“Literature and Individual Sovereignty,” Aleksandar Hemon, June 3

Robert H. Kirschner, M.D., Memorial Human Rights Lecture

Aleksandar Hemon

Thursday, June 3, 2010 at 7 pm

Social Science Research Building, Room 122

1126 East 59th Street


Aleksandar Hemon is the author of The Lazarus Project, which was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award, and three collections of short stories: The Question of Bruno; Nowhere Man, which was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Love and Obstacles, which will be published by Riverhead Books on May 14, 2009.  Born in Sarajevo, Hemon visited Chicago in 1992, intending to stay for a matter of months. While he was here, Sarajevo came under siege, and he was unable to return home.  Hemon wrote his first story in English in 1995. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2003 and a “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation in 2004.  He lives in Chicago with his wife and daughter.

This lecture is the fourth in a series which honors the life and work of Robert H. Kirschner, M.D., noted forensic pathologist and a founder of the University of Chicago Human Rights Program. Prior Kirschner Lecturers include Sara Paretsky, Alex Kotlowitz, and Juan Mendez. Their talks may be seen at: http://humanrights.uchicago.edu/events.shtml

This event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the lecture.

The Human Rights Program will present the 2010 Ignacio Martin Baró awards and recognize the achievements of students graduating with the Minor in Human Rights.

University of Chicago Human Rights Program

5720 S. Woodlawn Avenue • Chicago, IL 60637
Telephone: 773-834-0957

Email: human-rights@uchicago.edu


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