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Event Details

Mon, March 27, 2017

18:00 – 20:00

via dell'Ulivo, 6
50129 Firenze, Italy

Jumpa and Hilary will be discussing Jhumpa’s relationship to the Italian language and to italy.

(Event Open to NYU Students ONLY)

Featured Biographies

Jhumpa Lahiri


Born in London, Lahiri moved to Rhode Island as a young child with her Bengali parents. Although they have lived in the United States for more than thirty years, Lahiri observes that her parents retain “a sense of emotional exile” and Lahiri herself grew up with “conflicting expectations… to be Indian by Indians and American by Americans.”

In 2015, Jhumpa Lahiri was awarded the prestigious National Humanities Medal by the NEH at the White House. As well as the Pulitzer Prize, Lahiri has also won the PEN/Hemingway Award, an O. Henry Prize (for the short story “Interpreter of Maladies”), the Addison Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Vallombrosa Von Rezzori Prize and the Asian American Literary Award. Lahiri was also granted a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002 and an National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 2006. In September 2015, Jhumpa Lahiri joined the faculty at Princeton University as a Professor of Creative Writing in the Lewis Center for the Arts Creative Writing Program.

Hilary Link


Dean of Temple University Rome, holds an MA and PhD in Italian language and literature from Yale University. She completed her BA in art history and Italian at Stanford University, during which time she completed studies at Stanford’s Florence campus. A scholar of Italy, its culture and language, Link is a dynamic leader who combines global vision with extensive administrative experience in international education.