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May 10, 2017

Stanford Presidential Lecturer Junot Díaz featured in new website

Stanford Presidential Lecturer Junot Díaz poster

The Stanford Libraries have recently published the latest addition to our long-running website series focusing on the University's Presidential Lectures in the Humanities and Arts. This installment highlights the work of Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction writer Junot Díaz, the acclaimed author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and two short story collections, who will be visiting Stanford on Wednesday, May 24, 2017.

Presidential lecture Junot Díaz. Photo credit: Nina SubinThe Junot Díaz website, written and curated by Rebecca Wingfield (the Libraries' Curator for American and British Literature), includes an original essay on Díaz and his work, a selected (but extensive) bibliography, and a selection of excerpts from the writer's work. It is intended not only as background reading for Díaz's lecture, but also as an introduction for those new to his work, as well as a pointers to other scholarly and popular resources for those who want to dive deeper into that work and its significance in contemporary literary culture.

The Libraries have been supporting the Stanford Presidential Lecture series since its very inception in 1998, with original essays and similarly deep dives into the work of all its distinguished Presidential Lecturers. The archives of the web series  now include more than 50 such sites, still relevant as unique, original sources and valued contributions to the scholarship on some of the most significant figures in contemporary humanities and arts.
Congratulations and thanks to Rebecca for her outstanding work on this website!