National Medal of Arts-winning author to give Finzi-Contini Lecture

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Acclaimed author Maxine Hong Kingston will deliver the Finzi-Contini Lecture on Tuesday, April 28 under the auspices of the Whitney Humanities Center (WHC).

Her talk, titled “From Woman Warrior to Book of Peace,” will take place at 5 p.m. in the WHC auditorium, 53 Wall St. Kingston will join in conversation with Jing Tsu, professor of East Asian languages and literatures and comparative literature, at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 29 in the auditorium. Both events are free and open to the public. 

Kingston early works include “The Woman Warrior” (1976), winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, and “China Men” (1980), which received the National Book Award. Both works are still widely taught today. Kingston has also received the PEN West Award for Fiction for “Tripmaster Monkey” (1989), the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, and the National Humanities Medal. In 2014, she was awarded the National Medal of Arts.

Her most recent books are “The Fifth Book of Peace” (2003) and “I Love a Broad Margin to My Life” (2011). Kingston is currently senior lecturer emerita at the University of California-Berkeley.

The Finzi-Contini Lectureship was endowed in 1990 by the Calabresi family, including Guido Calabresi, former dean of the Yale Law School, in memory of his mother, Bianca Maria Finzi-Contini Calabresi. The biannual lectureship sponsors a distinguished lecturer in the field of comparative literature, broadly defined.

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