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Exploring the Inner Workings of Life Writing: A Speaker Series at Stanford Spring Quarter

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This spring quarter, in a program modeled on the popular Bravo series Inside the Actors Studio, the History Department's seminar on Biography will launch an innovative exploration of the inner workings of life writing. On Thursday afternoons, Steven J. Zipperstein, Daniel E. Koshland Professor in Jewish Culture and History, will engage in conversations with noted literary biographers including New Yorker writer and Colette biographer Judith Thurman, rock critic Greil Marcus -- who will speak about a new book on Bob Dylan -- and former New Republic book editor Ruth Franklin now writing a biography of Anne Frank. The public is invited to participate in these discussions together with students enrolled in the class. Stay tuned for a live-streaming option that will also be made available. Join for one or all of the events in the series.

4/7, 1:30 - 2:45 pm: Judith Thurman on Colette, Levinthal Hall, Humanities Center

4/14, 1:30 - 2:45 pm: Gabriella Safran on S. An-sky (author of "The Dybbuk"), Terrace Room, Bldg 460

4/21, 1:30 - 2:45 pm: Timothy Parrish and Steven Zipperstein on Philip Roth, Levinthal Hall

4/28, 1:30 - 2:45 pm: Michael Gorra (Smith) on William Faulkner, Terrace Room

5/5, 1:30 - 2:45 pm: Greil Marcus on Bob Dylan, Levinthal Hall

5/12, 1:30 - 2:45 pm: Jennifer Burns on Ayn Rand, Terrace Room, BLDG 460

5/19, 1:30 - 2:45 pm: Ruth Franklin on Anne Frank, Levinthal Hall

5/26, 1:30 - 2:45 pm: Derek Penslar (Harvard) on Theodor Herzl as dramatist, Terrace Room

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