Picture of Marilynne Robinson’s books from left to right, “Lila,” “Home,” “Gilead”

Picture of Marilynne Robinson’s books, from left to right: Lila, Home, Gilead

Marilynne Robinson: The Reformed Heritage

Apr 12, 2018, 4:30–6 PM
Library Lecture Room
Free and open to the public

Renowned novelist and essayist Marilynne Robinson will present a lecture, “The Reformed Heritage,” as part of Wellesley’s commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Humanities Medal, and the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction, Robinson has written compellingly about the Calvinist, or Reformed tradition in her celebrated trilogy Gilead (2004), Home (2008), and Lila (2014). In her essay collections The Death of Adam (1998) and The Givenness of Things (2015) she has applied Reformed theology as part of a powerful critique of contemporary American culture. In this year’s Elizabeth Luce More ’24 Lecture, she will give a new reading on the relevance of the Reformed heritage for today.