A new exhibit, International Writers Center: Read Globally, Act Locally, is now on display in Olin Library’s grand staircase foyer. The exhibit features photos, books, correspondence, and ephemera connected to celebrated author William Gass and his 10-year tenure as director of WU’s International Writers Center (IWC).
Gass taught at WU for 30 years. He was the first director of the IWC, which opened in 1990. He led the IWC for a decade with the assistance of associate director Lorin Cuoco. During that time, the IWC presented numerous visiting writers, hosted conferences, and published six books. In 2001, Dr. Gerald Early took over as director. Two years later, the IWC shifted its emphasis and became the entity that it is today—the Center for Humanities. WU Libraries’ Special Collections department is home to the IWC Archive.
International Writers Center: Read Globally, Act Locally is part of the William H. Gass Symposium, which will take place on September 23 in Umrath Lounge and Olin Library. WU Libraries are co-sponsoring the event with the Committee on Comparative Literature, the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, and the Interdisciplinary Project in the Humanities. All symposium events are free and open to the public. To register, go here.
International Writers Center: Read Globally, Act Locally will be on display through September 28.