Writers Speak: Rachel Cohen in conversation with Claire Messud

Writers Speak: Rachel Cohen in conversation with Claire Messud
Date: Wed, Apr 17, 2024
Time: 6:00PM EST
Location: Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138
Find out more: Writers Speak @ Mahindra Humanities Center

The Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University hosts Rachel Cohen as part of the Writers Speak series of literary conversations. Rachel Cohen is the author of three books of nonfiction, including A Chance Meeting: American Encounters, which will be reissued this March by NYRB Classics with a new afterword by Cohen. Cohen is also Professor of Practice in the Arts in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Chicago.

A Chance Meeting is a dazzling group portrait that offers a striking new vision of the making and remaking of the American mind and imagination from the Civil War to the Vietnam War. Documenting the many links and serendipitous meetings between giants of American culture—from Henry James to Gertrude Stein to Zora Neale Hurston to Marcel Duchamp—Cohen offers an abiding account of the continuing challenges and the astonishing achievements of American life.

Cohen will be joined in conversation by Claire Messud, the Joseph Y. Bae and Janice Lee Senior Lecturer on Fiction in the Department of English at Harvard University. Writers Speak is convened by Duncan White, Associate Director in the Program in General Education and Lecturer in History & Literature at Harvard University.

This in-person event is free and open to the public, no reservation required.

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