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Willard Speigelman, English, Receives SMU’s Literati Award

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Originally Posted: March 6, 2015

One of my all-time favorite professors, Willard Spiegelman, will receive the sixth annual SMU Literati Award.

That’s an award specifically for people who have “used the written word to advance the ideals of creativity, conviction, innovation, and scholarship.”

Past recipients include Laura Bush in 2011 and SMU’s Marshall Terry in 2012 — of whom our old Bradford Pearson was a fan.

Seriously, this man is a living legend. He’s appeared in The New York Times Magazine. He’s written a book on life’s simple pleasures. He’s given a TEDxSMU talk. He is my absolute living, breathing hero. I feel like I owe my entire professional career to him, but that’s another story.

If you’d like to witness Spiegelman’s honor yourself, reserve your seat at the Tables of Content dinner, benefiting the SMU libraries, at 6 p.m. on March 28. Nancy Dedman is the honorary chair.

The setup is quite interesting — you are assigned a table at which there is a “host” with the intent to foster lots of intellectual and philosophical discussion. Tickets start at $150.

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