CCA III

The Art of Biography

January 31 – February 3, 2016

Lytton Strachey referred to the art of biography as “the most delicate and humane of all the branches of the art of writing,” adding that “it is perhaps as difficult to write a good life as to live one.” This third CCA of the 2015-2016 academic year will consider biography in general and specific recent biographies through the eyes of their authors.

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 31

4:00 pm           “Why Do We Read Biographies?”
                          Joseph Epstein
                          Author, Essays in Biography

8:00 pm           “Lincoln and His Modern Biographers”
                          Allen Guelzo
                          Gettysburg College
                          Author, Redeeming the Great Emancipator

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1

4:00 pm           “Laura Ingalls Wilder: Biography and Autobiography”
                           Pamela Smith Hill
                           Author, Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Writer’s Life
                           Editor, Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography

8:00 pm           “Trustworthiness of Ancient Sources”
                           Barry Strauss
                           Cornell University
                           Author, The Death of Caesar: The Story of History’s Most Famous Assassination

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2

4:00 pm           “Billy Graham: The Relationship of Life and Times”
                           Grant Wacker
                           Duke Divinity School
                           Author, America’s Pastor: Billy Graham and the Shaping of a Nation

8:00 pm           “What Do We Learn from the Lives of Poets?”
                           Paul Mariani
                           Boston College
                           Poet and Author, The Whole Harmonium: The Life of Wallace Stevens

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 3

4:00 pm           Faculty Roundtable
                           Chairman, Stephen Smith
                           Bradley J. Birzer
                           Eric J. Hutchinson
                           Dwight Lindley

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