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Carol J. Adams '72: Neilly Series Lecture
Carol J. Adams is the author of The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory. First published in 1990, the book has been…
Patch Adams: Neilly Series Lecture
The real person behind the hit movie starring Robin Williams, Patch Adams is both a healthcare physician and a professional clown. He is founder of…
Ayad Akhtar: Neilly Series Lecture
Ayad Akhtar is the author of the critically acclaimed, poignant, coming-of-age novel, American Dervish. Since its debut, the book has been embraced…
Aubrey Anable: Neilly Series Lecture
Aubrey Anable applies affect theory to game studies, arguing that video games let us “rehearse” feelings, states, and emotions that give new tones and…
Katherine Ashenburg: Neilly Series Lecture
Katherine Ashenburg is the author of The Mourner's Dance: What We Do When People Die. Dr. Ashenburg taught at the University of British Columbia in…
Lawrence Ashmead: Neilly Series Lecture
An Editor's Quest: Finding Books to Publish: Lawrence Ashmead '54, vice president and executive editor at HarperCollins, will be at the Libraries to…
Awista Ayub: Neilly Series Lecture
Awista Ayub will talk about her work forming a young women's soccer team in Afghanistan. In 2003, she founded the Afghan Youth Sports Exchange, a…
Robert Bakos, MD: Neilly Series Lecture
Robert Bakos will discuss "Dead German Composers and How They Got That Way," including the medical histories of some of our best-known composers. He…
Nicholas Basbanes: Neilly Series Lecture
Among the Gently Mad, Redux: Nicholas Basbanes is the author of A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books, a New…
Brit Bennett: Neilly Series Lecture
Set within a contemporary black community in Southern California, Brit Bennett’s mesmerizing first novel, The Mothers, is an emotionally perceptive…
Emily Bernard: Neilly Series Lecture
As a graduate student, Emily Bernard was the victim of a random stabbing in a New Haven café. In this powerful lecture, she shares the story of her…
Roy Blount Jr.: Neilly Series Lecture
Roy Blount Jr., prides himself on the fact that he has done more things, for money, than any other humorist, novelist, journalist, dramatist,…
Paul R. Bowser: Neilly Series Lecture
Bowser, professor of Aquatic and Animal Medicine at Cornell, will discuss "Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia in Fish in the Great Lakes Basin." Viral…
Alan Burdick: Neilly Series Lecture
Author of Out of Eden: An Odyssey of Ecological Invasion, Alan Burdick will discuss his latest book. Burdick writes for numerous publications…
Ronald Calinger: Neilly Series Lecture
Professor of history at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, Calinger will discuss the mathematician Leonhard Euler. The Swiss-born…
William H. Calvin: Neilly Series Lecture
William H. Calvin will discuss his book, A Brief History of the Mind: From Apes to Intellect and Beyond. A theoretical neurobiologist with an…
Gabrielle Calvocoressi: Neilly Series Lecture
Calvocoressi is the author of several books of poetry, including The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart and Apocalyptic Swing, which is a finalist for the…
Dave Chisholm: Neilly Series Lecture
Dave Chisholm is a trumpet player, songwriter, composer, bandleader, educator, and visual artist. He is the writer and illustrator of the 2009 graphic…
Jonathan Clark: Neilly Series Lecture
Kenneth Patchen's art is the subject of Jonathan Clark's lecture, "Extending the Medium of Words: The Graphic Art of Kenneth Patchen," the first of…
Rachel Cohen: Neilly Series Lecture
"Rachel Cohen has created a masterpiece of variety and balance in her first book" are the words used to describe A Chance Meeting: Intertwined Lives…
Garrard Conley: Neilly Series Lecture
As a young man, Garrard Conley, the son of a Baptist pastor in a small Arkansas town, was terrified and conflicted about his sexuality. When he was a…
Richard Ben Cramer: Neilly Series Lecture
The Hero's Life: Its Worth and Its Costs: Meliora Weekend 2001 will feature Richard Ben Cramer. Mr. Cramer, who often writes about baseball and…
Mark Cuddy: Neilly Series Lecture
Developing New Plays and Musicals: A fitting "wrap" for the season is Mark Cuddy, artistic director of GEVA Theatre. Mr. Cuddy made his acting debut…
Marcel Danesi: Neilly Series Lecture
Danesi will explore why puzzles have emerged in human cultures ina  talk entitiled "The Function of Puzzles in Human Life." Starting with the Riddle…
Brian Dettmer: Neilly Series Lecture
