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Beall-Russell Lectures in the Humanities
College of Arts and Sciences

TIMOTHY EGAN 2013 ANNE FADIMAN 2012 JOHN SHANLEY 2011
DANA GIOLA 2010 ANTHONY GRAFTON 2009 ROBERT SAPOLSKY 2008
TAYLOR RANCH 2007 AZAR NAFISI 2006 ALEX SMITH 2005


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AMY TAN - CURRENT LECTURE

Monday, Sept. 29, 2014
at 3:30 p.m.
510 Cashion Bldg.
Hankamer School of
Business
Free to the Public

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Call Jan Holmes
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AMY TAN
An Afternoon with Amy Tan
Monday, September 29, 2014 at 3:30 p.m.

Born in the US to immigrant parents from China, Amy Tan rejected her mother’s expectations that she become a doctor and concert pianist. She chose to write fiction instead. Her novels are The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God’s Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, The Bonesetter’s Daughter, Saving Fish from Drowning, and The Valley of Amazement, all New York Times bestsellers and recipients of various awards. She is also the author of a memoir, The Opposite of Fate, two children’s books, The Moon Lady and Sagwa, The Chinese Siamese Cat, and numerous articles for magazines, including The New Yorker, Harper’s Bazaar, and National Geographic. She is also the author of the short story Rules for Virgins published in e-book format (Byliner Original). Her work has been translated into 35 languages, from Spanish, French, and Finnish to Chinese, Arabic, and Hebrew.

Amy Tan served as Co-producer and Co-screenwriter with Ron Bass for the film adaptation of The Joy Luck Club. She was the Creative Consultant for Sagwa, the Emmy-nominated PBS television series for children, which has aired worldwide, including in the UK, Latin America, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, and Singapore. Her story in The New Yorker, "Immortal Heart," was performed on stages throughout the US and in France. Her essays and stories are found in hundreds of anthologies and textbooks, and they are assigned as required reading in many high schools and universities.

About Beall Russell

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The Beall-Russell Lectures in the Humanities were established in 1982 with a financial gift from Virginia B. Ball of Muncie, Ind. She named the lecture series in honor of her mother, Mrs. John A. Beall, and Lily Russell, former dean of women at Baylor, both Baylor alumnae of the Class of 1910.

Mrs. Ball subsequently funded the establishment of the Beall Poetry Festival in 1993, encouraging contemporary poetry. The purpose of the lectures is to provide an opportunity for Baylor students and faculty to meet and hear lecturers renowned in the humanities.

Past lecturers have included poet Maya Angelou, journalist Bill Moyers, and Nobel Prize winner for Literature Czeslaw Milosz. The full list of past lecturers is available at the Past Lecturers page.

Mrs. Ball died in 2005, but her legacy continues through the ongoing generosity of the Ball family, whose gifts benefit both the University and the greater Waco community.

Contact Us
Jan Holmes
College of Arts and Sciences
254-710-6036
Jan_Holmes@Baylor.edu



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Directions to Cashion, Room 510, Baylor Business School

From I-35 North:

  • Take the University Parks exit - turn right
  • Turn right on Bagby (second light)
  • Turn right on Speight (first light)
  • Proceed to the 3-way stop at Speight & 4th Street. The Cashion Building is on your right.
  • You may turn right for visitors' parking or left to park in the Speight Plaza Parking Garage
  • When you enter the Cashion Building, take the elevator to the 5th floor
  • Room 510 is to the left as you exit the elevator

From I-35 South:

  • Take the University Parks exit - turn left
  • Turn right on Bagby (2nd light)
  • Turn right on Speight (1st light)
  • Proceed to the 3-way stop at Speight & 4th Street. The Cashion Building is on your right
  • You may turn right for visitors' parking or left to park in the Speight Plaza parking garage
  • When you enter the Cashion building, take the elevator to the 5th floor
  • Room 510 is to the left as you exit the elevator

Past Lectures

PAST BEALL RUSSELL LECTURES IN THE HUMANITIES
  • 2013: Timother Eagan, writer and chronicler of the American West: "The Worst Hard Times"
  • 2012: Anne Fadiman, writer and teacher: "Bacon as Bookmarks: Engrossed in the Love of Reading"
  • 2011: John Patrick Shanley, writer and director: "The Art of the Playwright"
  • 2010: Dana Gioia, poet and arts administrator: "Why Culture Matters"
  • 2009: Dr. Anthony Grafton, Princeton University: "Worlds Made By Words: Scholarship and Community in the Modern West"
  • 2008: Robert M. Sapolsky, Stanford University:
  • 2007: Taylor Branch, Author and Historian: "Myth and Miracles from the King Years"
  • 2006: Azar Nafisi, Author, Visiting Professor, Johns Hopkins University: "Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books"
  • 2005: Alexander McCall Smith, University of Edinburgh: "An Afternoon with Alexander McCall Smith"
  • 2004: Robert Fagles, Princeton University: "An Afternoon's Odyssey with Robert Fagles"
  • 2003: Eleonore Stump, Saint Louis University: "Faith and the Problem of Evil"
  • 2002: Shelby Foote, Novelist and Historian: "The Novelist as Historian"
  • 2001: Fred Crosson, Notre Dame: "Seeing and Believing: Education and Faith"
  • 2000: Czeslaw Milosz, Nobel Prize for Literature in 1980 Robert Hass, Poet: "A Conversation with Milosz & Hass"
  • 1999: David N. Cannadine, Institute of Historical Research, University of London: "The Palace of Westminster as the Palace of Varieties"

Complete list of Beall-Russell Lectures in the Humanities