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This event is part of The Humanities Institute’s Deep Read Program. The conversation culminates months of in-depth programming and community engagement focused on Atwood’s latest Booker Prize-winning novel, The Testaments, a sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale.
The Deep Read: Margaret Atwood Live
Margaret Atwood will join the UC Santa Cruz community for a free, live, virtual event on Tuesday September 22 at 4:30 PM PT. Part of The Humanities Institute’s Deep Read Program, this event culminates months of in-depth programming and community engagement focused on Atwood’s latest Booker Prize-winning novel, The Testaments, a sequel to her 1985 classic The Handmaid’s Tale.

The 2020 Peggy Downes Baskin Ethics Lecture will feature Atwood in conversation with Kate Schatz (Stevenson ‘01, Creative Writing), the New York Times-bestselling author of Rad American Women A-Z . William “Bro” Adams (Ph.D. History of Consciousness ’82), Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities from 2014 to 2017, will be the event MC.

The 2020 Deep Read Program is made possible through the generous support of the Helen and Will Webster Foundation.

The Peggy Downes Baskin Ethics Lecture is made possible through the generous support of the Peggy Downes Baskin Humanities Endowment for Interdisciplinary Studies in Ethics.

Sep 22, 2020 04:30 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Margaret Atwood
Author
MARGARET ATWOOD, whose work has been published in more than forty-five countries, is the author of more than fifty books of fiction, poetry, critical essays, and graphic novels. Her latest novel, The Testaments, is a co-winner of the 2019 Booker Prize. It is the long-awaited sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, now an award-winning TV series. Her other works of fiction include Cat's Eye, finalist for the 1989 Booker Prize; Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy; The Blind Assassin, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize; The MaddAddam Trilogy; and Hag-Seed. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, the Franz Kafka International Literary Prize, the PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Los Angeles Times Innovator's Award. She lives in Toronto.
Kate Schatz (Stevenson ‘01, Creative Writing)
Writer, editor, educator, and feminist activist
A graduate of UC Santa Cruz in 2001 with a B.A. in women’s studies and creative writing, Schatz is a writer, editor, educator, and feminist activist. She is also the former chair of the School of Literary Arts at Oakland School for the Arts, where she taught fiction, poetry, and journalism to 9th-12th graders for many years. Schatz is additionally the co-founder of Solidarity Sundays, a nationwide network of feminist activist groups, and she speaks frequently about politics, resistance, feminism, race, and parenting.
William “Bro” Adams (Ph.D. History of Consciousness ’82)
American educator and advocate for the humanities
William D. Adams is a graduate of the History of Consciousness program at UC Santa Cruz, and the Humanities Division’s 2020 Distinguished Graduate Student Alumni Awardee. He served as the Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities from 2014 to 2017. In that capacity, he initiated several new grant making programs under the banner of The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square. Upon leaving NEH, Adams was named a Senior Fellow at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, where he continued his national advocacy on behalf of the humanities.