Brian Dettmer will speak on Sunday of Meliora Weekend at the Memorial Art Gallery on University Avenue on the topic of "ReMixed Media."  Dettmer…
Junot Diaz: Neilly Series Lecture
Diaz is the 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which also won the National Book Critics Circle Award. Diaz is…
Roger Easton and Keith Knox: Neilly Series Lecture
Roger Easton, Professor at RIT's Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, and Keith Knox, UR alumnus and retiree from Xerox Corporation, will…
Lynn Freed: Neilly Series Lecture
Author of Reading, Writing and Leaving Home, Lynn Freed will discuss her writing, including some works not yet published. The New York…
Anthony Giardina: Neilly Series Lecture
The Wednesday, March 20th Neilly Series Lecture guest speaker is Anthony Giardina, the author of the novels Men with Debts (1984), A Boy's…
Linda Greenhouse: Neilly Series Lecture
Greenhouse has been the Supreme Court correspondent for the New York Times since 1978. Prior to covering the Court, she attended Yale Law School on a…
Charles "Chip" Groat: Neilly Series Lecture
Charles "Chip" Groat, Director of the US Geological Service, will discuss "US Geological Survey: 125 Years of Science for America." He will talk about…
Fred Guterl '81: Neilly Series Lecture<br />
“The sixth ‘mass extinction event’ in the history of planet Earth is currently under way, with over two hundred species dying off every day. Will Homo…
Lauren Haley: Neilly Series Lecture
Lauren Alexandra Haley is a violinist, pedagogy expert, and the author of Kids Aren’t Lazy: Developing Motivation & Talent Through Music.  In…
Kenn Harper: Neilly Series Lecture
Harper's lecture, "The Life of Minik," describes an Inuit boy's life after being taken by explorer Robert Peary from Greenland to New York City in…
John Harris: Neilly Series Lecture
Noted editor at the Washington Post, John Harris will talk about his new book about presidential politics, The Way to Win. Its thesis is that the two…
David Headlam: Neilly Series Lecture
Blues to Rock: Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page Discover Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters: Academia and pop culture will collide and Rush Rhees will be hip…
Cristina Henríquez: Neilly Series Lecture
Cristina Henríquez is the author of Come Together, Fall Apart: A Novella and Stories, The World in Half, and most recently, The Book of Unknown…
Peter Blair Henry: Neilly Series Lecture
Peter Blair Henry, economist and former Dean of New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Music, is the April Neilly Series Lecture…
Oscar Hijuelos: Neilly Series Lecture
Oscar Hijuelos, acclaimed Pulitzer Prize winning author of the international bestseller The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, will present "From…
Lawrence Hill: Neilly Series Lecture Lecture (UReads)
Join the University of Rochester community as we read and discuss the same book: Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill. The Book: Someone Knows My…
Lauren Holmes: Neilly Series Lecture
Lauren Holmes was born in upstate New York. She received her BA from Wellesley College and MFA from Hunter College. Her first book, Barbara the Slut…
Marie Howe: Neilly Series Lecture
Marie Howe’s new volume of poetry, The Kingdom of Ordinary Time, explores the difference between the self and the soul, the secular and the sacred,…
Jeffrey H. Jackson '99: Neilly Series Lecture
Paris Under Water: how the City of Light Survived the Great Flood of 1910: After weeks of torrential rainfall, the Seine overflowed, sending hundreds…
Ha Jin: Neilly Series Lecture
Acclaimed novelist and poet Ha Jin will discuss his work, including his latest novel, War Trash, winner of the 2005 Pen/Faulkner Award. His earlier…
Edward P. Jones: Neilly Series Lecture
Edward P. Jones' recently published novel The Known World won a National Book Critics Circle Award and a Pulitzer Prize. His short stories have…
Len Joy '73: Neilly Series Lecture
Published in April 2014, American Past Time tells the story of the disintegration and redemption of a family after the father, a minor league baseball…
Daniel M. Kimmel '77: Neilly Series Lecture
In 1818, Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein, creating the iconic concept, and incidentally creating modern science fiction. In 1935, Elsa Lanchester…
Kevin Kling: Neilly Series Lecture
Humorist and playwright Kevin Kling has expressed himself in many different arenas: theatre, television, radio, recording, and literature. His plays,…
Lily Koppel: Neilly Series Lecture
Lily Koppel is the New York Times bestselling author of The Astronaut Wives Club, in which she gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at the lives of…
