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05/07/92

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Scholar, author Edward Said to give Camp Memorial Lectures

STANFORD -- Edward W. Said, professor of humanities at Columbia University, will give a series of three Camp Memorial Lectures on "The Historical Study of Literature and the Intellectual Vocation." The talks are open to the public without charge.

Said will speak at 8 p.m. Monday, May 18, in Kresge Auditorium, Law School, on "Historical Experience"; at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, in Annenberg Auditorium, Cummings Art Building, on "Structures of Literature and Learning"; and at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 21, in Annenberg on "The Intellectual Vocation."

Said is the Old Dominion Foundation Professor in the Humanities and chair of the doctoral program in comparative literature at Columbia. He is the general editor of a new book series, Convergences: Inventories of the Present, published by Harvard University Press.

Among Said's many books are Orientalism, runner-up in the criticism category for the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1979; The World, The Text and the Critic; Joseph Conrad and the Autobiography of Fiction; and Blaming the Victims: Spurious Scholarship and the Palestinian Question.

Said writes a regular music column for The Nation and has written numerous articles for the New York Times, the London Review of Books, Critical Inquiry and other journals.

The Harry Camp Memorial Fund was established to promote the study of "the concept of dignity and the worth of the individual." Funds were given by friends and associates of Camp, for many years a businessman in San Francisco, who died in 1956.

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