Writer Margaret Atwood to speak at U. of Utah on human values and change

First Published      Last Updated Mar 24 2015 07:39 pm

Event » Literary lion to give Tanner lecture at Kingsbury Hall.

Margaret Atwood, a literary grande dame known for her range as well as the intellectual weight of her speculative fiction, will speak on "Human Values in an Age of Change" at Kingsbury Hall on Wednesday, March 25, at 7 p.m.

Atwood, a Canadian, is one of the brightest minds in contemporary literature, said Bob Goldberg in a statement. Goldberg is a University of Utah professor of history who directs the Tanner Humanities Center, which is sponsoring the lecture.

Atwood, who has won many international literary awards including the Booker Prize, is the author of novels such as "The Handmaid's Tale," "The Robber Bride," "Alias Grace," "The Blind Assassin" as well as the speculative trilogy comprising 2003's "Oryx and Crake," 2009's "The Year of the Flood" and 2013's "MaddAddam," which some critics consider a love letter to language. She has also published more than 30 collections of poetry, as well as short stories, including her 2014 collection, "Stone Mattress."

"Her feminism and prescience of how women's rights would be eroded in the United States and worldwide is enough to make her someone worth listening to," says Natasha Sajé, a poet and professor of English at Westminster College.

Sajé said she selected Atwood's 1985 novel, "The Handmaid's Tale," to teach in her Utah classes after reading that Atwood said she based the fictitious regime on the religious culture in Utah and Iran. The book ranks on the American Library Association's list of 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990–2000.

Atwood's work will be taught and read well into the future for her wit, dark humor and command of language. She's not an easy novelist, as her books pose real intellectual challenges, says Disa Gambera, a University of Utah professor of English.



‘Human Values in an Age of Change’

Margaret Atwood will speak at the University of Utah’s Kingsbury Hall at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 25. All the tickets for the free lecture have been distributed, but overflow seats will be available for a live stream of her talk at the Talmadge Building, Room 310, at 1430 E. Presidents Circle, University of Utah campus, Salt Lake City.