Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 10:32am

Today at 3:30 pm in the Chapel, UGA welcomes Pulitzer Prize-wining American novelist Alice Walker to campus for the Delta Visiting Chair for Global Understanding Lecture:

Walker will hold public speaking events on and off the UGA campus, as well as participate in more personal interactions with students and faculty during her visit.

The Delta Visiting Chair, established by the Willson Center through the support of the Delta Air Lines Foundation, hosts outstanding global scholars, creative thinkers, artists and intellectuals who teach and perform research at UGA. It is founded upon the legacy of the Delta Prize for Global Understanding, which from 1997-2011 was presented to individuals—including Nelson Mandela, Mikhail Gorbachev, Ted Turner, Desmond Tutu and Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter—whose initiatives promoted world peace by advancing understanding and cooperation among cultures and nations.

A native of Eatonton and a member of the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame, Walker will speak Oct. 14 at the UGA Chapel and Oct. 15 at the Morton Theatre in downtown Athens.

Walker's longing 'to know her ancestors better' led to one of the most transformative works in American literature. It is a tremendous honor to welcome this Georgian back to the state and to campus. In a calendar replete with outstanding visiting artists and scholars, Walker's visit to campus stands out. Make sure you attend today's event or her conversation tomorrow at the Morton Theatre with UGA's Valerie Boyd, professor in the Grady College.