Join St. Olaf’s Institute for Freedom & Community on Thursday, April 21 at 7 p.m., for a virtual conversation with Gary Saul Morson.
Led by Morrison Family Director of the Institute for Freedom and Community Edmund Santurri, this conversation is the last event for the Institute’s spring speaker series, “Contemporary Controversies.”
The conversation will be aired virtually and followed by an audience Q&A. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is encouraged but not required. Tickets are not required to access the live stream. The live stream can be viewed at https://institute.stolaf.edu/public-programs/2021-2022/morson/.
About the Speaker
Gary Saul Morson is the Lawrence B. Dumas Professor of Arts and Humanities and a professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures. As author or editor of twenty books, he has considered the nature of time, the role of quotations in culture, the novel and utopia as literary genres, the history of European and Russian thought, and his favorite writers — Chekhov, Dostoevsky and Tolstoy. He has won “best book of the year” awards from the American Comparative Literature Association and the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Together with Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro, he wrote Cents and Sensibility: What Economics Can Learn from the Humanities and, most recently, Minds Wide Shut: How the New Fundamentalisms Divide Us. He has recently completed a comprehensive study of the Russian literary and intellectual tradition entitled Wonder Confronts Certainty: How Russian Writers Address the Ultimate Questions and Why Their Answers Matter.