Poet, Novelist, Essayist, Teacher, and Lecturer Andrei Codrescu to Speak at UW-Madison

September 20,2010

Contact: Nancy Heingartner, Outreach Coordinator, UW-Madison’s Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA), outreach@creeca.wisc.edu, (608) 262-3379.

Media outlets may contact the CREECA Events Coordinator to request a high-resolution publicity photograph of Mr. Codrescu, events@creeca.wisc.edu

UW-Madison’s Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA) is proud to present Andrei Codrescu, NPR commentator and prolific writer and editor. He will give a free, public lecture at the Wisconsin Union Theater, 800 Langdon Street, Madison, on Monday, October 4, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.

During his visit to Madison, Mr. Codrescu will speak with Matt Rothschild on Progressive Radio, participate in an undergraduate class on the American Jewish Experience, take part in Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Here on Earth,” and meet with members of Chadbourne Residential College.

“We are thrilled to be able to bring as talented and influential a speaker as Andrei Codrescu to our community,” says Ted Gerber, CREECA’s faculty director. “As a native of Romania, Mr. Codrescu offers a unique and compelling perspective on American culture and society.”

Please note that while there is no charge for the public lecture on October 4, tickets are required and will be available starting on Monday, September 27, 2010 from the Union Theater Box Office, 800 Langdon Street, Madison. Between September 27-29, tickets will be available only to UW-Madison students, faculty, staff, and Union members. After that, they will be available to the general public. Tickets are valid until 7:20 p.m. on October 4. At 7:20, empty seats will be opened to patrons without tickets. For more information on the ticket policy, please visit: http://www.union.wisc.edu/WUD/dls_location.aspx

In addition, to his UW-Madison-sponsored appearances, Mr. Codrescu will read from and sign his new book, The Poetry Lesson, on Sunday, October 3, at 6:00 p.m., at A Room of One’s Own, 307 W. Johnson Street, Madison. For more information on this event, please visit: http://www.roomofonesown.com/

This mini-residency is being sponsored by UW-Madison’s Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA) with co-sponsorship from Global Studies, the Language Institute, the Center for Jewish Studies, “From Romania!” (a UW-Madison Registered Student Organization focused on Romanian life and culture), the Department of Slavic Languages and Literature, the European Union Center of Excellence, the Center for the Humanities, the Division of International Studies, and the Distinguished Lectures Committee of the Wisconsin Union Directorate. Generous financial support from the Kemper Knapp Bequest Committee and from the Anonymous Fund of the College of Letters & Science made this visit possible.