Date: October 3, 2023
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Location: Patricia George Decio Theatre, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

2023 Annual Rev. Bernie Clark, C.S.C., Lecture: Colson Whitehead

This is a free but ticketed event. Tickets will be available starting one hour before the event at the box office of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

Reception to follow. Introduction by John McGreevy, Charles and Jill Fischer Provost.

Colson Whitehead is the author of The Underground Railroad, The Nickel Boys, Harlem Shuffle, and Crook Manifesto.

The Underground Railroad won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Carnegie Medal for Fiction, and was a #1 New York Times Bestseller.

The Nickel Boys won the Pulitzer Prize, the Kirkus Prize, and the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction.

Colson Whitehead’s reviews, essays, and fiction have appeared in a number of publications, such as the New York Times, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Harper’s and Granta.

He has received a MacArthur Fellowship, A Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers Award, the Dos Passos Prize, and a fellowship at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers.

In 2018, New York State named him their New York State Author, and in 2020 the Library of Congress awarded him their Prize for American Fiction.

Co-sponsors: Catholic Social Tradition Minor; Department of Africana Studies; Department of American Studies; Department of Anthropology; Department of English; Department of Film, Television, & Theatre; Department of History; Initiative on Race and Resilience; Office of the Provost

The annual Rev. Bernie Clark, C.S.C., Lecture was created by the Center for Social Concerns in 2009 in order to highlight justice issues and themes related to the common good. The fall event honors Fr. Bernie who died young but influenced students with the life lesson of a “Theory of Enough.”  Past speakers have included scholars and practitioners working to create a more just future for all. 

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