At a Glance

  • 2016−17 season |  Oct 6, Nov 3, Dec 1, Feb 2, March 2, April 6, and May 4
  • Time | 7 p.m.
  • Location | Continuing Education and Conference Center, Saint Paul campus
  • Individual Tickets | $20
  • Series Pass | ($80)
  • Registration | 612-624-4000, on-site, or online

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Headliners, the University of Minnesota’s popular current event series, returns October 6 for its 11th season with new opportunities to meet with University experts as they share firsthand knowledge of today's most intriguing stories—medical breakthroughs, culture clashes, social trends, foreign affairs, and more! Hear the Who, What, Why, and How from an insider's point of view, and then ask questions and share your insights in a moderated Q&A.

The Art of the Wasted Day

Patricia Hamplwith author Patricia Hampl, Regents Professor and McKnight Distinguished Professor, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota

In her 2006 New York Times review of Patricia Hampl’s Blue Arabesque: A Search for the Sublime, American writer Kathryn Harrison wrote, “The enemy of the sublime, it turns out, is ‘the rush of modernity.’ There’s no time to sit and stare… Eternally dissatisfied, caught up in the relentless march of time, humankind is always becoming and never being… “

More than a decade later, we seem increasingly allergic to slowness, to reverie, to “just” being, choosing instead to embrace Voltaire’s maxim that Indolence is sweet, and its consequences bitter. From her early examination of the contemplative life in Virgin Time, to the meditative sensibility of A Romantic Education to the pondorous inquiry of Blue Arabesque, Hampl has long explored how we spend our time, either intentionally or unintentionally, in her work.

Donna Seaman characterizes Hampl’s work in this way: “Writing of both earthly pilgrimages and the inner journeys they provoke, Hampl brings a poet's love of language, fluency in patterns and modulations, and fascination with the life of the mind to unusual aesthetic, spiritual, and cultural inquiries.” 

Join us May 4 when the award-winning author will give us a rare preview of her forthcoming book, The Art of the Wasted Day, in which she investigates not only leisure, daydreaming, and a slower pace, but also the essay form, and its ever-musing master, Montaigne.

Patricia Hampl, MFA, University of Iowa; BA, University of Minnesota, first won recognition for A Romantic Education, a memoir about her Czech heritage, which was awarded a Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship. This book and subsequent works have established her as one of the most influential figures in the rise of autobiographical writing in the past 30 years. Learn more... 

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