The Charles Eliot Norton Professorship in Poetry was endowed in 1925. Harvard's preeminent lecture series in the arts and humanities, the Norton Lectures recognize individuals of extraordinary talent who, in addition to their particular expertise, have the gift of wide dissemination and wise expression. The term "poetry" is interpreted in the broadest sense to encompass all poetic expression in language, music, or the fine arts. Past Norton Professors have included T.S. Eliot, Jorge Luis Borges, Leonard Bernstein, Czeslaw Milosz, John Cage, and Nadine Gordimer.

The Norton Professor in 2016 is Toni Morrison

The Origin of Others
The Literature of Belonging

4pm, Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy Street

Lecture One: Romancing Slavery
Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Lecture Two: Being and Becoming the Stranger
Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Lecture Three: The Color Fetish
Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Lecture Four: Configurations of Blackness
Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Lecture Five: Narrating the Other
Monday, April 11, 2016

Lecture Six: The Foreigner's Home
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Events are free, but tickets are required. Tickets will be available starting at noon on the day of each lecture. Tickets will be available in person at Sanders Theatre or online (handling fees apply). Limit of two tickets per person. Tickets valid until 3:45pm.

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