Lecture title: The Activist Artist
Featuring Bernardine Evaristo, Booker Prize-winning novelist, essayist, dramatist, and literary critic; advocate and activist for inclusion in the arts
British writer Bernardine Evaristo is the author of ten books and numerous writings that span the genres of fiction, verse fiction, short fiction, non-fiction, poetry, essays, literary criticism, journalism, and radio and theatre drama. Her writing and projects are based around her interest in the African diaspora.
Her novel Girl, Woman, Other won the Booker Prize 2019, making her the first black woman and black British person to win it in its fifty year history. The novel also won many other prizes including the British Book Award’s Fiction Book of the Year & Author of the Year, and the Indie Book Award for Fiction.
During this lecture, Evaristo will explore her life as a writer, theater-maker, and activist within the context of British history, society and culture. There will also be a chance for audience members to pose questions directly to Evaristo.
The annual Hesburgh Lecture in Ethics and Public Policy, established by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies in 1995, honors the Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., president emeritus of Notre Dame, a global champion of peace and justice, and the founder of the Kroc Institute. Each year a distinguished scholar, policymaker, and/or peace advocate is invited by the Kroc Institute director to deliver a major lecture on an issue related to ethics and public policy in the context of peace and justice.
Please note: This lecture will not be recorded.
This lecture is co-sponsored by the English Department at Saint Mary's College.