Loyola University Maryland

Writing Department

Modern Masters Reading Series

image divider

The Modern Masters Reading Series, sponsored by the writing department and with support from the Center for the Humanities, brings nationally and internationally known writers to Loyola's campus.

Through visiting writers from diverse backgrounds and genres, our students learn that writing is a living art produced by people whose life stories offer useful and meaningful insights. From small-group workshops to class visits to readings with open question-and-answer sessions, the Modern Masters series offers Loyola’s writing students the rare opportunity to speak directly with successful authors.

We’re open to suggestions for future readers from the entire Loyola community. Please feel free to contact the Modern Masters chair, Professor Karen Fish, with any questions or ideas for next year's program. Or, you may call 410-617-2228 for more information.

2015-2016 Schedule
All readings are free and open to the public. Persons with disabilities who may require special services should contact Disability Support Services at 410.617.2062 at least 48 hours prior to the event.

Fall 2015

Friday, November 6: Kathleen Hall Jamieson
5:00 PM, McGuire Hall

Kathleen Hall JameisonKathleen Hall Jamieson is the Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication and Walter and Leonore Annenberg Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Jamieson is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Political and Social Science and the International Communication Association. She is the author or co-author of 15 books including: Presidents Creating the Presidency (University of Chicago Press, 2008), Echo Chamber: Rush Limbaugh and the Conservative Media Establishment (Oxford, 2008) and unSpun: Finding Facts in a World of Disinformation (Random House, 2007). Her book, co-authored with Kate Kenski and Bruce Hardy, The Obama Victory: How Media, Money, and Messages Shaped the 2008 Election, received the 2010 American Publishers Award for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE Award) in the area of government and politics.

Thursday, November 19th: Susan Stewart
5:00 PM, McManus Theater

Susan StewartSusan Stewart is the Avalon Foundation University Professor in the Humanities: Professor of English. She also serves as Director of Princeton's Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts and is a member of the associated faculty of the Department of Art and Archaeology. A poet and critic, she teaches the history of poetry, poetics, and issues in aesthetics. Her most recent books of criticism are The Poet's Freedom: A Notebook on Making, published last December by the University of Chicago Press; Poetry and the Fate of the Senses, which won the Christian Gauss Award for Literary Criticism in 2003 from Phi Beta Kappa and the Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism in 2004; and The Open Studio: Essays on Art and Aesthetics, a collection of her writings on contemporary art. Her most recent books of poetry are Red Rover and Columbarium, which won the 2003 National Book Critics Circle award, and The Forest. 

A former MacArthur Fellow, Professor Stewart recently served as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2005 and in the Spring of 2009 she received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.