Flames” (2007) and “Becoming Abigail” (2006), and his poetry collection “Hands Washing Water” (2006).

He has received the PEN USA Freedom-to-Write Award, the Prince Claus Award, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a California Book Award, a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and the PEN Hemingway Book Prize.

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