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Stanford Report, April 28, 1999

'Middle Passage' author Charles Johnson to deliver campus talk May 10

Charles Johnson, a MacArthur Fellow and author of Middle Passage, will speak to the freshman class at 7 p.m. Monday, May 10, in Kresge Auditorium.

The talk is free and open to the public.

Recipient of the 1990 National Book Award for Middle Passage, Johnson is the author of four novels, including Dreamer, his most recent work, which reimagines the final two years in the life of Dr. Martin Luther King. Johnson holds the Pollock Chair of English at the University of Washington.

Last fall all incoming freshmen received a copy of Middle Passage as part of the "Freshman Book" project of the required Introduction to the Humanities course. Students were encouraged to read and discuss the book with classmates.

Johnson will speak about "Living Through the Changes: The Literature of Transition" when he visits students in an Introduction to the Humanities course taught by Diane Middlebrook, professor of English, on May 10. After the class visit he will have lunch with a selected group of freshmen and then address the entire class that evening. SR