A Conversation with Tracy Daugherty

Professor Emeritus Tracy Daugherty with President’s Circle guests
Robert Finlay and OSU Vice President of Research Cynthia Sagers
David Charlton and Candace Pierson-Charlton ’74 with Provost Sabah Randhawa ’81
Daryl Ann Peterson ’83 and Kathy Jo Brisker ’10
Dick Waring
Melinda Sorte ’86 and Terrie Dean with OSUAA Executive Director Kathy Bickel
Brenda and Butch Brown
Chris Mathews, former OSU first lady Shirley Byrne, and Kate Mathews
Professor Keith Scribner interviews Tracy Daugherty.
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OSU President's Circle members and university friends came together on December 2 to hear from OSU Distinguished Emeritus Professor Tracy Daugherty, author of the New York Times best-selling biography of Joan Didion, The Last Love Song. Keith Scribner, also an OSU professor and acclaimed writer, interviewed Daugherty in front of a crowd of nearly 200 OSU community members. Prior to the event, President's Circle members had a chance to meet Daugherty and talk with faculty from the School of Writing, Literature, and Film during a private reception.

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The Last Love Song is the first printed biography about the reclusive writer Joan Didion. In it, Daugherty explores Didion's life and career, narrating from her youth in Sacramento to her marriage and partnership with her late husband, writer John Gregory Dunne, and beyond. Meghan Daum, in her review in The Atlantic, calls The Last Love Song "excellent and exhaustive...manag[ing] to be provocative without being exactly juicy." And Larry Rodgers, dean of OSU's College of Liberal Arts, calls Daugherty's biography "one of this year's most important American books," praising "[Daugherty's] enormous accomplishment to write a brilliant bestseller about a writer intent on avoiding being written about."

Learn more about future College of Liberal Arts events. And be sure to save the date for the Provost's Lecture Series featuring Ruth Reichl on February 17.

Arts programs enrich the education of all students

OSU's MFA program in Creative Writing brings nationally known writers and poets to campus each year through the Visiting Writers Series and celebrates the vibrant literary scene in our region through the Literary Northwest Series.

The OSU Friends of the Arts is a new group of donors who are passionate about music, art, and theatre. Their gifts supporting scholarships, productions, equipment, and programs make OSU a dynamic, culturally rich place for students as well as for the wider community.

Oregon State's Stone Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement, honoring a major American author for their body of critically acclaimed literary work and mentorship of young writers, is one of the most substantial awards of its kind offered by any university in the country. We look forward to honoring poet Rita Dove in April.

Faculty member Elena Passarello from OSU's School of Writing, Literature, and Film received a 2015 Whiting Award in creative nonfiction.