East Building Closure Update for Thursday, Dec. 7. All classes taking place in the East Building of the Main Campus have resumed. The Library is open. Offices on floors 13 through 17 will remain CLOSED to staff. Those stationed on these floors should work remotely. Offices on floors 3 through 12 will be OPEN. Those stationed on these floors can return to the office.
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Distinguished Writers Series - Mary Gaitskill
Mary Gaitskill is the author of three novels, three books of short stories, and an essay collection. Her honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a PEN/Faulkner Award nomination for Because They Wanted To. Veronica was a National Book Award nominee, as well as a National Book Critics Circle finalist. In 2002 she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, and that same year her story "Secretary," from the collection Bad Behavior, was made into a film, though the two have little in common. Gaitskill characterized the film as "the Pretty Woman version, heavy on the charm and a little too nice." Several of the stories in Bad Behavior have themes of sexuality, romance, love, sex work, sadomasochism, and drug addiction, as well as being a writer in New York City, and living in New York City.
Gaitskill has taught at UC Berkeley, the University of Houston, New York University, The New School, Brown University, in the MFA program at Temple University and Syracuse University. She was the Writer-In-Residence at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. As of 2020, Gaitskill is a visiting professor of literature at Claremont McKenna College.
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