2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 6, 2014
Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre, located within the Moss Arts Center’s Street and Davis Performance Hall.

Presented by the School of Visual Arts, Creative Writing, ICAT, and the Center for the Arts.


Adam Gopnik
Author, The Table Comes First.
New Yorker staff writer and best-selling social commentator full of
wisdom and elegance.

This award-winning journalist speaks with singular
wit, eloquence and insight on modern life and
culture. He has a rich trove of delightful stories and
revealing observations about people and places and
everyday life. Adam writes long essays on big thinkers
for The New Yorker. He has a genius for bringing
these people and their ideas to life in and for
communicating the emotions behind these ideas,
the feelings these ideas evoke in us, and their
relevance to modern life.

Adam also writes in another genre, which he calls ‘comicpersonal essays’ — funny and touching stories about how families live (especially his own family) in the storied cities of Paris and New York. In these books and in the talk based on them, Adam shows tremendous gentleness and wisdom in opening our hearts and showing us who we are through our relation to place. His most recent book, The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food, is a strong example of this comic-personal style. Adam goes on a quest to find the meaning of food and discovers that what matters the most isn’t what goes on the table, it’s what gathers around it: family, friends, lovers and conversation.

His previous book is Angels & Ages: A Short Book about Darwin, Lincoln, and Modern Life. In it, Adam displays his gift for using historical biography to explore the way we live today. He looks at the birth of the modern era through the lives of Lincoln and Darwin, two extraordinary people born within hours of each other 200 years ago.

Among his many other books is Through the Children’s Gate, a meditation on hope, as his family, his city and his country live through and past the events of 9/ll. In Paris to the Moon, Adam gave us the romance that is Paris through the everyday adventures of his own American family living there from 1995 to 2000.
Adam has been writing for The New Yorker since 1986, and his work for the magazine has won both the National Magazine Award for Essay and the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting. He has broadcasted regularly for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and wrote the article on American culture for the last two editions of the Encyclopedia Britannica. In 2012, the French government named Adam a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters. Adam is a remarkable speaker and consummate storyteller — warm and charming, very genuine and very good at connecting with audiences.