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Previous Eckler Lecturers

1981: John Chappell - actor 

1983: W. D. Snodgrass - poet 

1983: Vincent Dowling - actor and director 

1983: Arthur Kincaid and Deirdre Barber - actors 

1984: Laura Whyte - actress

1985: Cyril Mallett and Jean Lane - actors 

1986: John Maxwell - actor 

1987: James Mitchell Lear - actor and David Walters - director 

1988: Elaine Sulka - director 

1989: Natalie Ross - actress

1990: Brenda Wong Aoki - actress 

1991: Mark Stevenson - actor 

1992: Ken Richters - actor 

1993: Joy Harlo - poet 

1994: Kent R. Brown - professor of drama 

1995: Amy Hempel - author 

1996: Joy Harjo - poet 

1997: Carolyn Forche - poet 

1998: no lecture 

1999: no lecture

2000: Tobias Wolff - author 

2001: Brian Bedford - actor

2002: Jason Marr - actor

2003: Bret Lott - author

2004: Robert Olen Butler and Elizabeth Dewbury - authors

2005: Cleo Laine and the John Dankworth Band - jazz musicians

2005: Nikki Giovanni - poet

2006: William S. Yellow Robe Jr. - playwright

2007: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni - acclaimed novelist and poet

2009: Paula Vogel - playwright and author

2010: David Giffels - author and journalist

2012: Philip Gerard - author and professor

2014: Phillip Richards - author and English professor at Colgate University

2015: Dan Wilson - professional actor, writer, and director

2016: Azar Nafisi - national bestselling author and professor of aesthetics, culture, and literature

2017: Living Theatre - theatre production