International Writers Center Archive
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Biographical / Historical Note

The International Writers Center opened in October 1990, with William Gass, the David May Distinguished University Professor in the Humanities, as director and Lorin Cuoco as associate director. To inaugurate the center, the Special Collections mounted an exhibit, A Temple of Texts: Fifty Literary Pillars, consisting of 50 works of literature and philosophy that have influenced Gass as a writer. A limited-edition catalogue with Gass's comments about each work was published in conjunction with the exhibit.

Since that time the center has hosted numerous visiting writers and conferences. The Center continues to flourish, though a new name, The Humanities Center, was added in 2003. Since 2001, Gerald Early, the Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters, and distinguished American cultural critic, has directed the center.