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Novelist, poet, and essayist Lars Gustafsson will present the inaugural David O. Nilsson Lecture in Contemporary Drama at the Harry Ransom Center on April 20. The event is hosted by the University of Texas Libraries.

AUSTIN, TX (April 17, 2006) -
What: The David O. Nilsson Lecture in Contemporary Drama featuring Lars Gustafsson
When: 6 p.m., Thursday, April 20, 2006 (Reception at 5 p.m.)
Where: The Charles Nelson Prothro Theater at the Harry Ranson Center
Cost: Free and open to the public. Complimentary valet parking available for attendees.

Novelist, poet, and essayist Lars Gustafsson
Photo by Matt Valentine

Gustafsson, the author of more than fifty published volumes will give a lecture entitled "Ibsen, the Wild Duck, and Illusionism in the Nineteenth Century" beginning at 6 p.m. in the Charles Nelson Prothro Theater. The event will be preceded by a reception at 5 p.m.

Gustafsson has received numerous accolades including a Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in Poetry, The Swedish Novel Prize and the Premio Grinzane Cavour (Italy) and was named Officier de l'Ordre des Artes et des Lettres by the French Government in 1986. Currently in residence at The University of Texas, Gustafsson has served as Hayden W. Head Regents Professor and Jamail Distinguished Professor in the Plan II Honors program during his tenure.

The David O. Nilsson Lecture in Contemporary Drama was established through an endowment of $100,000 provided to the Fine Arts Library by Dr. David O. Nilsson, a retired Special Instructor in Mathematics at The University of Texas. Dr. Nilsson taught for 25 years at the University and currently works as an independent scholar in the fields of linguistics and drama.


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Article published on April 16, 2006 - 11:00pm

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