Here’s your Fall 2014 Brown Lecture Board speaker poll

We interrupt your summer recess for an important announcement: Brown Lecture Board has opened its speaker poll for Fall 2014! Mindy Kaling and Sir Ian McKellen, popular former bids, are joined by newcomers Kevin Spacey, Toni Morrison, and Jane Goodall.

Kaling is a prominent comedian on her show The Mindy Project and was on The Office. McKellen was nominated for two Oscars and has also been immortalized as Gandalf in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, Magneto in X-Men, and this. Kevin Spacey stars in the Netflix political thriller House of Cards as the pure evil cunning Frank Underwood. Morrison is a universally acclaimed author and Pulitzer Prize winner. Her novel Beloved is a favorite of Professor Arnold Weinstein in the comp lit department. Finally, Goodall is famous as both a scientist and a humanitarian and is considered “the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees.”

The poll (found here) is complete with mini-bios for each speaker, and BLB really hopes that students will take the time to make an educated decision. Of course, we at BlogDH promise to keep you informed about all of the candidates as well. Let WWIII commence amongst our staff writers.

An important note: Remember that when you invite actors, you aren’t actually inviting their characters. Ian Mckellen cannot tell you what happens after the last of the elves sailed to Valinor, and as much as we would to love to see Wendy Schiller front and center in Salomon 101, this question is probably inappropriate for Kevin Spacey:

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From BlogDH’s Facebook group. Nobody’s perfect.

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Brown cleans up at the Pulitzers

Hudes (left) and Gander (right)

The 2012 Pulitzer Prizes were announced yesterday, and in the category of Letters, Drama and Music, our lovely Literary Arts Program killed it. Quiara Alegría Hudes MFA ’04 scored the Pulitzer in Drama for her play Water By the Spoonful, while Forrest Gander, professor of literary arts and comparative literature, was a finalist in Poetry for his book Core Samples from the World. At this time neither author will confirm or deny rumors of a planned collaborative literary project, tentatively titled “Get On Our Level.”

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