Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Bexley, Ohio. Pulitzer Prize winning writer Tracy Kidder to speak at Capital University

Tracy Kidder will present the Gerhold lecture at Capital University on the evening of Monday September 25. The lecture series is held at Capital University to promote peace and human understanding through higher education.

Professor Reginald B. Dyck of Capital University discussed the work of Pulitzer Prize winning author Tracy Kidder this morning on WCRX-LP, 102.1 FM, Local Power Radio. Professor Dyck was the guest on the morning segment of WCRX-LP, the radio service of Bexley Public Radio Foundation. The morning show was hosted by John Manning.

Kidder will present his lecture at 7:30 p.m. in Mees Hall. Professor Dyck said that the lecture is open to the public and Bexley residents are welcome. There is no admission charge and no reservations are necessary to attend.

Author Tracy Kidder was born in New York City in 1945. He is an American writer and Vietnam War veteran.
In 2003, Kidder’s book Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure The World was published to critical acclaim. Kidder met Dr. Farmer at a chance encounter. The book became a New York Times bestseller and has been selected by a number of colleges and universities as the common reading book.

Kidder received a Pulitzer Prize for his book The Soul of a New Machine. This book is an account of the engineers who developed Data General's Eclipse/MV minicomputer. His next book was House, where he records the story of people who built the award-winning Souweine House in Amherst, Massachusetts. Critics compare House to a novel rather than a non-fiction book.

Professor Dyck has taught at Capital University for fifteen years where he is a member of the English Department. His current academic interests include the modern writings of Native Americans.

The Mary Catherine Gerhold Annual Lecture in the Humanities was established by Edward L. and Mary Catherine Gerhold. It is an endowed lecture series.

The Gerhold lecture is held at Capital University to promote peace and human understanding through higher education.

Funds from the Gerhold endowment also support symposia, conferences, study projects and other scholarly activities.

The couple also established an endowed chair in the humanities at Capital. Edward L. and Mary Catherine Gerhold were longtime Bexley residents. Edward Gerhold was a lifelong Lutheran. The Gerholds were awarded honorary alumni status in 1996.

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