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Public Humanities Across Borders

Sarah Churchwell, School of Advanced Study, University of London

October 26, 2023 · 12:00 pm1:15 pm · 16 Joseph Henry House

Humanities Council

Please join the Humanities Council for a lunchtime conversation with Sarah Churchwell *98, Chair of Public Understanding of the Humanities and Professor of American Literature at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. Churchwell serves as director of the UK’s annual Being Human Festival.

Lunch will be served. RSVP here by October 17, 2023.

Sarah Churchwell is Professor in American Literature and Chair of Public Understanding of the Humanities at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, where she directs the Being Human Festival, the UK’s national festival of the humanities. She is the author of The Wrath to Come: Gone with the Wind and the Lies America TellsBehold, America: A History of America First and the American DreamCareless People: Murder, Mayhem and The Invention of The Great Gatsby; and The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe, which was featured in Oscar-nominated director Liz Garbus’s 2012 film Love, Marilyn, and adapted into a 2022 CNN/BBC series narrated by Jessica Chastain.

Her journalism has appeared widely in international newspapers and periodicals, including the New York Review of Books, Atlantic, Washington Post, New York Times, Financial Times, Prospect, Guardian, TLS, New Statesman and many others, focusing especially upon American culture, history, and politics. She has frequently contributed to television, documentary film, and radio and judged many literary prizes including the Booker Prize. She was co-winner of the 2015 Eccles British Library Writer’s Award, and longlisted for the Orwell Prize for Journalism in 2021.


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