Marilynne Robinson

Marilynne Robinson

Marilynne Robinson, recipient of a National Humanities Medal awarded by President Barack Obama for “her grace and intelligence in writing,” gave the sixth lecture in the Creative Matters series sponsored by the UI Office of the Vice President for Research. Below are stories, text, video, photos, and other materials chronicling and related to the visit.

Marilynne Robinson

Marilynne Robinson is the author of Lila, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction, Gilead, winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Home, winner of the Orange Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Robinson’s nonfiction books includeWhen I Was a Child I Read Books, Absence of Mind, The Death of Adam, and Mother Country.

Save Our Public Universities

In defense of America’s best idea

By Marilynne Robinson

ESSAY — From the March 2016 issue of HARPER’S Magazine

Read the essay here.

Marilynne Robinson speaks on ‘The American Scholar Today’

“The American university is a huge banquet,” Marilynne Robinson said after her lecture at the Englert Theatre in downtown Iowa City Wednesday, Dec. 9. “You come in and taste things, and then you find out what you actually want to devote your life to.”

Read the rest of the article here.

Article by Anne Easker.
Photos by Justin Torner.

Creative Matters is an initiative of the UI Arts Advancement Committee and is sponsored by the UI Office of the Vice President for Research.

Six speakers have been confirmed so far, and detailed information is available online at

All events are free and open to the public.

The Office of the Vice President for Research provides resources and support to researchers and scholars at the University of Iowa and to businesses across Iowa with the goal of forging new frontiers of discovery and innovation and promoting a culture of creativity that benefits the campus, the state, and the world.

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Download posters of the series: ver.A | ver.B