CEERES of Voices: Cynthia Haven - Czesław Miłosz: A California Life


Cynthia Haven (Stanford University) will discuss her recent book Czesław Miłosz: A California Life. A reading of Miłosz poetry will take place before the book discussion at 4:30pm. Interested parties may attend one or both, using the same Zoom link provided below.

October 28, 2021
04:30 PM CT Poetry Reading
06:00 PM CT Book Discussion

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The event will be held at the Franke Institute for the Humanities, located at 1100 E 57th St, Chicago, IL 60637(near the East entrance of the Regenstein Library). Please use the above link to RSVP as in-person attendance is limited.

About the book

Czesław Miłosz, one of the greatest poets and thinkers of the past hundred years, is not generally considered a Californian. But the Nobel laureate spent four decades in Berkeley--more time than any other single place he lived--and he wrote many of his most enduring works there. This is the first book to look at his life through a California lens. Filled with original research and written with the grace and liveliness of a novel, it is both an essential volume for his most devoted readers and a perfect introduction for newcomers.

About the Author

Cynthia L. Haven is a National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar and has been a Milena Jesenská Journalism Fellow with the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen in Vienna, as well as a visiting writer and scholar at Stanford’s Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages, and a Voegelin Fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution.

About the Interlocutor

William Nickell is a cultural historian at he University of Chicago, specializing in mid-19th to mid-20th century Russia. His research focuses on media studies and cultural production, with close attention to the effects of large scale social, economic and technical change.