Southern Utah University is excited to welcome Margaret Atwood as this year’s Grace Adams Tanner Distinguished Lecturer. Atwood’s presentation, “The Futures Market,” slated for 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 2, in the Great Hall, will examine the potential and pitfalls of prophecy in writing about “The Future.”
Atwood, a Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic and essayist, is among the most honored authors of fiction in recent history and is the winner of more than 55 literary awards, including the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the Prince of Asturias award for Literature. She is the author of more than 50 volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction and non-fiction and is, perhaps, best known for her novels, which include The Edible Woman, The Handmaid's Tale, The Robber Bride and Alias Grace.
Beginning to write at the age of 6 and declaring at the age of 16 that she would write professionally, Atwood has been called a “scintillating wordsmith” and “expert literary critic.” Atwood's work has been published in more than 40 languages, including Farsi, Japanese, Turkish, Finnish, Korean, Icelandic and Estonian.
Atwood's presentation as this year's Tanner Lecture is free and open to the general public.
Each year the Grace A. Tanner Center for Human Values at Southern Utah University sponsors a distinguished lecture. Funded by the Tanner Trust for Utah universities through the generosity of the late Professor Obert C. and Mrs. Grace A. Tanner, the center seeks to promote access to scholarly and scientific learning in moral, artistic, intellectual and spiritual concepts. The director of the center is Dr. Kirk Fitzpatrick, professor of Greek and philosophy.