Murray, who received an honorary doctorate from Hamilton at last spring's Commencement ceremony, was born in Alabama and grew up in the South. He studied English at Tuskegee Institute and immersed himself in the works of Faulkner, Hemingway and Mann. It was at Tuskegee where he also cultivated his love of jazz and blues.
The author of several books, includingThe Omni-Americans, South to a Very Old Place, Train Whistle Guitar and The Blue Devils of Nada, Murray has taught at Columbia University, Barnard and the Music Writer's Institute at the Smithsonian Institution.
Earlier this year at the University of Mississippi's Faulkner centenary observance, Murray received a standing ovation from a crowd that included some of the world's most distinguished Faulkner scholars.
As part of the celebration at Hamilton, the film The Long Hot Summer, a Martin Ritts adaptation of Faulkner's comedic novel The Hamlet will also be shown at 8:30 p.m. in the Kirner-Johnson Auditorium.
On Thursday, September 25, William Faulkner would have been 100 year