UDALLAS MEDIA ADVISORY: Annual McDermott Lectureship to Host Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Anthony Doerr
Ticket Sales Begin Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018
Irving, TX (12/13/2018) — Ticket sales begin Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, for the University of Dallas' annual Eugene McDermott Lecture, and this year the university will welcome 2015 Pulitzer winner Anthony Doerr. Doerr's latest novel, the runaway New York Times bestseller "All the Light We Cannot See," received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and was a finalist for the National Book Award.
In collaboration with the Diocese of Dallas and Irving Independent School District, this year also marks the start of a new university-wide reading initiative, UD Reads. During the course of the 2018-19 academic year, the university will sponsor a series of lectures, art exhibits, panel discussions and other activities in association with the program, culminating with Doerr's visit as the 2019 Eugene McDermott lecturer.
WHO: Pulitzer Prize-winning bestselling author Anthony Doerr
WHAT: McDermott Lectureship Ticket Sales
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018
McDermott Lecture Details: Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St., Dallas, Texas
HIGHLIGHTS: "All the Light We Cannot See" has spent more than three and a half years on The New York Times bestseller list. The novel was additionally praised on more than a dozen year-end lists, including Barnes & Noble, Slate, NPR's Fresh Air, Entertainment Weekly, The Guardian, Kirkus, The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Christian Science Monitor.
"All the Light We Cannot See" brings Doerr's keen naturalist eye and his empathetic engagement with humanity's largest questions to the parallel stories of Marie, a blind girl living in occupied France, and Werner, a German orphan whose extraordinary mechanical abilities earn him a place among the Nazi elite.
About the McDermott Lectureship
In 1974, the university established the Eugene McDermott Lectureship, an endowed lecture series created in honor of Eugene McDermott, the late scientist, businessman, civic leader and philanthropist. It was established on behalf of Mrs. and Mr. Eugene McDermott in 1974 to honor Donald and Louise Cowan's vision and leadership at the University of Dallas and the city. Beginning with the venerable historian Jacques Barzun, the McDermott Lectureship continues to bring notable public intellectuals to the university for short courses and seminars.
About the University
The University of Dallas, located in a metropolitan area of nearly 7 million people, is a leading Catholic university widely recognized for academic excellence by well-known publications, organizations and accrediting bodies. It offers distinctive individual undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in the liberal arts, business and ministry that are characterized by an exceptional, engaged faculty, a commitment to shaping principled, well-skilled leaders and academic rigor in the Catholic intellectual tradition. For more information, visit udallas.edu.