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Weissman Center for Leadership

Leading Woman in the Arts: Language and Character

Francine Prose

Public Lecture
Language and Character
Wednesday, October 10, 7:00 PM
Hooker Auditorium, Clapp Building
Free and open to the public

Acclaimed author Francine Prose, Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College, is this year's Leading Woman in the Arts guest speaker who will discuss the unique ways in which writers use language to create characters in literature. Her works include Blue Angel (2000), a finalist for the National Book Award, and Reading Like a Writer (2006), a nonfiction New York Times bestseller. A prolific writer, she is most recently the author of My New American Life (2012). Co-sponsored by The 175th Anniversary and The InterArts Council.


Francine Prose is a bestselling author whose novel, Blue Angel, a satire about sexual harassment on college campuses, was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her novel,The Glorious Ones, has been adapted into a musical of the same name, and Household Saints was adapted for a movie by Nancy Savoca. Her most recent works include My New American Life (2012) and Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife (2009). She is a contributing editor at Harper's, a member of both the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities. Prose is currently Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College. View full bio of Francine Prose.

Student Leadership Luncheon Seminar

Authentic Authors: Leadership and Creativity
Thursday, October 11, 12:15PM
Pre-registration required

Join best-selling author Francine Prose for a discussion about writing and the role of leadership in successful creative endeavors.