Author and activist Bernardine Evaristo to deliver the 28th Annual Hesburgh Lecture on Ethics and Public Policy

Bernardin Evaristo, Booker Prize-winning novelist, essayist, literary critic and advocate and activist for inclusion in the arts, will deliver the 2022 Hesburgh Lecture on Ethics and Public Policy. The event will take place virtually on Monday, February 7 at 4 p.m. EST (US).

The Hesburgh Conference is a flagship event of the University of Notre Dame Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.

Evaristo is the author of ten books and numerous writings that span the genres of fiction, verse fiction, short fiction, non-fiction, poetry, essays, literary criticism, journalism and radio and theatre. His writing and projects revolve around his interest in the African diaspora.

His novel Girl, Woman, Other won the 2019 Booker Prize, making her the first black woman and the first black British person to win it in its 50-year history. The novel also won numerous other awards, including British Book Award Fiction Book of the Year and Author of the Year, as well as the Indie Book Award for Fiction.

“Bernardine Evaristo’s work as a writer and activist is very relevant to the mission of the Kroc Institute and we look forward to her speech,” said Asher Kaufman, John M. Regan, Jr. director of the Kroc Institute. “The invitation for her to give the 2022 Hesburgh Lecture is directly related to the Institute’s focus on intersectionality and justice as well as our commitment to highlighting literature and, more broadly, the humanities. in our work.

The talk is called ‘The Activist Artist’ and Evaristo will explore her life as a writer, theater maker and activist in the context of British history, society and culture. Members of the public will also have the opportunity to ask questions directly to Evaristo.

The Hesburgh Lecture is named for the founder of the Kroc Institute, the Reverend Theodore M. Hesburgh, CSC, former President Emeritus of Notre Dame. The lecture series began in 1995. Each year, a leading scholar, policymaker and/or peace advocate is invited to deliver a major lecture on an issue related to ethics and public policy in the context of peace and of Justice.

Former Hesburgh lecturers have included Angela Davis (2020), world-renowned scholar, activist, educator and leader in the fight for economic, racial and gender justice; Cornel West (2019), public intellectual then professor of the practice of public philosophy at Harvard University; Beatrice Fihn (2018), executive director of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize-winning group, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons; Amitav Ghosh (2017), Indian novelist and public intellectual; Bill McKibben (2016), author, scholar and environmentalist; Amartya Sen (2012), 1998 Nobel Laureate in Economics, Professor at Lamont University and Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University; and Shirin Ebadi (2009), 2003 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, lawyer and human rights defender in Iran.

The Kroc Institute is an integral part of the Keough School of Global Affairs at Notre Dame. The Institute is one of the world’s leading centers for the study of the causes of violent conflict and strategies for lasting peace.

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Contact: Lisa Gallagher, Kroc Institute, 574-631-9370, [email protected]

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