Marilynne Robinson to Offer Simpson-Hewett Lecture

Event time: 
Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 4:00pm
Marquand Chapel - Yale Divinity School See map
409 Prospect St.
New Haven, CT 06511
Event description: 

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Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, National Humanities Medal earner, and faithful Christian and church member, Marilynne Robinson, will offer the Simpson-Hewett Lecture on Congregational History in 2020. Her lecture is titled: “The Prehistory of Congregationalism.”   The lecture will be held at 4 p.m. in Marquand Chapel at Yale Divinity School on Saturday, January 25 (Snow date: February 1), 2020.

If you are unable to attend in person, you can watch the event live on the YDS Vimeo channel.

A reception will follow the lecture.


Marilynne Robinson was the recipient of a 2012 National Humanities Medal, awarded by President Barack Obama, for “her grace and intelligence in writing.” In 2016 she was awarded the Library of Congress Lifetime Achievement Award in American Fiction, as well as the Dayton Peace Prize’s Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award. In 2013, she was awarded South Korea’s Pak Kyong-ni Prize for her contribution to international literature. She is the author of Lila, a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, Gilead, winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Home, winner of the Orange Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and a finalist for the National Book Award. Her first novel, Housekeeping, won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. Robinson’s nonfiction books include the recently released What Are We Doing Here?, The Givenness of Things, When I Was a Child I Read Books, Absence of Mind, The Death of Adam, and Mother Country, which was nominated for a National Book Award.  Robinson, Professor Emeritus at the University of Iowa, taught at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop for twenty-five years. 

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