Honors College Hosts Lecture with NPR Commentator Andrei Codrescu

The talk takes place Oct. 2 in the Red Raider Lounge.

Andrei Codrescu

The Texas Tech University Honors College will host “Forget Money! Poetry is the Currency of the Future,” a lecture about language and money by NPR commentator and poet Andrei Codrescu.

The free lecture takes place at 5 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 2) in the Red Raider Lounge of the Student Union Building and is open to the public. Codrescu will host an informal book signing after the talk.

Codrescu’s talk discusses his experiences as a U.S. immigrant and how immigration views have changed. He also will read selections of poetry from his books as well as his NPR essays.

“In addition to publishing more than 40 books in different genres since 1970, commenting on radio and making films, Codrescu is a fascinating national speaker,” said Costica Bradatan, an associate professor in the Honors College. “He is always open to questions and is an engaging and approachable person.”

Codrescu was born in Romania and immigrated to the U.S. in the 1960s. He has been a regular commentator on NPR’s “All Things Considered” since 1983. Codrescu taught literature and poetry at Johns Hopkins University, University of Baltimore and Louisiana State University where he was awarded the MacCurdy Distinguished Professor of English. He won the Peabody Award for writing and starring in the PBS version of “Road Scholar.”

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CONTACT: Costica Bradatan, associate professor, Honors College, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-1828 or costica.bradatan@ttu.edu.