April, 2023

202306Apr18:00Does literature matter in this twittering world?S. Sue Horner Lectureship in Gender Studies & Religion18:00

Margaret Atwood

Event Details

World-renowned and award-winning author, Margaret Atwood, in discussion with Haris Vlavianos, award-winning poet & Professor of History, Deree – The American College of Greece

When: Thursday, April 6, 2023 | 18:00
Where: Pierce Theater, Aghia Paraskevi Campus, 6 Gravias Str.

Organized by: Office of Academic Affairs

The event is free and open to the public.
In-person event, on a first-come, first-served basis.

About the event 

ACG welcomes two-time Booker prize-winning author of over 50 books, including The Handmaid’s Tale and its record-breaking sequel, The Testaments, Margaret Atwood, to our inaugural S. Sue Horner Lectureship in Gender Studies & Religion. Atwood, who has been described as the most important living author of our time, is best known for her haunting visions of future dystopias. In her novels, Atwood explores issues related to gender and identity, religion and myth, the power of language and even power politics.

The words twittering world originate from a T.S. Eliot poem, Burnt Norton, part of his Four Quartets work. Atwood will discuss how literature has meaning in this world, with distractions that keep us numb to the deeper meaning of life.

About the Author

Margaret Atwood is the author of more than fifty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. Her novels include Cat’s Eye, The Robber Bride, Alias Grace, The Blind Assassin, and the MaddAddam trilogy. Her 1985 classic, The Handmaid’s Tale, was followed in 2019 by a sequel, The Testaments, which was a global number-one bestseller and won the Booker Prize. In 2020, she published Dearly, her first collection of poetry in a decade, followed in 2022 by Burning Questions, a selection of essays from 2004 – 2021. Her next collection of short stories, Old Babes in the Wood, was published in March 2023.

Atwood has won numerous awards, including the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Imagination in Service to Society, the Franz Kafka Prize, the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. In 2019, she was made a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour for services to literature.

Learn more about the author HERE

About the S. Sue Horner Lectureship in Gender Studies & Religion

The S. Sue Horner Lectureship in Gender Studies & Religion was developed to bring leading thought leaders from various professional fields of study to The American College of Greece. The lectureship is named in memory of Dr. S. Sue Horner, a valued member of our community and spouse of ACG president, Dr. David G. Horner. ACG’s beloved “Dr. Sue” was an accomplished scholar and passionate advocate for equity and access for women in higher education and society in general. This lectureship is in keeping with Dr. S. Sue Horner’s mission of providing a platform for thoughtful and provocative discussions that explore the best ideas on issues in gender studies and religion.

For more information, contact College Events – Office of Public Affairs, [email protected]

photo credit Luis Mora