A writer whose imagination has been engaged with the great moral and political issues of our time, Ariel Dorfman is a Chilean expatriate who lives in Durham, North Carolina, where he holds the Walter Hines Page Chair at Duke University. His books have been translated into more than 30 languages, and his plays (including The Other Side, currently at the Manhattan Theatre Club) have been staged in more than 100 countries. His novels include Widows, Konfidenz, The Nanny and the Iceberg and Blake’s Therapy. Among his non-fiction works are The Empire’s Old Clothes and the memoir Heading South, Looking North: A Bilingual Journey. Among his many awards are the Sudamericana Prize for the novel, the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Play (Death and the Maiden) and two awards from the Kennedy Center. He is a member of the Académie Universelle des Cultures, Paris, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a writer for many major papers worldwide.
Source: University Programs and Events Planning Resources, December 2005