Past Event

A Celebration of American Essays

April 6, 2021
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Phillip Lopate (CC '64) and Brenda Wineapple, Writing. Introduced by Professor and Writing Program Chair Lis Harris.

School of the Arts faculty members Phillip Lopate and Brenda Wineapple discussed Lopate’s new anthologies, The Glorious American Essay: 100 Essays from the Colonial Times to the Present — a monumental, canon-defining anthology of three centuries of American essays, from Cotton Mather and Benjamin Franklin to David Foster Wallace and Zadie Smith — and The Golden Age of the American Essay: 1945–1970, which features writings by James Baldwin, Rachel Carson, Joan Didion, Elizabeth Hardwick, Martin Luther King, Jr., Susan Sontag, Gore Vidal, and many others. 

Brenda Wineapple is the award-winning author of many books, most recently The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation.

Co-presented by the Office of Public Programs and Engagement and the Writing Program at Columbia University School of the Arts.