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Pro-Print Writer Sven Birkerts Visit Ohio Wesleyan for SNC

September 21, 2000

[ Sven Birkerts Photo ]DELAWARE, OHIO -- On Thursday, Sept. 28, writer Sven Birkerts will attend a panel discussion and deliver a presentation on "The Gutenberg Elegies" in the Benes Room of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center. The discussion begins at 3:10 p.m., to be followed by a lecture at 7:30 p.m. The event, part of the annual Sagan National Colloquium and Katherine Kearney Carpenter Lecture Series, is free and open to the public.

The title of Birkerts' lecture is derived from his 1984 book of the same name, in which the writer defends printed literature, believing that the rise of electronic media (particularly the Internet) is negatively affecting the way people learn and interact.

After graduating from the University of Michigan in 1974, Birkerts participated in the Harvard University Expository Writing Program from 1984 to 1991. He is currently the director of students and a faculty writing instructor at Bennington College as well as Emerson College's Master of Fine Arts Writing Program. Besides The Gutenberg Elegies, Birkerts has written three books, four textbooks on literature and writing, and published a variety of articles in publications including The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Sunday Book Review, and The Village Voice.

The Sagan National Colloquium is a series of lectures and events at Ohio Wesleyan dedicated to an annual theme; the 2000 series being "A Wired World: The Internet and Beyond." The Carpenter Lecture Series was established in 1967 by O. William Carpenter in honor of his late wife. It is dedicated to bringing well-known writers to campus. Past speakers include authors Amy Tan, Tim O'Brien, and Joyce Carol Oates. Information on Birkerts' lecture and other Colloquium programs is available by calling Jennifer Hull at 740-368-3995.