Marilynne Robinson, Novelist

Pulitizer Prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson is a Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop. Her Avenali lecture considers the question of audience in the work of Shakespeare and is followed by a response from Jeffrey Knapp (English).

Marilynne Robinson is the author of Gilead, which won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Her most recent novel, Home, won the 2008 L.A. Times Book Prize for fiction and the 2009 Orange Prize for fiction. A new novel, Lila, is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus and Giroux. She is also the author of four books of nonfiction, The Death of Adam, Absence of Mind, When I Was a Child I Read Books, and Mother Country. In 2013, President Obama awarded her the National Humanities Medal for “her grace and intelligence in writing.”

At 6:00 pm, Marilynne Robinson also participates in a panel discussion with Robert Hass (English), Dorothy Hale (English), and Jonathan Sheehan (History) titled “Religion and the Art of the Novel.”

Co-presented with The Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities.

Photo: Kelly Ruth Winter

Author Marilynne Robinson is joined in discussion by UC Berkeley faculty panelists Dorothy Hale (English), Jonathan Sheehan (History), and Robert Hass (English).

Robinson is a professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and author of Gilead, which won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the 2004 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. She is also the author of four books of nonfiction, The Death of AdamAbsence of MindWhen I Was a Child I Read Books, and Mother Country. In 2013, Robinson was awarded the National Humanities Medal.

Marilynne Robinson will also offer a public lecture at 1:00 pm titled “Shakespeare: The Question of Audience.”

Co-presented with The Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities

BCSR’s Graduate Student Event Grants support innovative proposals for graduate student-led lectures, seminars, working groups and conferences for public and campus audiences. Awards range from $250 to $500 for a lecture, and up to $1000 for a conference.
Requirement Summary
- Awards provide partial funding for lectures, panels, conferences, exhibitions, or performances on topics in religion.
- Awards from $250 – $500 only, with occasional awards of up to $1,000 for conferences.
- Activities must be led by UC Berkeley graduate students and supported by a campus department or unit.
- Events must take place on the UC Berkeley campus and be free and open to the public.

Application Requirements
Applicants should submit a single pdf document that includes:
- Event title and type (lecture, panel, etc.).
- Proposed date(s) and location(s).
- Name, email, and phone information for primary student organizer and contact in organizing department.
- A summary paragraph and narrative (50w) describing the event, its purpose, and intended audience, as well as participant bios (up to 1500w).
- A detailed expense budget with BCSR request and amounts requested from other funding sources.
- For conferences: Attach a list of invited/confirmed participants and their CVs instead of participant bios.

Completed applications should be submitted to BCSR Directors c/o bcsrgradstudentevents@berkeley.edu and received no later than 4 pm on the due date. Electronic files are preferred, although hard copy files may be delivered to 4327 Dwinelle Hall.

Due Dates
Spring 2015 Events
Applications: Thurs., December 4, 2014 at 4 pm
Announcement: Monday, January 12, 2014

Past Recipients
“Between the Visible and the Invisible: Cosmology, Ritual, and Hermeneutics in Historical and Contemporary Chinese Worlds” (November 14-15, 2014)
“Leaps of Faith: Figurations of Belief in Literature and Critical Thought” (November 21-22, 2014)