Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Healing words

When I retired from teaching after 40 years, Stonehill College was kind enough to honor me by establishing a series of annual literary lectures in my name. So far the college has welcomed national poet laureate Robert Pinsky, novelist Anne Michaels, and Nobel prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney.

This year the college's guest will be Barry Lopez, esteemed writer, conservationist, and champion of wild places. Among his many works of fiction and nonfiction he is perhaps best known for his bestselling Arctic Dreams, which won a National Book Award. He has said this of writing: "Writing is not something to fool around with; the course of history is changed by language...language has a power to heal and to elevate and to instill hope in the bleakest of circumstances" -- a reminder of particular importance to those of us who ply words in the raucus, anything goes, top-of-the-voice blogosphere.

His program is at 7 P.M. on Monday, October 24, in Alumni Hall on the Stonehill College campus in North Easton, MA. The public is welcome.