This Doerr Opens Twice: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Anthony Doerr ’95 to Speak on Campus and in Portland

Anthony Doerr ’95

Acclaimed author Anthony Doerr ’95, one of Bowdoin’s four 2017 honorary degree recipients, will share insights from his life and work in a conversation with fellow author and professor of English Brock Clarke at 1 p.m., Friday, May 26, in Pickard Theater, Memorial Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Doerr was awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction for his book All the Light We Cannot See.

While back in Maine, Doerr will also participate in another event, a conversation with novelist Richard Russo, at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 25, at the Maine Irish Heritage Center in Portland.

Doerr’s fellow honorands will also be speaking during Commencement Weekend at events limited to the campus community. A conversation between Charles A. “Chuck” Leavell, conservationist, musician, and musical director for the Rolling Stones, and Trustee Andy Serwer ’81, P’16, P’20 begins at 2 p.m. in Kanbar Auditorium, Studzinski Recital Hall. At 3 p.m. in the same venue, Fatima Hussein, founder and executive director of the Immigrant Resource Center of Maine, will give a talk. Later, Hanna Holborn Gray, Harry Pratt Judson Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of History and president emeritus, University of Chicago, delivers the keynote address at Baccalaureate, which begins at 4:30 p.m. in Sidney J. Watson Arena.

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