NEWPORT, R.I. — Peter Balakian will deliver the annual Kenneally Lecture at Stonehill College in Easton Massachusetts on Tuesday, October 20 at 7 pm in the Martin Institute Auditorium. Balakian will discuss his award-winning memoir Black Dog of Fate, the transmission of trauma across generations, and the process of writing a memoir about the Armenian Genocide. The lecture is being sponsored by the Distinguished Speaker Series in Political Science and International Studies, the Martin Institute and Catholic Jewish Dialogue Committee.
On October 21, Balakian will speak at the Redwood Library and Athaneum, the oldest lending library in America, founded in 1747. He will speak about growing up in the suburbs of the post World War II era and how he came to write a memoir about the Armenian Genocide. A reception begins at 5:30 and the lecture at 6 pm. Both events are open to the public.
Balakian is the Donald M. and Constance H. Rebar Professor at Colgate University and his new books are Ozone Journal, a collection of poems, and Vise and Shadow: Essays on the Lyric Imagination, Poetry, Art, and Culture, both from the University of Chicago Press.