An Evening with Award-Winning Author E. L. Doctorow

TAMPA, Fla. (Oct. 16, 2008) – The University of South Florida presents an evening with the man acclaimed by the Random House Modern Library as the author of one of the hundred best English language novels of the 20th century, E. L. Doctorow, Nov. 13, 7 p.m. in the Marshall Student Center Oval Room (MSC 2500). "An Evening with E. L. Doctorow" is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by the USF Humanities Institute, the Frank and Carol Morsani Foundation, the USF Foundation, Julian Newman and the Morganti Group.

A Great Books discussion with English Professor Phillip Sipiora focuses on Doctorow’s The March on Oct. 23, 7 p.m. preceded by a reception at 6:30 co-sponsored by the USF Alumni Association and the Humanities Institute. Sipiora will talk about the book and afterwards take questions from the audience. Registration is required though the event also is free and open to the public. Call (813) 974-5390 for more information. Doctorow is a contributor to the latest edition of The Mailer Review, a new journal edited by Sipiora and sponsored by USF and the Norman Mailer Society.

“E. L. Doctorow was awarded the presidential National Humanities Medal and for good reason,” said USF Humanities Institute Director William Scheuerle. “The quality and depth of his work as well as his ability to share his love of literature with students have propelled him to the highest ranks of American authors. We are truly fortunate to have him here with us for this special evening and to have a chance to prepare for his visit with a highly anticipated Great Books discussion with Professor Sipiora.”

Doctorow holds the Glucksman Chair in American Letters at New York University. He also has taught at Yale University Drama School, Princeton University, Sarah Lawrence College and the University of California, Irvine. Three of his novels were made into feature films:  Billy Bathgate (Penn Faulkner Award for fiction and National Book Award finalist 1989), Daniel (from The Book of Daniel, National Book Award finalist 1972) and Nebula Award-nominee Ragtime, the acclaimed “historical novel” that made it to the Modern Library’s top 100 list. Doctorow’s most recent novel The March won the Penn Faulkner Award for fiction, the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction and was a finalist for the 2005 National Book Award. His novel World’s Fair won the National Book Award in 1986.

The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged, four-year public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded more than $360 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2007/2008. The university offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The university has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 46,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.

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