Award-Winning Author Speaks at Baylor University's 2012 Beall-Russell Lecture

Sept. 28, 2012
Anne FadimanAnne Fadiman, photo courtesy of Anne Fadiman

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WACO, Texas (Sept. 28, 2012) -- Award-winning author Anne Fadiman will be the featured guest for the 2012 Beall-Russell Lecture hosted by the College of Arts & Sciences at Baylor University at 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, in Room 510 in the Cashion Building of the Hankamer School of Business, 1428 S. Fifth St.

Fadiman has written several books and collections of essays, including the best-selling Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader. She won a National Book Critics' Circle Award for her book The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, which was also chosen by the Young Adult Library Association as one of its recommended titles for all students. Her essays and articles have appeared in notable publications such as Harper's, The New Yorker and The New York Times. She served as editor for The American Scholar for seven years. Fadiman is the inaugural Francis Writer in Residence at Yale University, where she teaches English and mentors students considering careers in writing or editing.

"Anne Fadiman combines her personal, seemingly ordinary experiences (like moving or being a mother or traveling) with wide-ranging allusions to authors (from Jane Austen to Livy), weaving through her essays truths about life in a style that amuses and inspires us," said Mary Lynn Klingman, Ph.D., an English professor and the director of the Writing Center in the College of Arts & Sciences at Baylor. "We hope students will appreciate her clever style and warm appreciation for reading as they hear her speak."

For further information about the Beall-Russell Lectures in the Humanities, please visit .

by Brent Salter, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.


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