Conversations from the Cullman Center: “Liberalism and American Tradition: Part II”: The Joanna Jackson Goldman Memorial Lectures, delivered by Marilynne Robinson

February 6, 2019

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Marilynne Robinson will deliver the Joanna Jackson Goldman Memorial Lectures on American Civilization and Government in two parts: Part I on February 5, Part II on February 6. This biennial lecture series at The New York Public Library, established by the estate of the historian Eric F. Goldman in honor of his wife, aims to encourage provocative comment and analysis concerning contemporary issues of deep, long-term significance for American democracy.

President Barack Obama awarded Marilynne Robinson the National Humanities Medal in 2012 for "her grace and intelligence in writing." She is the author of Gilead, winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award; Home, winner of the Orange Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; and Lila, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her first novel, Housekeeping, won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. Robinson's nonfiction books include The Givenness of Things, When I Was a Child I Read Books, Absence of Mind, The Death of Adam, and Mother Country, which was nominated for a National Book Award. She teaches at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and lives in Iowa City.