Thursday, May 19, 2011

Duke to Host Celebration for Reynolds Price Today

Duke University will host "A Long and Happy Life: A Celebration for Reynolds Price," today  at 2 p.m. in Duke Chapel. The event honoring the acclaimed author and longtime Duke English professor is open to the public.

A celebrated writer of fiction, poetry, memoirs, essays and plays, Price died Jan. 20 at age 77 after more than 50 years as a member of the Duke faculty.

"For half a century, Duke University was fortunate to have Reynolds Price in our midst to teach, inspire and challenge us," said Duke President Richard H. Brodhead.  "We are honored to celebrate his life, and we invite the community to share in our remembrance of our beloved teacher, colleague and friend."

The celebration will consist of readings, performances and reminiscences by colleagues, former students and friends of long standing. A reception will follow in von der Heyden Pavilion in Perkins Library.

Also, an exhibit featuring manuscripts, photographs, letters and rare books from the Reynolds Price papers will be on display in the Mary Duke Biddle Rare Book Room in Perkins Library from 1-5 p.m.

"Reynolds combined his love for Duke and its students with a sharply honed sense of the values to which we need to aspire and our sometimes failings in reaching them," Provost Peter Lange said. "Whether teaching his beloved students or speaking to us as colleagues, he always raised our sights and lifted our spirits with a resonant tone, striking eloquence and great, generous good humor."

Visitors may park in the Bryan Center parking garage off Science Drive on Duke's West Campus. In addition, parking will be available in lots along Duke University Road near Chapel Drive. People with accessibility needs may be dropped off at the chapel, but their drivers must park in general parking. Traffic is expected to be heavy because of multiple events on campus that day.

For those unable to attend, Duke will provide a live webcast of the event.

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