Nancy Kress: Neilly Series Lecture
Rochesterian Nancy Kress has written more than twenty-three books and won four Nebula Awards and a Hugo for her science fiction writing. A one-time…
Allen Kurzweil: Neilly Series Lecture
“Without time, we cannot learn. Without time, we cannot heal.” -Allen Kurzweil Novelist, journalist, teacher, and inventor, Allen Kurzweil shares his…
David Kwong: Neilly Series Lecture
David Kwong is a magician, crossword puzzle constructor, producer, and author. He routinely creates crossword puzzles for the New York Times, Los…
Harlan Lane: Neilly Series Lecture
The guest speaker for the first of this season's Neilly Series Lectures is Harlan Lane, Distinguished University professor of psychology at…
Chang-rae Lee: Neilly Series Lecture
The first Neilly Series Lecture of the academic year will be held Wednesday, October 24th with one of America's leading authors, Chang-rae Lee,…
Tom Lewis: Neilly Series Lecture
Lewis will discuss his latest book The Hudson: A History. He is also author of Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio and Divided Highways: The…
Susie Linfield: Neilly Series Lecture
Susie Linfield, Associate Professor of Journalism at New York University, will speak at the Neilly Series Lecture on "Photojournalism and Human…
Joann S. Lublin: Neilly Series Lecture
Joann S. Lublin is a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and management news editor for The Wall Street Journal. She was one of the first female…
Ann-Marie MacDonald: Neilly Series Lecture
Ann-Marie MacDonald will begin her North American tour at the River Campus Libraries! MacDonald, author of the best-selling Fall on Your Knees, will…
Edward Mendelson: Neilly Series Lecture
Edward Mendelson, UR Class of 1966, is Literary Executor of the Estate of W.H. Auden and Lionel Trilling Professor in the Humanities at Columbia…
Leslie Adrienne Miller: Neilly Series Lecture
Leslie Adrienne Miller's poetry has won numerous prizes and awards, and has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies.  She is currently…
Robert James Miller: Neilly Series Lecture
Author and Lawyer Robert J. Miller is the March Neilly Series Lecture speaker.  Miller is a member of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma and a…
Miriam Grace Monfredo: Neilly Series Lecture
Women's Rights: What's Not in the History Books: March is Women's History Month and Miriam Grace Monfredo will speak about the women's rights movement…
Sylvia Nasar: Neilly Series Lecture
A Beautiful Mind: Genius, Madness, Reawakening: Sylvia Nasar, author and professor of journalism at Columbia University, will recount the story of…
Laura Nash: Neilly Series Lecture
Senior lecturer at Harvard Business School in the Entrepreneurial Management unit, Laura Nash will explore critical problems with dominant models of…
Neilly Lecture Series
In a wonderful millennium gift, Life Trustee Andrew H. Neilly and his wife, Janet, established a named, endowed library position at the University of…
Jenny Nordberg: Neilly Series Lecture
Jenny Nordberg is an award-winning journalist, columnist, and television producer. She has worked around the globe reporting on nuclear proliferation,…
Ciarid O'Brien: Neilly Series Lecture
The Influence of the Yiddish Theater on American Pop Culture: In its heyday in the 20's, the Yiddish theater had over 11 Broadway style houses in…
Danielle Ofri: Neilly Series Lecture
Journey with one doctor from the nation's oldest and most legendary public hospital as she navigates the eye-opening cultural permutations of today's…
Barbara Olshansky '82: Neilly Series Lecture
She went before the Supreme Court and won. In 2004, she successfully argued that detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, should be able to challenge their…
Gerald Oppenheimer: Neilly Series Lecture
For over three decades, Americans have lived with an epidemic that has now become almost invisible. But earlier in the arc from past to present,…
David Owen: Neilly Series Lecture
David Owen, author of Copies in Seconds: How a Lone Inventor and an Unknown Company Created the Biggest Communication Breakthrough Since…
Mark Pachter: Neilly Series Lecture
Mark Pachter, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, will discuss "The Making of an American Icon: George Washington and Gilbert Stuart." There is…
John Palattella: Neilly Series Lecture
John Palattella will discuss magazines and literary culture in the present economic and publishing climate. He is literary editor of The Nation, the…
Linda Sue Park: Neilly Series Lecture
