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An Evening with Barbara Kingsolver: Confronting the Challenges of Rural Appalachia through Storytelling

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Barbara Kingsolver

Saturday, October 14, 2023
6pm to 8:15pm PT

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CEMEX Auditorium at Zambrano Hall, Knight Management Center, King Community Court and CEMEX Auditorium
655 Knight Way, Stanford, CA
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There is no waitlist. If you'd like to join a walk-in/standby line at CEMEX beginning at 6:30 p.m., we will admit walk-in guests between 7:00 - 7:05 pm as seating allows. 

Stanford Graduate School of Education is grateful to the following Stanford partners and co-sponsors:

Center to Support Excellence in Teaching, Diversifying Academia, Recruiting Excellence, Doctoral Fellowship Program, Stanford Haas Center for Public Service, and the Stanford Storytelling Project

“I wrote this book for my people because we are so invisible to the rest of the world.” Barbara Kingsolver on being awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Demon Copperhead. Kingsolver will do a reading from Demon Copperhead and reflect on the Appalachian experience.

Kingsolver is a novelist, essayist, and poet. She is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Demon Copperhead, a contemporary re-telling of David Copperfield set in Appalachia at the onset of the opioid epidemic. In addition to Demon Copperhead, her bestselling works include The Lacuna, The Poisonwood Bible, The Bean Trees, and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. She was awarded the National Humanities Medal, the highest honor given by the U.S. government for service through the arts, as well as the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for the body of her work. Her books have been translated into more than thirty languages, and have been adopted into the core literature curriculum in high schools and colleges throughout the nation. Kingsolver lives with her family on a farm in southern Appalachia.

Kingsolver will be joined by the following Stanford faculty:

Lisa Goldman Rosas, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health and of Medicine, Stanford School of Medicine

Goldman Rosas’ research focuses on addressing inequities in nutrition, chronic diseases, and social determinants of health. She partners with patients, caregivers, community organizations in order to affect the greatest improvements in health and well-being.

Sarah Levine, Assistant Professor, Stanford Graduate School of Education

Levine studies the teaching and learning of literary interpretation and writing. She works to help students — especially those in under-resourced schools — become fulfilled readers and writers.

Saturday, October 14, 2023

  • 6:00 p.m. | Light Reception and Stanford Bookstore Book Sales: King Community Court
  • 6:45 p.m. | Doors open: CEMEX Auditorium [please have your Eventbrite ticket barcode loaded on your phone, or your ticket printed and ready for scanning]
  • 7:00 p.m. | Program begins [you must be in your seat by 7:00 pm. at which time standby guests will be admitted to open seats]
  • 8:15 p.m. | Program concludes

King Community Court and CEMEX Auditorium, Knight Management Center

655 Knight Way, Stanford University

Please note that although Stanford Bookstore will be selling Kingsolver's books, the author will not be signing books.

Seating is general admission, first-come, first served for ticket-holders. The event will begin on time, please allow plenty of time to get from your parking place to the auditorium before the doors open at 6:45 p.m. You must be seated in the auditorium by 7:00 p.m. to secure your place. There is no waitlist. We will admit walk-in guests to open seats in the balcony from 7:00 p.m. to 7:05 p.m.

This event will not be livestreamed. If you would like to sign up to receive an email with a link to the recording after the event, please complete this form.

For disability-related accommodations, please contact the Diversity & Access Office by October 4 by calling 650.725.0326 or emailing

Recommended parking is located in the Knight Management Center Garage below the Knight Management Center located at 655 Knight Way, Stanford.

Kingsolver photo credit: Evan Kafka


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