Novelists Yehoshua, Coetzee to visit campus
Two distinguished novelists, A.B. Yehoshua of Israel and J.M. Coetzee of South Africa, will deliver public lectures on campus in April as the University's first Regents Park Visiting Scholars in the Arts and Social Sciences. The lectures are free and open to the public.
Yehoshua will deliver the first Sondra Gair Memorial Lecture at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, in Max Palevsky Cinema. His lecture is titled "The Israeli Psychology and Identity After Peace."
The lecture honors the late host of "Midday with Sondra Gair," a program on international affairs that was broadcast on radio station WBEZ-FM, Chicago. Gair died in May 1994.
Yehoshua shares Gair's interest in promoting world peace. A professor at Haifa University, he has written numerous books in Hebrew, including Mr. Mani, a novel recently translated into English.
Coetzee will present "Offending and Being Offended," a lecture that explores the issue of censorship, at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 27, in Max Palevsky Cinema.
He is the winner of Britain's 1993 Booker Prize and author of the recently published novel The Master of Petersburg. He is also the author of eight other books, all of which have been widely translated.
Coetzee is professor of general literature at the University of Cape Town.
The Regents Park Visiting Scholars program is made possible by a gift from Martha and Bruce Clinton. Regents Park, an apartment complex in Hyde Park, is owned and operated by The Clinton Company.
Besides giving public lectures, the visiting scholars will also meet with faculty members and students during their stays on campus.
"This program is a tribute to the contribution the Clintons and Regents Park have made to the life of the neighborhood and the life of the University," said President Sonnenschein. "The University is grateful to have them as neighbors, and we appreciate the generosity that made this program possible."