Writer Toni Morrison, the first Black woman to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature, will deliver the 2005 Leon Forrest Lecture Monday, May 2, at Northwestern University. In more than a dozen novels, plays and works of non-fiction, Morrison has explored the African-American experience from its roots in slavery to contemporary times.
Morrison's lecture will take place at 4:30 p.m. in the Ryan Family Auditorium of the Technological Institute, 2145 Sheridan Road, on the Evanston campus. Although free and open to the public, tickets will be required. Tickets will be available only at Norris University Center Box Office, 1999 Sheridan Road. Box office hours are 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Tickets are limited to four per person.
Tickets to a live video feed of Morrison's lecture will be made available after tickets to the in-person event are sold out. Tickets for the video feed also will be required and available only at the Norris Box Office. The live video feed will be on view in Lecture Room 2 of the Technological Institute. Phone and e-mail requests for tickets will not be accepted.
Morrison is known for her poetic language, emotional intensity and keen observation of American life and America's racial divide. Her first novel, The Bluest Eye, was published in 1970 and described a black girl's painful coming of age in a white society. Song of Solomon, her third novel, won the National Book Critics Circle Award. Morrison went on to earn a 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Beloved, a novel inspired by the true story of a slave named Margaret Garner who killed her own child rather than see her live in slavery. The critically acclaimed novel was turned into a film by Oprah Winfrey.
For information about the Forrest Lecture or tickets, call Stacia at ( 847 ) 467-3005.