The John Howard Birss, Jr. Memorial Program

Through the "Professor John Howard Birss, Jr. Memorial Lecture Fund" and "Professor John Howard Birss, Jr. Memorial Library Fund" (established by University alumnus, Robert Blais '70), a significant or culturally impactful book is chosen annually to be honored. The program engages the campus and local community through discussions, celebrations, related collections, a library exhibition, and culminates with the annual Birss Lecture.

“Writing & Political Activism: the work of South African writer Nadine Gordimer” 

Claire Messud Headshot
Claire Messud (Acclaimed novelist)
James Wood Headshot
James Wood (Book critic for The New Yorker)
Robert Boyers Headshot
 Robert Boyers  (ed. Salmagundi Magazine)






Time: March 8, 2023 (7:00 PM)


Place:  Virtual REGISTER HERE


February 21, 2023Virtual Exhibition opens to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Nadine Gordimer’s birth.

February 22, 2023 (6:30 PM) Community Reading Group & Book Discussion about My Son’s Story  Rogers Free Library, Bristol RI