Matthew Biggin – Guest Contributor
Sep 25 @ 4:07 pm
SMU Gilbert Lecture Series



Central Standard Time



Hyer Building, Room 100
6424 Robert S. Hyer Lane
Dallas, Texas 75205

Pin on Pinterest

SMU Gilbert Lecture Series


Compassion and Confession

Dr. Leslie Jamison

Novelist & Non-Fiction Writer


SMU Hyer Hall, Room 100

6:00 pm Reception, 6:30 pm Lecture


Abstract: What are the artistic and moral complexities of writing about other peoples’ lives? I’ll explore the obligations a writer might feel towards her subjects—the interplay between guilt and the affection, between care and skepticism--by examining my own experiences writing about long distance runners, prison inmates, whale fanatics, and medical patients. What does it mean to confess the self—in all its quandaries and questions—inside a piece of reportage? How does a piece work differently when it includes reported material alongside deeply personal reflections—when we sense the reporter as a deeply emotional presence with a story of her own?

For more Info: