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Baruch College Welcomes Gish Jen as Fall 2013 Harman Writer-In-Residence

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NEW YORK, NY- September 25, 2013 - The Weissman School of Arts and Sciences at Baruch College welcomes Gish Jen as the Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence for the 2013 fall semester. The author will speak about her most recent book, Tiger Writing: Art, Culture and the Interdependent Self on Tuesday, October 29.

Based on the Massey Lectures she delivered at Harvard University in 2012, Jen will address East-West differences in the self and how they affect art and literature.

The author of four novels --World and Town, Typical American, Mona in the Promised Land and The Love Wife--as well as of a collection of stories entitled Who's Irish?, Jen has published in The New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly, Granta, and numerous anthologies including The Best American Short Stories of the Century, edited by John Updike. One of her stories will appear in the Best American Short Stories of 2013 being published this month- the fourth time a story of hers has been included in this series.

Grant support for Jen’s work has come from many sources, including the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fulbright Foundation, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She has been awarded the Lannan Literary Award for Fiction, and the Strauss Living award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The subject of a PBS American Masters’ program on the American Novel, Jen is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Named after American businessman and renowned alumnus Sidney Harman (’39) and funded through his generosity, the Harman Writer-in-Residence Program invites distinguished poets, novelists, journalists, playwrights, essayists and critics to the campus to teach small classes in which students are encouraged to hone their writing style and find a creative voice. The three-credit classes are open to students of all majors. Students are required to submit an online application that includes writing samples.

This is a college-wide event open to the public.


WHAT: A Reading and Conversation with Gish Jen

WHEN: 5:45 p.m., Tuesday, October 29, 2013

WHERE: Asriel and Marie Rackow Conference Room 750, Library Building

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About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 4 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to



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