Internationally Celebrated Author Margaret Atwood to Speak at NCC
Margaret Atwood, considered one of the contemporary world's most impactful writers, will be the keynote speaker of Northampton Community College's (NCC) Annual Humanities Theme: Exploring Identity through the Humanities. Her talk will take place on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at 7:30 p.m., at the Bethlehem Campus's Arthur L. Spartan Center, 3835 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem Township.
Atwood is the author of more than forty books, including fiction, poetry, and critical essays. Her novel The Handmaid's Tale has been adapted for Hulu to great acclaim and was the most-read book of 2017, according to Amazon data. Published in 1985, it is a dystopian novel about a future totalitarian government. The television adaptation of her novel Alias Grace debuted on Netflix in 2017. Among her other most well-known works are The Blind Assassin, Cat's Eye, MaddAddam and Oryx and Crake.
Born in 1939 in Ottawa, Atwood grew up in northern Ontario and Quebec. She received her undergraduate degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto and her master's degree from Radcliffe College. She is a vice president of PEN International. She has been awarded scores of prizes. Her most recent book is Stone Mattress: Nine Tales.
For the 2017/2018 humanities theme, NCC is investigating and appreciating the many facets of identity using the many forms that the humanities disciplines have to offer. Identity will be considered through the contemplation of the relationship between self, nature, and society.
Exploration of this theme is made possible by an endowment for the humanities established through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and generous donors. Community Partners include the Bethlehem Area Public Library, Eastern Monroe Public Library, Bethlehem Area School District, Stroudsburg Area School District, Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites, and Monroe County Historical Association.