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Abraham Verghese: Neilly Series Lecture
Abraham Verghese is a renowned physician, best-selling author, and Professor for the Theory and Practice of Medicine at the Stanford University School…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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,…
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…
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…
Bruce Whiteman: Neilly Series Lecture
Whiteman has published extensively as a poet and reviewer, and has written a number of books about bibliography, printing and literary history. He is…
Carl Zimmer: Neilly Series Lecture
Our brains are the foundation for who were are—they store our memories, give rise to our emotions, and enable us to look to the future. But our brains…
Carla Yanni: Neilly Series Lecture
Carla Yanni will discuss her most recent book, The Architecture of Madness: Insane Asylums in the United States. Yanni tells the story of therapeutic…
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…
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,…
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…
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…
Craig Wolff '79: Neilly Series Lecture
The author will discuss his forthcoming biography of Willie Mays, tracing the life of the great baseball player from segregated Birmingham to the…
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…
Curtis White: Neilly Series Lecture
"Inevitably, a Romantic." A discussion of Romanticism and its relation to American culture since the 1960s. Social critic, essayist, and novelist,…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Dubravka Ugresic: Neilly Series Lecture
Dubravka Ugresic is an Amsterdam-based author who has established herself as one of Europe’s most distinctive novelists and essayists. Born in the…
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…
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…
Emil Homerin: Neilly Series Lecture
Homerin's lecture, "Translating Islam," presents several views of Islam's creative diversity and culture, the origin and persistence of Western…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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,…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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,…
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…
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…
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…
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…
John Noble Wilford: Neilly Series Lecture
John Noble Wilford is a senior science writer at The New York Times who, for over three decades, covered many major missions of the US space program.…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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,…
Kim J. Vicente: Neilly Series Lecture
Kim J. Vicente, author of The Human Factor: Revolutionizing the Way People Live with Technology, will discuss how we can bridge the widening gap…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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,…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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