Headshot of woman.
Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
invites you to join us on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 to hear
Cheryl Strayed
, author of #1 New York Times bestselling memoir
(and bestselling advice essay collection
, the novel
, and the forthcoming quotes collection, BRAVE ENOUGH).

Her books have been translated into thirty-seven languages around the world. WILD was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as her first selection for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0. The movie adaptation of WILD was directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, with a screenplay by Nick Hornby, and stars Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl and Laura Dern as Cheryl’s mother, Bobbi. Both Dern and Witherspoon were nominated for Academy Awards for their performances in the film.

Strayed’s essays have been published in The Best American Essays, the New York Times, the Washington Post Magazine, Vogue, Salon, The Sun, Tin House, and elsewhere. Strayed is the co-host, along with Steve Almond, of the WBUR podcast Dear Sugar Radio, which originated with her popular Dear Sugar advice column on The Rumpus. Strayed holds an MFA in fiction writing from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband the filmmaker Brian Lindstrom and their two children.

On September 29, Strayed will join us in Memorial Hall at 7 p.m. (
doors open at 6 p.m. – seating will be on a first come, first serve basis
) to discuss her book and discuss the importance of being wild and in the wilderness. Including our resistance to complacency and the ordinary, and the redemptive powers of wilderness. After Strayed’s talk there will be an interactive discussion with a group of professional panelists including, Kelli Fuery, Claudine Jaenichen, Whitney McIntyre Miller and Georges Van Den Abbeele. After the event, Strayed will be selling signed copies of her
New York Times
 bestselling memoir 

We will ask ourselves – How do we retain wildness in ? How do we stay in touch with those things that allow us to take risks, change patterns, and see the world differently?  The event will discuss the importance of natural wildness – the wilderness that exists outside of our day to day living that preexists us, surrounds us, and yet can seem so far away. How do we reconnect to wilderness? And when we do what impact does it have on us?

Before the event, join us at the food truck rally from 5 – 7 p.m. in the Attalla Piazza. Chapman students attending the event will be given a coupon for a free food truck meal or check out REI’s community yoga session on the Burt Williams Mall (Lawn in front of Memorial Hall) at 5 p.m. (bring your own yoga mat). After the event, Strayed will be selling and signing her book.

This is part of INTERSTICES: An Interdisciplinary Series of events, hosted by Wilkinson College every year.

Check out the website for more information!

Check out some of the photos from the event!