Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Marilynne Robinson takes on the biblical books of Genesis and Exodus for three linked lectures, Nov. 13-15. But first, Interdisciplinary Program in the Humanities director Joseph Loewenstein introduces us to two of Robinson’s major works, citing the skills and stories that seized even a president’s attention.



Literary monster-maker Victor LaValle spins stories that tap into contemporary and age-old fears. Rebecca Wanzo discusses three of these works — The Ballad of Black Tom, The Changeling and Destroyer — in the context of the everyday experience of blackness in America.



During a 12-year period, filmmaker Claude Landzmann filmed interviews with the witnesses to the Holocaust, survivors, bystanders and perpetrators alike. He shot more than 230 hours of footage and included 9.5 hours of it in his magnum opus, Shoah (1985). The remaining archived material (95 percent of the total), writes scholar Erin McGlothlin, has been a boon to scholars of film and history.
Geography and form lie at the core of Sir David Adjaye’s conception of architecture as a creative process. Adjaye, one of the leading architects in the world today, is the recipient of the 2018 Washington University International Humanities Prize. Selection committee member Ignacio Infante delves into the humanism of Adjaye’s work and what compelled the committee’s choice.

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