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FAU to Host Author Tayari Jones

BOCA RATON, Fla. (March 5, 2014) – Florida Atlantic University presents the 2014 Lawrence A. Sanders Writer-in-Residence, author Tayari Jones, with a lecture on Thursday, March 20 at 7 p.m. in the Majestic Palm Room of FAU’s Student Union, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Jones is recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award in Fine Arts from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. She is a graduate of Spelman College, The University of Iowa and Arizona State University. She is currently an associate professor in the MFA program at Rutgers-Newark University, where she was awarded with a Board of Trustees Award for Scholarly Excellence, the Presidential Fellowship for Teaching Excellence and a Leader in Faculty Diversity Award. Jones’ work has been supported by The National Endowment for the Arts, the United States Artists Foundation and the arts councils of Arizona and Illinois. She spent the 2011-12 academic year at Harvard University as a Radcliffe Institute Fellow, researching her forthcoming novel, “Dear History.”

The lecture is presented in part by FAU’s Department of English in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters with support from Chris and Lori Fleuhr.

For more information, contact Mary Sheffield at 561-297-2974 or visit


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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