Chitra Divakaruni to Present Eckler/Wolf Lecture at Mount Union College October 4

April 01, 2010

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, acclaimed novelist and poet, will present the Eckler/Wolf lecture at Mount Union College on Thursday, October 4 at 7 p.m. in the Dewald Chapel.

Divakaruni's works have been published in over 50 magazines and included in over 30 anthologies. Her works have been translated into 11 languages, including Dutch, Hebrew and Japanese.

Divakaruni was born in India in 1976 and moved to the United States at the age of 19. She earned a master of arts degree in English from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio and a doctoral degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

She has lived most of her life in Northern California, about which she often writes. She currently teaches in the nationally-ranked Creative Writing program of the University of Houston and divides her time between Houston, Texas and Northern California.

Davakaruni serves on the board of Maitri in the Bay and on the Advisory Board of Asians against Domestic Abuse in Houston. Also, in 2000 she was one of the judges for the prestigious National Book Award.

Two of her books, The Mistress of Spices and Sister of My Heart have been optioned by filmmakers Gurinder Chadha and Suhasini for films and TV serials, respectively.

Mount Union College established the Mary W. and Eric A. Eckler Endowment in Literature and Drama in 1981 through a trust given by the late Mr. and Mrs. John A. Cummins. Both Dr. and Mrs. Eckler were long-time faculty members in Mount Union's Department of English.

The Eleanor Mincks Wolf Lecture was established by John L. Wolf of Medina, Ohio in memory of his wife Eleanor. A 1939 graduate of Mount Union College, she was a former teacher of English and Latin in Richfield and Highland school districts. This lecture features a professional in the English field.

This lecture is free and open to the public. Following the lecture will be a book signing and reception in the lobby of Dewald Chapel.

For more information, contact the Office of Alumni and College Activities at (330) 823-2030.

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