Esther Freier Lecture
Spring 2019: An Evening with Jorie Graham
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.
Thursday, April 4, 2019
Jorie Graham: An Evening of Poetry
7:30 pm, Coffman Union Theater, 300 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis
The Esther Freier Lectures in Literature series presents Jorie Graham, “one of our great poets,” as The New York Times notes, and one of the most influential poets of the past 50 years. Graham is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including The Dream of the Unified Field: Selected Poems, which received the Pulitzer, and her latest, Fast, which won the 2018 Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry from the Library of Congress. She has also been awarded the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship, the Forward Prize, and the Wallace Stevens Award. Graham is the Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory at Harvard University.
From The New York Times review of Fast: "Graham writes an autopsy of self and nation in the face of overwhelming loss. These are poems created while parents are dying and the poet herself is undergoing cancer treatment against the backdrop of ecological crisis and several American wars."
The author will also answer audience questions and sign books. Free and open to the public! No tickets or reservations necessary. All welcome!
For disability-related accommodations, or questions regarding the venue, contact Terri Sutton at email@example.com or 612-626-1528.
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