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Purchase College Names Times Film Critic Manohla Dargis To Literature Chair

Manohla Dargis
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PURCHASE, N.Y. – Purchase College announced that alum Manohla Dargis, co-chief film critic for The New York Times, will serve as the college’s Durst Distinguished Chair in Literature for the 2015-16 school year.

Dargis will lead a panel discussion called “The Role of the Critic Today” on Monday, Sept. 28, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the college's Performing Arts Center.

She'll be joined by three other prominent critics: Pulitzer Prize winner Wesley Morris, formerly of Grantland and recently hired at The New York Times, Emily Nussbaum, television critic for The New Yorker, and Amy Taubin, contributing editor at Film Comment and Sight and Sound.

Dargis graduated from Purchase College with a degree in literature in 1985, going on to become a film critic at the Village Voice and Los Angeles Times. She is now the co-chief film critic with A.O. Scott for The New York Times.

“It is so inspiring to our students and faculty that she is acknowledged as one of the most influential critics writing today, and now she is returning to Purchase to share her expertise.” professor of literature Louise Yelin said.

Future Durst Distinguished Lecture Series events will feature Zadie Smith, Tracy K. Smith, and Caryl Phillips.

“On a sentence-by-sentence basis, (Dargis is) a fantastic writer. As an evaluator of contemporary cinema, she's earned the trust of her many readers, especially by the attention she pays to race, gender, and other oft overlooked topics,” assistant professor of literature Anthony Domestico added.

The event is free and open to the public.

The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College is at 735 Anderson Hill Road in Purchase.

For more information, go online here  or call (914)-251-6550.

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