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A MacArthur Award winner and only person to have won the Pen/Faulkner Award twice

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA – The W.E.B. Du Bois Memorial Lecture at Simon’s Rock will be given by author John Edgar Wideman and will take place on Thursday, March 27. This thirteenth annual lecture will be held in the McConnell Theater of the Daniel Arts Center at 7 p.m.

John Edgar Wideman is professor of Africana Studies and English at Brown University.  He writes nonfiction and fiction, and is the author of nearly 20 books.  He is the recipient of many literary awards, including the O. Henry Award and a MacArthur fellowship, and he is the only person to have won the International Pen/Faulkner Award for Fiction twice.  He has taught at the University of Wyoming, University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Wideman grew up in the Homewood section of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where much of his writing is set.  He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and won a Rhodes scholarship to New College, Oxford University.  He also graduated from the University of Iowa Writers Workshop.  While there, he completed his first novel, A Glance Away, published in 1967. His other novels include Two Cities, Hurry Home, The Lynchers, Hiding Place, Sent for You Yesterday, Philadelphia Fire, and The Cattle Killing. He is the author of a memoir, Brothers and Keepers. His short story collections are Damballah, Fever, The Stories of John Edgar Wideman, and All Stories Are True.

His articles on Malcolm X, Spike Lee, Denzel Washington, Michael Jordan, Emmett Till, Thelonius Monk, and women's professional basketball have appeared in The New Yorker, Vogue, Esquire, Emerge, and The New York Times Magazine.

W.E.B. Du Bois was born and raised in Gt. Barrington. Since 1996, Simon’s Rock has sought to honor him by inviting notable African American speakers to share their achievements and ideas with students and the Great Barrington community.

The lecture is free and the public is welcome. A reception will follow.

Simon's Rock Media Contact:
Briee Della Rocca: 413 644-4706
E-mail: bdellarocca@simons-rock.edu