ANN ARBOR – The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research (ISR) presents award-winning author Junot Díaz on January 18 at 12 p.m. in Rackham Auditorium. In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Díaz will speak about his bestselling books and his experience as an activist and community organizer.
Junot Díaz is a creative writing professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, fiction editor at the Boston Review, and author of many acclaimed short stories and novels. His works include: Drown (1996) and The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007), which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and critics have named it the best novel of the 21st century to date. In 2012, Díaz published This is How You Lose Her and was awarded a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship.
In addition to writing and teaching, Díaz is active in many community organizations like Pro-Libertad. He has been critical of United States’ policy on immigration and is currently serving as the honorary chairman of the DREAM Project. Díaz is also the co-founder of Voices of Our Nation Workshops, writing workshops for writers of color.
The free lecture is open to the public and will include a 30-minute Q&A session. It will be followed by a reception at 2 p.m.
This event is co-sponsored by the following U-M organizations: the Institute for the Humanities, the Helen Zell Writers’ Program, the Latina/o Studies Program and the Office of Diversity Equity & Inclusion.