Esther Freier Lecture

 
 
 
 
 

We look forward to seeing you at our next free event at the University of Minnesota campus, as the author series that began in 2001 continues to explore literature and the humanities.

Close-up of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

An Evening with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie  SOLD-OUT

Wednesday, October 23, 2019
7:30 pm, Northrop Carlson Family Stage

 

The Department of English and the Esther Freier Endowment present Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the Nigerian writer whose 2009 TED Talk, The Danger of a Single Story, is one of the most-viewed talks of all time. Her 2012 talk, We Should All Be Feminists, was published as a book in 2014 (and excerpted in the Beyoncé song "Flawless"). Adichie is the author of the novels Americanah, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award; Half of a Yellow Sun, winner of the Orange Prize; and Purple Hibiscus, winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Adichie’s latest book is Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions. A recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, Adichie divides her time between the US and Nigeria. Book signing follows.

For disability-related accommodations, or questions regarding the venue, contact Terri Sutton at sutt0063@umn.edu or 612-626-1528.

Due to popular demand, all tickets have been claimed for this free lecture. Please check back periodically as tickets may be returned by other guests. Any returned tickets will be made available online. There is not a waitlist.

We request that if you have reserved a ticket and can no longer attend, please follow the instructions below to release your reservation. You can cancel tickets up until the day of the event.

  • Instructions to release a ticket: Have your ticket information available. The Northrop Box Office will request your name, order number, and bar code number. You may contact Northrop with this information at 612-624-2345 or umntix@umn.edu; Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Doors open at 6:30 pm. Please plan to arrive early and be seated by 7:15 pm for the event to start on time at 7:30 pm. No unfilled seats will be allowed to be saved. Anyone with a ticket arriving after 7:20 pm runs the risk of not being seated, as there will be an overflow line.

Parking: Church Street Garage or Fourth Street Ramp.

More author readings are offered through our creative writing program's Edelstein-Keller Visiting Writer Series.

 

 

About Esther Freier

The Esther Freier literature series hosts two free lectures each year featuring various prize-winning authors, from Zadie Smith to David Mitchell, Louise Glück to Natasha Trethewey.

The literary legacy that Esther Freier envisioned began in 2001, when celebrated novelist and essayist Jamaica Kincaid inaugurated the Esther Freier Endowed Lecture in Literature series. A clinical laboratory chemist and professor, Freier had a deep and profound love for literature and the humanities. She wanted to leave a legacy that would benefit the public and inspire emerging authors. In her will, Freier created an endowment that would bring prize-winning national and international authors to campus for free, public lectures and informal visits with students.

Esther Freier was born in Hibbing, Minnesota, in 1925. She moved to Minneapolis while still a child and spent her entire academic (BS ‘46, MS ‘56) and professional career of 45 years at the University of Minnesota. She co-authored the first paper dealing with quality control in clinical chemistry, winning several awards. When she retired in 1991, she held the only endowed professorship in medical technology in the nation. That year, Freier served as the first woman president of the Academy of Clinical and Laboratory Physicians and Scientists and was re-elected the following year.

Esther Freier was a teacher, friend, and mentor to many. The Department of English is deeply grateful for her generosity to us, the University, and the community.

Previous Freier Lecturers

  • October 4, 2018: Frank Bidart & Maggie Nelson
  • April 4, 2018: Young People's Lit Panel with M. T. Anderson, Kate DiCamillo, David Barclay Moore, and Nicola Yoon
  • October 25, 2017: Edwidge Danticat
  • April 13, 2017: Andrew Solomon
  • October, 2016: Claudia Rankine & Marilynne Robinson
  • April, 2016: Abraham Verghese
  • October, 2015: Jeanette Winterson
  • February, 2015: Lynn Nottage
  • October, 2014: James McBride
  • April, 2014: David Mitchell
  • October, 2013: Katherine Boo
  • April, 2013: Colum McCann
  • October, 2012: Zadie Smith
  • April, 2012: Denis Johnson
  • October, 2011: Philip Gourevitch
  • April, 2011: Natasha Trethewey
  • October, 2010: James Salter
  • April, 2010: Richard Powers
  • September, 2009: Maxine Hong Kingston
  • March, 2009: Louise Glück
  • October, 2008: Junot Díaz
  • March, 2006: Suzan-Lori Parks
  • November, 2007: Paul Muldoon
  • April, 2007: E. L. Doctorow
  • November, 2006: Bharati Mukherjee
  • April, 2006: T. C. Boyle
  • October, 2005: Philip Levine
  • April, 2005: Anna Deavere Smith
  • November, 2004: Rita Dove
  • April, 2004: A. S. Byatt
  • October, 2003: Arnold Rampersad
  • February, 2003: Michael Chabon
  • November, 2002: Edmund White
  • March, 2002: Barry Lopez
  • March, 2001: W. S. Merwin
  • February, 2001: Jamaica Kincaid