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A Conversation with Writer Elif Batuman

When: Monday, February 26, 2018
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM CT

Where: University Hall, Room 201 (The Hagstrum Room), 1897 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: Free

Contact: Danny Postel  

Group: Middle East and North African Studies

Co-Sponsor: English Department

Category: Lectures & Meetings


This event is open to Northwestern students and faculty only.

Please join the MENA Program, the Keyman Modern Turkish Studies Program, the Department of English Creative Writing Program and the Center for the Writing Arts for this intimate conversation with the novelist and journalist Elif Batuman over tea, coffee, and Turkish sweets. The conversation will be led by Juan Martinez, Assistant Professor of English, and Oya Topçuoğlu, Lecturer in Turkish in the MENA Program.


Elif Batuman is a staff writer for The New Yorker. She is the author of the nonfiction book The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them (2010), which The Economist named one of its Books of the Year, and the novel The Idiot (2017), which was named one the best books of the year by the New York Times, NPR, and The Millions. She is a recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, and a Paris Review Terry Southern Prize for Humor. She completed a PhD in comparative literature at Stanford.

At 6:00 PM, Elif Batuman will read from and discuss her novel The Idiot at the Evanston Public Library. For more information about that event:

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