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.

Photo of Jennifer Egan

CANCELED: Jennifer Egan Reading & Conversation
Monday, April 13, 2020
7:30 pm, Coffman Union Theater

 

We regret to announce that this event has been canceled due to concerns for public health. At this point, we have no details about possible rescheduling.

The Department of English and the Esther Freier Endowment present Jennifer Egan, author of the 2010 novel A Visit from the Goon Squad, which won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her 2018 novel Manhattan Beach was awarded the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. Her published work also includes the novels The Keep, Look at Me, and The Invisible Circus, as well as the story collection Emerald City. Egan is currently the President of PEN America, which champions literature and human rights and works to protect free expression in the US and worldwide.

Egan will read as well as discuss her work with Professor Julie Schumacher. Book-signing follows.

This event is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations necessary. We recommend you arrive by 7:15 pm.

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

Parking: East River Road Garage or Weisman Art Museum Garage.

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

  • Occtober 23, 2019: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • 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