• Novelist, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest Ruth Ozeki presented the Tolles Lecture on Oct. 6. Evan Robinson '23 discusses the talk, during which he says the audience "was treated to rich and engaging comments from a remarkably impressive speaker."

  • Pieces of advice zoomed by the audience at the speed of sound during Pulitzer Prize-winning author Suzan-Lori Parks' Tolle lecture at Hamilton on Saturday, March 5.

  • From discussing what it means to become a well-known Black author to the nuances of writing during a pandemic, Roxane Gay and Kiese Laymon offered a conversation brimming with honesty and camaraderie for an otherwise isolated, at-home audience.

  • The Hamilton community warmly welcomed Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen on April 9 as part of the Winton Tolles Lecture Series. A group of students and faculty members joined Nguyen for dinner in the Philip Spencer House to talk before convening in the Chapel for his presentation titled “Refugee Stories and American Greatness.”

  • After pondering different job opportunities for which his long, skinny fingers would be useful – pianist? No, how could he sit in a chair with no lumbar support, no hand rests? Hand model? Free washes, free hand cream, but how could he indulge in the model lifestyle? Finally, he considered becoming a surgeon... but then he heard how long operations were, so that was out – Colson Whitehead realized he had no choice but to become a writer.

  • Novelist Zadie Smith held the Chapel audience captivated throughout the 2015 Tolles Lecture. Attendees hung onto her every word as she read what she called “Two Essays About Being A Person.”

  • Hamilton welcomed Michael Chabon, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, for the Winton Tolles lecture. In addition to Kavalier and Clay, Chabon is also the author of numerous novels, as well as two collections of short stories, A Model World and Other Stories and Werewolves In Their Youth. Chabon’s presentation at Hamilton was a reading with commentary, touching on a number of his works, as well as the broader topics of the creative process and the importance of a writer’s beginnings.

  • “This room holds many ghosts,” Tony Award-winning playwright Richard Nelson ’72 said as he began his talk in the Chapel on Tuesday, March 11. “Ghosts in every corner.” Nelson delivered the Tolles lecture titled “The Peculiarity of Theater.”

  • While things, or objects, are physically tangible, they can also be an abstract gateway to looking at the world from a fresh perspective and liberating the mind from selfishness. Dr. Ian Bogost, award-winning author of Alien Phenomenology, delivered a lecture to the Hamilton community about the pressing importance of discovering substantive meaning in everyday objects to enrich our daily lives.

  • It’s hard, if not impossible, to read Art Spiegelman’s Maus just once. The Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel tells the story of first- and second-generation Holocaust survivors, challenging the notion—if any such notion existed—that the effects of war and genocide are finite in a gripping autobiographical/biographical narrative. As such, Maus fits Spiegelman’s definition of the graphic novel genre: “a long comic book that needs a bookmark and wants to be reread.”


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