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The Case for Global Literature: An Evening with Martin Puchner

By skennedy on April 3, 2018 2:36 PM | Permalink

In celebration of the release of the fourth edition of the Norton Anthology of World Literature, the UNLV English Department and University Libraries will host series editor and Harvard professor Martin Puchner on Thursday, April 19 at 7 p.m. in the Goldfield Room.

Starting with the Iliad's influence on Alexander the Great on through to J. K. Rowling today, Puchner tells the story of world literature and its power to shape people, civilizations, and history.

Puchner is a prize-winning author, educator, public speaker, and institution builder in the arts and humanities. His writings, which include a dozen books and anthologies and more than 60 articles and essays, range from philosophy and theater to world literature and have been translated into many languages. Through his best-selling Norton Anthology of World Literature and his HarvardX MOOC Masterpieces of World Literature, he has brought 4,000 years of literature to audiences across the globe.

The event is free and open to the public. 

The event is sponsored by the UNLV Department of English, UNLV University Libraries, the UNLV College of Liberal Arts, and the UNLV Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education.

If you have any special accommodation needs, please contact Lonnie Marshall in University Libraries Administration in advance at 702-895-4517 or