Toni Morrison Packs Lisner Hall

PhD student Elizabeth Pittman greets Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison at the F Street House

Yesterday’s Toni Morrison events–the “Bench by the Road” dedication ceremony; the reception at Pres. Knapp’s F Street Residence; the dinner for 20 GW undergraduates (including more than a dozen English majors); the wonderful presentation Morrison gave to a packed house at Lisner Auditorium–were a wonderful tribute to one of our greatest living writers.

We’ll have more here soon from senior Joe Mancinik about the dinner with Morrison (he was among the lucky group to dine with her before her 8 p.m. presentation). For now, check out The Hatchet’s nice video report here.

For now, thanks to everyone who made this event possible, especially English Prof. Evelyn Schreiber and her husband Scott Schreiber, who generously donated the memorial bench in front of Lisner.

Several events inspired by Morrison’s visit are ongoing or forthcoming. They include an exhibit of Morrison’s works and a separate exhibit of the black history of Foggy Bottom (both at Gelman Library), a public screening of the film version of her novel Beloved, and walking tours of the Black Heritage trail of Foggy Bottom.

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