The Mahindra Award for Global Distinction in the Humanities: J.M. Coetzee


Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 5:00pm


Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy Street

Join us on Wednesday, October 17 at 5:00pm in Sanders Theatre (45 Quincy Street) for the Mahindra Award for Global Distinction in the Humanities, in honor of J.M. Coetzee.

J.M. Coetzee was born in South Africa in 1940 and educated at the University of Cape Town, where he studied literature and mathematics, and the University of Texas, where he took his PhD in 1968. During a lengthy academic career he held professorial appointments at the University of Cape Town and the University of Chicago, as well as visiting appointments at Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, and Stanford University. He has published sixteen works of fiction, as well as memoirs, literary criticism, and translations. Among the awards he has won are the Booker Prize (twice) and, in 2003, the Nobel Prize for Literature. He lives in Adelaide, South Australia.



The Mahindra Award for Global Distinction in the Humanities celebrates the work and vision of an internationally renowned public figure whose career has contributed significantly to the flourishing of the arts and humanities. The award will be given every two years to recognize a filmmaker, journalist, architect, artist, performer, politician, foundation head, museum director, novelist, poet, or scholar by acknowledging the arc of a lifetime's dedication or the cumulative achievement of a body of work.



Free and open to the public; seating is limited. Tickets are required and available beginning at noon Wednesday, October 10th at Harvard Box Office (Smith Campus Center, 1350 Mass. Ave). Tickets will also be available by phone (617-496-2222) and online for a fee. Limit two tickets per person. Tickets valid until 4:45pm.

ORGANIZER: Mahindra Humanities Center