CSP Lecture Series: Excellence, Equity, Community, and Service with Nafissa Thompson-Spires

The Fall 2019 CSP Lecture series continues on as we welcome author Nafissa Thompson-Spires for a reading and discussion of her work. First-year students will know her short story Four Fancy Sketches, Two Chalk Outlines and No Apology from their summer common reading.


Oct16
11:45 am
2019-10-16 11:45:00 2019-10-16 11:45:00 CSP Lecture Series: Excellence, Equity, Community, and Service with Nafissa Thompson-Spires

Nafissa Thompson-Spires earned a PhD in English from Vanderbilt University and an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Paris Review Daily, Dissent, Buzzfeed Books, The White Review, and other publications. She currently works as an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Cornell University.

Her first book, Heads of the Colored People, was longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award, the PEN/ Robert W. Bingham Award, and the Aspen Words Literary Prize; was a finalist for the Kirkus Prize; and has won the PEN Open Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, and an Audie Award. She is also the recipient of a 2019 Whiting Award. 
 
The CORE program hosts several distinguished speakers from outside the Occidental community, deliberately chosen to represent different fields and perspectives. The CSP Annual theme for 2019 is the four cornerstones of Oxy's mission.
 
Attendance is mandatory for first-year students and open to all community members.
 
America/Los_Angeles public
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Event Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Nafissa Thompson-Spires earned a PhD in English from Vanderbilt University and an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Paris Review Daily, Dissent, Buzzfeed Books, The White Review, and other publications. She currently works as an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Cornell University.

Her first book, Heads of the Colored People, was longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award, the PEN/ Robert W. Bingham Award, and the Aspen Words Literary Prize; was a finalist for the Kirkus Prize; and has won the PEN Open Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, and an Audie Award. She is also the recipient of a 2019 Whiting Award. 
 
The CORE program hosts several distinguished speakers from outside the Occidental community, deliberately chosen to represent different fields and perspectives. The CSP Annual theme for 2019 is the four cornerstones of Oxy's mission.
 
Attendance is mandatory for first-year students and open to all community members.
 
Sponsored by: Core Program
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