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The Colombian novelist Juan Gabriel Vásquez looks at the role of narrative in our contemporary lives. In these three talks, which inaugurate the Barnard International Artists Series’ new program of annual lectures, Vásquez examines how technological transformations have changed the way we use stories to interpret the world. In the society of “fake news,” what is the place of fiction? Is imaginative writing of any consequence in the time of post-truth? Vásquez questions the impact of new technologies on our relationship to literature and considers the way literature shapes our moral and political landscape.

See also Lecture 1 and Lecture 3 of this series.