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Toni Morrison the 2016 Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry, Harvard University by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino

The Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University has named prominent American novelist and Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison the 2016 Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry. As the Norton Professor, she will give a series of lectures called “Baring Witness, Bearing Views” beginning March 2, 2016, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison is one of the most decorated living authors worldwide. She is America’s only living Nobel Laureate for Literature. In 1993, she became the first and only African-American woman to be awarded this honor. She received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1988 for her novel Beloved, which was recognized as the single best work of American fiction published in the last 25 years. She was awarded The Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012, is listed as “100 Greatest Writers of All Time”, and is a Professor Emerita at Princeton University.

The Mahindra Humanities Center has named prominent American novelist and Nobel laureate Toni Morrison the 2016 Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry. As the Norton Professor, Morrison will give a series of six free lectures called “Baring Witness, Bearing Views” to begin next year on March 2nd in Sanders Theatre. Endowed in 1925 by Charles C. Stillman, class of 1898, the Norton Professorship is awarded to “individuals of extraordinary talent who, in addition to their particular expertise, have the gift of wide dissemination and wise expression,” according to the Mahindra Humanities Center website. The Norton selection process considers poetry  “interpreted in the broadest sense to encompass all poetic expression in language, music, or the fine arts,” according to the Harvard University Press website. Previous Norton Professors have included poet T.S. Eliot, class of 1910, composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein ’39, and jazz artist Herbie Hancock. A winner of a Nobel Prize for Literature, a Presidential Medal of Freedom, and a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Morrison is one of the most decorated living authors. She is the author of more than ten novels, including Beloved, for which she won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1988 and the 1987 National American Book Award. It will not be Morrison’s first appearance at Harvard. The octogenarian writer has given multiple previous talks on campus spanning a wide range of topics from advice on writing and good and evil in literature. Notably, Morrison delivered the Massey Lectures in 1992 which gave rise, in part, to her book of literary criticism, “Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination.” Morrison was selected by the Norton committee, led by Professor Homi K. Bhabha, director of the Mahindra Center for the Humanities. —C. Ramsey Fahs, Crimson Staff Writer, April 21, 2015
2016 Norton Lectures: Toni Morrison, Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 4:00pm, Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Presented by: Mahindra Center for the Humanities at Harvard. The Norton Professor in 2016 is Toni Morrison. 

The Origin of Others
The Literature of Belonging

Lecture One: Romancing Slavery
Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Lecture Two: Being and Becoming the Stranger
Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Lecture Three: The Color Fetish
Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Lecture Four: Configurations of Blackness
Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Lecture Five: Narrating the Other
Monday, April 11, 2016

Lecture Six: The Foreigner’s Home
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

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Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison, Brooklyn, New York, February 2, 2016. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison, Brooklyn, New York, February 2, 2016. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison, Brooklyn, New York, February 2, 2016. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

Slavery’s chilling shadow: In her first Norton Lecture, Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison quotes standard historical passages to drive home the depths of evil, Harvard Lectures, Cambridge By Jill Radsken, Harvard Staff Writer, March 3, 2016.

Slavery’s chilling shadow

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