University welcomes legendary designer Lynda Barry


Purchase College-SUNY will present Lynda Barry in conversation with Professor Robin Lynch – The unthinkable spirit: why art persists, Thursday, October 28, 2021, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. The program, free and open to the public, will be duplicated via the Zoom webinar and in person. The in-person event will take place at the Purchase College Humanities Theater, Humanities Building, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY. Registration is required for both webinar and in-person formats. Ms. Barry was appointed this year as the Roy and Shirley Durst Chair in Literature and will attend other upcoming events at Purchase College.

Lynda Barry is a leading designer, writer, illustrator, playwright and publisher. His comic, Ernie Pook’s comeek, is a beloved classic, aired in alternative weeklies for over two decades. She is the author of 21 books, worked as a commentator for the NPR and has regularly published a monthly article in Squire, Mother Jones magazine, miss, and Salon.

Ms. Barry’s most recent book, Make comics, received the 2020 Eisner Award for Best Comic-related Book + Best Publication Design. His many awards and fellowships include the American Library Association’s Alex Award, the National Cartoonists Society’s 2017 Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award, and a MacArthur Fellowship.

“Lynda Barry’s vibrant and original media integration embodies the Purchase College ideal, bringing together the arts and liberal arts to inspire creativity and understanding,” said Aviva Taubenfeld, Associate Professor of Literature and Principal of the School. of Humanities by Purchase. “As we return to campus after the traumas of the past year and a half, we are honored that Barry is helping us draw and write our path to joy. “

Anthony Domestico, Associate Professor of Literature at Purchase and Chair of the Literature Department, added: “The Roy and Shirley Durst Distinguished Chair in Literature is a unique position, developing a one-year relationship between an artist and the community of Purchase. . We all look forward to writing, drawing, thinking and imagining with Lynda Barry over the next two semesters.

To register for the event in person, visit Note: places are limited and will be confirmed by e-mail; All campus visitors and event attendees must show proof of vaccination or submit a negative PCR test within the past 72 hours.

Pre-registration is also required for the webinar. To register, go to:

As a small public college, Purchase is proud to introduce students to the level of expertise provided by the Durst Distinguished Lectures. Durst’s current and past lecturers have won an impressive number of literary accolades of the highest level, including the National Book Awards, MacArthur Foundation Fellowships, Pulitzer Prizes, Guggenheim Foundation Fellowships, and Man Booker Awards for fiction.

The Durst Distinguished Lectures Series and the Roy and Shirley Durst Distinguished Chair in Literature are funded by the Roy and Shirley Durst Distinguished Chair in Literature Endowment. The mission of the Durst Programs is to infuse the experience and intellect of leading writers into the buying community, while providing various opportunities for these writers to interact with students and influence campus life.

This season of Durst Distinguished Lectures will end with author Kaitlyn Greenidge on November 9 in a virtual program. Other acclaimed guests will be featured in the spring as part of the series, which is a highlight of Westchester’s cultural calendar.

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