Every year, the Center hosts an author without a university appointment to participate in a workshop to discuss a book project at the intersection of ethics and society. The workshop brings together a combination of Stanford faculty with related interests and expertise in the subject of the manuscript, and, selected in conjunction with the author, one or two outside experts. In addition to the workshop, the visiting writers also present a public talk to the larger Stanford community during their brief residency on campus. Each invited author later returns to Stanford for a public reading from the book after its publication.
2016: Philip Gourevitch
2015-16 is the inaugural year for the Writers' Worshop. In May 2016, Philip Gourevitch will workshop his manuscript, You Hide That You Hate Me And I Hide That I Know, with a small group of scholars. Gourevitch, a staff writer at The New Yorker and author of We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda (1998), describes his current book as "a revisiting of Rwanda twenty years after the genocide to tell the confounding story of how such a nation puts itself back together." The author will present a public lecture entitled Shouldn't Massacring Your Neighbors Be Unforgivable? on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 7:00pm in Stanford Law School, Room 190.
About the author: Philip Gourevitch is a long-time staff writer for The New Yorker, the former editor of The Paris Review, and the author of three books: The Ballad Of Abu Ghraib / Standard Operating Procedure (2008); A Cold Case (2001), and We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda (1998), which won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the George K. Polk Book Award, the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction, the New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Award, and the Guardian First Book Award. The book was also included in The Guardian’s list of the hundred greatest non-fiction books from the past two thousand five hundred years. Gourevitch’s books have been translated into more than a dozen languages, and his reportage, essays, criticism, and short fiction, have appeared in numerous publications at home and abroad. In 2010 he was named a Chevallier de l’Ordre des Arts et Des Lettres in France. He is completing a new book, in which he revisits Rwanda, called, You Hide That You Hate Me And I Hide That I Know. And he will be the Spring 2016 Stein Visiting Writer at Stanford.