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Last modified: Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Nobel Laureate in literature to lecture at IU School of Fine Arts

April 7, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Seamus Heaney, the 1995 Nobel Laureate in Literature, will visit Indiana University to speak in the lecture series "Cultural Conflicts." The event is organized and sponsored by the IU College Arts and Humanities Institute (CAHI).

Seamus Heaney

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Seamus Heaney

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Heaney will conduct a seminar for undergraduate and graduate students, then deliver a public lecture at 5:30 p.m. April 15 in the School of Fine Arts, located on East Seventh Street.

"To be able to close the academic year with the presence of such a formidable poet, intellectual and author is an honor and a blessing for CAHI and for the arts and humanities community of Bloomington," said CAHI Director Andrea Ciccarelli.

Ciccarelli said many scholars consider Heaney to be the best living poet of the English language.

Among his most famous works are "Death of a Naturalist," "Field Work," "The Haw Lantern" and "District and Circle." He has also penned essays such as "The Redress of Poetry" and "Finders Keepers," and recently translated the Old English heroic poem "Beowulf."

Previous speakers of the "Cultural Conflicts" series include:

  • South African writer J. M. Coetzee (2003 Nobel Laureate in literature);
  • Pulitzer Prize winners for poetry W.S. Merwin, Louise Gluck, Robert Hass, and Billy Collins;
  • Animal scientist, autism expert and writer Temple Grandin; and
  • World-renowned writers A.S. Byatt, Alexander McCall Smith and Joyce Carol Oates.

About the Indiana University College Arts and Humanities Institute (CAHI)
Indiana University's College Arts and Humanities Institute sponsors conferences, workshops and performances, and offers research travel grants as well as fellowships to IU arts faculty. Additionally, CAHI sponsors lecture series and invites distinguished speakers and intellectuals to the IU campus. Individuals, groups and programs in arts and humanities can reserve the Institute's building, located at the corner of Atwater and Ballantine Avenue, for meetings and seminars.