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New Mexico State Honors Program to present author Susan Sontag

Susan Sontag, a fiction writer, essayist and cultural critic, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, at New Mexico State University's Pan American Center.



Susan Sontag, a fiction writer, essayist and cultural critic, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, at the Pan American Center as part of the New Mexico State University Speakers Series. (Courtesy photo)

Sontag's presentation, "Politics and the Arts," is part of the University Speakers Series, which brings prominent speakers to Las Cruces each spring. No tickets are required and admission is free.

Sontag has been a human rights activist for more than two decades. An early and outspoken critic of the international community's failure to halt the genocide in Bosnia, Sontag spent a great deal of time from 1993 through 1996 in besieged Sarajevo.

"Politics and the Arts" is Sontag's analysis of our cultural and ethical situation at the beginning of the 21st century, when so many features of private life and political life have been radically transformed by the values and practices of the consumer society.

Sontag's work includes four novels, "The Benefactor," "Death Kit," "The Volcano Lover" and "In America"; a collection of short stories; several plays, including "Alice in Bed"; and six works of non-fiction, including "Against Interpretation," "On Photography" and "Illness as Metaphor."

She has written and directed four feature-length films, and directed plays here and in Europe, including "Waiting for Godot" in Sarajevo in 1993.

Sontag's awards and prizes include a MacArthur Fellowship from 1990 to 1995 and the National Book Award for fiction writing in 2000. In spring 2001, she became the first American women ever to receive the Jerusalem Prize, presented during the Jerusalem International Book Fair to a writer whose body of work expresses the freedom of the individual in society.

Sontag is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a former president of the American Center of PEN, the international writers' organization. She lives in New York City.

The University Speakers Series, presented each spring by the Honors Program and the Office of the Provost, strives to bring to Las Cruces distinguished lecturers who will appeal to a broad community audience. Previous speakers have included Native American author N. Scott Momaday, neurologist Oliver Sacks, primatologist Jane Goodall and social activist Gloria Steinem.

For more information, call the Honors Program at (505) 646-2005.

Photo is available at http://ucommphoto.nmsu.edu/newsphoto/sontag.jpg.
CUTLINE: Susan Sontag, a fiction writer, essayist and cultural critic, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, at the Pan American Center as part of the New Mexico State University Speakers Series. (Courtesy photo)

Julie M. Hughes
Feb. 26, 2002