Puget Sound English Department

September 1, 2009

Suzan-Lori Parks Will Visit Campus

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President Ron Thomas has emailed the campus with the following great news:

“Please join me September 22 for an evening with Suzan-Lori Parks, a Pulitzer prize-winning playwright named one of TIME magazine’s ‘100 Innovators for the Next New Wave’ The prolific dramatic work of this year’s Susan Resneck Pierce Lecturer in the Arts has been praised for its profundity, its uninhibited and imaginative language, and its idiosyncratic stage imagery.

Parks’ teacher and mentor, James Baldwin, with whom she studied at Mt. Holyoke, described her as ‘an utterly astounding and beautiful creature who may become one of the most valuable artists of our time.’  Baldwin’s prediction has proven true.  Professor of Theatre Arts Geoff Proehl, one of Puget Sound’s two James Dolliver National Endowment for the Humanities Distinguished Teaching Professors, writes of her: ‘Parks’ persistent interest in what she refers to as the great ‘hole’ of history makes her characters, literally and metaphorically, go digging there in plays that remind us why we need the breadth and depth of a liberal arts education.’

Our evening with Suzan-Lori Parks will combine performance and lecture and promises to be compelling and entertaining. The lecture is free of charge to students, faculty and staff, but tickets are required. Tickets are available at Wheelock Information Center. Seating is limited; secure your ticket in advance.  Time and place: Tuesday September 22, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 8:00 p.m.  A reception with Ms. Parks will follow, in the Pierce Atrium at Wyatt Hall.”

We will add only our thanks and congratulations to Professor Proehl for helping to make Parks’ visit possible and this historical note: Parks’ teacher James Baldwin visited Puget Sound in the mid-1980s.


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