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The Department of American Studies and the Latino Studies Program are hosting a visit by Pulitzer-Prize winning author JUNOT DÍAZ, as part of a symposium on "Science Fiction in the Americas."(Read more at: Press Release)

1:00 p.m. Academic Panel, Frangipani Room, IMU
Presentations by:

  • Elizabeth Ginway (Spanish and Portuguese, University of Florida)
  • De Witt Kilgore (English, IU-Bloomington)
  • Emily Maguire (Spanish and Portuguese, Northwestern University)
8:00 p.m. Public Reading: An Evening with Junot Daz
Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 114 E. Kirkwood Ave.

This event is generously supported by the College of Arts & Sciences and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs, as well as African American and African Diaspora Studies, Asian American Studies, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the College Arts and Humanities Institute, Comparative Literature, English, the Institute for Advanced Study, Multidisciplinary Ventures & Seminars Fund, Spanish and Portuguese, and the Mellon Innovating International Research, Teaching, and Collaboration Award program under the Offices of the Provost and the Vice Provost for Research, IU Bloomington.

Junot Daz

Junot Daz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey.
He is the author of the critically acclaimed Drown; The Brief Wondrous
Life of Oscar Wao
, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National
Book Critics Circle Award; and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York
Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist. He is the recipient of a
MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship, PEN/Malamud Award, Dayton Literary
Peace Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship, and PEN/O. Henry Award. A grad-
uate of Rutgers College, Daz is currently the fiction editor at Boston Review
and the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology.