The David P. Gardner Graduate Lectures in the Humanities and Fine Arts is administered by the Tanner Humanities Center in collaboration with the College of Humanities, the College of Fine Arts, and the Graduate School. The Gardner Lecture was founded in the University of Utah Graduate School in honor of former President David Pierpont Gardner. The Gardner Lecture features distinguished scholars and artists from the humanities and the fine arts in alternating years. The lectures are free and open to the public. The lectureship is funded by the Tanner Lectures on Human Values. For past Gardner lectures, click: ARCHIVE



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Suzan-Lori Parks is a playwright, screenwriter, novelist, and musician. She was the first African-American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2002 for Topdog/Underdog. She also has received a MacArthur Foundation’s “Genius Grant,” was a 2015 Pulitzer Prize-finalist and Tony Award nominee for Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2, 3), and recently was awarded the prestigious Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize.

The Suzan-Lori Parks Show will be part lecture, part reading, part sing-a-long, part consciousness raising of the collective unconscious. Parks will peform for 50 minutes and follow with a Q&A and book signing.

tke-logoStaff from The King's English Bookshop will be on hand the night of the event to sell copies of Topdog/Underdog and Father Comes Home From The Wars (Parts 1, 2, 3). Various works by Suzan-Lori Parks are available for purchase online or in person at 1511 South 1500 East. For a complete listing, click here. Please call 801/484-9100 for more info and remember to shop local!

About Suzan-Lori Parks
Named one of TIME magazine’s “100 Innovators for the Next New Wave,” Suzan-Lori Parks is one of the most exciting and acclaimed playwrights in American drama today. She is the first African-American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for the Broadway hit Topdog/ Underdog and is a MacArthur “Genius” Award recipient. She has also been awarded grants by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She is the recipient of a Lila-Wallace Reader’s Digest Award, a CalArts/Alpert Award in the Arts (Drama) for 1996, a Guggenheim Foundation Grant and and is an alumnae of New Drama- tists. Her work is the subject of the PBS film “The Topdog Diaries.”


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Here is Suzan-Lori Parks discussing success in the Arts (via Mount Holyoake College):