Award-Winning Author Dr. Mary Doria Russell to Speak at IIT

The Office of Spiritual Life and Service Learning at Illinois Tech welcomes Dr. Mary Doria Russell to campus for a special appearance and book signing on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 3:30 p.m. in the McCormick Tribune Campus Center (MTCC) Auditorium.

Dr. Russell will talk about her work, her award-winning novel The Sparrow, and the big questions of science and religion. Following her talk, join Dr. Russell; Lynne Meyer, Director of Spiritual Life and Service Learning; and Vice-Provost for Academic affairs, Christopher White, as they moderate an interfaith panel that further explores these big questions.

The event is FREE and open to the public. Space is limited, you are encouraged to RSVP.

After the panel, everyone is invited to join us in the MTCC Welcome Center, where Dr. Russell will be signing copies of her books The Sparrow and Children of God  (available for purchase in IIT’s bookstore).

“Mary Doria Russell has been called one of the most versatile writers in contemporary American literature. Her novels are critically acclaimed, commercial successes. They are also studied in literature, theology and history courses in colleges and universities across the United States. Mary’s guest lectures have proved popular from New Zealand to Germany as well as in the U.S. and Canada.

Her debut novel, THE SPARROW, is considered a classic of speculative fiction, combining elements of First Contact science fiction and a tense courtroom drama. Its sequel, CHILDREN OF GOD, is a sweeping three-generation family saga. Through the voices of unforgettable characters, these novels raise respectful but challenging fundamental questions about religion and faith. Together, the books have won eight regional, national and international awards.” (

Dr. Russell holds a Ph.D. in Biological Anthropology (with minors in Skeletal Biology & Paleoanthropology) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

This event reflects the values expressed in IIT’s Diversity Statement and is intended to promote diversity at IIT.