Linda Sue Park, author of A Single Shard, won the 2002 Newbery Medal just two years after her first book was published. But her 'overnight' success…
David J. Peterson: Neilly Series Lecture
David J. Peterson is a language inventor and the creator of the Dothraki and Valyrian languages for HBO’s television series Game of Thrones. He is the…
John Pickstone: Neilly Series Lecture
ohn Pickstone on “Describing, Analysing and Controlling Life: The Past and Present of Bio-medical (& other) Sciences.” Pickstone is the author…
Dan Rattiner: Neilly Series Lecture
Dan Rattiner is best known for creating Dan's Papers , the largest circulating newspaper in the Hamptons. Founded in Montauk in 1960 as the first free…
Scott Ritter: Neilly Series Lecture
Ritter served as a military intelligence officer, reaching the rank of major. He was formerly an arms control inspector in the former Soviet Union and…
John Storm Roberts: Neilly Series Lecture
Roberts' lecture, "Gestating Jazz: The Mexican Tour of 1885," explores the Latin "tinge" in ragtime and jazz. Roberts has documented and promoted…
Sarah Rodriguez: Neilly Series Lecture
From the late nineteenth century through the mid-twentieth century, American physicians treated women and girls for masturbation by removing the…
David Ropeik: Neilly Series Lecture
David Ropeik, Director of Risk Communication at the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis, will talk about "Risk Perception. Why Our Fears Don't Match the…
David Rosner: Neilly Series Lecture
Deceit and Denial: The Deadly Politics of Industrial Pollution, which chronicles the history of environmental and industrial illness, is authored by…
Joan Shelley Rubin: Neilly Series Lecture
The Critic, The Reader, and The Poet: Literary Authority in Postwar America: Belligerent readers and a beleaguered critic are the topic of the first…
Benjamin Sáenz: Neilly Series Lecture (Lecture in San Francisco)
The November 1st Neilly Series Lecture will be held in San Francisco, with Benjamin Sáenz as the guest speaker. Sáenz was raised in New Mexico,…
Joseph Sassoon: Neilly Series Lecture
Joseph Sassoon, the guest speaker for the last of this season's Neilly Series Lectures, is the author of Saddam Hussein's Ba'th Party: Inside an…
Ruth Holland Scott: Neilly Series Lecture
Born and educated in Albion, Michigan, Ruth Holland Scott is an educator, author, and businesswoman who was the first African-American woman elected…
Andrew Scull: Neilly Series Lecture
Andrew Scull has held faculty appointments at the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, and the University of California--San Diego, where…
Dani Shapiro: Neilly Series Lecture
What makes a person a person? What combination of heredity and environment, nature and nurture, shapes our lives and forms our identity? After a…
Johanna Skibsrud: Neilly Series Lecture
Johanna Skibsrud’s first novel, The Sentimentalists, won the Scotiabank Giller Prize, Canada’s most prestigious literary prize, in 2010.  The book was…
Walter Stahr: Neilly Series Lecture
"Seward: Lincoln's Indispensable Man": The first Neilly Series Lecture in 2014 will be presented by Walter Stahr, a highly acclaimed biographer…
Anne Stiles: Neilly Series Lecture
Anne Stiles, an expert on the intersection between science and literature during the Victorian era, presents the Neilly Lecture, “Rewriting the Rest…
Arthur Sze: Neilly Series Lecture
Arthur Sze will discuss "Tyuonyi: Multicultural Perspectives on Poetry." Tyounyi, a Keresan word, is the name of a meeting place situated in…
Hilary Tann: Neilly Series Lecture
Composer Hilary Tann, composer-in-residence for the Women in Music Festival at the Eastman School of Music, will reflect on the role of poetry in her…
Theresa Thanjan '94: Neilly Series Lecture
Thajan is an award winning filmmaker and activist. Her documentary Whose Children Are These? provides a gripping view into the lives of three Muslim…
Sanford Thatcher: Neilly Series Lecture
Sanford Thatcher will discuss open access, which is viewed by librarians and their allies in academic administration as an antidote to the domination…
Kristel Thornell: Neilly Series Lecture
Kristel Thornell was born in Sydney, Australia, and has lived in Italy, Mexico, Canada, Finland and, currently, is based in Rochester, NY. Her debut…
Paula Treichler: Neilly Series Lecture
Paula Treichler, Professor in the College of Medicine, the Gender & Women's Studies Program, and the Institute for Communications Research at the…
Jeffrey Allen Tucker: Neilly Series Lecture
One of the most prolific African American authors of his time, John A. Williams (1925–2015) made his mark as a journalist, educator, and…
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