Pulitzer Prize winner to headline Nicholls lecture series

THIBODAUX – The Fletcher Lecture Series at Nicholls State University will celebrate its 26th anniversary Friday, Nov. 13, with guest lecturer Marilynne Robinson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the novel “Gilead.”

Robinson’s lecture – “Is There One American Culture?” – is free and open to the public. A question-and-answer session with the author is scheduled for 10:45 to 11:40 a.m. in the Bollinger Memorial Student Union’s Le Bijou Theater. A pre-lecture reception will begin in the Powell Auditorium lobby at 5:30 p.m., followed by the lecture at 6.

Robinson will be available to sign books after the event.

The Fletcher Lecture Series, named after former Nicholls department head Marie Fletcher, brings outstanding scholars and writers to Nicholls each year. Past presenters include Robert Penn Warren, Ernest Gaines, Maxine Hong Kingston, Henry Louis Gates and Sam Pickering.