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Emily Darrow

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, NY—Recently hailed by the New York Times for his \"deep, rich, and courageous [public] voice,\" Edward Said is widely regarded as one of the most important and influential cultural critics of the present day. On Wednesday,

February 14, Bard College will present him with the Charles Flint Kellogg Award in Arts and Letters. The award presentation, which begins at 5:00 p.m., will be followed by a lecture by Said, \"Humanities in the United States.\" The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the multipurpose room of the Bertelsmann Campus Center.

Edward Said, University Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, is known for his research in the field of comparative literature and his incisive political commentary. His is author of over 20 books (translated into 31 languages), including: Orientalism; The Question of Palestine; Culture and Imperialism; The Politics of Dispossession; and Out of Place: A Memoir, among others. Two books, Reflections on Exile and The Edward Said Reader, will be published this year. His writing regularly appears in the Guardian of London, Le Monde Diplomatique, and the Arab-language daily al-Hayat. In addition, Said is an accomplished pianist and scholar of music, serving as contributing writer and music critic for The Nation.

As an outspoken advocate for Palestinian rights, Said served for 14 years as a member of the Palestinian parliament-in-exile. He received a bachelor\'s degree from Princeton and a doctorate from Harvard.

In addition to teaching at Columbia since 1963, Said has taught at Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Yale, and Chicago universities. In 1999 he served as president of the Modern Language Association. He is member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, Council on Foreign Relations, and the Royal Society of Literature; and is an honorary fellow of the Middle East Studies Association.

The Charles Flint Kellogg Award in Arts and Letters is given in recognition of a significant contribution to the American artistic or literary heritage. It is named in honor of Charles Flint Kellogg (1909–1980), a Bard College alumnus and trustee who was an internationally respected historian and educator. Previous recipients include Mary Lee Settle, Isaac Bashevis Singer, E. L. Doctorow, Anthony Hecht \'44, John Ashbery, Susan Rothenberg, Stephen Sondheim, Sidney Geist \'35, Jonathan Tunick \'58, Rhoda Levine \'53, Mary Caponegro \'78, Arthur Aviles \'87, Joanna Haigood \'79, Rikki Ducornet \'64, Daniel Pinkwater \'63, and John Boylan \'67.

For further information, call 845-758-7425.

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This event was last updated on 03-02-2001